The IRFU would like to invite applications for the position of Referee Development Officer. Based in the West/South-West of Ireland, the successful candidate will be responsible for the delivery of referee development/coaching workshops across all pre elite levels, and performing additional duties as outlined below in the key responsibilities.


  • Self-motivated;
  • Ability to work on own initiative;
  • Deliver schedule within agreed timeframe;
  • Ability to deliver workshops at various levels;
  • Ability to present and motivate group learning;
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills;
  • Good organisational skills, with attention to detail;
  • Thorough understanding of the laws of the game;
  • Very good IT knowledge;
  • Current or recent active referee experience to All Ireland League (or equivalent) level. 

General areas of responsibility include:
IRFU Referee Workshops/Training
The Referee Development Officer will deliver workshops at a number of different levels listed below:

  • Affiliate referee workshops.
  • New recruits workshops.
  • Trial Member workshops.
  • General member workshops.
  • Level 2 workshops.
  • Level 3 workshops.
  • Touch judging workshops.

Referee Development

  • Work with the local referee association to identify and develop referees through the IRFU pathway system.
  • Sit on the rugby committee of the referee association to ensure delivery of delivery of IRFU strategy. 


  • Work with the DRM, Provincial CRO’s, and local referee association to recruit referees.
  • Carry out club visits as per recruitment policy.
  • Database all new recruits and monitor development with the referee association. 


  • Other duties as may be outlined from time to time by the Referee Performance Manager in line with general department needs or specific projects. 

This position is being offered on a full-time, fixed-term contract basis. To apply for this position, email your CV to Eoin Ward at or post to Eoin Ward, HR Generalist, IRFU, 10/12 Lansdowne Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4.

The closing date for applications is strictly 13:00 on Friday, 26th June 2015. Interviews will take place in Dublin on Wednesday, 8th July 2015.
The IRFU is an equal opportunity employer.