POST TITLE: Communications Officer for the Club & Community Game
LOCATION: The Sportsground, Galway
ROLE AND PURPOSE OF POSITION: The Communications Officer is a contract position based at Connacht Rugby, 26 hours per week. This will include work on weekends as required.
The purpose of the position is to raise the profile of rugby across the province and raise awareness of Connacht Rugby Club & Community activities. The candidate will develop a structure which allows Club & Community information, match reports, news stories and insights to be collated and disseminated across the province through the most effective mediums available.

APPLICATION PROCESS:
The closing date for applications is Monday November 14th at midday. Interested candidates should send a resume and a cover letter to [email protected]
REPORTING RELATIONSHIPS
Operational & Functional: Operationally the Communications Officer will report directly to the Media & PR manager. Functionally the Communications Officer will have close working relationships with the Media & PR manager for Connacht Rugby, the Administrator for Connacht Rugby and both the Coach Development Manager and the Club Support Manager.

EXPERIENCE / BACKGROUND

The position is ideal for a candidate who is looking to begin working in a communications role in a professional sports organisation, or a candidate with experience who is looking for contract work. Past full time job experience is not required but desirable.

SKILLS AND ABILITIES

See attached Matrix

RESPONSIBILITIES

• Design of a communications plan to collate and disseminate newsworthy items for the Club & Community game.
• Development and monitoring of the Club & Community communications channels in line with Connacht Rugby’s Vision and Strategy.
• Creation of relevant and engaging content for release through the Club & Community website, social media channels, match programme and local and national media including the Irish Independent Supplement.
• Promotion of upcoming Connacht Club & Community courses, workshops, competitions and events through social media and media outlets.
• Raising the profile and awareness throughout Connacht of the core Club & Community competitions, courses and events.
• Delivering the “Grassroots to Green Shirts” vision to all corners of Connacht in line with Connacht Rugby’s Vision & Strategy 2016 – 2020.
• Delivering match reports and as required attending Club and Community and Age-grade games.

PERFORMANCE MEASURES

• Quality and frequency of media output.
• Maintain effective relationships with staff, volunteers, clubs & schools within Connacht Rugby.
• Carry out duties and responsibilities with limited supervision.
• Establish efficient work practices.
• Make effective and informed decisions in relation to the role.
• Portray a competent and professional image on behalf of Connacht Rugby.
ESSENTIAL DESIRABLE
SKILLS
 Excellent written and verbal communication skills
 Ability to influence others and change thought processes
 Ability to create appropriate content which will engage social and print media audiences
 Clarity in decision-making
 Attention to detail
 Well-developed time-management skills, including the ability to set and meet deadlines and to prioritise work
 Excellent organisational skills
 Ability to work alone and as part of a team
 Strong computer literacy skills including advanced knowledge of Microsoft Excel, Word & website administration
 Good negotiating skills

KNOWLEDGE
 A clear understanding of communication mediums such as website, social media and print media
 A knowledge of Irish Rugby / Connacht Rugby and its structures
QUALIFICATIONS
 3rd Level Degree

 3rd Level Degree in Media, Social Media or Journalism related disciplines
PERSONAL QUALITIES
 Ability to gain the confidence, respect and trust of others
 Integrity and honesty
 Committed, enthusiastic and motivated
 Willingness and desire to entertain new ideas and seize opportunities
 Willingness to accept and encourage constructive challenges
 Flexible, and adaptable to circumstances
 Ability to work within a team environment

Related

Club & Community statement following the conclusion of domestic rugby season