We are recruiting a High Performance Coordinator

23 February 2024

The closing date for applications is 5pm on Monday March 25th 2024.

High Performance Coordinator

Mountaineering Ireland

Mountaineering Ireland is the representative body for hillwalkers and climbers across the island of Ireland. It is recognised as the National Governing Body for climbing, hillwalking and all aspects of mountaineering by both Sport Ireland and Sport Northern Ireland, and is a member of the Olympic Federation of 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 Tollymore Mountain Centre in County Down.


The Role

Mountaineering Ireland is now recruiting for the position of a High Performance Coordinator in Sport Climbing. This significant new position will be based in Irish Sport HQ. The High Performance Coordinator will work closely with the Climbing Development Officer and will report to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO).


The successful applicant will be responsible for all High Performance matters within Mountaineering Ireland. The High Performance Coordinator will partner with the CEO and designated committees to provide strategic performance planning and implementation for the organisation. The goal is to build a long-term, sustainable High Performance pathway from Youth to Senior to podium. This goal stems from Mountaineering Ireland’s Strategic Plan 2022 – 2025, which aims to:

“Develop and implement a Sport Climbing High Performance Plan for national and international competition, centred on supporting and developing our current High Performance athletes, those in our development squads and youth pathways in line with our membership of the Olympic movement”. 


Key Responsibilities

The responsibilities of the High Performance Coordinator will include, but are not necessarily limited to:

  • Plan, develop and implement a pathway, in line with Mountaineering Ireland’s Strategic Plan 2022-2025, to deliver a world-class performance programme for Irish climbing athletes;
  • Plan and manage a coaching, training and competition programme that identifies, nurtures, and supports climbers on the performance pathway from the Youth Climbing Series through National Championships, up to Olympic competition level;
  • Plan and manage the delivery of the Youth Climbing Series, the Irish Bouldering Championships and the Irish Lead Championships;
  • Support the formation of, and engage with, Mountaineering Ireland’s High Performance Committee;
  • Maintain a coaching network and pathways incorporating all the competitive climbing disciplines (boulder and roped climbing);
  • Manage teams and squads – the Ireland Youth Squad, Ireland Youth Team and Ireland Senior Team – including reviewing the performance of Ireland’s athletes, coaches and route-setters;
  • Further develop and manage selection documentation in line with key international competitions and objectives;
  • Represent Mountaineering Ireland at an International level; attending meetings and general assemblies where appropriate;
  • Liaise with Sport Ireland, the Sport Ireland Institute, Sport Northern Ireland, the Olympic Federation of Ireland, Paralympics Ireland, the IFSC, the UIAA and other relevant bodies on matters related to high performance;
  • Work with Mountaineering Ireland’s CEO to develop a funding strategy and secure funding to grow performance climbing in Mountaineering Ireland;
  • Identify the best sports science and lifestyle support systems for Irish climbing athletes;
  • Liaise with Mountaineering Ireland’s Anti-Doping Officer, to support compliance with the Irish Anti-Doping Rules;
  • Work in collaboration with Mountaineering Ireland’s National Safeguarding Officer to ensure that Mountaineering Ireland’s safeguarding policies and procedures are upheld;
  • Provide content for Mountaineering Ireland’s social media channels and the Irish Mountain Log and explore all avenues for the promotion of the sport of climbing in Ireland.


General Responsibilities

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


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


Essential requirements and selection criteria

Essential requirements

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

Selection criteria


Essential criteria


Desirable criteria


Qualifications and attainments


  • Third level qualification
  • Qualifications in a related field such as coaching, performance or sports science
  • Safeguarding training

Work and other experience

  • Relevant experience in management gained within a high performance environment


  • Successful and demonstrated leadership experience within high performance sport
  • Project management experience

Skills / specialist knowledge

  • Proven management skills including strategic planning, report writing, financial control, and problem-solving


  • Commitment to and passion for Olympic sport
  • Knowledge of the Irish sporting environment

Disposition and personal qualities


  • High level of personal motivation
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Vision, imagination and drive



Special aptitudes

  • Commitment to matters of compliance, particularly with regard to the safety and welfare of young persons.
  • Involvement in climbing


  Remuneration and role location

  • The package will include a salary in the range of €44 – 48k per annum, commensurate with qualifications and experience, and reflective of the not-for-profit/sports sector.
  • Subject to a successful six-month probation period, this is a three-year role, with years two and three subject to ongoing funding.
  • Full-time post of 39 hours per week, that will require evening and weekend work at times; as such flexible working arrangements are available.
  • The post is based at the National Sports Campus Blanchardstown, Dublin 15, with scope for remote working to be discussed at interview.
  • Mountaineering Ireland offers an outdoor clothing allowance and the bike-to-work scheme, as well as training and development opportunities.



A completed application form, accompanied by a brief covering letter, should be sent by email to: jobs@mountaineering.ie 

The closing date for applications is 5pm on Monday March 25th 2024.

The selection process may include online interviews, followed by in-person interviews with shortlisted candidates.

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