Job Description

Job Title: Cycling Ireland Membership Development Officer – Ulster

Responsible to: Cycling Ireland Events Officer

Contract Duration: 1 Year Contract (subject to confirmation annually) 

Responsible for: Implementation of plan for development of regional workforce (i.e. coaches, volunteers & officials) and club membership

Hours of work: 39 hours per week

Salary: Circa £28,000

Location: Ulster Region

Key Objectives

The Membership Development Officer (MDO) is a newly created position within the Ulster region, which has been introduced via funding, received from Sport Northern Ireland’s Sporting Clubs Investment Programme. The Membership Development Officer will form an integral part of the sport development team within Cycling Ireland and Cycling Ulster.

The Membership Development Officer (MDO) will be responsible for delivering and evaluating the development plan for Cycling Ulster club membership, club development and workforce development. The MDO will facilitate and coordinate opportunities through clubs, events, coaching and volunteering activities, across all ages and abilities, to increase participation in cycling.

Additionally, there will be the wider engagement of and establishing strong working relationships with regional representatives, local authorities and other partners to support the implementation of the regional development plan.


Reporting to the Events Manager and in coordination with the Cycling Ulster Executive reporting on a calendar month basis, the MDO will work within the guidelines established by the Cycling Ireland Board.

The MDO would be expected to establish, develop and maintain relationships with the key members and coaches from clubs within Ulster.

MDO Responsibilities

1. Increase Club Membership & Participation

Increase Cycling Ireland/Cycling Ulster membership in Ulster to an agreed set of targets.

2. Club Support & Development

  •  Assist with the development of new/ and newly formed clubs in the Ulster region by becoming initial point of contact to provide guidance.
  • Development of best practice club development model.
  •  Liaise with cycling clubs on the implementation of best practice development model.
  •  Planning, organising and hosting club development workshops incorporating inclusiveness training.
  •  Developing and supporting coach development in line with agreed targets
  •  Workforce development in line with agreed targets

3. Promotion and Development of Cycling Ireland Programmes to and within cycling clubs

  •  Working with Cycling Ireland’s programmes officer to promote and encourage participation in programmes like Bike 4 Life, Ride Leader and initiatives aimed at cyclists in the Ulster region.
  •  Contact with and promotion of Cycling Ireland Programmes and to cycling clubs.
  •  Ongoing liaison with clubs in programme introduction, development.
  •  Identification, recruitment, training and development of coaches/leaders.
  •  Expand and develop Cycling Ireland Programmes and club development section of Cycling Ireland Website.

4. General Duties

  •  Collaborating and supporting the work of Cycling Ulster Executive
  •  Act as an ambassador for Cycling Ireland and Cycling Ulster and represent the organisation on appropriate occasions.
  •  Develop relationships with other partners including local authorities, schools and other interest groups that increase the development of cycling in Ulster.
  • Answer incoming queries from clubs, schools, local authorities and other interest groups in relation to Cycling Ireland Programmes.
  •  Answer incoming queries from clubs in relation to club structure, development and best practice guidelines.
  •  Assist in managing all budgetary aspects of the role.
  •  Produce reports, deal with correspondence and attend relevant meetings.

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 across the week with time-in-lieu.

Person specification:

Relevant Experience Experience and knowledge of sports development, including club and coach development.

Knowledge of Cycling Ulster and Cycling Ireland structures

Experience of working with Volunteers.

An understanding of legislation relevant to sports organisations to include child protection, health and safety, data protection, equity etc.

Demonstrable experience of working in a Sports Environment for 3 years and/or have relevant degree

Demonstrable experience of applying and selling innovative and challenging ideas in a work or sporting environment.

Competence in budgeting and financial management.

Special Aptitudes Competent in the use of information technology.

Excellent literary and communication skills with the ability to produce clear, concise reports.

Good organisational skills.

Experience of making presentations to a target audience.

Competent in use of Microsoft XP or above; and in particular Word, Excel, and Power Point, email and website.

Experience of working under pressure and to strict deadlines.

First Aid Certificate.

General Aptitudes Highly proactive, with the ability to work with minimal direction. Development planning experience and proven ability to implement
Disposition Good Interpersonal skills and ability to work as part of a team.

Ability to be self-motivated, resourceful, work on own initiative in a flexible and co-operative manner.

Circumstances Ability to work out of normal office hours.

Be prepared to undertake training in any relevant job related area.

Access to a form of transport that will permit the post holder to meet the requirements of the post in full.

General information:

The on-going funding for this post is subject to negotiation and to confirmation of funding from Cycling Ireland’s funding partners SportNI.

Short listing will apply as do Garda/Access NI vetting procedures.

Interested persons are invited to submit their CV (by email) along with a covering letter outlining why they believe they are suitable for the post to Garry Nugent ( by email only.

Closing date for applications: Friday 14th April 2017 at 5 pm

Cycling Ireland is an equal opportunities employer