Employment Opportunity – Physical Activity Education Coordinator

Physical Activity Education Coordinator


Closing date:  Applications to be received no later than 12 noon on Friday 29th of March 2019

Interviews: Interviews for shortlisted candidates will take place on week of the 8th of April

Salary: Remuneration will be dependent on qualifications and experience

Contract Type: This is a 1-year fixed term contract, renewal subject to continued annual funding from our funding partners


Cara’s vision is ‘putting disability sport and inclusive physical activity at the heart of our nation’.

Sport and physical activity are central to the fabric of life in Ireland. There is a growing awareness and understanding that peoples’ lives can be enhanced through participation, especially by improving health and wellbeing, increasing social interaction and empowering people to be the best they can be.

While there has been a significant increase in the awareness of and access to physical activity and sport opportunities for people with disabilities, there is still a considerable need for programmes, which directly engage with people with disabilities, their families and carers and focus on heightening awareness of opportunities and understanding in relation to the benefits of being physically active.

Cara, through the support of the Health Service Executive (HSE) Health and Wellbeing Dept. and in partnership with Sport Ireland, are looking for a full time Physical Activity Education Coordinator to coordinate the development, delivery and evaluation of a national physical activity education programme for people with disabilities.

Developed in partnership with the HSE and Sport Ireland, the aim of the programme is to increase the knowledge and understanding of people with disabilities on the importance and benefits of being physically active and the opportunities that are available to participate within their local community. The programme will align with and support the Adult Disability Day Services – New Directions Policy.

Job Purpose:

As the Physical Activity Education Coordinator you will be responsible for the final phase of development of the Physical Activity Education Programme working in conjunction with the Local Sports Partnerships and local adult day services. This programme is currently in its pilot phase and Cara is actively seeking a highly motivated, driven individual to work within a dynamic team who will play a key role in the development, delivery and evaluation of the programme with a view to its national implementation in 2020.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Implement the strategic objectives of Cara specific to enhancing opportunities for people with disabilities to participate in sport and physical activity within their local communities
  • Finalise the development of the national physical activity education programme content reviewing its suitability specific to accessibility requirements
  • Develop a facilitator training workshop, finalise accreditation and create suitable resources for delivery to staff within Adult Day Services
  • Develop effective working relationships with the HSE Disability Services and Health and Wellbeing department in coordinating the implementation of a pilot phase of the programme
  • Promote the programme to adult day services and recruit 10 services to participate in the pilot of the programme. Liaise with the selected services in presenting the programme at executive level, delivering facilitator training, engaging with the Local Sports Partnership and coordinating the delivery of the physical activity education programme.
  • Compile an in-depth report on the impact of the programme through effective evaluation mechanisms, developing a plan for national roll out
  • Develop insight on the local provision of sport and physical activity for people with disabilities across Adults Day Services to enable collaboration, partnerships, shared knowledge and synergies across various partners within the sport, health, and disability sectors
  • Engage with the Sport Ireland Participation Unit and the network of Local Sport Partnerships (LSPs) and Sports Inclusion Disability Officers (SIDOs) to agree an identified role for the LSP network in the promotion and implementation of the national physical activity education programme for adults with disabilities
  • Develop an effective mechanism to heighten awareness of the programme across the disability sector with a view to presenting to all Community Health Organisation (CHO’s) and National Disability Organisations
  • Advocate for increased participation opportunities for people with disabilities through partnerships with local/regional and national forums and organisations
  • Manage related programme areas: finances, budgets and reporting
  • Where necessary undertake other duties as requested


Essential Qualities Required Demonstrable
A third level qualification in sports development, leisure management, adapted physical activity, community development, health promotion or other relevant discipline and/or equivalent work based experience in the sports/disability sector. Application Form


Proven track record of working within the disability, sport or health sectors and/ sports organisations such as NGBs, LSPs, Disability NGBs, Disability Services etc. Application Form


Demonstrated track record of strategic coordination ability, leadership and relationship management specific to engaging with key stakeholders Application Form


Experience of developing and managing financial plans, fundraising, budgets programme monitoring, evaluating and reporting. Application Form


An understanding of the sport and physical activity structure in Ireland with in-depth knowledge of the Disability sector and the role of the Local Sports Partnership network in supporting increased opportunities for people with disabilities. Interview
Knowledge of disability equality issues and a good understanding of the barriers people with disabilities experiences in relation to participating in sport and physical activity Interview
Excellent communication skills and the ability to collaborate with multidisciplinary partners Interview
A proficiency in IT and communication technology systems Interview
Ability and commitment to work independently and as part of a team with a commitment to work flexible hours when necessary Interview

Note to all applicants:

Only those applicants who clearly demonstrate, by example, how they meet the criteria will go forward to the next stage in the recruitment and selection process.

Please note: This job description is not to be regarded as exclusive or exhaustive. It is intended as an outline indication of the areas of activity and can be amended in the light of the changing needs of the organisation.

Suitable candidates should apply by completing the attached application form here.

Closing date for applications is 12noon on Friday 29th of March 2019.

Please submit your application form electronically to Niamh Daffy (CEO, Cara) at ndaffy@caracentre.ie 

Queries may be directed to Niamh Daffy at ndaffy@caracentre.ie or 066 7145646.

Cara is an equal opportunities employer and all applications will be treated in strict confidence.

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