Head of Communications

Location Belfast, County Antrim
Job Type Permanent
Salary Negotiable
Published 4 months ago
Start Date ASAP
Contact Ross McConville
Job Ref RM765_1559829994

Job Description

Head of Communications

Grafton Recruitment is delighted to have been retained by the Irish FA (IFA) to appoint a Head of Communications.

The IFA have a launched a new forward thinking strategy aimed at promoting, fostering and developing football for all, the IFA continues to go from strength to strength in correlation with the team's recent success on the pitch. Due to this success the IFA are seeking to appoint a Head of Communications that will manage all communications with the media as well as head up the marketing department.

The Head of Communications will deliver and lead a world class communications function (both internal and external) across all companies within the IFA group. This role will involve engaging with a diverse range of stakeholders and providing senior counsel to the Chief Executive Officer, President and Chair on a range of matters.

The Head of Communications will formulate and deliver a strategic communications plan for the IFA encompassing the senior men's and women's teams, the Foundation, the Stadium Development Company, Club NI, corporate communications and internal communications and work closely with the Head of Sales and Marketing to ensure all partnership communication requirements are delivered and expectations exceeded.

The role requires the successful candidate to have a degree in communications, marketing or business related field or significant relevant experience in a senior communications or marketing role.

The Head of Communications must have a demonstrable track record in delivering a clear and consistent communications strategies as well as developing and leading a successful communications department. In addition He/She must have a strong network of media contacts both locally and internationally and a sound understanding of both traditional and new media formats and the value of utilising either/both types of channels.

The Rewards

The successful Head of Communications will enjoy a competitive salary depending on experience plus bonus and expenses.


The Head of Communications role will be based in Belfast but will involve international travel.

This is a unique opportunity for an experienced professional to join this high performing passionate and closely aligned team, who will play a pivotal role in driving strategic communications and engagement.

For further information and to apply, please upload your CV by clicking the APPLY button on this page. Alternatively, if you would like to have a confidential discussion to discuss your suitability, please contact Ross McConvillie on

The Irish FA is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all suitably qualified persons. All appointments will be made based on merit.


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