The successful candidate will manage the Strength & Conditioning development and progression of Academy players for the professional game according to Individual Performance Plans as agreed by the IRFU HP Manager & Leinster Academy Manager, ensure effective delivery of S&C support for the Leinster Academy players, oversee the delivery of fitness testing according to the IRFU test protocols and timetable for the Leinster Academy and contribute to the overall performance of the Leinster Fitness department through alignment, effective S&C programming and delivery.

This position is being offered on a 3-year fixed-term, full-time basis and will be based in the Leinster Branch in UCD, Dublin.

To apply, please email your CV and a cover letter of no longer than 1 page to Linda Murphy, HR Business Partner at recruitment@irfu.ie. Please note that the closing date for applications is strictly 1pm on Wednesday, June 14. For a full job description, please see below.

The IRFU is an equal opportunities employer.

JOB DESCRIPTION & RESPONSIBILITY STATEMENT

POST TITLE: Head Academy Strength and Conditioning Coach, Leinster

ROLE AND PURPOSE OF POSITION

– Manage the S&C development and progression of academy players for the professional game according to Individual Performance Plans as agreed by the IRFU HP Manager & Leinster Academy Manager
– Ensure effective delivery of S&C support for the Leinster Academy players
– Oversee the delivery of fitness testing according to the IRFU test protocols and timetable for the Leinster Academy
– Contribute to the overall performance of the Leinster Fitness department through alignment, effective S&C programming and delivery

REPORTING RELATIONSHIPS

– Operational & Functional: Head of Athletic Performance, Leinster
– Academy Manager, Leinster
– Technical Direction: Head of Athletic Performance & Science, IRFU
– High Performance Manager, IRFU

WORKING RELATIONSHIPS

– Rugby and S&C Staff, Leinster
– Domestic Game Staff and Constituents, Leinster
– National Talent S&C Coach, IRFU
– Head of Rugby Operations, Leinster
– Performance Nutrition Staff, Leinster and IRFU
– Academy Physiotherapy and Medical staff, Leinster

KEY QUALITIES

Essential:

– Recognised degree or Higher National Diploma in Physical Education, Human Movement or Sports Science or equivalent
– A recognised Professional strength and conditioning certification
– A minimum of 5 years’ strength and conditioning experience in professional rugby or high performance sport environment
– A verifiable record of programme design and delivery of physical development programmes for adolescent, adult rugby players and or athletes
– An understanding of training science and data management and the application of these to current strength and conditioning practices in high performance sport
– Practical coaching experience across all the elements of high performance strength and conditioning
– The ability to work within a team and coordinate both full-time and part-time strength and conditioning colleagues
– Effective time management and the proven ability to work independently
– Ability to interface effectively with people at all levels and the competence to manage, motivate and develop relationships
– Excellent communication and presentation skills
– Excellent Computer literacy skills
– Ability to realise and lead the national and provincial vision.

Desirable:

– A post graduate degree in a sport or exercise science related area
– A verifiable record of delivering strength and conditioning support and programme leadership for a high performance professional rugby team as a full-time staff member
– Published research in the area of performance science, strength and conditioning or a related performance area
– Recognised First Aid and CPR certification

RESPONSIBILITIES

General responsibilities include:

– Design, deliver and coordinate the Leinster Academy strength and conditioning programmes
– Work with other professional staff including Academy Manager, Academy Physiotherapist and Performance Nutritionist to drive individual performance outcomes
– Ensure alignment of Academy programme to the needs of the senior team in Leinster and IRFU standards to ensure player KPI achievement
– Coordinate the Leinster Academy annual fitness testing according to IRFU protocols and testing schedule
– Capture, store and manage all fitness test and training data and ensure that it is reviewed and informs strength and conditioning support for Leinster Academy Players
– Responsible for the design and delivery of all fitness, recovery and game preparation elements for the Leinster Academy
– Portray a competent and professional image of the Leinster Rugby and the IRFU on behalf of the Fitness department
– Appropriate coordination and leadership of Academy strength and conditioning and rehabilitation staff
– Develop alignment and coordination in the strength and conditioning programmes between the Leinster Academy, Sub-Academy and National Talent Programme through effective communication and relationship building
– Deliver strength and conditioning support to the senior professional programme as and when required

Specific responsibilities include:

– Manage the implementation of the Academy strength and conditioning programmes as agreed in their Individual Performance Plans
– Systematically review and report performance profiles for all Academy players
– Devise effective individualised periodised plans for each Academy player specific to their development needs
– Manage the training load information, the daily monitoring process and communicate any issues relating to player welfare to the relevant rugby, physiotherapy, medical, nutrition and or strength and conditioning staff
– Manage and communicate the Academy training schedule to all players and related staff
– Liaise regularly with the Sub-Academy S&C staff to ensure appropriate programme alignment and prescription to the needs of the Academy and senior programme
– Attend and contribute to workshops, in-service meetings and professional development courses/workshops and other supported workshops as directed by Head of Fitness, Leinster
– Assist in the delivery of coach and player education programmes

KEY PERFORMANCE INDICATORS

NB: The following KPIs are general. Specific targets will be set for your role. Annual meetings will also include an appraisal and review of the attainment of the KPIs set at previous meetings. An end of year review will also take place where the duties and responsibilities will be fully appraised.

– Deliver specific targets agreed with Leinster’s Head of Fitness and Academy Manager and the IRFU National High Performance Manager and Head of Fitness
– Improved proficiency of strength and conditioning performance of Academy players linked to their Individual Performance Plans
– Ensure that the Academy’s fitness testing is completed according to the correct protocols and schedule and that test data is managed and stored effectively
– Maintain effective relationships with various staff within the province, and the IRFU
– Carry out duties and responsibilities to an effective and efficient standard
– Establish excellent work practices
– Make effective and informed decisions in relation to the role and the department