IABA Vacancy: Ulster Operations Manager.

The IABA is seeking to appoint an Ulster Operations Manager. The successful candidate will work closely with the Ulster Boxing Council and the County Antrim Board, whist being accountable to the IABA. The post will be responsible for the implementation of the IABA Strategic Plan and the Ulster Boxing Council’s implementation Plan, throughout the Province of Ulster.

DURATION OF POST: This post will be funded initially for Duration (2 years) with the possibility of extensions (Probationary period 6 months). LOCATION: House of Sport, 2a Upper Malone Road, Belfast.

Job Description/Main Areas of Responsibility

  • To lead a review of the governance arrangements for Boxing in Ulster, ensuring that future governance arrangements reflect best practice governance principles and are in line with the objectives of the IABA and the recommendations within the Independent Review of Boxing in Ulster.
  • To be responsible for the strategic development of boxing in Ulster in line with the IABA strategic plan and the Ulster Boxing Council Implementation plan.
  • To develop and implement the annual business plan for boxing in Ulster, setting out key goals for the year, targets and resource allocations. To monitor and report on the implementation of the plan to the CEO of the IABA and the relevant provincial structures.
  • To take forward plans and programmes to address:
    • club facility development;
    • the establishment of a high performance centre for boxing, and
    • the identification of appropriate neutral venues for training and tournaments across Ulster.
  • To work with a range of organisations in NI, the UK and Ireland to progress the development of boxing in Ulster. In particular to promote good practice in relation to equality legislation in Northern Ireland, focusing in particular on agreeing pragmatic solutions to the recommendations contained in the Independent report on Boxing in Ulster.
  • Act as the Lead Equality Officer within Ulster on behalf of the IABA ensuring boxing remains committed and progressive in terms of Equality Standards. ▪ To work with staff, office bearers and relevant Committees in the development of policies, procedures, practices and programmes that will ensure good governance, sound financial management and build capacity at all levels of boxing in Ulster.
  • To recruit and manage agreed human resources of the organisation working within Ulster according to the authorised personnel policies and procedures of the IABA, ensuring adherence with current laws and regulations.
  • To lead and manage agreed marketing and public relation activities with the aim of ensuring that Boxing in Ulster is presented in a positive light to members, the public, the media and any key stakeholders.
  • To proactively seek and negotiate all forms of funding in respect of the development of Boxing in Ulster. All agreements are subject to approval of the CEO of the IABA.
  • To ensure that all resources owned or leased by the organisation are maintained in good order
  • To travel within Northern Ireland, Ireland the UK in order to fulfil the business needs of the organisation.
  • To undertake such other reasonable tasks other than those specifically listed herein as requested and directed by the CEO or Board of the IABA.

Personnel Specification

Educational and Professsional qualifications


  • A degree or equivalent 3rd level qualification which can be demonstrated, is relevant to the post; or IABA may consider 5 years experience working in a similar role within an environment which can be proven relevant to the post.


  • A degree or equivalent 3rd level qualification in a business related subject.

Previous experience( all experience should be demonstrable)


  • 5 years full time (or part time equivalent) experience in a position with responsibility for financial and/or resource management.
  • 3 years full time (or part time equivalent) experience in managing staff. *
  • 3 years experience of managing or implementing significant change within an organisation.
  • Experience of developing, implementing and leading business plans and strategies.
  • Experience of developing, implementing and monitoring policies and procedures.
  • Experience of leading a project and following it through to a successful conclusion.
  • Experience of working within a sports development environment and of sport as a business. Experience of working as part of a team.


  • Experience of attracting and securing funding/sponsorship.
  • Experience of working and/or engaging with voluntary organisations

Knowledge and Understanding


  • Knowledge and understanding of governance requirements and issues within organisations.
  • An understanding of and a commitment to the values of the IABA.
  • A knowledge and understanding of sport and the sporting landscape in Ulster and Ireland.


  • Knowledge and understanding of governance requirements within the voluntary and public sector.
  • Knowledge of voluntary organisations and of the particular challenges of this sector.
  • Knowledge of boxing.

Special Aptitudes

  • Competent in the use of Microsoft suite of software including, word and powerpoint.
  • A high level of written and oral communication and presentation skills.
  • An ability to act on personal initiative and take well evaluated decisions within tight time-frames when necessary.
  • A high standard of influencing skills.
  • Strong team player, excellent organisational and administrative skills.
  • Demonstrable leadership skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills including the ability to liaise with a range of personnel and build relationships.
  • Self-motivated and committed.


  • Ability to attend evening and weekend meetings and to undertake occasional travel including overnight stays
  • Access to a form of transport that will permit the post holder to meet the needs of the post in full.
  • Ability to communicate effectively in English

The IABA is an Equal Opportunities employer.

To Apply:

If you would like to apply for the role of IABA Ulster Operations Manager as indicated above, please send a CV outlining your qualifications and experience and a brief cover letter outlining your suitability to the role. Please submit your application to Human Resources Manager, via hr@iaba.ie

Closing date: 5pm on Monday 18th April 2022.

Note: Late applications will not be accepted or considered and canvassing will disqualify.