Doras Buí: Community Development Project Worker

Doras Buí

Community Development Project Worker

Doras Bui is a community resource centre for lone parent families located on the north-east side of Dublin City, Ireland. Doras Bui, a parent’s alone resource centre, was founded in 1986 as part of the EU Second Programme to Combat Poverty, formerly known as P.A.R.C. (Parents Alone Resource Centre). Since 1990, all our activities are supported and funded through a combination of grants from Government Departments and statutory bodies, charitable foundations, and donations from individuals.

We were the first locally based resource centre for lone parents and their children in Ireland and we have grown from a modest two roomed maisonette provided by Dublin City Council to a purpose - built Centre which was opened in 1992 by the then President of Ireland, Mary Robinson who became our patron in 2002. In 1998, the organisation was extended with the construction of a full time Early Years’ service which provides full time childcare places.


Doras Bui is a community development resource centre and Early Years’ Service that provides high quality supports and programmes to one parent families living in the North-East Dublin area. We are committed to the delivery of an excellent early years’ service in a safe and inclusive environment where children and families are facilitated to reach their full potential. We aim to support lone parents to extend their life choices overcome discrimination and isolation and become socially and economically independent.

Organisational Values

Doras Bui prides itself on respect for all individuals and family diversity. Integrity, excellence, honesty, transparency, and accountability. The provision of high-quality services based on our values is a key organisational objective.


The role of the Community Development Worker is to provide a comprehensive Information and Support Service to lone parent families as part of the Programme Team. Helping families to identify their needs and support them in having these needs met in accordance with the ethos of Doras Buí. The Community Development Worker is expected to undertake the role in a professional manner based on the principles of self-help and solidarity and in ways that accept and respect diversity. The role includes the delivery of information and support, working as part of the programme team.

The Community worker reports directly to the Programme Coordinator.

Main Responsibilities and duties of the post include:

  • Flexibility for hours of working, possible evening, and weekends.
  • The provision of accurate information to lone parent callers in person, telephone or via social media.
  • Referring lone parents to appropriate statutory services and advocating with these statutory agencies in relation to their needs.
  • Supporting individuals to make personal action plans, ensuring appropriate records and statistics are kept up to date.
  • IT support and liaising with Doras Buí’s support contractor.
  • Supporting administration in the Adult and Child Counselling services.
  • Inputting of service user information on to the database.
  • Working closely with the Programme coordinator in identifying potential participants for group work programmes and working as part of a team in the planning, organising and evaluation of the programmes.
  • Maintaining accurate and confidential records.
  • Mentoring and assisting participants attending programmes when the need arises.
  • Organising once off events, in conjunction with other staff.
  • Networking and liaising with local community organisations and statutory agencies.

Essential Requirements

  • Relevant 3rd level degree.
  • A minimum of two years’ experience of working in a community development setting.
  • Knowledge of relevant policies and issues arising for lone parents.
  • Experience of supporting families.
  • A working knowledge of TUSLA, Meitheal and Children First.
  • A working knowledge of all relevant legislation, for example: Child Protection and Safeguarding.
  • Ability to engage and build positive relationship with families and parents.
  • Experience of working with groups.
  • Experience of planning, implementing, and reviewing programmes.
  • Strong, IT and social media skills, proficient in use of Microsoft office and databases e.g. salesforce.
  • The ability to maintain a professional approach and always observe confidentiality.
  • Exceptional organisation and administration skills and attention to detail.
  • Project prioritisation and the ability to remain clam under pressure.
  • Ability to engage with a range of statutory and voluntary organisations.
  • Full clean drivers’ license and own car.

Peron Specification:

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Highly motivation, proactive and flexible.
  • Ability to work as a team member.
  • Good judgement, honesty and reliable.
  • Empathetic and approachable personality.
  • Strong leadership skills with a flexible and positive attitude towards work.

The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate the following competencies:

Achievement Focus - Demonstrates persistence and overcomes obstacles. Measures self against standard of excellence. Recognizes and acts on opportunities. Sets and achieves challenging goals. Takes calculated risks to accomplish goals.

Communications - Exhibits good listening and comprehension. Expresses ideas and thoughts in written form. Expresses ideas and thoughts verbally. Keeps others adequately informed. Selects and uses appropriate communication methods.

Collaboration with colleagues: - Provides direction and gains compliance. Provides regular performance feedback.

Planning and Organization - Integrates changes smoothly. Plans for additional resources. Prioritizes and plans work activities. Sets goals and objectives. Uses time efficiently. Works in an organized manner.

Problem Solving - Develops alternative solutions. Gathers and analyses information skilfully. Identifies problems in a timely manner. Resolves problems in early stages. Works well in group problem solving situations.

Professional and personable – with experience of working within a busy environment. Excellent attention to detail and a strong team player

Terms & Conditions

Contract: permanent, subject to funding
Hours of work: 19.5 hours per week, Wednesday – Friday
Annual leave: 12.5 days pro rata
Salary: €18,252 (gross) pro rata


  • Access to own transport
  • Garda Clearance will be required

Job description attached

Please send your CV and letter of application to Adele O’Connor, Programme Coordinator, at Doras Bui, Bunratty Drive, Coolock, Dublin 17 or email it to

Closing date: 5p.m. on the 25th of January 2022.

Doras Bui is an equal opportunities employer.

Doras Buí

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General Info

Date Entered/Updated
13th Jan, 2022
Dublin 17
Expiry Date
25th Jan, 2022