National Family Support Network: Development Officer (Part-Time)

National Family Support Network

Employer: National Family Support Network
Position: Development Officer
Hours of Work: Part Time, 21 hours a week
Salary scale: Executive Officer Standard Scale
Contract: Yearly contract subject to continued funding.


The National Family Support Network (NFSN) seeks to employ a suitably qualified candidate to assume the part-time role of ‘Development Officer’. The primary objective of this role is to assist NFSN to undertake work areas identified within the current National Drug Strategy ‘Reducing Harm, Supporting Recovery 2017-2025’.


Each person holding such office must:

  1. Possess a third level qualification in a relevant area of study (e.g. Community Development, Addiction Studies, Social Science, Education/Training, Youth & Community Work, etc.)
  2. Have not less than three years’ experience working in position in which; development, outreach, crisis support, training, event management, strategic development and interagency work formed an integral part of the role.
  3. A rich understanding of Family Support work in a community-based, peer-led setting
  4. Knowledge and understanding of key drug/alcohol policy structures in Ireland to include the current National Drug Strategy ‘Reducing Harm, Supporting Recovery 2017-2025’.
  5. The ability to liaise with voluntary, community and statuary agencies and to convene interagency meetings as appropriate
  6. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, possess good leadership and facilitation skills
  7. Demonstrate a strong teamwork ethic and the ability to work on own initiative
  8. Experience of working to the principles of community development and a working knowledge of the issues facing families living with drug use.
  9. High level of demonstrable computer literacy including Microsoft Office Suite, experience using CRM systems (Salesforce) and website maintenance.
  10. He/she must be highly motivated with excellent organisational skills and have the ability to work on own initiative and as part of a team.
  11. Applicants should be of good health and may be subject to a medical.
  12. Be of good character.
  13. Flexibility to work unsocial hours is essential.
  14. Full driving licence & access to vehicle essential.


Promote and protect health and wellbeing {Reducing Harm, Supporting Recovery, Goal 1}

  • Promote the use/facilitate the training of; evidence-based family and parenting skills programmes for workers, volunteers and services engaging with high risk families impacted by problematic substance use, to include; Facilitation training, Non-Violence Resistance Training, Naloxone training, the 5-Step Method Intervention.
  • Build awareness of the hidden harm of parental substance misuse with the aim of increasing responsiveness to affected children, to include; the promotion and development of the NFSN’s Young Person’s Support Programme aimed at young people living with substance misuse.

Minimise the harms caused by the use and misuse of substances and promote rehabilitation and recovery {Reducing Harm, Supporting Recovery, Goal 2}

  • Strengthen the implementation of the National Drugs Rehabilitation Framework to include the promotion and development of the family protocol needs assessment and the rollout of NFSN’s Quality Standards Framework in family Support.
  • Develop and broaden the range of peer-led, family and mutual aid programmes in accordance with best practice to improve relapse prevention and aftercare services to include; providing developmental and capacity building supports to existing family support groups affiliated to NFSN and the development of new groups. Supporting these groups to access funding, supervision, capacity building, advocacy and training.
  • Support those caring for children/young people in their family as a result of substance misuse to access relevant information, supports and services to include; the continued development of a Kinship Care supports with external allied agencies.
  • Support the expansion of the availability of Naloxone to people who use drugs, their peers, and family members through training and information sessions.
  • Support families bereaved through substance misuse by coordinating NFSN’s addiction specific bereavement support programmes and supporting the provision of respite for family members as per DATFs area.

Support participation of individuals, families and communities {Reducing Harm, Supporting Recovery, Goal 4}

  • Promote the participation of drug users and their families, in local, regional and national decision-making structures and networks through capacity building measures using evidence-based models of participation in line with best practice, to include; supporting family reps on Drug and Alcohol Taskforces nationally.
  • Developing and coordinating annual and adhoc events to support and enhance the work and purpose of NFSN.


  • Providing a high level of administrative, organisational and IT support to enhance development work
  • Promoting the work of NFSN and developing relationships and networks with key stakeholders
  • Support and develop NFSN social media and website maintenance
  • Providing high quality written materials to support programmes and activities, ensuring up-to-date research, information and good practice evidence is integrated into continuous professional development activities and programmes.
  • Utilising effective evaluation approaches to inform participants, clients and commissioners of professional development activity.
  • Developing and maintaining appropriate administrative quality control systems.
  • Operating within an equal Opportunities Framework and promote equality issues in all aspects of education and outreach provision.
  • Identifying funding opportunities to develop aspects of NFSN’s education and outreach work
  • Other duties as requested by the organization’s management.

How to apply;

Please send your CV and brief cover letter via email or post to or National Family Support Network, 5 Gardener Row, Dublin 1 by 5pm Tuesday 17th September.


Dublin 1

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