Irish Deaf Society: Career Project Officer (Part-Time)

Irish Deaf Society

Career Project Officer

Hours: Part time basis: 20 hours per week 5 days (work days to be agreed with successful applicant, role will involve some flexible evening and weekend work to a maximum of 20 hours per week)
Funding: This role is funded by the Dormant Account Fund managed by Pobal
Term: Fixed term contract for 12 months (with possibly extension for further 6 months subject to agreement with funder)
Salary: €16,800
Supported by: Advocacy Department
Starting Date: Role can start immediately or as soon as possible subject to notice and availability of successful candidate
Location: Work Remotely and IDS Office in Cabra, Dublin 7
Submission Deadline: Friday 16th April 2021
Interview: Wednesday 21st April 2021

Overview of the Job

The Irish Deaf Society (IDS) seeks to achieve and promote the Equality and Rights of Deaf people in Ireland. On the grounds of the Irish Constitution and Human Rights and international legislation, the ambition of full access to citizenship and society is sought through the empowerment and mobilisation of the Deaf community. With an awareness of their identity and their rights as individuals, Deaf people in Ireland are enabled to celebrate their culture and continue to ensure the upholding of Irish Sign Language recognition and break down the barriers of discrimination.

The successful candidate for this project will contribute and support the implementation, development and design of the “Deaf Career Project”, the goal is to improve access to Employment and Training/Education for Deaf people. A key part of the role will be to manage the activity of 6 local “Peer Advocates” in different parts of Ireland and ensure the success of local Deaf “Job Clubs”.

The project will provide engagement, resources and supports for Guidance Counsellors, Peer Advocates and job club participants. The successful candidate will be part of a project team with IDS Advocacy management, staff, CEO and external career guidance experts.

We are looking for someone who has a proactive approach to their work, who is communicative, flexible and committed with the ability to work alone as well as part of a team.

The successful candidate will have:

  • To work in the Deaf community with an appreciation and respect for Deaf culture and Irish Sign Language.
  • Strong computer skills and a good command of the English language.
  • Skilled in careful planning, scheduling and coordinator of tasks
  • Experience collecting information and reporting
  • To work remotely but will be required to travel to IDS offices and to visit different local project sites when Covid restrictions allow.
  • To be flexible about work hours including evening and weekends to meet the demands of the development plan.
  • Skills and experience in development of digital resources will be an advantage

Main duties and responsibilities:

  • To manage 6 local Peer Advocates and Job Clubs
  • To work with Advocacy manager to establish a Steering Group to guide the project and a “work placement subgroup” with external employers' representatives
  • To ensure the efficient day-to-day operation and management of the project, service and projects achieving agreed goals.
  • To gather project information and report on analysis, goals and performance indicators to the Advocacy manager.
  • To advise the Advocacy Manager on matters requiring attention, and assist in implementation of management decisions
  • To develop a strong network of contacts with regional and National Deaf organisations and groups to inform representation
  • Any other duties, which may be deemed as desirable by the Advocacy Manager
  • Review and answer correspondence, relating to the project through various channels
  • To provide advocacy on Deaf-related issues to individuals and groups
  • Work in a way that reflects the wishes and interests of each individual using the project, enabling them to advocate for themselves, and/or acting on the individual’s behalf when requested.
  • Provide secretarial or executive services for meetings


Please send a cover letter (save as either word or PDF documents) explaining why you are suitable for the role with your CV by email to Elaine Grehan, Advocacy Manager, by the end of the day on Friday 16th April 2021 please make sure to add “Career Project Officer” in the subject field of your email.

Interviews will be on Wednesday 21st April.

If you are unable to attend for interview on this date, please state so clearly in your email.

You can find out more about the Irish Deaf Society at:

The Irish Deaf Society is an equal opportunities employer

General Info

Date Entered/Updated
1st Apr, 2021
Remotely / Dublin 7
Expiry Date
16th Apr, 2021