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Vacancy: IRUPA Player Services Advisor

6th July 2012 By jess

IRUPA, in conjunction with the IRFU (Irish Rugby Football Union) is expanding its Player Services Programme (PSP) and wishes to invite applications for the position of ‘Player Services Advisor’ to support players in the Leinster and Ulster rugby squads.

IRUPA, the Irish Rugby Union Players Association, is a non profit making organisation which aims to promote and protect the welfare of our members by endeavouring to safeguard their futures both on and off the pitch.

The Role:
The aim of the PSP is to assist players in achieving a sport/life balance during their careers and ultimately to make the transition out of professional rugby as smooth as possible when that time comes. The PSP assists players in undertaking educational, vocational and personal development opportunities. The Player Services Advisor will be responsible for managing the delivery of the PSP to the Leinster & Ulster squads. The successful candidate will be required to achieve set targets under the following areas:
Career and education training
Personal and professional development
Player image and brand awareness
Financial planning and management
Management of specific welfare and support programmes

The Player Services Advisor will be required to develop and maintain close working relationship with players and provincial team management in Leinster and Ulster. They will be required to attend quarterly meetings of both the Leinster and Ulster Player Services Working Parties, and provide regular progress reports.

The Candidate:
The successful candidates will:
Have a minimum of three years experience and a record of achievement in delivering a professional programme, preferably within a service or support environment.
Be educated to degree level preferably in a discipline related to the role.
Be an excellent communicator/ presenter with the ability to build close relationships with stakeholders.
Have excellent organisational skills and be highly motivated.
Preferably have experience and knowledge in some of the following areas: career planning with adults, learning and development programmes, outplacement and recruitment, knowledge of education courses and training providers, knowledge of employee welfare and general well-being.
Preferably have a background in sport and an understanding of elite athletes' needs and requirements.

The Opportunity:
This is a unique career opportunity to work within the top professional sport operating in Ireland today. IRUPA will continue to support the success of our players by ensuring their welfare is paramount. This key role, reporting directly to the IRUPA CEO, will play an important part in providing that support.

Applicants should note that the Player Services Advisor will be required to travel between Dublin and Belfast on a weekly basis, and therefore should hold a current and valid driver's license in Ireland/ UK.

Applicants should forward a CV and a cover letter of no more than one page, in confidence to:
Omar Hassanein
Chief Executive
E-mail: omar@irupa.ie

The closing date for applications is 5:00pm on Monday 23rd July

For full role description please click here.

IRUPA is an equal opportunities employer.


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