Business in the Community Ireland: Programme Coordinator (Part-Time)

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Part time Programme Coordinator

Get Ready progression programme for service users of The Salvation Army

6 month agreement – June - November 2019, part time role – 2- 2.5 days per week

Business in the Community LogoBusiness in the Community Ireland (BITCI) is the network for responsible business.
We work with companies to help them reach their goal of being responsible and sustainable. We currently have 90 member companies in our network.

Business Action on Employment is BITCI’s initiative for inclusive employment. We encourage companies to cast their net wide when it comes to finding new employees. We also find ways for them to support job seekers who are marginalised. We have two core employment programmes: Ready for Work supports people health issues and disabilities and EPIC support immigrants. Through these programmes businesses provide training, work experience and employment opportunities.

In Dublin The Salvation Army operates four residential centres, helping people of all ages overcome the challenges of homelessness. The Salvation Army also has two community churches. Breaking the cycle of homelessness is difficult and we constantly seek innovative ways to address this and support people in changing their lives.

Role purpose

With support of BITCI and The Salvation Army staff, to develop, deliver and evaluate the second phase of the pilot of Get Ready - a partnership programme between The Salvation Army and Business in the Community Ireland. To support approx. 10 participants, all service users of The Salvation Army, to engage with the programme, increasing their motivation and confidence to make positive change, particularly towards work readiness.


Programme Design & Preparation

  • Set out the objectives of the pilot in consultation with BITCI and The Salvation Army
  • Source / create content for training sessions, building on last year’s pilot material
  • Determine timings and structure of the group training and one to one sessions
  • Liaise with BITCI, TSA and business professionals to allocate responsibilities including logistics, facilities and training materials
  • Attend Outcomes Star training

Programme Delivery & Co-ordination

  • Co-ordinate the operation of the programme, ensuring participants’ well-being is kept to the fore while protecting relationships with businesses
  • Offer guidance/ counselling meetings with each client on a one to one weekly basis for up to 6 months to support their journey towards employment
  • Use effectively an established outcomes measurement tool with clients to assess current situation, attitudes and distance travelled
  • Provide engaging, interactive employability coaching to participants, covering motivation, resilience, dealing with change, introduction to CVs, workplace skills – on a one to one and group basis.
  • Work closely with TSA staff to ensure effective delivery of sessions
  • Support the delivery of business-led sessions, in conjunction with BITCI

Programme Evaluation

  • Document learning from the pilot including: gaps in provision, suitability of training content and methods of delivery, barriers to participants engaging positively.
  • Support participants’ completion of the Outcomes Star towards the end of the programme
  • Work with BITCI to produce an evaluation report on the pilot with recommendations for improvements

Reporting and Management

  • Report to the BITCI Employment Programmes Co-ordinator
  • Keep BITCI and TSA informed of progress and developments throughout
  • Identify and resolve issues as they arise, escalating if needed
  • Maintain up-to-date records using Microsoft Office applications
  • Manage relationships with businesses in conjunction with BITCI Employment Programmes Coordinator
  • Communicate efficiently and regularly with team members of the programme so that objectives are met in the agreed timeframe.

Competencies & Skills

  • Excellent interpersonal skills and commitment to a person-centred approach
  • Use of empathy and motivational interviewing to encourage development of participants self-efficacy and self-confidence
  • Knowledge of training, volunteering and education opportunities for participants
  • Basic understanding of the current jobs market and jobseeking supports
  • Multi-tasking: ability to manage multiple client relationships, facilitate group training, work effectively in a team and record data accurately.
  • A Diploma or Masters in Adult Guidance or equivalent would be desirable
  • At least 1 year of experience providing guidance, support or training to adults who are overcoming challenging backgrounds (eg homelessness, addiction, criminal convictions, mental or physical health issues or disabilities)

Applicants should be legally entitled to work in the EU

  • Please e-mail CV and cover letter to Closing date for receipt of applications is 5pm, Thursday 16th May. It is hoped that interviews will take place on Thursday, 23rd May and that the successful candidate can start on Thursday 30th May.
  • Business in the Community is an equal opportunities employer and promotes a policy of continuous personal and professional development to all staff.
  • Business in the Community has a policy of interviewing candidates with disabilities who meet the essential criteria.



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