Media & Communications Officer - Trinity Sport

Trinity Sport is looking to recruit a Media and Communications Officer.

Trinity Sport is responsible for development of sport at the University through the provision of top class sport facilities, support services and programmes that encourage active participation in sport and recreation by students, staff, graduates and University communities.

Company Trinity Sport
Location Primarily on campus based in the Sports Centre and campus facilities of Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin, College Green, Dublin 2, Ireland. Will be required from time to time in at other sports facilities
Apply by 26 March 2019
Position / Title Media and Communications Officer for Trinity Sport
Department Trinity Sport, Corporate Services Division (CSD), Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin
Reporting to Head of Sport & Recreation
Contract Type Fixed term 2-year contract, FT 10 months (Sept to June)
How To Apply

In order to assist the selection process, candidates should submit a Curriculum Vitae and a Cover Letter (1x A4 page) that specifically address the following points in their application.

  1. Candidates must have at least five years’ experience in a communications, marketing or journalist role. Applicants should clearly address this experience and how they obtained their knowledge in their application.
  2. An understanding of the operations of multi-functioning University setting. The applicant should give examples of their involvement in sports communications and media and what the applicant learned from the process.
  3. Illustrate, through past example, their ability to work on their own initiative and resolve problems.

Please Note:

  • Applicants who do not address the application requirements above in their cover letter will not be considered at the short list stage.
  • Applicants should note that the interview process for this appointment may include the delivery of a presentation and may include a test of practical skills.

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Role Overview

The Media and Communications Officer will be responsible for ensuring that the strategic objectives linked specifically to profile, performance and participation are realised by ensuring that a regular, consistent, and positive message is portrayed to the targeted audiences of Trinity College and Trinity Sport.  This is also an important engagement position that will underpin the relationship with current and potential students of the University, stakeholders and sponsors involved in sport, along with managing press and media relationships internally and externally.

In addition to this, the role will contribute significantly to the delivery of the performance sport area which is currently expanding.  For athletes and high performance teams currently within the structure, the Media and Communications Officer will play a role in keeping in touch with individuals ensuring that they are appropriately trained, and also that press and other exposure opportunities are maximised. 

Externally, the ability to project the level of support available to high performance athletes and associated packages is of vital importance to ensure that opportunities to attract high calibre sporting students to the University is achieved.  These athletes will contribute not only on a sporting basis, but to the headline achievements via world, commonwealth, and Olympic Games representation.  The Media and Communications Officer is a vital part of ensuring this exposure takes both in terms of future recruitment, and for current impact for the University and its wider objectives.

The Officer will also manage and coordinate with important stakeholders. This will include the Ambassador programme which exists of key sporting personalities who will represent Trinity Sport on various platforms and require the Officer to be engaged in high profile events and activities associated with the Ambassadors. The Officer will also manage sponsor relationships, most notably the Bank of Ireland, as this partnership has developed, there is a greater need to evidence investment and deliverables from a media perspective this will mean regular monitoring and managing of Trinity Sport BOI activities to ensure messaging and branding campaigns are measured appropriately.  

Key Responsibilities Will Include

The responsibilities specified below are not intended to be exclusive or restrictive and flexibility in the allocation of specific duties will be required. As the Media and Communications Officer, you will:

  1. Manage the day-to-day internal and external communications of Trinity Sport, delivering the agreed goals set out in the sport communications plan or as required by the University.
  2. Ensure that a strong on-brand message is monitored and delivered for Trinity Sport and the University at all times, including impactful and fit-for-purpose publications, web site, social media and merchandise.
  3. Co-ordinate media and public affairs activities to promote Trinity Sport, and the key strategic outcomes as set out in the agreed work plan and that are aligned to the University strategy.
  4. Manage the monitoring of media and current affairs developments, across a wide range of media and ensure that relevant colleagues and other University communications teams are up to date.
  5. Prepare regular content and articles on relevant Trinity Sport areas for internal and external communications.
  6. Manage the publication and promotion of Trinity Sport materials, including design and printing.
  7. Ensure that the Trinity Sport communication outputs are of a high standard, respond to the needs of the target audience, and are delivered within agreed budget and timelines.
  8. Build on existing and develop new relationships with media, key decision makers, member organisations and others.
  9. Provide line-management, supervision, support and advice to staff within the communications team
  10. Provide advice to management, team members on communications matters and organise and co-chair regular communications and marketing update meetings within the team.
  11. Monitor and manage all Trinity Sport Bank of Ireland (BOI) sponsor activities, messaging and branding campaigns.  This will involve being the central point for collating and recording any activity that Trinity Sport deliver or engage with as part of the BOI relationship.
  12. Manage and coordinate the Trinity Sport Ambassador programme, specifically ensuring the agreements and content, event appearances and other parts of ambassador support are fulfilled.
  13. To liaise with other university student services and departments to offer advice and assistance on communications matters when appropriate 
  14. Undertake other duties as may be reasonably required from time to time.

Person Specification


  • Degree in relevant discipline essential
  • Master’s Degree or higher in communications/journalism desirable

Experience and Knowledge (Essential & Desirable)

  • Five years’ experience in a communications, marketing or journalist role essential
  • Experience of representing an organisation to the public or/and media essential
  • A keen and active interest in sport and physical activity and an understanding of multiple sports essential
  • Experience in project management with a proven track record of delivering on objectives desirable
  • Experience of developing and implementing media, advocacy or marketing campaigns desirable
  • Knowledge and understanding of University environments, in particular third level Sport, desirable

Skills & Competencies

  • Excellent written and verbal communication and presentation skills
  • Attention to detail and strong organisational skills
  • Ability to work calmly under pressure and within a dynamic enthusiastic team
  • Excellent interpersonal and networking skills
  • A visionary and inspiring story teller/content creator
  • Ability to manage a complex workload and work to tight deadlines
  • Excellent management, advisory and leadership skills
  • Standard office ICT skills, including social media.

Further Information

Informal enquiries about this post should be made to:

Michelle Tanner
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Tel: (01) 896 2243

The successful applicant will be expected to take up post on as soon as possible, or as soon thereafter as possible. Please note that police vetting will be sought in respect of individuals who come under consideration for a post.

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