Football Association of Ireland

Football Association of Ireland

Facility Development Co-Ordinator


Role Type



Posting Date

Jun 6, 2022

Role description

The Department:
The Facilities Infrastructure Development Department supports the development of quality football facilities locally, regionally and nationally based on the FAI strategic plan 2022-2025 of core deliverables (Transforming football facilities and infrastructure pillar).

Principle Purpose and Duties:
Working within Facilities Infrastructure Development Department and reporting direct to the Head of Grant Funding Infrastructure Development. The primary purpose of this position is to coordinate the development pathway of quality facilities and infrastructure nationally for all our stakeholders from a technical standard and funding streams point of view. Also, to further support the ongoing development of the FAI National Headquarters and National Training Centre.

Job requirements

Key Job Responsibilities:

Supporting the Head of Grant Funding Infrastructure Development and the wider Facility Development Department in the continuous development and delivery of the Associations Strategy Plan 2022 -2025 in relation to facility development and facility management, at all levels, from Grassroots Clubs to the Aviva Stadium.
Support the wider operational unit within the department to ensure best practices are followed for the FAI HQ, National Training Centre and Aviva Stadium.
Create a designated League of Ireland – Large scale sport infrastructure fund (LSSIF) delivery plan for all clubs to follow and submit funding requests accordingly.
Support a positive sustainability delivery plan for the FAI staffing and wider stakeholders around carbon reduction.
Support the process of sustainable working within the FAI HQ office.
Support the Head of Grant Funding Infrastructure Development to co-ordinate a nationwide audit (grassroots football to League of Ireland clubs) of facilities from a quantity and quality point of view.

Co-ordinate the Association educational process around infrastructure development by hosting numerous presentations for all of football – grassroots Clubs, Leagues and LOI Clubs.
Coordinate and support the Head of Grant Funding Infrastructure Development with the implementation and delivery of natural turf and artificial turf training courses for all relevant LOI and Grassroot Groundcare workers - both nationally and regionally.

Co-ordinate the delivery of updating all FAI guidelines on facility development documentation showing a clear link with the UEFA, FIFA for same.

Clubhouse development.
Artificial turf guidelines.
Natural turf guidelines.
Floodlighting upgrade guidelines.

Support the Head of Grant Funding Infrastructure Development to co-ordinate a League of Ireland Infrastructure Working Group to help collate all upgrade plans with all relevant Clubs.

Support the Head of Grant Funding Infrastructure Development with the operational and development responsibilities of all owned, invested FAI facility assets and the relevant contract/monitoring obligations.
Support the wider operational unit within all Aviva Stadium matchday duties as outlined by the Head of Grant Funding Infrastructure Development. Any other duties as set out and agreed with by the Head of Grant Funding Infrastructure Development .
Any other duties as set out and agreed with by the Head of Grant Funding Infrastructure Development .

The successful candidate will have the following:


Third Level Degree preferred in Construction industry related.
Demonstrated Project Management experience, desirable.
Qualification / experience in Sustainability and/or environmental science an advantage.


At least 3 years working in a similar facility development and/or Project management background. Specific to sporting facilities.
An understanding of the Sports Capital Equipment Programme grants process and various other funding streams.
A solid knowledge and passion for football / Sports Industry from a facility development point of view.
History of pitching fresh, creative approaches to projects.
Experience in project and event management and delivery of KPIs.
Competency with IT systems / Microsoft office suite, essential intermediate to advanced level.
Demonstrate flexibility within the working week around a football environment (evenings and weekends).

Skills and Attributes

Be self-motivated, enthusiastic, and comfortable working as part of a team environment as well as autonomously.
Possesses excellent organisational, communications, IT and reporting skills, with an emphasis on attention to detail.
Possess excellent verbal and written communication skills.
Ability to manage and influence key stakeholders ensuring a customer service approach is delivered.
Willingness to adapt to challenges, to learn new techniques, and embrace opportunities for professional development.
Resilient, a high achiever, ambitious, passionate, and demonstrated excellence in the delivery of project work

Closing date for applications is Friday 17th of June at 5pm
Shortlisting will take place shortly afterwardsThe Football Association of Ireland is an equal opportunities employer

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