The Office of Student Life (OSL) provides a platform for the activities of the Students’ Union, Clubs and Societies in Dublin City University.

It facilitates funding, training, staffing and facilities provision to enable students to fully exploit the opportunities for learning through engagement with extra-curricular activities.

It complements the academic mission of the University, thereby contributing to the holistic development of our students.

March 2018 will see the opening of the purpose built, ultra- modern Student Centre, with world class facilities, providing an excellent opportunity for student engagement, thereby enhancing the overall student experience.

Job Title: Rugby Development Officer (part-time)
Responsible To: Manager of the Office of Student Life and the DCU Senior Sports Development Officer


To facilitate the continued strategic development of rugby at Dublin City University, by working with the men’s and women’s clubs to increase participation and sporting opportunities at performance and recreational levels. To also provide strategic direction to up to five prioritised DCU Sports Clubs.

The Development Officer will also be involved with partnership initiatives involving the IRFU (Leinster Branch), local rugby clubs, schools, local authorities and community groups.

Key Responsibilities

  • Promote the four sports objectives of the DCU Office of Student Life specifically for rugby:
    – participation in rugby by as many students as possible (sport for all)
    – facilitating the development of the Men’s & Women’s Rugby clubs
    – supporting elite Rugby players through the DCU Sport Scholarship Programme
    – developing student leaders
  • To create and implement a quality coaching programme, to maximise participation and performance of competitive teams
  • Promote and increase awareness of Rugby within DCU and externally, via the delivery of a robust marketing campaign in conjunction with the DCU Access Service and DCU Recruitment Office
  • To organise and deliver an innovative programme of ‘Recreational Rugby’ to attract new participants of all levels and create pathways for continued participation within student clubs
  • To facilitate, as required by the student clubs, the administration function of Rugby within DCU
  • To contribute to the development of Student Sport in DCU and to work with up to five prioritised sports clubs each year to guide their strategic development
  • To link with Leinster Rugby to position the delivery of DCU Rugby programmes within the wider sporting context
  • To implement appropriate Health and Safety policies and procedures in line with DCU and IRFU policies
  • Provide the Senior Sports Development Officer and Manager of the Office of Student Life with concise progress reports linked to agreed monthly and semester work programmes
  • Represent DCU Rugby at events or conferences as required
  • Perform other such duties related to the post as assigned from time to time by the Manager of the Office of Student Life and/or Senior Sports Development Officer

Personnel Specification

Qualifications & Attainments


1. Leaving Certificate Qualification
2. Hold a Level One Rugby Coaching Qualification


1. HND/Degree level qualification in a sports related area
2. Hold a Level Two Rugby Coaching Qualification
3. Hold a valid First Aid Certificate

Relevant Experience


1. A minimum of two years sports coaching experience in a paid or voluntary capacity, ideally in a range of environments including schools/clubs/community/third level settings
2. Experience of contributing to club development plans
3. Experience of using a flexible and creative approach to coaching to engage groups not traditionally involved in Rugby
4. Experience of working effectively with Governing Bodies, schools, clubs and other community organisations
5. Experience of monitoring and evaluating the impact of sessions/programmes;
6. Experience of using Microsoft Office


1. Experience of mentoring and/or supervising volunteers/assistant coaches;


1. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
2. Strong planning and organisational skills, including time management, prioritising workload and decision-making
3. Self motivated with the ability to enthuse a wide range of participants
4. Ability to manage a group of participants effectively
5. Ability to work independently and as part of team
6. Reliable and dependable


1. Ability and willingness to work unsociable hours, including evenings and weekends
2. Hold a Full Drivers Licence and have access to own transport for work purposes
3. Available and willing to undertake training necessary for the post

Details: this is a 10-month (renewable) contract position, beginning mid-August 2017.

Salary: circa €20,000 for the duration on the contract.

Hours: average of 25 hour per week, to include some evening/unsocial hours.

Place of work: across all DCU campuses in Glasnevin, St Patrick’s Drumcondra and All Hallows.

To apply: please send CV and a cover letter via email to before 5pm on Thursday, 27th July 2017.

Interviews for this position will take place on Wednesday, 2nd August 2017.

The successful candidate may be required to undergo Garda vetting in line with the OSL Child Protection Policy.

This post is also supported by the IRFU.

This is not a Dublin City University post