The Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice: Social Policy Advocate

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The Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice (JCFJ) is seeking to recruit a Social Policy Advocate, initially on a two-year contract, ideally full-time.

The JCFJ promotes reconciliation and justice through social analysis, theological reflection, education and advocacy. The Centre has focused on a range of issues in recent years, including penal policy, the housing and homelessness crisis, environmental justice, and the need for a more just and sustainable model of economic development. The Centre is an agency of the Irish Jesuit Province and is actively engaged in contributing towards the global Jesuit objectives, known as the Universal Apostolic Preferences.

The Role

This role will require expertise and experience in relation to the formation, dissemination, and adoption of social policy proposals, especially around penal policy.

The Social Policy Officer will:

  • Engage in creative and thorough social policy analysis;
  • Develop policy positions which advance the cause of justice in Irish society;
  • Convey those positions to relevant audiences, through a range of interventions ranging from policy submissions, through popular writing, and public speaking;
  • Foster links to support the adoption of policy positions which advance the cause of justice in Ireland;
  • Ensure that the experiences of excluded people in Irish society are included in policy discourse;
  • Collaborate closely with the Environmental Justice Officer, Social Theologian, and other team members, along with the wider international Jesuit network to ensure clear strategic objectives are met;
  • Support the work of other staff members of the Centre.

In addition, it is expected that the post holder will undertake other related assignments as may be requested by the Director of the JCFJ.

Essential Criteria

  • An appropriate postgraduate qualification (or equivalent);
  • Proven pedigree in policy development;
  • Experience in a similar role;
  • Respect for the Jesuit ethos and enthusiasm for the Universal Apostolic Preferences;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, especially targeted towards drafting formal policy documents;
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with evidence of professional relationship building;
  • Ability to work as part of a team and on own initiative;
  • Ability to think strategically and work to deadlines;
  • General computer skills.

Desirable Criteria

  • Experience of working directly with people who are discriminated against or excluded;
  • A familiarity with Irish penal policy and the lived experience of those who are imprisoned in Ireland;
  • A knowledge and understanding of Catholic Social teaching;
  • A faith tradition and an understanding of policy from a theological perspective.

Terms and Conditions

Contract duration: 2 years, subject to a review after a probationary period of six months.
Place of work: 54-72 Gardiner Street Upper, Dublin 1.
Hours per week: It is envisioned that this will be a full-time role consisting of a standard work-week of 35 hours.
Safeguarding: The candidate must be willing to comply fully with the Irish Jesuit safeguarding protocols.
Starting date: Immediate.
Salary: Negotiable, based on experience.


Applications should be emailed to: or posted to: Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice, 54-72 Gardiner Street Upper, Dublin 1.

Applications should include:

  1. Covering letter (making reference to the essential/desirable criteria outlined above).
  2. Full Curriculum Vitae (maximum of 2 pages).

The deadline for applications is: Wednesday, April 17th, 5pm.

Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice

The Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice is a registered charity (CHY 6965) and is an equal opportunities employer.


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