Dublin South City Partnership: SICAP Community Development Manager

Dublin South City Partnership


Title: SICAP Community Development Manager

Status: Fixed Contract

Location: Dublin South City

Reporting to: CEO

Salary:  DSCP Senior Manager Scale. (Circa point 9 €50,495 commencing) ER pension contribution to max of 10% salary following successful completion of probationary period.

Role Description

Role Purpose - The Community Development Manager will develop, lead and manage the SICAP community development plan and play a key role in the company through delivering innovative responses to social exclusion in the South Dublin city area. They will have responsibility for ensuring that local community groups are supported and empowered to participate in a more equal, sustainable and vibrant society. They will also work to support Dublin South City Partnership’s Leadership Team to implement policies and procedures set out in SICAP and other Programme guidelines and within DSCP’s Strategic Plan 2022-2027.

Duties of the Role - The duties of the SICAP Community Development Manager include:

  • Managing the delivery of the Community Development actions as outlined in the SICAP work plan
  • To prepare, as required work plans, progress reports and proposals.
  • To manage, lead and support the Community Development Team in the delivery of their work
  • Promoting social inclusion in local communities through effective use of community development principles and practice
  • Engaging and building the capacity of local community groups particularly those in disadvantaged areas
  • Engaging and building capacity of SICAP target groups with a focus on priority groups including the Long Term Unemployed, those experiencing Mental Health/Wellbeing issues, New Communities, and Older People experiencing isolation.
  • Supporting local communities to address issues through community development initiatives
  • Linking individuals and groups to resources available through DSCP including LES, Tus, Ability+, and SICAP supports (Life Long Learning, Social Enterprise, Employment, and Enterprise).
  • Developing and rolling out a Social Prescribing Programme
  • To prepare submissions on relevant public policy.
  • To offer supports to local community groups in relation to making funding applications
  • To facilitate relevant training for local community groups
  • To manage and monitor progress of external delivery contracts / service level agreements
  • To build strong working relationships and collaborative partnerships with a wide range of external stakeholders including community representatives to facilitate positive outcomes for SICAP target groups
  • To collaborate with other agencies to develop appropriate responses to shared challenges
  • Engagement with other teams across DSCP to share ideas and explore opportunities to develop new services for our clients
  • To represent DSCP and take a leadership role on relevant committees, working groups and policy-making settings
  • The overall management of volunteer involvement in DSCP.
  • To review and evaluate programmes, actions and outcomes
  • Preparation of statistical and other reports from IRIS system
  • To prepare and maintain various records as required by funders and the company
  • To collaborate, as appropriate, with other entities in making funding applications
  • To work cooperatively with other staff, board and committees in meeting the objectives of the organisation and the SICAP programme
  • To undertake other relevant duties as required


  • Managing, motivating, training and developing the Community Development Team in line with the DSCP staff handbook.
  • Appraising performance and provide appropriate training and development of staff.
  • Promoting a culture, which is supportive of the organisations purposes, aims and values, and to take all reasonable steps to maintain good staff relations.
  • Ensuring that safe working practices are adhered to in accordance with policy.

Professional Development

  • Attending CPD training as required by your profession’s governing body.
  • Maintaining membership of your professional body and not acting in any way to void this membership.
  • Adhere to Professional Standards and Code of Ethics in the Company.

Person Specification


A 3rd level qualification in community development or a related discipline, and a minimum of 4 years’ experience in a senior management position.

Knowledge & Expertise

The Community Development Manager should be able to demonstrate experience and expertise in the following areas:

  • Significant relevant experience in working in a community organisation who address social exclusion
  • Relevant experience in managing and working with volunteers
  • An ability to work collaboratively with a range of state and community bodies
  • A clear understanding of how state agencies who deal with social exclusion issues operate and how they can be influenced
  • An ability to develop innovative responses to social exclusion problems
  • Knowledge of CRM systems
  • An aptitude for preparing reports, profiling communities and completing funding proposals for a variety of agencies
  • A record of planning, implementing and evaluating targeted responses to issues experienced by marginalised communities.
  • Knowledge of governance and other regulatory issues affecting the Community Voluntary sector

Skills & Competencies

The Community Development Manager should be:

  • Skilled in working in a collaborative way.
  • Competent in leading teams and managing staff in support of achieving targeted actions and fixed KPIs
  • In possession of excellent written (both academic and report/proposal writing), oral communication, facilitation and presentation skills.
  • Computer literate in dealing with standard MS word and data processing, spreadsheet and communication packages.

Character & Personal Qualities

  • Be passionate and committed to improving the opportunities for all people.
  • Committed to an ethos of inclusion, solidarity, equity, accountability, innovation, partnership
  • Able to work in a self-directed dynamic manner, and to develop good working relationships with all stakeholders.
  • Appreciative of the main social, economic and environmental issues currently affecting the community and voluntary sector.
  • Fair, impartial and open to new ideas and information.
  • Able to conduct him or herself in a way that commands confidence and respect

Reporting Relationships

  • The Community Development Manager reports to the DSCP Chief Executive Officer

The Community Development Manager contract will run until the 31st December 2023 and is renewable subject to funding. Salary is commensurate with experience and will be based on DSCP Senior Manager Scale Point 9. (Circa €50,495 commencing)

Salary Scales - Senior Manager

  • 1 - €38,082
  • 2 - €39,826
  • 3 - €41,531
  • 4 - €43,254
  • 5 - €44,931
  • 6 - €46,658
  • 7 - €47,803
  • 8 - €49,006
  • 9 - €50,495
  • 10 - €51,979
  • 11 - €53,464
  • 12 - €54,951
  • 13 - €56,437
  • 14 - €57,923
  • 15 - €60,069
  • 16 - €62,210
    • 1st LSI after 3 years on point 14
    • 2nd LSI after 3 years on Point 15

Application Forms and a detailed job description are available from; Email; ulowry@dscp.ie.

Informal enquiries about this position can be made in confidence to: Una Lowry, Chief Executive Officer, Dublin South City Partnership Tel: 087-9166915; email:ulowry@dscp.ie.


To apply: Please submit a up to date CV of no more than 2 pages and a detailed cover letter to:
Una Lowry, CEO, Dublin South City Partnership
Email: ulowry@dscp.ie

Closing date: 12pm Friday 27th May 2022

Late or incomplete applications will not be considered. Canvassing will disqualify. Shortlisting will apply and interviews are likely to be held in the week commencing the 6th June 2022. DSCP is an Equal Opportunities Employer.

Dublin South City Partnership

General Info

Date Entered/Updated
12th May, 2022
Dublin South City
Expiry Date
27th May, 2022