Director of Greyhound Care & Welfare

 Job Opportunity

The Greyhound Board (IGB) has responsibility for the promotion, regulation and ongoing commercial development of the Greyhound industry in Ireland.  The issue of care and welfare is a key priority for the IGB and for the greyhound industry generally. The IGB wishes to add to its existing welfare team and make a senior executive appointment as Director of Care & Welfare to strategically manage and drive the programme of work in this area. The candidate’s reporting line will be to the Chief Executive Officer. Applications are therefore invited for the following position:

Job Title:                            Director of Greyhound Care & Welfare

Objectives:                        The Strategic Plan 2018-2022 sets out a range of areas for focus including a priority objective to ‘maintain welfare at the centre of our industry’. The care and welfare of greyhounds needs to be above reproach and a coordinated industry wide approach to dealing with perception issues relating to greyhound welfare is essential to creating full confidence by all stakeholders in the industry. The successful candidate as a member of the Senior Executive Team will play a key role in achieving the objectives of the Plan.

Scope of the Role:

The successful candidate for this role, which is based at our Limerick Head Office, will be responsible, in accordance with Board policy, for the strategic direction and approach of the IGB and the wider industry to greyhound care and welfare across all areas of activity.

The role ideally requires an experienced candidate, operating at a senior level, with an understanding of care and welfare requirements particularly where they relate to the greyhound sector. The successful candidate will work closely with the Director of Veterinary and Head of Regulation in driving the organisation’s overall programme.  A strong combination of management, administrative, organisational, project management and interpersonal skills are essential along with an ability to promote and extensively advance an expanding rehoming programme.

Key responsibilities:

  • Develop programmes and initiatives that exceed industry standards of care and welfare and foster a culture of continuous improvement and excellence
  • Devise, coordinate and implement all rehoming and fostering programmes of the Irish Greyhound Board
  • As an active member of the  Irish Retired Greyhound Trust (IRGT), an established entity of the IGB, progress measures to achieve the successful rehoming of greyhounds
  • Interact and engage with other organisations involved in the care and welfare of racing greyhounds to create synergies and maximise outcomes
  • Develop, implement and oversee a public outreach programme including the fostering programme and community education programmes
  • Develop policy and educational initiatives relating to greyhound care and welfare
  • Provide training and information to owners/trainers, staff and other stakeholders regarding best practice in greyhound care and welfare.
  • Manage the welfare team and  provide appropriate responses to possible animal welfare issues or concerns


Hours of Work

The role is a full-time role, 37.5 hours per week, 5 days per week normally Monday to Friday but may vary depending on the needs of the business.

Education and Preferred Behaviours and Competencies

  • Third level qualification in a relevant discipline preferably in the area of animal care and welfare
  • A minimum of three years’ experience operating at a management level
  • Executive level strategic planning and goal setting experience
  • Experience working with animals within an animal welfare organisation (desired)
  • High level written, verbal communication and presentation skills
  • Ability to address care and welfare issues on behalf of the IGB though various media channels
  • Competence in organisational financials, budgeting and forecasting
  • Strong time, self management and organisational skills
  • Developed office skills including good knowledge of Microsoft based systems.
  • Well developed interpersonal, tact and diplomacy skills
  • A knowledge and understanding of legislation and codes of practice would be an advantage

Applications to include an update Curriculum Vitae should preferably be emailed to the Human Resources Department of IGB at the email address: or by post to the HR Department, Irish Greyhound Board, Greenpark, Dock Road Limerick on or before 3rd  December 2019.

If an electronic application has been not acknowledged candidates should ensure to follow up with Human Resources (Tel: 061 448000).

Irish Greyhound Board is an Equal Opportunities Employer