Southside Partnership DLR CLG is a local development company working towards an inclusive and just society, where each person is encouraged and enabled to reach their full potential and live with dignity in active, healthy and safe communities. We provide a comprehensive range of supports and services to people and communities throughout Dun Laoghaire Rathdown (DLR). We are currently recruiting for the following position:
Community Development Worker (part-time)
The Community Development Worker will join our team implementing the Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP). They will have responsibility for specific actions under Goal 1, in line with SICAP programme requirements and the Partnership’s strategic objectives. This will involve direct engagement with community groups, agencies and other stakeholders, drafting reports, correspondence and other material, training, group facilitation and mentoring of groups. They will have responsibility for delivering on multiple actions within a specific timeframe.
This is a part-time (28 hours per week) position, with a salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. The position is for five years to December 2022 and is renewable subject to the availability of funding.
Key Duties & Responsibilities
- Work with the Programme Manager to develop and implement the SICAP Goal 1 plan;
- Coordinate and organise networking and community based activities in targeted areas;
- Support community and voluntary groups in establishing needs and prioritising responses;
- Design and expand training and development programmes based on the needs of targeted communities and communities of interest in DLR, through consultation, outreach and analysis;
- Facilitate multi-sectoral collaboration and inter-agency work through establishing and maintaining effective links with agencies and other service providers to develop more effective responses for those experiencing disadvantage and exclusion;
- Submit funding applications to organisations and bodies that provide funding towards community development activities;
- Ensure that the aims and objectives of the SSP action plans are met through ongoing review, updating, prioritisation and amendment.
- Liaise with key interest groups, service providers, Government Departments, and other relevant groups;
- Provide written reports on work progress, as appropriate;
- Assist in the development of material to promote our work in the community;
- Input information into IRIS and the SSP CRM system, update relevant websites and undertake any other administrative duties, related to the post, as required;
- Any other duties relevant to the role that may be assigned from time to time.
- Please note that some evening work may be required.
Qualifications & Experience
- A third-level qualification to at least primary degree level in a relevant discipline;
- Proven experience of at least 3 years, in a successful engagement with community groups /voluntary organisations;
- Knowledge and experience of a community development programme design and implementation;
- Computer proficiency;
- Excellent interpersonal and communication (written and oral) skills;
- Access to a car and a full, clean driving licence.
- A training qualification;
- Knowledge and experience of facilitating groups;
- Knowledge and experience of writing reports and funding applications.
Skills & Competencies
The ideal candidate will have direct personal knowledge of the community and voluntary sector and/or have a positive track record of working collaboratively in community settings. This includes placing a high value on community perspectives, and understanding community issues. They will also have a commitment to social exclusion and a desire to see communities develop to their full potential.
Additionally they will
- Have an ability to gain people’s trust and to understand/appreciate diverse groups;
- Have excellent communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to interact and network with all levels within and outside the organisation;
- Demonstrate initiative, diplomacy, problem solving and analytical skills necessary for spotting and implementing change;
- Demonstrate excellent MS Office skills;
- Demonstrate an ability to handle multiple priorities as well as ability to maintain high levels of confidentiality;
- Be a team player;
- Have an ability to take initiative and demonstrate good time management skills.
To apply, please send a letter of application, outlining why you believe you are suitable for this role, together with your CV (no more than 2 pages) and details of your referees. Please note that referees will not be contacted without your prior permission.
Applications marked ‘Community Development Worker’ should be sent by email to: email@example.com
The closing date for receipt of applications is 5pm on Wednesday, 28th February 2018.
If you have any questions in relation to this post, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
It is proposed to hold interviews for this position during the week commencing 12th March 2018, with a start date as soon as possible after selection.
Please note that:
- Southside Partnership is an Equal Opportunities Employer
- No late applications will be accepted and canvassing will lead to disqualification
- Any offer will be subject to satisfactory references and Garda vetting
- Applicants should have their own transport