Cabinteely Area School Completion Programme: Project Worker

Cabinteely Area School Completion Programme

Positon: Full time Project Worker – 37 hours (contracted until 31/08/20)

Place of work: Cabinteely Area SCP catchment area encompasses Rathsallagh, Loughlinstown, Ballybrack and the wider Dun Laoghaire Area

Reports to: Coordinator

Employer: Cabinteely Area School Completion Programme Local Management Committee

Salary: CDYSB Youth Work Scale 2011


The role of the Project Worker, under the direction of the Project Coordinator, will be to work with a selected group of young people being supported to remain in school. This service is a school-based programme that operates at both primary and post primary levels. The focus of this service is to support and work closely with students who would, for a number of factors, be at risk of early school leaving. The core principals of School Completion Programme are to improve Attendance, Participation and Retention. As part of the SCP team s/he will offer support in-school, after-school, out-of-school and holiday provision. The ideal candidate should have the following:

  • Minimum Level 7 Qualification in one of the following: education/teaching, youth/community work, social care/science, Occupational Therapy or a related discipline.
  • Minimum of two years post graduate paid work in provision of services for children/young people at risk.
  • A thorough knowledge of the Irish education system and ability to plan, implement and evaluate educational, developmental and recreational programmes for individuals and groups of students in primary and post primary education.
  • Experience of working with children and young people in a mentoring capacity; one to one,and in group settings.
  • Skills and talents that are transferrable to developing programmes that will engage students at risk of early school leaving.
  • Experience of facilitating evidence-based/informed programmes for children and young people is desirable.
  • Excellent communication planning, organisational, networking and report writing skills.
  • Tusla Children First Certification is a pre-requisite.
  • A full, clean driving license and own transport essential.

Specifically, the project worker will:

Working with Children & Young People

  • Work on a one to one or small group basis with pupils who have been identified as being at risk of leaving school early.
  • Co-ordinate a structured caring approach within the schools whilst complementing existing structures.
  • Provide support for both the young person while collaborating with other stakeholders
  • Develop personalised programmes for targeted young people who are experiencing ongoing behaviour difficulties in school and are at risk of/on suspension.
  • The implementation of evidenced based supports
  • Foster links between students, parents and school in conjunction with Home School Liaison.
  • Develop self/esteem/interpersonal skills/behaviour programmes to targeted young people.
  • Access appropriate resources/agencies.

Planning & Reporting

  • To assist in the implementation of the Cabinteely Area SCP project as outlined in the 2019-20 Retention Plan submitted to the Tusla, Child and Family Agency.
  • To further the aims of the Cabinteely Area SCP by participating in the development/delivery of child centred educational and personal development programmes which stimulate the interest and participation of young people between the ages of 4 and 18 years with a view to tacking early school leaving.
  • To work within the Schools and liaise with the staff of schools, voluntary and statutory agencies as assigned by the Project Manager and outlined in the programme of work.
  • To undertake whatever training and attend whatever meetings which might be considered appropriate by the Project Manager.
  • To furnish whatever reports/accounts required.
  • Ensure records are kept and maintained in an effective and professional manner adhering to guidelines and legislation.
  • Be involved in the planning, implementing and evaluating activities during holiday times.

Networking & Communication

  • Be requested to attend various committee meetings from time to time.
  • Provide the Project Coordinator with regular progress reports which will then be reported to the Management Committee.
  • To report on a daily basis to the project Coordinator or other designated officer.
  • Be required to attend staff meetings on a weekly basis.
  • Work as a team member while also have the ability to work on his/her own initiative .
  • Ensure communication and integration with relevant agencies to ensure the development of strong working links.
  • Attend and work the days and hours at the schools or centres as the Management Group may direct which will include evening work and may include weekend work from time to time and which will be subject to review. A degree of flexibility is required. Time off will be given in lieu of sanctioned overtime worked at the discretion of the Board of Management.
  • Perform such other duties appropriate to the post as may be assigned to him/her by the Coordinator in conjunction with the Management Committee.
  • Positively promote the work of Cabinteely Area SCP.

This job description will be regarded as a guide to the general duties and responsibilities attaching to the post of Project Worker. Therefore, it is neither definitive nor restrictive and will be subject to periodic review and revision at the discretion of the Management Committee.

Garda Vetting:
Candidates will be e-vetted in accordance with The National Vetting Bureau (Children and Vulnerable Persons) Acts 2012 to 2016. Evidence that E-vetting is in process or has been completed would be desirable. E-vetting will be a requirement for the successful candidate.

Apply: email your CV with two named referees and cover letter to

Deadline: 12 noon Monday, 30th September 2019

Short listing will apply and only short listed candidates will be contacted

Probationary period will apply.


South County Dublin

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