Epilepsy Ireland: Graduate Fundraising and Communications Trainee

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Graduate Fundraising and Communications Trainee for Epilepsy Ireland

Role title: Fundraising and Communications Trainee
Location: Epilepsy Ireland, 249 Crumlin Road, Crumlin, D12 RW92
Duration: 12 months with the prospect of progressing into a full-time role with Epilepsy Ireland on successful completion of the programme
Hours: 37.5 hours per week
Remuneration: €1,500 per month


The not-for-profit sector in Ireland is comprised of just over 19,000 organisations. Not-for-profit organisations operate independently from the state and do not seek to produce a profit, instead their primary function is to provide a service which benefits civil society. Epilepsy Ireland is an example of a not-for-profit organisation.

The 2into3 Not-for-Profit Graduate Programme aims to connect the best graduate talent on the market with not-for-profit organisations across the sector. Each trainee is mentored by 2into3 throughout their placement and is offered the prospect of progressing into an entry level role with the host organisation on completion of their traineeship.

2into3 are seeking an ambitious graduate to join the Epilepsy Ireland team as a Fundraising and Communications Trainee, based in the organisation’s head office in Crumlin, Dublin 12.

Epilepsy Ireland

Epilepsy Ireland was founded in 1966 to improve the quality of life of people with epilepsy in Ireland. Today, the organisation provides a range of support, information and training services for people with epilepsy and their families through its offices which are located nationwide. Epilepsy Ireland provides one-to-one information and support, outreach services in hospitals and communities, runs self-management programmes and organises a variety of national and regional events. In addition to its core services, Epilepsy Ireland also provides research funding to epilepsy researchers in Ireland, works to raise public understanding of epilepsy, advocates on behalf of people with epilepsy and provides training for professionals who care for people with the condition. In 2017, there were over 20,000 individual contacts with the Epilepsy Ireland service from over 3,000 individuals.

Epilepsy Ireland is funded through a mix of statutory funding from the HSE and donations acquired through fundraising. In 2017, Epilepsy Ireland had an income of €1,676,549, over half of which was provided through state funding. The remaining funding is provided through a variety of fundraising activities which included fundraising events, voluntary donations and corporate support.

In order to continue providing a high standard of services and to implement new developments identified in the Strategic Plan 2017-21, Epilepsy Ireland is seeking to significantly increase its level of fundraised income and gain further support from a range of donors to secure the organisation’s sustainability. To help achieve this ambition, the organisation is seeking to add an ambitious Fundraising and Communications Trainee to its team.

Fundraising and Communications Trainee

The Fundraising and Communications Trainee will work closely with the Fundraising and Communications Manager to develop and deliver Epilepsy Ireland’s fundraising strategy. This will include developing new fundraising initiatives, managing the successful delivery of Epilepsy Ireland fundraising events, utilising a range of communications tools including social media and direct mail to raise awareness of Epilepsy Ireland, supporting all aspects of donor and volunteer care and managing fundraising administration. The trainee will have a key role within the organisation in supporting the Fundraising and Communications Manager in all aspects of Epilepsy Ireland’s fundraising and communications activity.

Are you seeking an opportunity to begin a career in the not-for-profit sector with opportunities to develop and progress? We are looking for an ambitious graduate with the following profile:

  • Third level qualification
  • High motivation level
  • High degree of initiative, flexibility and creativity
  • Outstanding interpersonal and communication skills
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Strong commitment to teamwork
  • Fluent English speaker
  • Full working rights in Ireland
  • Belief in the vision, mission and values of Epilepsy Ireland
  • Demonstrable commitment to the not-for-profit sector

If your ambition is to work in the not-for-profit sector and you combine the above profile in addition to recognising that it will be a continuous learning process, then we would like to hear from you. Closing date for applications is Friday, 5th October 2018.

Please send your CV and a cover letter in word format to Adrian.Mccarthy@2into3.com including “Epilepsy Ireland: Fundraising and Communications Trainee Application” as the subject of the email.

For more information on 2into3’s Not-for-Profit Graduate Programme please visit www.2into3.com/recruitment/the-2into3-not-for-profit-graduate-programme.224.html


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