Depaul: People Partner


Depaul believes that everyone should have a place to call home and a stake in their community. Our aim is to work with those who are socially excluded and marginalised by providing a quality led service in order to produce the best possible outcomes for those accessing our services. We strive to empower our service users to make choices and decisions about the way they live their lives. We work in partnership with central and local government, housing associations and other non-governmental organisations.

Depaul is an equal opportunities employer, we offer a standard 35 hour working week, generous leave entitlements and a pension scheme. We support all staff with regular supervision and core training.

Depaul wishes to recruit to the following role:

People Partner

Working remotely with travel to locations in the South East and Cork
6 month FTC – (35 hours per week)
Salary: €52,022.86 per annum

1. Role

To deliver on the People strategy in support of the organisational strategy. This role reports to the Director of People & Organisation in Depaul and is a broad role with management responsibility for HR activities in the specific region. This will involve partnering with Services to ensure the delivery of best practice solutions to relevant stakeholders on all people related matters. The post holder will be expected to deliver excellent advice and support across all day to day aspects of the management of staff and volunteers.

2. Key Areas of Responsibility


  • Develop successful, long term, and collaborative relationships with all relevant stakeholders
  • Contribute to workforce planning meetings with Senior Services management and seek out areas for improvement and make recommendations
  • Represent the people function at meetings.
  • Provide support and guidance on legislative requirements and policies and procedures
  • To provide ongoing input into development of our people and contribute to our learning and development strategy


  • Provide supervision, guidance, support and development to all line reports
  • Be the point of escalation for the team on matters relating to employee relations
  • Share best practice solutions with the rest of the team at regular intervals
  • Ensure that all administration is carried out within agreed timeframes, SLA’s and within GDPR guidelines
  • Oversee payroll checks on a monthly basis before submission to Finance
  • Manage preparation for the annual P&O audits and provide follow up on any subsequent action plans
  • Oversee employee engagement surveys

Change Management

  • Provide ongoing support to the Director to manage a TUPE project to ensure effective implementation across 6 regional services.
  • Ensure that the new model of HR delivery is embedded successfully
  • Support the services department with cultural change and integration initiatives

Recruitment & Onboarding

  • Ensure that all recruitment activities are in line with legislative requirements, best practice and policies and procedures
  • Oversee the coordination of induction and onboarding for staff into Depaul

Learning & Development

  • Promote awareness of learning and development activities and assist in the identification of training needs
  • Facilitate the various programmes of learning where required
  • Oversee the coordination of mandatory health and safety training and report on same

Employee Relations

  • Provide coaching, expertise and guidance on employee relations issues, including: absence management, performance management, dignity and respect at work and grievances and disciplinary matters
  • Seek advice from external employment advisors where necessary
  • Liaise with recognised trade unions where necessary

Policies & Procedures

  • Involved in developing, implementing, administering coordinating and evaluating people policies and procedures
  • Develop procedures, processes and guidelines to support the implementation of all our people policies
  • Ensure compliance with people policies and procedures

Enabling technologies

  • Active participation in the introduction of new systems or improvements to existing systems
  • Oversee the maximum system usage benefit
  • Provide regular reporting on key HR metrics

The above list is not exhaustive; additional areas of responsibility may be added over time and flexibility to cover for other staff roles is required from time to time.

3. Person Requirements

Skills, Knowledge and Experience

  • 5+ years’ experience gained in a Human Resources Department
  • Third level qualification in business, HR or employment law is desirable
  • Member of the CIPD or willingness towards same is desirable
  • Experience in planning and supporting on change management initiatives would be a requirement
  • Exposure to TUPE projects would be ideal
  • Good working knowledge of employment legislation and application in practice
  • Knowledge of working in a low threshold environment would be an advantage
  • Team management experience would be considered to be an advantage

Person Requirements

  • Ability to balance a large scale TUPE project with multiple tasks and priorities, working within agreed deadlines
  • Change management exposure
  • Demonstrable track record of being able to manage effectively in a fast-paced environment
  • Excellent problem-solving skills with the ability to use own initiative
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Ability to influence and act as an advisor to senior managers
  • Being able to hold a position of trust and confidentiality
  • Highly accurate and detail focused
  • Experience in the charity sector is desirable but not essential

Technical Requirements

  • Good IT skills is essential
  • Experience with HR systems/ Recruitment systems is desirable

Online Application Procedure:

Please download and complete the application form available on the employment page of our website

For more information, please contact Human Resources:
Tel: 00 353 1 453 7111 or e-mail

Closing date for all applications: 22nd April 2021 at 9am

Panels will be formed from which future vacancies may be filled

General Info

Date Entered/Updated
8th Apr, 2021
Remotely / South East & Cork
Expiry Date
22nd Apr, 2021