SCOOP Foundation: Chief Executive Officer

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SCOOP Foundation

Job Title: Chief Executive Officer (CEO) - Salary €60k

Reporting to: Caroline Garvan
Chairperson of SCOOP Board of Trustees

Purpose of Job:

To promote, develop and support the Mission and Vision of The SCOOP Foundation and lead the organisation to achieving the strategic objectives agreed by the Board of Trustees.
Additionally meet the challenges of innovation and empowerment implicit in SCOOP’s mission statement, and deliver the quality and breadth of services which positively impacts SCOOPs beneficiaries, employees and stakeholders.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • The CEO will be responsible for providing leadership, developing and implementing SCOOP’s strategic and operational plans, leading on partnership and business development, and being an effective advocate for the charity and its beneficiaries.
  • They will lead a senior management team of four (Eventures Director, Services Director, Services Programme Manager and Fundraising and Operations Manager).
  • The CEO will be responsible for ensuring financial control and supporting and advising on good governance across all aspects of the charity, ensuring compliance to Financial Accounting Standards, Charity SORP and Regulatory compliance requirements.
  • This post is a first-tier post directly responsible and reporting to the Board of Directors and Trustees, with regular direct reporting to the Chairperson Trustee of the Board.

Duties and responsibilities


  • Lead, support and motivate all staff, ensuring commitment to and delivery of the charity’s aims, objectives and mission.
  • Seek out, develop and maintain effective working relationships with all relevant organisations and individuals to promote the work of the charity and facilitate the implementation of its strategic objectives.
  • Maintain a high standard of professionalism and inclusion, supported by coaching, training and development.


  • Develop and implement that charity’s strategic vision in collaboration with the Board.
  • Develop and deliver the charity’s agreed business plans.
  • Identify and assess strategic risks, issues and opportunities and take responsibility for initiating and leading associated changes.
  • Seek out and implement opportunities for innovation and ensure that SCOOP remains at the forefront of positive change in the support of our beneficiaries’ needs.
  • Ensure best-practice for the management, development and engagement of staff, donors, volunteers, partners and supporters.

Partnership and Business Development

  • Seek out, develop and nurture beneficial partnerships with supporters, donors, other charities and all relevant authorities/organisations, including maintaining good working relations with pre-existing partners.
  • Ensure long-term sustainability through developing the charity’s business model and maximising income, for example from fundraising, service contracts and earned income.
  • Oversee the research, identification and recruitment of new programme partners to SCOOP’s reach across Ireland and internationally, within capacity and financial resources.


  • Be responsible for the implementation of all the charity’s operational plans.
  • Take executive responsibility for all functions including the administration, finance, fundraising, marketing, communications, and IT.
  • Ensure that SCOOP services, contracts and projects are delivered to the highest standard with due regard for timescales, targets and budgets.
  • Take overall responsibility for the recruitment, management and effective deployment of staff, including self employed contractors; apply robust HR processes covering recruitment, performance management, appraisal and remuneration.
  • Supervise, support and develop a positive management style with the Senior Management Team.
  • Be responsible for the maintenance and efficient use of the charity’s assets.
  • Build and maintain good working relationships with SCOOP’s suppliers and partners.

Financial Control

  • Lead and direct the financial planning, forecasting, control, reporting and management of the organisation's finances and resources, to include support for, and engagement of, Board of Trustees and Board Committees to ensure regulatory compliance and sustainable organisational growth.
  • Ensure that the charity’s financial resources are managed effectively and that SCOOP remains in good financial health, identifying risks and taking appropriate action.
  • Maintain effective financial management and control systems; ensure delivery within budgets and to performance targets and oversee production of management accounts, statutory accounts and annual reports.
  • Ensure all reporting to the Board of Trustees, Charity Regulator and authorities is on time, complete and accurate.

Governance and Compliance

  • Liaise with the Board to ensure that the charity’s overall governance structure, policies and procedures are appropriate and effective, taking remedial measures and implementing changes as necessary.
  • Attend all Board meetings (held 4-6 times a year) and prepare a written report in advance of each meeting detailing matters of interest and concern regarding the charity’s activities during the previous period; ensure that the Board is made aware in a timely fashion of any matters requiring its attention.
  • Oversee the development and practical application of all organisational policies and procedures e.g. with regard to health and safety, equality and diversity, and safeguarding, to support a culture of dignity and respect, openness and transparency.

Health and Safety.

  • Oversee the safeguarding of the vulnerable children and adults with whom the charity works with and engages through SCOOP Services.
  • Ensure that collection and protection of personal information complies with current Data Protection regulations.
  • Ensure that all of the charity’s activities are conducted safely and that Health and Safety policies are understood and followed by everyone.
  • Ensure that all major risks are identified and regularly reviewed, and that systems and procedures are in place to mitigate all such risks; be responsible for the development and implementation of the charity’s Risk Register.


  • Carry out any other duties as may be reasonably requested.
  • Be conversant with all aspects of the operation and willing to cover and provide support should the need arise.

Skills Required

  • Qualifications Desirable - educated to degree level or equivalent professional qualification and evidence of CPD.
  • Essential Experience
    • Significant proven record of achievement in a senior position within a charity/not for profit organisation.
    • Experience of effective partnership working and development and external relationship management.
    • Experience of managing, motivating and developing staff.
    • Experience of business planning, business development and fundraising.
    • Experience of project management and service delivery across multiple functions.
    • Financial management skills including budgeting and delivery of cost and income targets.
    • Robust approach to governance, controls and definition/implementation of new processes.
    • Experience of financial and risk management.

Skills Desired

  • Experience of working with volunteers.
  • Experience of managing organisational change.
  • Visionary leadership, effective management and motivational skills.
  • Very good verbal and written communication skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Strong financial skills, including the ability to analyse budgets and accounts and manage an annual budget of over €500,000.
  • A commitment to equal opportunities and inclusivity.
  • An understanding of the issues affecting refugees and displaced people in Ireland and internationally.

Personal attributes

  • Empathy for vulnerable children and families seeking support due to displacement.
  • Positive, proactive and dynamic.
  • Inclusive and flexible, with a consultative approach to leadership.
  • Confident and assertive.
  • Ability to pursue the mission and objectives of SCOOP with demonstrable passion, drive and commitment.
  • Committed to best practice and with a drive for continual improvement.
  • The appointee will also be expected to be fully IT literate and have access to a car and a clean driving licence.

Key Stakeholders:

  1. Services Director
  2. Eventures Director
  3. Programme Management Team
  4. Board of Trustees
  5. Volunteers
  6. Suppliers
  7. Regulators
  8. Corporate Partners
  9. Grant Partners

Safeguarding statement

  • SCOOP is committed to safeguarding and protecting the children and displaced persons we work with. As such, all roles are subject to a safer recruitment process, including the disclosure of criminal records and vetting checks. We ensure that we have policies and procedures in place which promote safeguarding and a safe working environment.

Application Process

Please submit your application letter and curriculum vitae detailing;

  • Why are you suitable for the role?
  • Your interest in joining The SCOOP Foundation CLG
  • Your current notice period if employed
  • Your current salary and benefits

Those selected for the interview will be invited to prepare a presentation, topic to be confirmed. Please submit your application to SCOOP by January 31st, 2023 by email to;

General Info

Date Entered/Updated
25th Jan, 2023
Expiry Date
31st Jan, 2023