Active City Officer (ACO) Limerick
Length of contract: This role is offered on a fixed term contract for 2-3 years, subject to satisfactory completion of a 6-month probationary period and securing funding for year 3.
Hours: The ACO will work 35 hours a week. Some flexibility of hours will be required for evening and/or weekend work to accommodate the service needs, for which time off in-lieu can be taken.
Job Location: Limerick Sports Partnership - UL Sport Arena. This is an office-based role with remote working available where relevant and appropriate.
Closing date: Monday July 5th, 2021
Candidates must demonstrate in their application that they possess all of the essential elements applicable in the person specification. Limerick Sports Partnership will then decide to interview only those applicants who appear from the information available, to be the most suitable, in terms of experience, qualifications and other requirements of the post. Limerick Sports Partnership is an equal opportunities employer.
Background to Sport Ireland Active Cities project
The Sport Ireland Active Cities project is funded by Sport Ireland through the Dormant Accounts Fund (DAF). A Sport Ireland Active City will strive to create social norms about the benefits of sport and physical activity, create programmes and opportunities for its citizens regardless of ability or age, work in partnership to increase physical activity and decrease inactivity, and create/maintain environments where sport and physical activity can happen ultimately working toward healthier lifestyles of their citizens. The Sport Ireland Active Cities concept is built on the principles of the Global Action Plan for Physical Activity (GAPPA) developed by the WHO in 2018.
Using the GAPPA framework a Sport Ireland Active City Strategy will be broken down into four key pillars: 1. Actives Societies, 2. Active Environments, 3. Active People, 4. Active Systems. Partnership working and multi city collaboration is encouraged. Sport Ireland Active Cities must target people who are economically or socially disadvantaged, educationally disadvantaged or who have a disability.
Purpose and Scope of the Post
The Active City Officer will be responsible for the development, delivery and coordination a programme of work that leads to an increase in participation in sport, physical activity, and active lifestyles across all communities in Limerick, with a particular focus on people who are economically or socially disadvantaged, educationally disadvantaged or who have a disability.
This will involve creating effective partnerships with a wide range of agencies and community organisations and maximising access to and use of resources, both financial and human.
The Active City Officer will be a member of the Limerick LSP team and will need to develop a strong working relationship with relevant staff in Limerick City and County Council and other local agencies, local sports clubs and community/voluntary groups and relevant staff and officers from National Governing Bodies. The Active City Officer will also work closely with the national network of Active City Officers, The National Active Cities Lead and Sport Ireland.
Principal Duties and Responsibilities
Project Co-ordination and Collaboration
- Develop and support an interagency, cross-sectoral approach to the development of Limerick as an Active City, while also ensuring the work is effectively and efficiently integrated with LSP activities maximising the impact for all.
- Co-ordinate the development and operation of the steering group nurturing a collaborative, partnership approach and ensuring appropriate membership and representation.
- Engage with the Active Cities Network and Sport Ireland
- Develop, co-ordinate, support and monitor the implementation of the Limerick Active City Plan.
- Facilitate and support local stakeholders in the planning, development and implementation of actions set out in the Limerick Active City Plan.
- Consultation – consult and engage with all relevant stakeholders with regard to the development and implementation of the project.
- Link effectively with all partner agencies in the area of sport and physical activity and represent the Active City in relevant fora.
- Encourage networking and ensure joined up working between local organisations involved in sport and physical activity.
- Engage with other citywide health initiatives, e.g., Healthy Cities, and contribute where possible to these initiatives.
Planning & Operations
- Facilitate and lead the implementation of the operational and action plan for the Active City in line with the local sports plans, healthy cities etc.
- Work with the LSP team to support the development and delivery of a range of initiatives, programmes and events as part of the Active City project to provide opportunities for more people to be more active.
- Facilitate and lead the co-ordination of Active City initiatives and pilots in targeted communities.
- Capital/Equipment – manage the capital and equipment budget including procurement, development, storage etc.
