Irish Heart Foundation: Community Programmes Manager

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The Irish Heart Foundation (IHF) is the national charity dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. Today in Ireland more people die from heart and stroke-related illnesses than from cancer, road deaths and suicide combined. Against this background we work to bring hope, relief and a better future to families all over Ireland. We give vital patient support through our Heart & Stroke helpline and we provide high quality public information for all.

We support pioneering medical research, campaign for improved patient care, and promote positive public health strategies. We work in hospitals, schools and workplaces to support, educate and train people to save lives. As a charity we are dependent on the generosity of the public to continue our vital good work. We ask the public to support our work by making a donation, giving of their time to volunteer or by learning the skills needed to save a life through our courses.

Job Title: Community Programmes Manager
Reporting to: Health Promotion, Information and Training Manager
Location: IHF Head Office
Working hours: 37 hours per week
12 month Fixed Term (with view to permanency)
Salary: DOE


We are seeking to appoint a Community Programmes Manager to join our energetic Health Promotion, Information and Training team. The successful candidate will spearhead the development and expansion of the Irish Heart Foundation’s community health promotion programmes, particularly in disadvantaged areas. This will include supporting capacity and good practice for the three designated Community Heart Projects, which increase access to and availability of healthy food and physical activity in disadvantaged areas, while providing greater heart health awareness


  • Support, encourage and develop the Project Groups through site visits, networking and training events and regular communication.
  • Co-ordinate administration of the programme, including management of the budget effectively and efficiently to ensure optimum support of the Project Groups.
  • Ongoing liaison with both the external programme evaluator and the Project Groups on data collection and reports.
  • Line management of the Slí na Sláinte programme Co-ordinator
  • Work closely with colleagues in the Health Promotion, Information & Training department to identify and build partnerships with relevant organisations
  • Maintaining and updating the CRM database
  • Work with the advocacy team to promote a greater awareness and understanding of food poverty and heart health needs of disadvantaged groups across all aspects of public policy.
  • Developing appropriate resources, ezines and web/social content
  • Liaison with the fundraising department to maximise synergy between the programmes and relevant fundraising activities
  • Conducting media interviews on relevant topics
  • Provide heart health talks for communities as required
  • Keeping up to date on research and statistics in relation to workplace health promotion, physical activity and general cardiovascular health. Compiling factsheets and information to inform the department’s work.
  • Providing support to other Health Promotion team activities.
  • Represent Irish Heart Foundation on the All-Island Food Poverty Network
  • Deputising for the head of department at relevant internal or external meetings.


  • A relevant third level qualification in Community Development, Health Promotion or a related discipline
  • Minimum three years relevant experience, preferably in the area of community development
  • Strong experience in development and management of community programmes is essential
  • Understanding and knowledge of health promotion and behaviour change in the community setting is an advantage.
  • Strong networking capabilities
  • Experience working with disadvantaged groups
  • Excellent communication, group facilitation and presentation skills
  • Excellent report writing skills with exceptional attention to detail
  • Must be able to prioritise workload, plan and work to multiple deadlines in a demanding environment
  • Strong MS Office skills essential. Previous CRM database experience an advantage
  • Strong communication (verbal and written) and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work on own initiative and as part of a team in a busy department
  • Ability to represent the Irish Heart Foundation in a professional manner at all times
  • Must have access to own car and full driving licence

The Irish Heart Foundation has a no smoking policy. Employees are not permitted to smoke whilst undertaking any duties on behalf of the Foundation.

If you would like to be considered for this role please send a copy of your CV and cover letter to the HR Department –

Closing date - 9th March 2018

The Irish Heart Foundation is an equal opportunities employer



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