North Wall Community Development Project: General Manager

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Make a difference to a community

An opportunity has arisen for an exciting role leading a vibrant community development programme. The North Wall Community Development Project (NWCDP) is seeking a General Manager to steer the organisation in the coming years.

The NWCDP is a well-governed and much-loved organisation within the local community it serves, including a community crèche, community employment schemes and Local Training Initiatives. For more information about the NWCDP click here.

About you

You will most likely have a community development and/or childcare management background and have the capability and energy to juggle the competing demands of the General Manager role.

The NWCDP operates in a regulated environment in respect of childcare and has high standards of governance and at organisational level. You will have strong financial management and senior level administration skills and the ability to form trusted relationships with key stakeholders, representing the organisation and the local community appropriately at all times.

You will demonstrate a continuous improvement focus, understand risk management and have strong people management experience. You will be resourceful, resilient and driven to help the organisation succeed.

Essential Criteria

  • A degree or equivalent professional qualification in education, business, youth work or related disciplines together with a minimum of 5 years’ experience in a management role.
  • It is desirable that candidates have a knowledge and understanding of the early year’s education and community sector.

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and relevant experience.
Working week: minimum 35 hours per week excluding breaks.
Annual Leave: 26 days per Annum
The successful candidate must be available to work evenings and weekends as needed.

For more information, including typical duties please contact

Closing date for applications is Monday 30 March 2020. Applicants should email their CV to the above email address. A shortlisting process will apply and candidates who best meet the criteria will be called for interview.

Job Purpose

Development, planning, implementation and administration of the North Wall CDP as agreed with the Board of Management. The General Manager will manage staff, childcare and facilities to ensure the priority needs of the local community are met.

Main Duties And Responsibilities

  • Formulation, development and implementation of a strategic plan for effective service delivery 2020-2023
  • Management of finance and budgets
  • Implementation of National Quality Standards Framework for Early Childhood Education and Quality Standards ETB
  • Implementation of an approved annual plan within timeframe and budget
  • Leading, developing and managing staff to achieve the best practice
  • Representing the Management Board as appropriate
  • Management and operation of facilities including insurance, leasing / contractual arrangements
  • Liaison and / or coordination with local groups, agencies and the community of the North Inner City
  • Policy / strategy review, evaluation and development in conjunction with the Board of Management
  • Advising and ensuring that the Board of Management is compliant with all relevant legislation and corporate governance standards including statutory returns
  • Profiling and promoting the North Wall CDP, influencing policy and acting where appropriate in an advocacy role on behalf of the Board of Management
  • The General Manager acts on behalf of the Board of Management as the designated Child Protection officer for North Wall CDP/Little Treasures Community Crèche. The General Manager will also act as the designated Garda Vetting officer for the organisation.

Key Tasks – Planning

  • To consult strategically with the relevant groups, community and stakeholders
  • To formulate and draft a strategic plan for approval by the Board of Management and to review it on an annual basis to meet the needs identified
  • To negotiate with relevant agencies in relation to funding and resources to meet the objectives of the plan
  • To develop and undertake funding initiatives to support the implementation of the plan
  • To develop an annual operational plan for projects, programmes, facilities and to prioritise deployment of resources to achieve the stated objectives
  • To ensure that policies and practices relevant to the target group are reviewed and updated with the Board of Management
  • To prepare, present and oversee the annual budget for approved programmes


  • To provide support and direction to the Board of Management and DCC in the effective management of the building and external play area – including health & safety and facility maintenance including external contractors subject to additional funding
  • To arrange for activities to be scheduled and prioritised to maximise efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery within the centre(s) liaising with local community and other groups as necessary.
  • To ensure that the centre is operated to achieve the objectives set out in the plan.


