News 2019

Title:  Mountaineering Ireland – Women in Sport Co-ordinator Vacancy
Date:  13/09/2019


Mountaineering Ireland is the governing body for hillwalking and climbing throughout All-Ireland, representing the interests of our members. The future of Irish mountaineering is incredibly bright given the steady growth in participation and the increase in affiliated clubs in recent years.


Mountaineering Ireland – Women in Sport Co-ordinator. This post is funded by Sport Ireland Women in Sport Initiative.

Women in Sport Initiative

Women in Sport initiative is central to the work of Sport Ireland. Since 2005 the Sport Ireland Women in Sport Programme has funded a wide range of initiatives delivered by National Governing Bodies and Local Sports Partnerships to further the agenda of gender equality in sport. Sport Ireland has now renewed its commitment to women in sport through the development of a Women in Sport Policy. This Policy will serve as a guide for Sport Ireland’s future work and investment in the area.

Sport Ireland has identified four target areas for immediate attention:

  • Coaching & Officiating – Broaden the coaching base to include more women from grassroots to high performance. Increase the number of women officiating.
  • Active Participation – Significantly reduce the active sport participation gradient between men and women. Reduce the drop-out from physical activity and sport in young girls. Engage with women of a minority background.
  • Leadership & Governance – Progress towards greater gender balance in Board membership of funded bodies. Provide a pathway for women aspiring to become leaders of funded bodies.
  • Visibility – Increase the visibility and profile of our female role models in sport. Use the heroes of today to inspire the next generation of future Olympians and Paralympians.

Role and Purpose of the Position

Mountaineering Ireland is committed to increasing women’s sustained involvement in hillwalking and climbing as coaches, volunteers, club members, officials, leaders, and participants, from all levels. The purpose of the role is to project manage and ensure the implementation of current and future programmes, while developing strong relationships and providing expertise and support to the current structures in the area of women’s hillwalking and climbing.

Reporting To

Functionally: Chief Executive Officer

Operationally: Hillwalking Development Officer

Working Relationships

  • Hillwalking Committee
  • Climbing Committee
  • Women With Altitude Organising Team
  • All Affiliated clubs
  • Sport Ireland
  • Local Sports Partnerships
  • Sport Northern Ireland
  • National Safeguarding Officer

Essential Criteria

  • Third level qualification in Sport Management/Coaching/Development or at least a years’ work experience in this area.
  • An understanding of hillwalking, climbing and/or community sport.
  • A background in co-ordinating and managing projects.
  • Administration experience.
  • A demonstrable record of achieving results through similar programmes.
  • The facility to work flexible hours, as dictated by a sport which is largely leisure/volunteer based would be an advantage.
  • Possess excellent organisational and leadership skills
  • Proven ability to work as part of a team.
  • Proven ability to think and plan strategically.
  • Possess excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Full clean driving licence with own transport.


  • Digital native with good understanding of all social media platforms.
  • Hillwalking and or climbing personal / coaching qualification or equivalent or higher

Key Responsibilities

  • Current Programmes: Co-ordinate and support all current female lead participation programmes, including the ‘Women With Altitude’ event.
  • Third Level Participation: Project manage the development and roll out of a new third level participation programme for women under 26 years of age, which develops links between participation and clubs.
  • Indoor Climbing Programme: Support female participation and development in indoor climbing.
  • Governance and Leadership: Project manage the development of women’s leadership programme which will support and build the knowledge, confidence and connections among women to become board directors, committee members, administrators and coaches to be involved in all areas of mountaineering across the island of Ireland.
  • Education Programme: Support the participation and implementation of women towards gaining qualifications and awards through our current pathways.
  • Coaching & Officiating Programme: Project manage the implementation of women’s only coaches, working closely with the national and club structures.
  • Media and communications: Lead the marketing and communications plan for this programme, to grow the coverage and profile of female participation in hillwalking and climbing.

Candidates should note that this list is not an exhaustive list and is subject to change as the job evolves. 

Remuneration and Role Location

  • Remuneration will be dependent on experience and skills relevant to this job description.
  • The post is fixed term 12 month contract position.
  • The post will be on a contract basis commencing in November 2019 with a review after six months.
  • The post is based at the National Sport Campus Blanchardstown, Dublin 15 with travel as appropriate.


Closing date for applications will be Wednesday 2nd October 2019 at 5:00pm.

  • Letter of application and full CV should be sent by email to: (Reference: Mountaineering Ireland – Women in Sport Co-ordinator)
  • Interviews will be held during the week of the 7th October 2019.



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