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Title:  Job vacancy- Climbing Development Officer
Date:  21/01/2022

Climbing Development Officer – Mountaineering Ireland

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Mountaineering Ireland is the representative body for hillwalkers and climbers across the island of Ireland. It is recognised as the National Governing Body for mountaineering, hillwalking and climbing activities by both the Sport Ireland and Sport Northern Ireland. Mountaineering Ireland is governed by a Board of Directors, elected by the membership.  It has a professional staff team based at Irish Sport HQ, National Sports Campus, Blanchardstown in Dublin and at Tollymore Mountain Centre in County Down.

For further information on Mountaineering Ireland please see our website on

Mountaineering Ireland is now recruiting for the position of Climbing Development Officer. The successful candidate will be responsible for all facets of our climbing, development and supports functions.

Role and Reporting Structure - The purpose of the role will be to lead the provision of the full range of Mountaineering Ireland’s climbing activities, in line with Mountaineering Ireland’s soon to be developed Strategic Plan 2022 – 2025; to grow climbing participation, high performance, climbing skills development, competitions, support talent structures and framework both from the club and individual membership sectors and provide an extensive range of services and supports to all Mountaineering Ireland members and partners.

This role will report to the Chief Executive Officer and will form part of the general staff team structure. The Climbing Development Officer will be a key conduit across all areas of the Mountaineering Ireland business interests – including the Climbing sector but also the Hillwalking, Access & Conservation, Training, Finance and Membership Events.



Key Responsibilities:

  1. To further develop and implement a climbing plan that delivers against the key elements of the soon to be developed Mountaineering Ireland’s 2022-2025 Strategic Plan.
  2. To support and increase participation levels across all sectors; Youth (Secondary, Third Levels, Clubs), and Adult (both Club members and Individual members).
  3. To support and develop all Clubs training and structures.
  4. To support Youth sector, focusing on inclusive participation and delivering initiatives with relevant bodies including Cara, Sport Ireland and Sport Northern Ireland.
  5. Talent Development - provide and deliver a Talent Development Pathway schedules, provide development squad training schedules and provide support to talent development structures.
  6. High-Performance– support and provide a Youth and Senior Climbing Team and liaise with Sport Ireland, Sport Northern Ireland, the OCI, the IFSC, the UIAA on matters relevant to High-Performance.
  7. Climbing Coach Development - lead on both Climbing Coach Development Pathways and a schedule for formal coach development and work in coordination with the Sport Ireland, Sport Northern Ireland, and other mountaineering councils / training boards and other relevant organisations for the development and provision of Climbing Coach Development opportunities.
  8. Climbing Competitions - provide a series of climbing competitions (Lead Climbing Championship, Bouldering Championship and Youth Climbing Series) and support third parties in the delivery of climbing competitions.
  9. Climbing Walls - support climbing walls, work in coordination with the Association of British Climbing walls, and other organisations to improve the operating procedures at climbing walls. Work in coordination with the Association of British Climbing Walls Training Trust to promote and facilitate the National Indoor Climbing Awards Scheme, the National Indoor Bouldering Awards Scheme, An Gaisce and the Duke of Edinburgh Awards. Work in coordination with the Route Setting Association to improve the operating procedures for route setting at climbing walls. Provide an annual Climbing Wall Managers Seminar.
  10. Work closely with the Mountaineering Ireland staff and sub-committees (Climbing Committee, Hillwalking Committee, Access & Conservation Committee and Training Committee) to ensure supports are provided.
  11. Assist in the production (provide content) of the Irish Mountain Log and work closely with the editorial team.
  12. Work with the Mountaineering Ireland clubs to ensure climbing supports are provided for local, regional, and national level.
  13. Build sustainability through capacity building with the key internal stakeholders.
  14. Provide reports, insights and monitoring data as required by CEO and key stakeholders.


General Responsibilities

  • Act as an ambassador for Mountaineering Ireland and represent the organisation professionally.
  • Develop relationships with stakeholders, local climbing walls, land owners and other interest groups.
  • Assist in managing all financial aspects of the role and effectively prepare, monitor and manage budgets.
  • Manage own workload and report on outputs.
  • Produce reports, deal with correspondence and attend relevant meetings.
  • Provide administrative support and other tasks which may be required and designated by the Chief Executive Office.

Applicants should note that these lists are not exhaustive and are subject to change as required and appropriate.



Essential Requirements

  • Be eligible to work in Ireland on a full-time basis.
  • Excellent command of English language both spoken and written.
  • Full unrestricted driver’s license with clean driving record.


Essential Skills and Experience

  • Experience working in a similar role or capacity in the climbing sector.
  • Experience working in the sports industry in an NGB or not for profit / volunteer sector role.
  • Relevant third level qualification in sport management and or business and or related discipline.
  • Experience in the development of coaching and high performance programmes to support and align to wider operational goals and targets.
  • Experience building organisation structures and capability in climbing, coaching, participation, clubs and high performance.
  • Experience in developing and implementing campaigns/programmes to increase participation.




  • Strong knowledge of indoor climbing, outdoor climbing, sport climbing, outdoor recreation, hillwalking, and volunteer membership service sector in Ireland.
  • Experience in supporting a small staff team and/or volunteer team environment.
  • Experience in delivering sport climbing and or climbing competition and events.
  • Experience of supporting volunteer club members and their participants.
  • A strong understanding of the requirements in leading high performance and volunteer coaches.


Key Qualities

  • Excellent knowledge of indoor and outdoor climbing activities.
  • Interpersonal and written communication skills of the highest order.
  • Well-developed conflict resolution and problem-solving skills.
  • A can-do attitude and ability to manage numerous projects at once.
  • Creative thinker with strong administrative skills and attention to detail.
  • Strong work ethic and ability to work in a dynamic environment.
  • Flexible and adaptable attitude with a proven ability to work under pressure.
  • A high level of integrity and discretion with sensitive and confidential information.
  • Team player and ability to work on own initiative as well as in a small, dedicated staff team.


Remuneration and Location

  • Package: The package will include a salary in the range of €35, 000 to €40,000 per annum, commensurate with qualifications and experience, reflective of the not for profit/sports sector. Applicants are asked to indicate their salary expectations at the time of applying.
  • Position Tenure: 3 year fixed-term contract (subject to ongoing funding from Mountaineering Ireland funding partners – and renewable upon successful performance).
  • Hours per week: 39 hours (Full-time) - This position will require, at times, irregular and unsocial hours and as such flexible working arrangements are available.
  • Location: Mountaineering Ireland Head Office, ISHQ, National Sports Campus, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15 and also the ability to work remotely under government guidelines and or under the discretion of the company.


Application and Selection Process

The closing date for applications is 21st February 2022 at 5:00pm. Please send your application including CV, cover letter and/or response to the selection criteria to

All applications will be treated with utmost confidence. Enquiries regarding the role should be directed to the CEO of Mountaineering Ireland. Following short-listing process, it is intended interviews will be held during w/c 28th February 2022. Role will commence as soon as possible thereafter. Appointment will be made subject to satisfactory:

  • Garda Vetting
  • Access NI Vetting
  • Reference Checking

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