Job Opportunities

Development Manager (Full time, 37.5 hours per week)

Salary £28,000 - £32,000 Commensurate with experience. Evening & weekend work required

Based at Athletics House, Mary Peters Track, Belfast BT9 5PR

Reporting to the Director of Coaching and Athlete Development, the Development Manager will provide leadership and influence in the areas of club, coach, officials and volunteer development. This role requires both an in-depth understanding of the principles of sport development and the ability to work collaboratively with clubs to build their capacity and capability.

The key focus of this role is advocating for the quality of athletics experience for all participants through an Athlete-First, System-Led and Performance-Driven philosophy. Athlete-First means we are focused on the needs and expectations of athletes and runners; System-Led means we focus on ‘system attributes’ which best impact participation including the development and delivery of learning programmes; Performance-Driven means that we hold ourselves and others accountable and seek continuous improvement.

We are particularly keen to hear from candidates with experience from other sports as well as those with experience within athletics. Interviews will be held on Thursday 4th February 2021 via Zoom

Closing Date 3pm on Thursday 28th January 2021

This is a Sport NI Lottery Funded post

Job Description

Application Form

Athletics Northern Ireland are an equal opportunity employer and positively encourage applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, religion or belief. Information given during the application process is confidential and will be used only for the purpose of monitoring.

Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form


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Athletics Northern Ireland - Course Measurer

In response to the ever increasing number of road races Athletics Northern Ireland wishes to extend its list of Certified Course Measurers.

Course Measurers work to ensure the accuracy of courses which are advertised as being a particular distance. Accurate measurements mean that Permitted Races can be accredited as being of the advertised distance and are accepted by Power of 10 and RunBritain for ranking purposes.

Basic requirements are:

  • A bicycle
  • A Jones Counter (this can be loaned from Athletics NI)
  • A means of transport to the course to be measured
  • A fair amount of free time

The first step in the process is to complete an on-line introductory test, followed by a practical under the guidance of a qualified measurer. Further information on what course measurement involves can be found HERE.

Anyone interested in becoming a Certified Course Measurer should contact the Athletics NI office to express their interest by email at or calling 028 9060 2707. It should be noted that measurers only receive a modest sum plus travelling expenses, currently paid by Race Directors, for carrying out this task.


Athletics Northern Ireland - Casual Coaching Work

Athletics NI is periodically able to offer casual work to qualified coaches and assistant coaches.

There is now an online register to record your interest in coaching work


Pay rates may vary according to the particular assignment, but the standard is £10 per hour for assistant coach roles, and £15 for lead coach roles.  

By definition of casual work, Athletics NI is not obliged to offer any individual work at any time, nor are coaches obliged to accept any work offered.  By registering you submit your details to be included on a mailing list, and any opportunities that arise will be forwarded with full details to individuals on this mailing list to apply if desired. 

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