Job | Temporary

Grants Officer

Irish Football Association

£18,910.80 - £29,406.80 pro rata
To lead the Foundation’s efforts in raising funds from a variety of sources both locally and internationally.


Job Title:                              Grants Officer

Department:                         Football Development

Reporting to:                       Football Development Manager

Hours of work:                    21 hours per week.  However, the nature of the post will require a high degree of flexibility involving evenings and weekends as dictated by operational requirements of the business.

Salary:                                £18,910.80 - £29,406.80 pro rata

Duration:                              1 year fixed term.  The role may be reviewed for further extension or possible permanency subject to business needs.


To lead the Foundation’s efforts in raising funds from a variety of sources (both locally and internationally) and manage relevant projects and partnerships always in support of the Foundation’s objectives to develop, foster and promote football for all in Northern Ireland.


  1. To research suitable funders and to draft funding applications and proposals to government departments, special government initiatives, EU sources, Lottery sources, trusts and foundations and governing bodies of football, UEFA and FIFA.
  2. To develop and agree funding plans and take responsibility for the delivery of these plans across the Association.
  3. To develop and maintain relationships with key funders and partners.
  4. To lead the IFA Funding Sub Group which will help support future IFA funding plans
  5. To manage the content on the IFA funding page to communicate opportunities for both internal and external staff.
  6. To submit board papers and football committee papers reporting on funding projects and other departmental work on a monthly basis.
  7. Adhere to procedures relating to health and safety, and quality management.
  8. Proactively participate in training and development opportunities, staff performance appraisals and reviews as required.
  9. Comply with Data Protection Policy with regard to safeguarding sensitive customer information at all times.
  10. Perform the job in accordance with the company’s policies and procedures, especially the Equal Opportunities and Harassment Policy and Procedure.
  11. Adhere to and actively support at all times all other company policies, procedures, processes and working practices, including adhering to best practice.
  12. Perform any other duties as may reasonably be required from time-to-time.

This job description is not to be regarded as exclusive or exhaustive. It is intended as an outline indication of the areas of activity and will be amended in the light of the changing needs of the business. 




Possess at least 2 years’ relevant funding work experience or 5 years’ relevant voluntary funding experience.

Knowledge of the requirements needed when taking the lead in securing grants and funding.

Thorough understanding of developing fundraising strategies and ability to develop partnerships with potential funders.

Able to work on own initiative, under pressure and meet tight deadlines.

Excellent communication (both written and oral) and presentation skills.

Excellent interpersonal skills with proven ability to work effectively with internal and external stakeholders.

Ability to develop clear and coherent written funding bids.

Proof of eligibility to work in the UK.

Have a clean driving licence and access to a car for business use.



 A relevant third level qualification, for example in Sport, Community, Finance or Communication.

Experience of working in a community or sports development setting, experience of developing fundraising strategies and taking the lead in securing small grants.

Experience of managing funding programmes for a charitable organisation.

EU Peace funding experience.

Experience in managing externally funded projects.

Knowledge of relevant sports, health, social development, intercultural, education, crime prevention and community relations strategies.

Ability to develop research led funding applications which support IFA vision ‘to develop, foster and promote football for all’.

Evidence of ability to prioritize a busy workload and think strategically.

Experience in presenting to decision-making bodies or influential individuals.

An understanding of the IFA Football for All ethos.



Closing date: The closing date for the receipt of completed application is 12 noon on Monday 22 January 2018. Applications received after the closing date and time will not be considered.

Shortlisting: Only those applications which clearly demonstrate the requirements set out in the personnel specification will be shortlisted. Please note that the Association reserves the right to implement all or some of the desirable criteria in addition to the essential criteria for shortlisting purposes.

Offer of employment: Please note any offer of employment is subject to the receipt of two satisfactory employment references, proof of eligibility to work in the UK and proof of any required qualifications.

Reserve list: A reserve list of suitable candidates may be maintained for the purpose of any similar vacancies (temporary or permanent) that may arise within twelve months of the completion of the recruitment exercise.

The Irish Football Association is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications form all sections of the community. All appointments will be made on the basis of merit.

Closing Date

Monday / 22 January 2018 12:00pm

Contact Details

Irish FA Foundation

Donegall Avenue
BT12 6LU
United Kingdom


Grants Officer Application Form GO.17.01.doc