Job Vacancies

Club and Workforce Officer

The Canoe Association of Northern Ireland is seeking a Club and Workforce Officer to operate within CANI and Erne Paddlers. The Club and Workforce Officer will be required to develop and support club activity and deliver programmes in the area to increase long-term participation. Develop opportunities for coaches and volunteers within the sport and deliver programmes and courses within the area which will impact the targets in the CANI strategy and operational plan. The Club and Workforce Officer will also deliver national programmes for clubs, coaches and leaders both within and outside the area.

Location:                               CANI and Erne Paddlers – Enniskillen

Hours:                                   Minimum of 37.5 hours per week

Salary:                                   Scale £18,000 to £25,000 per annum

Contract Period:                 Fixed term until 31st March 2021, subject to funding from Sport NI.

Closing date for applications; Sunday 26th November, 4pm.

Interviews are scheduled for; Friday 1st December, in Enniskillen.

Please return the application form either by post or email to;-

Private and Confidential,
The Canoe Association of Northern Ireland,
Unit 2, 13-15 Ravenhill Road,
Belfast, BT68DN.


Fill in application form electronically and email to
If you are completing the form electronically you also need to sign the application and email a scan of the signed page.



Head Sprint Coach

The Canoe Association of Northern Ireland is seeking a head sprint coach to operate within the CANI and British Canoeing Athlete Pathway Framework, leading the development of a high-performance Talent Delivery Centre in Belfast to prepare the athletes for national programme selection. The Head Sprint Coach will be required to coach with the fast track sprint programme and provide direction, guidance and support to the CANI sprint programmes across NI and to manage other performance programmes.

Location: Belfast Boat Club

Hours: Minimum of 37.5 hours per week

Salary: £32,400 per annum

Contract Period: Fixed term until 31st March 2021, subject to funding from Sport NI.

Closing date for applications; 27th November 2017

Interviews are scheduled for; 11th December

If you are invited for an interview and are not able to make it due to travel requirements you may request the interview to be carried out via conference call.

To apply please return a CV to no later than the 27th November 2017

Head sprint coach JD

Head sprint coach PS


Non-Executive Directors of CANI

Do you have an interest in sport, exceptional management skills, and the desire to put these to good use by volunteering to help run the National Governing Body for paddle sport in Northern Ireland?

The Canoe Association of Northern Ireland (CANI) is the governing body responsible for the management, co-ordination, development and promotion of canoeing in Northern Ireland. We represent the interests of our members to government, the public and through British Canoeing to the International Canoe Federation.

CANI has recently launched it 2017 – 2021 strategic plan “Canoeing For All” which aims to inspire people to pursue a passion for paddling; for health, enjoyment, friendship, challenge and achievement. There are ambitious targets within the plan to develop all aspects of the sport and CANI Board require additional members to deliver the strategy. This is a fantastic opportunity to help shape the implementation of the strategy for the development of Canoeing and to build on the success within the sport.

We are now seeking to appoint three directors for the following roles;

  • Chairperson
  • Finance Director
  • Performance Director

Chairperson Role

CANI seek a chairperson with the ability to set and monitor the direction of CANI set by the strategic plan, to line manage the chief officer and ensure all operational duties are fulfilled and to ensure that all CANI committee members are fulfilling their roles with support and guidance.

Applicants will have experience of chairing committees at a senior level and have the ability to impact developments and governance across the organisation.

Finance Director Role

CANI seek a finance director to ensure that controls and systems are in place to safeguard the financial governance of CANI to the satisfaction of the membership, to provide financial advice and support to the CANI Board and the chief officer and to carry out operational financial matters with the finance officer.

Applicants will have a strong financial background and preferably be an accountant or experienced at financial management.

Performance Director Role

CANI seek a performance director to guide the CANI Board and the chief officer on performance developments within CANI, to support and oversee the development and operations of the CANI performance committee and to advise on strategic matters relating to performance within N.I.



Applicants will have a strong background in a high-performance sports environment and be aware of what is required to create a high-performance environment and pathway.

Experience in these areas is required however no prior experience of canoeing is required, although knowledge or experience of the sport or outdoor activity sectors would be an advantage.

We currently hold monthly board meetings. The meetings usually take place at the CANI office in Belfast. There will be the opportunity to take on additional roles.

Whilst no remuneration is available for these role, all reasonable expenses incurred will be reimbursed in accordance with the Canoe Association of N.I. expenses policy.

The appointees will serve until the AGM in mid 2018.

CANI is an equal opportunities employer, and applications are welcome from all suitably qualified individuals. We are particularly interested in achieving gender parity and diversity on our Board. We, therefore, welcome applications from individuals who can help us achieve this.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to informal interviews, which will take place as soon as possible after the closing date.

To discuss the roles prior to application: contact the chairperson of CANI, Mark Breen at

To apply: send an email with a letter of application along with a CV and return to on or before the 30th November 2017.