Protecting the Integrity & Reputation of Irish Horseracing

Communications Manager

Communications Manager


The Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board (IHRB) is the Regulatory Body for horseracing in Ireland. The IHRB is responsible for the integrity and reputation of Irish horseracing. It is also responsible for the licensing of all participants in Irish racing.

The IHRB wishes to recruit a full-time Communications Manager to lead communications management and oversee day-to-day operations with a focus on developing and delivering the communications plan for the Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board.

Reporting to the Head of Raceday Operations the main responsibilities will include:

  • Development and implementation of a communications strategy targeting key stakeholders and the public
  • Creation and delivery of PR and communication strategies for all media platforms
  • Building up working relationships with key journalists and the media
  • Maintenance and update of the website in respect of areas of responsibility
  • Ensure effective monitoring of media, website and social media
  • Ensuring that all Members and Staff are aware of and adhere to the Social Media Policy
  • Dealing with regular media queries and responding in a timely manner
  • Attendance at disciplinary hearings and preparation and dissemination of media releases
  • Assist in the delivery of appropriate elements of the 2018-2022 Strategic plan
  • Liaison with external PR agency

The ideal candidates will have:

  • A detailed knowledge of racing and key stakeholders
  • Good interpersonal skills and initiative
  • Ability to anticipate issues which could cause controversy
  • Media experience and/or experience of working in a similar role
  • Excellent copy writing skills
  • Excellent working knowledge and understanding of IT and all social media apps and websites.

Candidates will need to be flexible and prepared to work unsocial hours, weekends and some evenings on an on-going basis.

Anyone interested in being considered for the position should submit a comprehensive CV and a covering letter setting out why they feel they should be considered. Applications should be sent by post or email to:

Ann Whelan, Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board, The Curragh, Co. Kildare. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The closing date for applications is Friday, 15th February 2019

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