Southside Partnership DRL: Afterschool Development Worker (part time)

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Southside Partnership DRL CLG is a Local Development Company, part funded under the Social Inclusion & Community Activation Programme (SICAP) working to address social exclusion Dún Laoghaire Rathdown.  We design and deliver programmes and services to support sustainable communities where individuals and groups can achieve their full potential and experience a better quality of life. 

We are now recruiting for the following part-time position:

Afterschool Development Worker 
Fixed Term Contract (12 months starting October, 2019) This is a part-time position, 20 hours a week over four afternoons, Monday to Thursday. The worker will be based in our Resource Centre, Hollyhouse, Loughlinstown, County Dublin.

Reporting to: SICAP Programme Manager, Southside Partnership DLR

As an employee of Southside Partnership DLR the Afterschool Development Worker will play a lead role in the design and implementation of a programme of group-based supports and interventions for children in targeted areas that support the development of their language, cognitive, emotional, physical and social skills. In partnership with the wider team, they will work to assure Southside Partnership’s relevance to the community, work to accomplish the organisation’s mission and vision and work to be accountable to the organisation’s various stakeholders.

The Afterschool Development Worker will:

  • Work in partnership with the Centre Coordinator to design and coordinate an age appropriate afterschool programme for targeted children in the Loughlinstown area;
  • Ensure that there is focus on the wishes, feelings, safety and well-being of all the children;
  • Ensure the development of a programme that meets the needs of the community as a whole, balancing the needs of parents and the needs of children;
  • Ensure the effective daily management of the programme, in accordance with the requirements of the Policies and Procedures of the organisation, all relevant legislation and good practice requirements;
  • Monitor all child protection issues; parents’ issues; complaints, near-misses, incidents and accidents to ensure that any necessary remedial action is taken immediately and ensure all issues and actions are recorded;
  • Where relevant, assist in developing referral systems and pathways for children and families as part of the Meitheal service delivery framework;
  • Meet with and engage parents regularly and as necessary to discuss children’s progress.
  • Ensure all equipment and resources are fit for purpose and that the rooms are prepared for all activities.;
  • Participate in the leveraging of funds for the programme;
  • Collect, maintain and communicate data and prepare regular reports on activities, progress, outputs and outcomes achieved through the work;
  • Provide formal and informal support to volunteers engaging with the programme;
  • Keep up to date on national and international policy developments relevant to the work and the role;
  • Contribute to the organisation’s social media sites;
  • Perform other such tasks or duties as may be required from time to time as appropriate to the post.

Qualification and other requirements

  • Third level qualification in a relevant discipline: social sciences, childcare, social care, health, education, youth / community development;
  • At least 2 years’ experience of working with a similar project;
  • A clear understanding of the complexities and challenges experienced by children and families living in designated disadvantaged areas.

Key Competencies

  • An understanding of relevant legislation and child protection procedures;
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral;
  • High standards for quality of work and achievement of goals;
  • Strong interpersonal and relationship-building skills;
  • Problem solving skills;
  • Ability to co-ordinate group activities for children and young people;
  • Ability to work effectively in a multi-cultural and diverse environment;
  • Sensitivity to group dynamics, peer pressure, gender differences and stereotyping;
  • Strong administrative and IT skills;
  • Ability to cope with pressure and meet deadlines;
  • Demonstrate core competencies of planning and organising, creativity and accountability, leadership and decision making;
  • Demonstrate initiative, be a self-starter and a good team player;
  • Demonstrate integrity, professionalism and respect for diversity.


Salary per annum is €23,177 pro-rata

Application Process

Applicants should include a cover letter (no more than 1 page) stating how they meet the requirements for the position, and an up-to-date CV (no more than 2 pages), including details of referees. Please note that referees will not be contacted without prior permission.

Applications marked ‘Afterschool Development Worker’ should be sent by email to

The closing date for receipt of applications is 5pm on Wednesday, 18th September 2019. Interviews will be held during the week of 23rd September, 2019, with a starting 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 of employment will be subject to satisfactory references and Garda vetting.

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