National Governance Officer Role


National Governance Officer Role

Badminton Ireland is delighted to announce a vacancy for a full-time National Governance Officer to start immediately. This is an exciting opportunity to work within a vibrant, sporting organisation with an Olympic focus and an excellent opportunity to gain experience and pursue a career in the sporting or administration domain. There are excellent opportunities to progress within the Organisation.

The role of the governance officer will be to implement and review Badminton Ireland's policies (Safeguarding, Complaints, etc) and act as a liaison to our members on issues such as Child protection. The suitable candidate with have excellent written and verbal communication and be able to deliver talks and training sessions to our members. They should also be proficient in editing and proofreading policies.

Badminton Ireland works with its stakeholders across Ireland to increase participation and improve the quality of the sporting experience for participants. The ideal candidate will be able to work as part of a team but also independently. This is an office-based role but due to the nature of the sporting industry, some evening and weekend work may be necessary.

Please submit a detailed cover letter and CV to using the subject line National Governance Officer Role before close of business on the 29th of June 2018.


Job Description


Reporting to: Chief Executive Officer

Job-Based: Irish Sports H.Q, Dublin

Salary: Competitive



  • Familiarisation with Children First (ROI) and Our Duty to Care (NI) to ensure they can act as an information source to other members of Badminton Ireland.
  • Familiarisation with vetting procedure - Garda Vetting (ROI) and Access NI (NI).
  • To act as a resource to members in relation to child protection, governance, etc.
  • Co-ordination of training for others (Branches, Counties, Clubs).
  • The promotion of the values, attitudes and structures which make sport enjoyable for all.
  • Circulation of all relevant information and resource materials on governance to clubs and affiliates of Badminton Ireland.
  • Communication with Club Safeguarding Officers to ensure the distribution of relevant policies and the promotion of related education programmes, materials, events and Badminton Ireland-related codes.
  • Liaise with Branches and clubs to examine the rules, regulations and structures to ensure that they are child centred, e.g. equal playing time, appropriate competition structures, bullying policy etc.
  • Liaise with Branches and clubs to ensure drop-out rates and transfers are monitored so that unusual developments or trends can be addressed, including the transfer of sports leaders (coaches, team managers, officers, etc.).
  • Development of a system of record keeping which maintains confidentiality while allowing for appropriate information to be passed to relevant authorities where necessary.
  • Monitor and update policies and procedures in line with good governance/legislation. Ensure updates are communicated and training made available where necessary.
  • Ensuring that the Badminton Ireland develops an appropriate, sport-specific code, which includes a policy statement, codes of conduct, disciplinary procedures, bullying policy, safety statement, recruitment and selection policy and reporting procedures
  • To act as the first point of contact for all Safeguarding enquiries.
  • Proactively promote governance related campaigns to all stakeholders, for example, anti-bullying, GDPR, Complaints Management.


Candidates should note that this list does not represent an exhaustive list and is subject to change as the job requires.

This position will require at times an amount of weekend availability with working hours spread over the week.


   Essential  Desirable



Qualifications & Attainments

Certificate of attendance at a Safeguarding/Child Protection in Sport or the equivalent workshop.

Hold a Child Protection Tutor qualification or equivalent.   
Computer literate and competent in the use of Microsoft Office including Word and  Excel. Third Level qualification.
Fluent in the English language.  


Relevant Experience & Knowledge


Experience in a similar role. Two years' experience in a similar role.
Understanding of safeguarding/child protection procedures and policies as it applies to sports clubs. Be an existing Badminton Ireland member, with experience in dealing with young people.
Understanding of behaviour which is harmful to children - thresholds of 'poor practice' - 'abusive behaviour'.

Knowledge of Policy and Procedure development.

Experience working with volunteers.  


 Special Aptitudes

Excellent literary and communication skills with the ability to produce clear, concise reports. Existing Safeguarding/Child Protection Officer in any sporting club.
Proven record of working to a deadline.
Excellent organisational skills.



General Aptitudes

Strong interpersonal skills including the ability to liaise with a range of personnel (such as young people, volunteers teachers, coaches and parents).
Ability to be self-motivated, resourceful, work on own initiative in a flexible and co-operative manner.
Ability to demonstrate confidence, empathy, enthusiasm and initiative.




Ability to work out of normal office hours.
Be prepared to undertake training in any relevant job-related area.
Full driving license.



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