Business in the Community Ireland: Traveller Employment Programme Job Coach (Part-Time)

Business in the Community Ireland

Business in the Community Ireland (BITCI) - is a movement for sustainable change in business. We act as trusted advisers in sustainability and corporate social responsibility. We believe that business is a key driver in the transition to a low carbon economy and to meaningful social inclusion. We advise over 100 of Ireland’s most progressive companies and support business to engage in social inclusion programmes.

A vital action on social inclusion is our new Traveller Employment Programme (TEP) which will run between 2021 and 2024. Our objective is to work with 70 participants over 3 years. The aim is for at least 20 Travellers to gain employment, and 30 to move further towards their chosen field of employment via training and education. We also aim to create connections between the Traveller and Business communities that will combat discrimination and support Traveller employment in the future.

Job Title: Traveller Employment Programme Job Coach

Job Purpose: Support participants to gain and sustain employment
Reporting to: Assistant Manager, Employment Programmes, BITCI
Direct Reports: None
Travel Required: Yes. Programme is initially focused on the Dublin region
Contract: Fixed term, 3 years; part time 2 days per week
Salary: €35,000, pro rata


Main Responsibilities:

  • Contribute to the design of the TEP through research of best practice
  • Develop relationships with Traveller organisations to source Traveller participants
  • Develop coaching relationships with participants based on trust and empathy
  • Create career plans and vocational profiles
  • Identify potential barriers to success in the workplace; refer participants to health/ accommodation/ practical supports according to their individual needs
  • Identify training and education needs and support participants to access courses
  • Prepare Traveller participants for soft skills workshops and work experience placements run by businesses
  • Work with the programme’s business coordinator to network with employers and source suitable employment opportunities
  • Provide ongoing support to participants while in employment or moving between opportunities

Other Responsibilities:

  • Support the work of the business coordinator
  • Contribute to the TEP advisory group in the programme set-up phase
  • Help to create and test a tool to measure progression of Traveller participants
  • Gather feedback from participants, track Key Performance Indicators and contribute to evaluation reports


Education/ Qualifications/ Knowledge

  • A deep understanding of Traveller culture, and we strongly encourage applications from members of the Traveller community
  • Knowledge of Traveller training and employment initiatives and policies in Ireland – their successes and lessons
  • Knowledge of job seeking – CVs, interview skills, online job searching and networking
  • An understanding of a job coach/ career guidance role – ideally including a qualification
  • An understanding of the barriers facing Travellers who want to work and the racism and discrimination that they face.


  • Experience of working with members of the Traveller community
  • Personal experience of the benefits of employment in bringing about social inclusion and better health
  • Experience in a coaching/ mentoring/ guidance role
  • Experience of job seeking, applications and communicating with employers

Skills/ Personal Attributes

  • Great with people – able to connect with people from variety of backgrounds and ability to work well in a team
  • Strong empathy – an ability to relate to others and provide support
  • Positive outlook – enjoy encouraging others to reach their potential
  • Determination to get the best outcomes for your participants and the Programme
  • Attention to detail - for CVs, job applications and reporting outcomes
  • Comfortable with basic IT, particularly MS Outlook, Word and Excel

What we offer:

  • Generous annual leave: 22 days annual leave per year pro rata, rising to 26 days after 1 years’ service
  • PRSA: option to join the company’s PRSA scheme after six months' service
  • Flexible working hours; hybrid of home and office working
  • Training and development opportunities
  • Volunteer days: two days paid leave per year to be spent volunteering in the community and voluntary sector
  • Access to our Employee Assistance Programme
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Taxsaver commuter scheme

How to Apply

To apply for this role please send your CV and cover letter via email to Therese Donovan, HR Executive at by 5pm on Tuesday 26th October 2021.

Business in the Community Ireland is an equal opportunities employer and promotes a policy of continuous personal and professional development among its staff.

Business in the Community Ireland has a policy of interviewing candidates with disabilities who meet the essential criteria.

General Info

Date Entered/Updated
13th Oct, 2021
Expiry Date
26th Oct, 2021