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PostSubject: Head of Operations   Tue May 10, 2016 10:21 am

Head of Operations – Kildare GAA

Cumann Lúthchleas Gael is Ireland’s leading sporting and cultural organisation with membership approaching one million people and more than 500,000 playing participants at all levels. Inspired and supported by the voluntary efforts of its members, the GAA is focused on the development and promotion of Gaelic Games and culture on the island of Ireland and in local communities.

The Association is constantly responding to the growing and changing needs of our members, players, volunteers and supporters and on this basis is currently recruiting for a Head of Operations to be directly responsible for assisting the Kildare County Executive in formulating the long-term objectives and priorities for the development of our games in Kildare, whilst carrying out duties in relation to the day to day management and operations of the county board’s activities. Kildare GAA has a proud history of success and the successful applicant will have the opportunity to architect and execute a strategy that will position Kildare GAA for sustained success in to the future.

Working closely with Leinster GAA and reporting to the Kildare Chairperson and the Ard Stiúrthóir of the GAA, the successful candidate will be responsible for managing Kildare GAA’s entire commercial operations and the strategic direction of Gaelic Games in the County. This position requires a motivated and talented individual with a strong interest in Kildare GAA and who cares deeply about the sustained success of the County.

Duties and Responsibilities include:

Manage the operational structure of the county on a day to day basis to include the management and supervision of all full and part-time personnel;
Assist the Chairman with production of an annual operations plan and a framework to enable officers to operate as an effective team;
Responsible for overseeing the project management of capital works for the County;
To act as a conduit between County Executive and Sub-committees by maintaining key lines of communication and build relationships with key local stakeholders and other agencies including recruitment and management of sponsors and partners, and lead a successful County over a sustained period;
Providing the necessary leadership, management, decision making and organisational skills to enhance the county board operation, to develop and implement marketing strategies to develop the county commercially. Identifying and seeking out partnership opportunities for the County with external parties, qualifying those opportunities and developing appropriate approaches to engage the parties professionally presenting the specific opportunity for support;
Responsible for establishing and managing relationships at all levels. Maintain key lines of communication with Clubs, Schools and relevant Community groups, to ensure the effective promotion of Gaelic Games through Club School and Community links;
To assist the County Treasurer with the management of all financial services/operations ensuring that proper governance is in place;
To oversee and assist the County Games Manager with the management of all full/part-time County Games Development and Administration personnel responsible for the implementation of the County Operations and Games Development Plan(s) on a day to day basis, and support the County Games Managers with the identification of individual targets and goals and the evaluation of same on a quarterly basis.

Requirements:
At least 3-5 years’ experience of working in the GAA or similar sporting organization (Voluntary or Professional Capacity);
Proven track record in the area of Project Management including programme planning, evaluation and budgetary control;
Exceptional leadership skills with the ability to create and embed change;
Proven experience in being able to establish and deliver a strategy plan that will generate outstanding results;
Excellent people management skills with the ability to build and maintain strong business relationships;
Superb stakeholder management skills, including a proven ability to build enthusiasm for commercial or sponsorship opportunities, with an aptitude for brand management;
Excellent administrative and IT skills are essential with exceptional attention to detail and efficiency at keeping records;
Excellent communication/presentation skills (verbal and written) and exceptional interpersonal skills;
Strong proven ability to work in high-pressure situations is essential, and a willingness to work out of office hours and some weekends;
An in dept knowledge of the GAA and its structures is essential;
A strong interest in and understanding of Kildare GAA;
An appropriate Third Level Qualification would be a distinct advantage;
An Award 1 GAA coaching qualification is desirable.

Candidates interested in the above role should apply with an up to date cover letter and Curriculum Vitae to jobapplications@gaa.ie before 5pm on Friday 20th May 2016.


Be interesting to see what sort of person gets this job. Definitely a positive move anyways, can't think of too many other counties with full time roles such as this one. Good to see a bit of focus on the commercial and long term planning side of things as well.
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PostSubject: Re: Head of Operations   Tue May 10, 2016 6:20 pm

Is this the county secretary role or whatever that's called now?
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PostSubject: Re: Head of Operations   Tue May 10, 2016 9:30 pm

Its separate to the secretary role. The secretary job is now voluntary and the new one has already been elected. They have a job like this in a lot of counties I think. Wicklow appointed one recently too.
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PostSubject: Re: Head of Operations   Tue May 10, 2016 9:57 pm

Would it be a position D Reilly might be interested in? It has the potential to be a more influential position than chairman
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PostSubject: Re: Head of Operations   Tue May 10, 2016 10:50 pm

One good thing I see is that the application process is being handled through Croke Park so this might lessen the chances somewhat of being landed with a candidate from the usual suspects. A number of appointments in the past have been on questionable grounds to say the least.
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PostSubject: Re: Head of Operations   Wed May 11, 2016 12:47 am

Hurlerbehindtheditch wrote:
One good thing I see is that the application process is being handled through Croke Park so this might lessen the chances somewhat of being landed with a candidate from the usual suspects. A number of appointments in the past have been on questionable grounds to say the least.


