Slí Eile: Chief Operations Officer

Slí Eile has a vacancy for a Chief Operations Officer

Slí Eile is a charity that works to help people who have experienced significant mental health challenges to recover and to rebuild their lives. We work in three distinctive ways. Firstly, we give people an experience of community living, through which they get social support and opportunities to develop important life-skills in a context of shared communal responsibility. Secondly, we engage people in two significant social enterprises, an organic farm and a bakery, in which they get experience of operating in the real world of work. Finally, we offer people a type of life coaching, which enables them to clarify and to actively pursue their respective visions for a good life beyond Sli Eile.

Based in Churchtown, North Co. Cork, Slí Eile operates through two sister companies: Sli Eile Housing Association CLG and Slí Eile Support Services CLG. The Housing Association provides tenancies for people who are undertaking programmes at Slí Eile and the Support Services deliver a range of supports to promote the tenants’ ongoing recovery and progression. Slí Eile operates through a small team of 11 staff and with the support of a group of committed volunteers. It is majority-funded by the HSE.

Following a review of staff leadership within Slí Eile, a restructuring is now taking place that will see the division of the current Chief Executive Officer position into two new positions. The soon-to-be-appointed Chief Operations Officer (COO) will carry overall management responsibility for the delivery of Slí Eile’s operational programmes, while the current CEO will continue to provide practice guidance to the organisation and personal progression coaching to tenants and former-tenants in a non-managerial role as Mental Health Recovery Practice Guide.

The COO will work within a strategy framework determined by the Board to achieve the organisation’s strategic objectives. S/he will lead Slí Eile’s Management Team, which comprises the Tenant Facilitation Programme Manager, the Enterprises and Estates Manager, and the Administrator. The core functions of the COO will be human resource management, financial management, infrastructure management, and administrative management. The COO will also ensure legal, regulatory, and contractual compliance.

All staff at Slí Eile are full members of the Slí Eile community and share with the tenants and the volunteers a responsibility for upholding the community’s wellbeing. As Slí Eile’s most senior manager, the COO will model a kind of ‘servant leadership’ that honours and enhances the capacity of every other member of the community.

Suitable candidates for the COO position will bring:

  • Relevant operational management experience (HR, finance, infrastructure, administration).
  • Excellent communication skills (day-to-day correspondence, report-writing, speaking, conversing, presenting, representing).
  • An ability to uphold standards in a rigorous compliance environment.
  • An ability to flexibly adapt to changing demands and to solve problems creatively.
  • An ability to inspire and to elicit excellence in others (staff, tenants, and volunteers).
  • A credible level of relevant qualification.

The COO position is offered on a full-time (37.5 hour/week) basis. The indicative salary offered is €50,000 per annum. A probationary period of 6 months will apply, following which the appointee will be entitled to an employer’s pension contribution of 5% salary.

This is a unique opportunity for a capable, values-led person who wants to use their considerable skills to make a positive difference in the field of mental health recovery. If you are interested to apply, please send the following to Mr Niall Daly (Chairperson) at Slí Eile, Burton Park, Churchtown, Mallow, Co Cork, P51 VN8H, or else by email to :

  1. a covering letter.*
  2. your curriculum vitae.
  3. an account of your relevant operational management experience to date.*
  4. an explanation of why you are drawn to work in a community focused on mental health recovery.*

*(Note: These documents should be limited to no more than one side of A4 at a normal font size).

Applications must be received by 5.00pm on Thursday 29th October.

A job description for the position is provided. Further information about Slí Eile is available at

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General Info

Date Entered/Updated
7th Oct, 2020
Co Cork
Expiry Date
29th Oct, 2020