Swimming Pathway Coach - Paralympics Ireland

The Swimming Pathway Coach will work as part of a team to deliver the programmes supporting athletes to LA 28

Your new company
Paralympics Ireland is the National Paralympic Committee for Ireland, recognised by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), and is responsible for preparing and managing the Irish team at the Paralympic Games which are held every four years in parallel with the Olympic Games. Their mission is to support Irish Para-Athletes to reach finals and deliver podium places at the Paralympic Games, will providing support and advice to NGBs in their delivery of a high performance pathway for athletes with a disability ensuring that the next generation of Irish Paralympians will be amongst the best prepared and most successful Para-Athletes competing in future Paralympic Games.

Your new role
The Para Swimming Pathway Coach will work as part of a team to design and deliver the programmes to support athletes on their journey to the LA 2028 Paralympic Games and beyond. This aims to support Paralympics Ireland’s role as Para swimming NGB and grow the Para-swimming Performance Pathways and programmes. The pathway coach will oversee and ensure the best possible development pathway delivery and coaching by working in conjunction with Clubs, coaches and associated volunteers and stakeholders to ensure that opportunities and experiences for athletes, exist for them to progress, thrive, and reach their full potential. This role will have clear oversight of the Pathway club network and support the identified clubs and coaches nationally. Key to this role is to support the athletes in their home environments to deliver training and competition planning over the longer term that supports athletes and their coaches to achieve milestone competition leading to world-class success.

What you'll need to succeed
The ideal candidate will have;
  • extensive experience of coaching swimmers to superior results, in particular Para swimmers, and experience in leading coaches, support services, and athletes in a high-performance environment.
  • Minimum 3 years of full-time (or part-time equivalent) experience in a management or leadership role with skills relevant to this role.
  • Proven swimming coaching ability with a Level 3 Swimming Coach qualification (or international equivalent) through compliance with the Swim Ireland Coach Licensing scheme.
  • Experience in coaching high-level Para-swimmers and talented young Para-swimmers as well as managing swimming teams.
  • Proven experience in the development of long-term coaching programmes.
  • Recent experience of successfully working within an interdisciplinary team operating in a high-performance environment (sporting or non-sporting)
  • Experience in successful project/programme design and delivery, and an understanding of the current approaches to talent development.
  • Demonstrable stakeholder management experience.
  • Strong planning and organisation skills with the ability to delegate.
  • Team player with an open and consultative/collaborative style and optimistic approach.
  • A clean current full driving license and access to a form of transport to meet the requirements of the post in full.
  • A flexible approach to hours required including the ability to attend evening and weekend meetings, swim meets/camps, and undertake travel abroad. Knowledge of current coaching and training processes and their application (including Para-swimmers)

What you'll get in return
This is a first in it’s kind for Paralympics Ireland, where you will shape the future and success of Ireland’s finest Paralympian Swimmers. You will have the opportunity to support, design and deliver key pathway programmes and activities in conjunction with the Para Swimming Performance team to identify, develop, support and progress Para swimmers to ensure key sport objectives are met. You will contribute to growing a culture of progression and performance amongst the Para Swimming community through using insight, innovation, and learning and development opportunities.

What you need to do now
If you’re interested and meet the criteria, click ‘Apply Now’ to forward an updated CV today. We will be in touch for a confidential discussion. Applications for this position close on the 2nd of December 2022. #1100111
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Job Type
Charities & Not For Profit
Executive Ireland
Closing date
2 Dec 2022

Talk to a consultant

Talk to Sean Nicholson, the specialist consultant managing this position, located in Hays Recruitment, Dublin
26/27a Grafton Street, Dublin

Telephone: 015710015