Thats a bit rough Hurlerbehindtheditch..... affraid are you casting doubt over the integrity of the decision making by the officials of the county board  confused  confused .....never never never would that happen.... No No No
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PostSubject: Re: Head of Operations   Wed May 11, 2016 12:51 am

Lily8 wrote:
Its separate to the secretary role. The secretary job is now voluntary and the new one has already been elected. They have a job like this in a lot of counties I think. Wicklow appointed one recently too.

It's the equivalent then of that full-time administrative role, been described as chief executive in some counties - anyway, every county board needs it now so good to see.

Who's the voluntary county secretary by the way?
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PostSubject: Re: Head of Operations   Wed May 11, 2016 12:53 am

Dave Cahill from Clane was appointed un-opposed.
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PostSubject: Re: Head of Operations   Wed May 11, 2016 12:54 am

Hurlerbehindtheditch wrote:
Dave Cahill from Clane was appointed un-opposed.

Thanks.
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PostSubject: Re: Head of Operations   Wed May 11, 2016 8:44 pm

A few lads on here eminently qualified for this :-)
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PostSubject: Re: Head of Operations   Wed May 11, 2016 11:08 pm

It looks like a job description that has someone already selected.
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PostSubject: Re: Head of Operations   Wed May 11, 2016 11:31 pm

Given that there are operations involved, does it require a medical degree? Rolling Eyes
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PostSubject: Re: Head of Operations   Thu May 12, 2016 12:05 am

I reckon that's what is implied Tom..... How to operate on kildare fans who have weekly heart attacks when watching senior county team!
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PostSubject: Re: Head of Operations   Thu May 12, 2016 1:57 am

tomoneillandhissisteranne wrote:
Given that there are operations involved, does it require a medical degree? Rolling Eyes

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PostSubject: Re: Head of Operations   Thu May 12, 2016 2:04 am

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PostSubject: Re: Head of Operations   Thu Jul 07, 2016 10:28 pm

Anyone have any ideas/suggestions that they would like to see implemented by the new Head of Operations? I know a huge part of the job will involve the re-development of Conleth's so I'd love to see someone with expertise in that kind of area. Hugely important that we get this right
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PostSubject: Re: Head of Operations   Thu Jul 07, 2016 10:55 pm

Has this role been filled.
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PostSubject: Re: Head of Operations   Thu Aug 25, 2016 2:22 am

Operations Manager Appointed for Kildare GAA
OPERATIONS MANAGER APPOINTED FOR KILDARE GAA

Kildare GAA are pleased to announce that Cormac Kirwan will be the new Operations Manager for Coiste Chontae Chill Dara.

Originally from the Round Towers GAA Club in Clondalkin, but living in Naas for the last 20 years, Cormac is a member of Naas GAA Club and has had a 28-year career with the Defence Forces, serving both at home and abroad.

He has been highly active in the area of Coaching and Games Development since 2006 and has extensive experience as a Level 1 Tutor with Leinster GAA, as well as holding a BA in Physical Education from UL and a MA in Leadership, Management and Defence Studies from NUIM.

Kildare GAA Chairman, Ger Donnelly, has welcomed the appointment.

He said: "We are delighted to appoint someone of Cormac's obvious calibre to the position of Operations Manager in Kildare GAA.

"There was a strong level of interest in this post which attracted many top quality individuals.

"These are exciting times for Kildare GAA and I look forward to working with Cormac as we seek to tackle the challenges that lie ahead in continuing to develop our Games in our County and hopefully build a pathway towards success on the field.
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PostSubject: Re: Head of Operations   Thu Aug 25, 2016 5:04 am

Why'd they give to a fken Dub..probably knows Jim Gavin if Round Towers and Defence Forces background.
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PostSubject: Re: Head of Operations   Thu Aug 25, 2016 5:05 am

Why'd they give to a fken Dub..probably knows Jim Gavin if Round Towers and Defence Forces background.
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PostSubject: Re: Head of Operations   Thu Aug 25, 2016 6:03 am

Because hopefully he was the best man for the job and not a job for the boys scenario.
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PostSubject: Re: Head of Operations   Thu Aug 25, 2016 11:06 am

Dinny Breen wrote:
Because hopefully he was the best man for the job and not a job for the boys scenario.

I've no doubt.
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PostSubject: Re: Head of Operations   Thu Aug 25, 2016 9:20 pm

First on his list should be sorting out St. Conleths. Hopefully he has connections in Croke Park and gets some funding to upgrade the facilities.
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PostSubject: Re: Head of Operations   Thu Aug 25, 2016 9:49 pm

Best of luck to him, it certainly is a wide ranging role. Couldn't care less where he's from, people settling in Kildale have more than done their share both at club and county level over the years
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PostSubject: Re: Head of Operations   Thu Aug 25, 2016 11:02 pm

Seems an odd appointment at first glance, why would a man with an army background have any knowledge of the commercials aspects of this job?

I would have thought the successful candidate would have had a background in private business.
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