- Training and Leadership Development – support and promote training and development opportunities to support the sustainable development of volunteers and community leaders including relevant training for professionals and community groups on the benefits of participation in sport and leading an active lifestyle. Provide networking events and shared learning opportunities for all project stakeholders.
- Work with facility and infrastructure providers, public and private, to support increased community participation.
Communications & Marketing
- Work with the national network of Active City Officers and Sport Ireland to develop an Active City brand and implement locally in line with agreed guidelines.
- Develop and implement a communications strategy including the production of press release and project newsletter highlighting activities, strategies and learnings from the project and resources to promote Active City activities and message.
- Develop and maintain a comprehensive database of organisational and key contacts and prepare clear marketing and communications plans for the project.
- Communicate the ‘Active City’ messages effectively with representatives from different organisations and members of the public.
- Raise the profile of sport, physical activity and active lifestyles and their benefits both throughout the city.
- Identify opportunities to promote ‘Active City’ locally, nationally and internationally.
Finance & Administration
- Finance and Budget management – carefully manage the budget and reporting requirements to Co-ordinator, Board and funders for all budget areas.
- Create sport, physical activity and active lifestyle opportunities and identify appropriate funding streams.
- Administration - Provide support and assistance in maintaining up-to-date databases.
- Reporting and Evaluation – Carry out research and needs analysis as appropriate and as required. Measure, monitor and evaluate performance and the impact of Active City activities in line with Sport Ireland requirements.
- Prepare reports and regular updates to the Co-ordinator, Board, Sport Ireland and other stakeholders as required.
- Generate and disseminate accessible information and analysis for all stakeholders
- Health & Safety Management – promote good practice in health and safety awareness practice for all Active City activities. Ensure best practice for use of facilities. Ensure that all activities undertaken under the Active Cities project are in line with appropriate codes and legislation.
- To undertake other relevant duties within the scope of the post.
Qualification or proven experience of at least 3 years working in one of the following disciplines:
- Project/Programme Management
- Planning e.g. city planning
- Business Development
Relevant Degree in Sports/Community Development, Health Promotion or equivalent qualification.
Essential Experience & Knowledge
Provide evidence of:
- A minimum of 3 years’ experience working with agencies such as local government, public sector in the area of project management particularly relevant to this post.
- An understanding of the role and importance of co-ordinated and integrated inter-agency responses to facilitating active lifestyles
- Experience creating partnerships with a variety of agencies
- Experience working with voluntary and /or community groups
- Experience in monitoring and evaluation against set targets
Desirable Experience & Knowledge
- Experience and/or understanding in the areas of community sport and physical activity administration.
- Experience and/or understanding the community sector in a developmental and supportive capacity.
- Understanding of targeting groups with low levels of participation in physical activity and the barriers which inhibit their participation.
- Understanding of the international, national sport and physical activity sector relative to Policy, Funding and the Global Action Plan for Physical Activity.
Skills & Competencies
- Excellent interpersonal, communication, problem solving, team working, decision making and influencing skills
- Ability to work in a self-motivated manner
- Ability to positively represent and advocate for the project across partners and agencies
- Strong IT, administrative and organisational skills
- Ability to produce, access and disseminate information efficiently and accurately.
- Ability to prioritise, plan and co-ordinate the delivery of a work programme and produce high quality of work
- Ability to consult, communicate and network appropriately and effectively with all sectors of the community
- Ability to advise, inform, motivate, and support individuals and organisations
- Ability to prepare, monitor and manage budgets
- Ability to produce good quality publicity material
- Understanding of research methods is desirable
Attitude & Motivation
- Awareness of the importance and value of participation in sport, physical activity and active lifestyles.
- An understanding of and a personal commitment to the Vision and Values of the Sports Partnership.
- A constructive, positive and progressive attitude to working as part of the LSP team and an ability to develop partnerships with the wider community.
- Full, clean driving licence and use of personal transport for work
- Willingness and ability to travel
- Ability and commitment to work unsociable hours.