Shine: Advocacy Officer


Shine Advocacy Officer


Reporting: The post holder will report to the Head of Advocacy and Communications
Contract: Fixed term 3 year contract
Hours: 35 hours per week (occasional weekend and evening work may be required).
Location: Maynooth, Co Kildare (some travel may be required)
Salary: €35,354


Shine’s vision is of an Ireland where all those affected by mental ill health have the right to recovery and the opportunity to achieve the best quality of life. Our mission is to promote individual and family recovery.

Purpose of role

This is a brand new role in Shine which has arisen from our Strategic Plan 2019-2021.

In accordance with our Strategic Plan 2019 – 2021, Shine will develop and implement a strong organisation wide advocacy platform, delivering a national family advocacy programme and positioning the organisation as a significant influencer for change in policy and service provision. The purpose of the role is to ensure that Shine’s Strategic advocacy agenda reflects and supports people with mental ill health and their family members.

Job description:

  • Work closely with and report to the Head of Advocacy and Communications, assisting with the development of Shine's strategic policy position in relation to families, mental health and recovery.
  • Design and implement strategies to bring about change to mental health services at local and national level.
  • Assist Head of Advocacy and Communications to prepare policy statements, papers, submissions and reports with evidence-based recommendations.
  • Engagement with Shine’s members, support groups and staff to discuss the needs of all those affected by mental ill health and what can be done to improve mental health policies at a local and national level.
  • Develop a grassroots advocacy network that will inform and influence local and national policy.
  • Develop effective and co-operative relationships with politicians, policy makers and other stakeholders.
  • Assist Shine’s staff members in promoting Shine’s work and building strategic and political alliances at local level.
  • Organise advocacy meetings and events at a regional and national level.
  • Undertake any additional responsibilities in line with the key objectives of the role as and when they arise.
  • Support the Head of Advocacy and Communications with media outputs and communications relevant to advocacy
  • To travel nationally as required (own car preferable)

Person specification:

  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Knowledge and understanding of relevant legislation, policies and developments in the area of mental health.
  • Responsive, flexible and able to work under pressure
  • Knowledge and understanding of the policy making process.
  • Experience of facilitating and presenting information to groups
  • Ability to work on own initiative and consult where appropriate
  • Passionate about improving the lives of those affected by mental ill health

Experience and qualifications

  • Third level qualification in politics, communications, advocacy or law.
  • 3-5 years experience working in the area of advocacy, communications, politics, social policy or law.


Application is by official Shine Application form ONLY. Curriculum Vitae (C.V.’s) will not be accepted. Send your completed Application Form in Microsoft Word or PDF format to

In the subject field please enter Advocacy Officer

Application Deadline: 5pm on Friday 7th February 2020

Conditions of Appointment:

All offers of posts are subject to Garda Vetting and completion of HSELand Children First E-learning programme prior to commencement of employment.

NOTE: Due to the anticipated large number of applicants, we will not be able to reply to unsuccessful candidates. We thank you for your interest and appreciate the time and effort you have taken to apply for the post on offer.


Maynooth, Co Kildare

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