Sport NI is the lead public body for the development of sport in NI. We are continuing our journey of transformation which has included culture, strategy and structure change and we are currently engaged in a digital transformation programme to support and complete the transformation. We remain committed to working closely with the sports sector and partners so that we continue to deliver with the mindset and results of a high performing team. With a new Executive Leadership Team in place, Sport NI is now seeking to add to our highly skilled team, to bring additional skills and experience to further resource the sports system. We are now appointing to three exciting new roles to drive excellence in sport, to transform people and communities so we can all maximise the power of sport to change lives. The individuals Sport NI seeks to recruit to these roles will share the values and vision of Sport NI, ensuring this informs daily decision-making.


Sports Development Manager The Sport Development Manager will be responsible for developing Sport NI’s coordinated approach to organisational engagement across partner organisations. Reporting to the Head of Sports System, this individual will manage a team of sports development staff to engage, understand and support a wide range of partner organisations to grow and sustain participation in sport and physical activity. The role holder will be heavily involved in Sport NI’s development of the ‘Sporting System’ to support improved accessibility and inclusivity across the life-cycle of participation in sport from youths to adults, and from recreational sport to competitive sport. The role holder will have scope to strengthen Sport NI’s relationships at community, regional and national level and forge new relationships in an evolving sector. They will lead investment programmes to support the partner organisations and work closely with Sport NI colleagues across other teams to integrate our insight and sectoral responses.


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Application – Sport Development Manager


Sports Institute Manager The Sports Institute Manager will lead and manage the Sport NI Sports Institute, its staff and other resources. With direct line management responsibility for Heads of Service, the role holder will be the lead decision maker for allocation of the Sports Institute’s resources and for governance compliance and business support to Institute staff. Reporting to the Director of Sport, the role holder will be responsible for Sport NI’s leadership in improving sporting performance through science, medicine, technology and engineering. S/he will ensure that the Sports Institute provides exceptional athlete and coach support and excellent support services, with an ambition to build a world class team. The role holder will work with Heads of Service to build multi-disciplinary teams to support sports, build and maintain strong relationships with Governing bodies of Sport and engage at UK and Ireland levels with the wider Sports Institute network.

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Application – Sports Institute Manager


Communications Officer (2 posts) Reporting to the Communications Manager, the role holder(s) will deliver Sport NI’s communications and public affairs work (including PR, Marketing, and advocacy) in order to effectively tell the compelling story of the power of sport to change lives to stakeholders in Government, the media, strategic partners, and the wider public. Delivering our messages to stakeholders in Government, the media, strategic partners, and in the wider public, s/he will implement a Communication, Advocacy and PR strategy for Sport NI and sport in NI, engaging with key stakeholders to achieve greater recognition of the value of sport. We are seeking individuals with an Honours Degree or equivalent in Communications, Public Relations, Journalism or other related discipline, and one year’s experience working within a press office, PR agency, editorial team or similar communications environment involving media relations activity. Alternatively, they may have two years’ relevant experience, without a relevant degree qualification.

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Application – Communications Officers


**These new posts provide an exciting, challenging and rewarding opportunity for people with a passion for sport, and excellence in public service provision. Applications pack for these roles can be downloaded from Sport NI website If you also wish to speak to someone about this post, please email Closing date for applications for all three posts is 12 noon on Wednesday 15th December November 2021. Sport NI is an Equal Opportunities Employer.