Society of Saint Vincent de Paul: Youth Development Officer

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Youth Development Officer

Reference No: VA335
Location: SVP North West Regional Office, The Diamond, Raphoe, Donegal, F93 HRH1
Duration: Permanent Full-Time
Hours: 37.5 hours per week
Published: Monday, 10th June 2024
Closing Date: Midnight Monday, 24th June 2024

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an experienced Youth Development Officer Finance Officer to join our North West Regional Office. The purpose of this role is to promote and support the SVP Youth Development programme in the Northwest Region through various models of engagement, primarily through the support and development of Young SVP Conferences in schools and 3rd level institutions.
To create awareness of the work of SVP and ultimately, to foster support for the organisation through building links with schools and between schools and local Conferences.
To provide young people with the experience of helping others in some tangible way, an experience of being a volunteer and of making a difference to people that will provide them with opportunities for both personal and social development. To inspire people about the work of SVP and the importance of social justice.
This is a great opportunity to join one of Ireland’s largest voluntary organisations and make a difference in your community.

Why work with SVP?

SVP Benefits

All SVP Benefits are subject to the prevailing policy and associated length of service requirements

  • 23 days annual leave for all staff; Additional day’s leave at 5, 10, 15 & 20 years, with a cap of 27 annual leave days
  • Pension: 5% employer and employee contribution with an option to increase to 7% on a matching basis
  • 2 discretionary days (Good Friday & Christmas Eve)
  • Group discount for Hospital Saturday Fund (HSF)
  • Paid Sick Leave: Sick Pay following 13 weeks, with entitlement increasing with length of service (Subject to terms of policy)
  • Education Support for job relevant courses (Subject to terms of policy)
  • Paid Maternity & Paternity Leave (18 weeks full maternity leave pay for staff with more than 12 months service & 2 weeks full paternity leave pay for staff with more than 12 months service)
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Life Assurance – four times annual salary
  • Life Appreciation Recognition: Additional one-off 5 days annual leave allocated in year that 25-, 30-, 35- & 40-years’ service achieved, plus €250 voucher
  • Christmas Voucher: €250 voucher for all staff (Subject to terms of policy)
  • Retirement: Staff with 10+ years’ service will receive a €250 voucher on retirement
  • Hybrid/Flexible Working Available: SVP support and embrace Flexible Working, including working from home, in line with the SVP Flexible Working Policy (Where appropriate and subject to role requirements and policy)
  • SVP Experience Day: Up to one discretionary day per year to experience a different aspect of the work of SVP (Subject to conditions)

The ideal candidate will possess the following:

  • 3rd level qualification in Youth Work, Education or equivalent area.
  • Training in group facilitation and learning with young people.
  • A full clear Irish/ EU driving license and access to a car.
  • Have a minimum of 3 years' full time post qualified experience of working with and using active learning methodologies with young people in group settings.
  • Excellent IT skills including knowledge of record keeping and database systems.
  • Have previous experience of working in statutory/ voluntary/ community settings.
  • Strong presentation skills and skilled at public speaking.
  • Enjoys working with young people and is passionate about social justice.


SVP is a large, national, voluntary organisation with extensive experience of working with a diverse range of people who experience poverty and exclusion. Through its network of over 12,000 volunteers and 700 staff, it is strongly committed to working for social justice and advocates the creation of a more just and caring society. SVP employs people to support volunteers in a variety of settings including housing, community care, shops, administration and other specialist areas

How to Apply:

If you meet these requirements and have the desire to join one of Ireland’s best known, trusted and respected not-for-profit organisations, please complete the online application

Appointment is subject to satisfactory references and Garda Vetting. Canvassing will not be accepted and may lead to disqualification. Due to the large volume of applications, we are not in the position to provide individual feedback to candidates who are not shortlisted.

SVP is an Equal Opportunities Employer

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Region: Raphoe, Co Donegal