Director of Foundation Development

Director of Foundation Development


Director of Foundation Development

The Irish FA continues to build on significant achievements in recent years and successes have brought into focus the positive impact that football continues to have across Northern Ireland society. The Irish FA is extremely proud of the transformational work that is undertaken within its Foundation, which was established to ‘Serve the Community Through Football’.  The work to date shows that football really has the power to change lives, and helps people enjoy the good that comes from taking part in team activities.

The Foundation has an increasingly important role within the Irish FA structures, particularly given its delivery in key areas like health improvement, education and employability.  We are now seeking to appoint a Director of Foundation Development who will build on the success to date, and further develop the Foundation to ensure that it maximises it potential and broad ranging impacts it makes.

The Director of Foundation Development will provide visible and inspiring leadership across the organisation, as an integral part of the senior leadership team.  You will work with a full range of stakeholders to further develop and implement innovative football development strategies (including Let Them Play, and Football For All), as well as leveraging resources that will provide greater access to sport. You will performance manage a team of c60 people to deliver superior performance, while bringing an output focused culture that will ensure the Foundation remains impactful and sustainable.

The role requires a degree and at least 3 years’ management experience gained within a charity, community or commercial business, in a role which is central to the development and deployment of innovative delivery strategies.  It requires strong people leadership skills, strong financial and budgetary management skills, and an understanding of good governance and the grant application processes in the context of a charity.  

This exciting appointment has the potential to be truly transformational and will appeal to a talented higher achiever who is attracted to the potential of making social impact.  Ideally you will demonstrate a passion for sport and an appreciation of the positive impact participation in sport can make on wider society and personal well-being.

The position offers a very competitive remuneration package and further career development potential within the wider organisation.

For further information and to apply, please email your CV together with a cover letter that sets out your credentials, to Ciaran Sheehan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Alternatively, please contact Ciaran on +44(0)28 9072 5750 to arrange a confidential discussion to discuss your suitability,

Closing date is 5pm Monday 10th May.   Reference number 21030

The Irish FA Foundation is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all suitably qualified persons. All appointments will be made based on merit.



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