The IRFU are currently accepting applications for the position of Elite Player Development Officer based in Leinster.

The Elite Player Development Officer is an integral part of the IRFU rugby operations and the successful applicant will be required to fulfill the following main duties:
 

  • Manage and deliver defined areas of the elite player development programmes in Leinster, aligned to the Academy and National Talent Programme as directed by the Academy Manager.
  • Profile, develop and manage key performance plans for identified players within the pathway.
  • Deliver specific and appropiate technical, tactical and strategic sessions to elite squads/players in the province in-line with agreed performance plans.
  • Assisting in the facilitating of coaching courses and player clinics.
  • Assist in the delivery and operations of the Regional Development Squads when applicable.

 
The successful candidate will have excellent rugby understanding and credibility together with communication, organisational and teamwork skills. Five years experience coaching/playing at an elite level and a Level 2 coaching qualification are highly desirable.
 
To apply, please forward your Curriculum Vitae with a covering letter of not more than one page highlighting relevant experience to Eoin Ward (HR Generalist) at recruitment@irfu.ie.
 
The closing date for applications is strictly 13:00 on Thursday, 9th December 2015. Interviews will take place on Wednesday, 16th December 2015 with a view to the successful candidate starting in the role in mid-January 2016. This position is being offered on a 2 year fixed-term contract basis.
 
The IRFU are an equal opportunities employer
 
 
FULL JOB DESCRIPTION:
 
POST TITLE: Elite Rugby Development Officer (EPDO) Backs Specialist, Leinster
 
ROLE AND PURPOSE OF POSITION
 
Working within the Academy and Elite Player Development Pathway in Leinster, with particular attention on Backs and  Back Play, to ensure vibrant development programmes exist through which Elite Players are identified and developed for Leinster and Ireland
 
REPORTING RELATIONSHIPS
 
Operational: Academy Manager, Leinster
Functional: High Performance Manager, IRFU
                                         
 WORKING RELATIONSHIPS:
 
Directly reporting to the Academy Manager, working with officers and administrators of the IRFU, Schools & Club personnel and IRFU staff.
 
KEY QUALITIES
 
Essential: 

  • Detailed understanding of the game of rugby in particular Back play with essential knowledge of the individual positional characteristis for each position.
  • Excellent ability to deliver collective/reduced coaching sessions to stage 3, 4 and 5 players.
  • Excellent communication & organisational skills.
  • Excellent teamwork skills.          

Desirable:

  • Level 2 coaching qualification.
  • Five years experience coaching rugby or playing at an elite level.
  • Experienced proven record in developing players through the stages.     
  • Understanding of the IRFU Long Term Player Development Model.
  • Computer literacy. 

RESPONSIBILITIES
 
General areas of responsibility include:
 

  • Manage and operate the Elite Player Development Programmes in the province as directed by the Academy Manager & High Performance Manager.
  • Profile, develop and manage key performance plans for identified players within the pathway.
  • Deliver specific and appropiate technical, tactical and strategic sessions to elite squads & individuals within the province in-line with agreed performance plans.
  • To coordinate provincial screenings for the respective age grade squads; were appropriate in conjunction with School and Club personnel/management teams. 
  • To coordinate and deliver specidic individual, unit and team  skills for all age-grade squads in conjunction with the Academy Manager and other development staff.
  • To facilitate technical, tactical and strategic sessions when required to Provincial age-grade squads.
  • To deliver at workshops and coaching clinics in areas of personal expertise.
  • Assist in the delivery and operations of the Regional Development Squads when applicable
  • Complete all administrative duties required by the Academy Manager
  • Attend seminars and coaching courses as directed in order to assist the elite officer’s self-development.
  • Carry out specific activities as assigned by the High Performance Manager and or Academy Manager that are in keeping with the officer’s experience.

 
PERFORMANCE MEASURES

  • Contribute to the attainment of the agreed goals as set out by the Academy Manager and the IRFU.
  • Improved proficiency of performance of key identified players within the Academy and Elite Pathway.
  • Carry out duties and responsibilities with limited supervision
  • Establish efficient and effective work practices.
  • Make effective and informed decisions in relation to the role of Elite Rugby Development Officer.
  • Portray a competent and professional image of the IRFU
  • To be qualitatively assessed by peers and players on an on-going basis.
  • To submit monthly reports of activities to the Academy Manager