The Board of Louth LEADER Partnership invites applications from suitably qualified persons for the following Post:
Community Development Officer Dundalk / Mid Louth
Our Mission: Louth LEADER Partnership will promote, assist and engage in social development and enterprise development to facilitate rural and urban regeneration and community development designed to benefit and promote the welfare of local communities to deal with the causes and consequences of social and economic disadvantage or poverty. Louth LEADER Partnership CLG is an equal opportunities employer.
Title: Community Development Worker
Status: One year initial fixed term contract – 35 hours
Location: Dundalk/Mid Louth (subject to change)
Reporting to: Social Inclusion Manager
Note: This is a full time post and not open to job share
The Role: The Community Development Officer will be responsible for the delivery of the community development social inclusion actions outlined in the SICAP programme 2018-2022, and will work in close collaboration with the staff team in the coordination and development of the SICAP Goal 1 strategy of the Partnership.
The Community Development Officer is required to work as part of an effective Community Development Team and supporting and facilitating the implementation of Louth LEADER Partnership strategic plan, with a particular focus on our Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme. This will include a series of actions in Dundalk/Mid Louth providing assistance, guidance and direction for local community groups and individuals in the community, in order to maximise the impact and benefits of the Programme.
Principal Duties & Responsibilities:
- To implement the Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP) Programme of Activities 2018-2022.
- To provide capacity building supports to social inclusion community groups and target groups living in disadvantaged areas in Dundalk/Mid Louth
- To support existing community groups in disadvantaged areas to identify the key social inclusion issues and develop area and issue based plans to address these issues.
- To facilitate the establishment of new community groups to address emerging social inclusion issues in disadvantaged areas.
- To maintain and establish area/issue based networks, i.e. dis ABILITY Louth, Migrant Network.
- To provide opportunities for disadvantaged communities to engage in local decision making structures including the PPN.
- To provide specific capacity building and developmental support to support the County Louth (strand) of the Migrant Strategy, specifically to coordinate and deliver the commitments made under this strategy for Co. Louth.
- To concentrate resources and activities in disadvantaged areas in Dundalk/Mid Louth.
- To develop and implement capacity building training and initiatives for social inclusion groups in disadvantaged areas.
- Support groups though the Community Office.
- To liaise with the Social Inclusion Manager in managing the budget allocated to support the community groups and to locate further funding opportunities.
- In conjunction with the Social Inclusion Manager and Financial Administrator, draw up annual budgets and monitor and control spending.
- Meet periodically with the SICAP management team to report and plan on activities/policies in relation to the service and provide a monthly Executive Report to the Partnership Board.
- Prepare financial and operational returns to the Social Inclusion Manager, Board and external funders.
- Maintain IRIS local community group (LCG) management system and all related project files.
- To conduct and contribute to the collection of data to monitor the impact of the SICAP programme.
- Compliance with data protection and GDPR standards
- Contributing at a local and national level to the formulation of policy and best practice in the provision of supports to social inclusion LCG’s and SICAP target groups.
- Liaising with key stakeholders including community, statutory and voluntary agencies, the Local Community Development Committee, issue based networks and the PPN.
- Maintaining the public profile of the Partnership and furthering its aims through the development of an effective communications policy and strategy.
Qualifications/Knowledge and Expertise:
The Community Development Worker will be able to demonstrate practical experience of employment and education issues affecting individuals and communities. A relevant third level qualification and at least 3 years’ experience in a similar type role is a minimum requirement.
Skills and Attributes
- Candidates should hold a degree from a recognised third-level institution, preferably in a relevant discipline such as, community development or a field relevant to the nature of the post. In exceptional circumstances, a candidate may be appointed who does not hold a degree but who possesses a very considerable amount of job-related experience.
- Post graduate qualification in relevant discipline e.g. Social Science, Community Development at QQI Level 8
- Candidates must have at least 3 years experience in a similar environment.
- Candidates must possess extensive knowledge and/or experience of the Local Development Sector and in particular community development and social inclusion.
- Candidates must have proven group work skills, facilitation experience and networking abilities.
- Experience of working directly with Traveller and Roma Community and the National Traveller representative Organisations.
- Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal.
- Excellent organisational, administrative and ICT skills.
- In dept knowledge of socio-economic disadvantage and its impact on Communities
- Accurate and methodological approach.
- Experience of using Case Management System
- Flexible, with willingness to travel and work outside normal office hours.
- Strong inter-personal skills and ability to develop positive working relationships with a wide range of people and organisations.
- The Community Development Officer may be allocated other duties and responsibilities as determined by the Social Inclusion Manager and Partnership Board.
This post is offered on a five-day week basis, its continuance is subject to funding from our funders.
Location of the post holder will be in LLP’s offices Dundalk and will be required to attend meetings across our office network. We reserve the right to relocate to any of our offices with due notice.
Access to a car and full driving licence is required.
- Applications must be made by way of an Application Form only, with a detailed cover letter to the Chairperson, Louth LEADER Partnership , Partnership Court, Park St, Dundalk, Co. Louth, A91V2KF
- Only postal or hand delivered applications will be accepted.
- Closing date for receipt of applications is 27th of September @ 1pm (no late applications will be accepted).
- Job description and application form is available on www.louthleaderpartnership.ie
- Interviews will be held the 7th of October 2019 in Dundalk, Co. Louth.
- Please note this post may be subject to Garda Clearance.
- Louth LEADER Partnership CLG is an equal opportunities employer.
Note to interested applicants:
Louth LEADER Partnership use a competency base assessment system and a ranking and or short listing exercise may be carried out on the basis of information supplied in your application form. The criteria for ranking and or short listing are based on the requirements of the post as outlined in the eligibility criteria and skills, competencies and/or knowledge section of this job specification. Therefore it is very important that you think about your experience in light of those requirements.
Failure to include information regarding these requirements may result in you not being called forward to the next stage of the selection process.