  • Managing all aspects of finances including all necessary and appropriate controls
  • Liaising with the funders and fulfilling their reporting requirements
  • Reporting via finance & funding sub-committee to the Board of Management
  • Preparation of budgets and expenditure reports
  • Development, review and maintenance of financial procedures policies
  • To ensure the accounting and administrative procedures in place comply with legal, regulatory and auditing standards

Human Resources

  • Management, supervision and support of staff
  • Maintaining and managing accurate HR records, including Payroll
  • Reporting via HR Sub Group to the Board of Management
  • To develop and implement policies agreed by the Board of Management in relation to human resource management including recruitment, contractual arrangements, induction, development, motivation, performance and line management, health and safety, grievance/discipline, supervision and organisational development
  • To ensure the objectives of the organisation are communicated to all staff including volunteers and that the roles and responsibilities of each individual for achieving these are understood, agreed and documented
  • To ensure regular reviews on the performance and development of staff members and to put in place appropriate development plans with the approval of the Board of Management


  • To assist the Board to develop, design and implement policies and procedures as per Charities Governance Code as required
  • Ensuring that accurate records of health & safety, insurance, licence matters and procurement etc. are maintained and kept up to date.
  • Maintain the organisations risk management framework
  • To ensure that contractual arrangements with funding agencies, tenants and service users are maintained
  • To inform the Board of Management of events, issues and occurrences that impact on the services’ reputation, functioning and viability
  • To ensure the Board of Management has all the necessary structures, systems, resources and information to operate effectively
  • To carry out other duties and actions as designated by the Board of Management from time to time


  • To liaise with various local groups and agencies
  • To represent the NWCDP and promote the work of the organisation
  • To actively participate in collaborative, interagency work within the community with statutory and non-statutory partners to improve the outcomes for local individuals and families in the area.
  • Promote activities, achievements and other relevant information to the target groups and other stakeholders
  • Represent the Board of Management on relevant external structures and groups as agreed

Person Specification & Key Attributes

  • At least 5 years’ management experience at a senior level along with programme and/or project management experience in a comparable organisation.
  • Ability to manage the corporate dimensions of modern organisations formulated as Companies Limited by Guarantee, including finance, governance, compliance, early years’ education and human resource management.
  • Demonstrable experience of managing a range of tasks while maintaining focus on translating policies into practice.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communications skills concerning key stakeholders including: employees, volunteers, Board and external agents such as other DEASP, CDETB, DCCC, DCYA, Dublin Inner City Co-op, community groups and state agencies.
  • Experience of planning programme supports and services for the target group.
  • Experience of managing services or buildings
  • Track record of maintaining or establishing new services
  • Experience of grant applications and reporting
  • Understanding of the community and voluntary sector; including governance of registered charities
  • Knowledge of public or private sector financial procedures and accounting methods.
  • A high level of ICT literacy including a proven ability to apply technology in the workplace.
  • Knowledge of risk management and the implementation of internal controls
  • Self-starter capable of working on his/her own initiative, with strong multitasking capability and flexible and results focused.
  • Good planning and organisational skills with the ability to prioritise tasks effectively in a dynamic and pressurised environment
  • Leadership skills with the ability to manage staff and other resources effectively to deliver high quality output within tight time frames
  • Proven record as a team-player with a flexible approach.
  • Highly developed oral and written communication skills, including negotiation, report writing and presentation skills;
  • Excellent judgement, problem-solving, analytical and decision-making skills.
  • Strong skills in building productive working relationships and the ability to foster strong links with a range of external stakeholders / funders


  • A degree or equivalent professional qualification in education, business, youth work or related disciplines together with a minimum of 5 years’ experience in a management role.
  • It is desirable that candidates have a knowledge and understanding of the early years’ education and community sector.


  • Salary will commensurate with qualifications and relevant experience.
  • Working week: 35 hours per week excluding breaks.
  • Annual Leave: 26 days per Annum
  • The successful candidate must be available to work evenings and weekends as required.

General Info

Date Entered/Updated
13th Mar, 2020
Expiry Date
30th Mar, 2020