Job Opportunity: Club & Community Development Officer

Irish Squash is seeking to appoint a Club & Community Development Officer with a particular focus on Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion. This presents an exciting opportunity for someone with the experience and energy required to break down barriers and provide opportunities for lifelong participation in squash.

The position is funded through the Dormant Accounts Fund, and the successful candidate will be tasked with delivering a range of projects aligned with Sport Ireland’s Diversity & Inclusion in Sport policy.

In addition to working closely with dedicated volunteers, the Club & Community Development Officer will collaborate proactively with partners such as Sport Ireland, Sporting Pride, Active Disability Ireland, and Local Sports Partnerships to promote inclusive and welcoming squash programs and initiatives.

The position is initially offered on a 12-month fixed-term contract, with the possibility of an extension subject to continued receipt of Dormant Account Funding.

Key Responsibilities

  • Provide support to existing clubs to grow in an inclusive and sustainable manner and initiate the development of new clubs.
  • Assist clubs with the adoption of best-in-class policies and procedures, including Safeguarding and Diversity & Inclusion in Sport.
  • Develop new squash programs aimed at encouraging more people, regardless of their backgrounds and abilities, to play squash. Support clubs in implementing these programs and reaching out to people from hard to reach and disadvantaged communities.
  • Aid in increasing the number of players through the development and implementation of innovative competition and event structures, including social squash tournaments.
  • Deliver an Irish Squash Her Moves initiative, designed to inspire and support teenage girls to be active.
  • Assist in the delivery of the Coach Education Programmes to increase capacity and access to squash for all. Pilot a transition-year school leaders qualification.
  • Identify facilities in need of development and refurbishment within disadvantaged areas and support the local community in reestablishing a vibrant squash scene.
  • Create participation programs and establish a league/events structure for schools and third-level institutions.
  • Act as an ambassador for Irish Squash, promoting and championing diversity and inclusion.

Experience & Competencies

  • Proven ability to develop and deliver sports programs, events, and initiatives.
  • Experience and/or relevant sports development qualifications.
  • Sound understanding of Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion within the sports sector.
  • Highly motivated with the ability to work as part of a team or independently.
  • Excellent communication skills. An understanding of social media channels is desirable.
  • An understanding of squash and the ability to lead sessions is desirable.

Further Information

  • 12-month Fixed-Term Contract (with the possibility of an extension subject to continued receipt of Dormant Account Funding)
  • Part-time, 3 days per week
  • The Irish Squash Office is located on the Sport Ireland Campus, Dublin 15. Flexible and remote working arrangements are available
  • Salary is dependent on experience

The appointment will be made subject to satisfactory:

  • Garda Vetting Checks
  • Reference Checking Procedures

How to Apply?

Applications must be sent by email with the subject line: [ATTN: Club & Community Development Officer]. When applying by email, please include a letter of introduction detailing your skills and experience relevant to the role and your Curriculum Vitae outlining your skills and work experience. Please send these materials no later than the 2nd of February 2024, to Irish Squash at

Irish Squash is an equal opportunity employer, celebrating diversity and championing inclusivity. If you require any reasonable accommodations to assist you in participating in the employee selection process, please simply let us know.