Village Counselling Service: General Manager

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Organisation: Village Counselling Service (VCS) registered as Tallaght Counselling and Therapy Centre.

Salary: €60,000 – 65,000

Location: Killinarden Enterprise Park, Tallaght / Hybrid

Employment type: Fulltime, permanent.

About Village Counselling Service (VCS)

VCS, one of the largest community-based counselling services in the country was established in 2004 to provide high-quality, affordable, accessible primary care mental health intervention and prevention to people in Tallaght, the greater Dublin and wider Leinster area. It also offers a dedicated child and adolescent service. VCS has access to a large team of volunteer therapists who provide 250 hours of counselling each week.

VCS is a social enterprise and registered charity (CHY 17430).  It is governed by a board of Directors, led by a Chairperson, and managed by a very small staff team.  VCS receives funding from the HSE and the National Office for Suicide Prevention, as well as contributions from clients, who pay what they can afford.   Its main objective is “to benefit the community by the provision of a counselling and therapy service, which will develop mental health practices through counselling, education, and training, which promotes personal empowerment and social inclusion for all members of the community”.  VCS is a small, flexible organisation that invests in and values its staff.

About the role

VCS is now seeking to recruit a General Manager who will be responsible for managing all aspects of VCS on a day-to-day basis, overseeing and supporting the development and growth of its operations and administration and its service delivery functions and for leading, with the support of the Board, the ‘renewal’ of the organisation.  The General Manager will be strategic, a leader, organised, practical, and a skilled administrator with a capacity to vision and put in place a first class service for those who need it. 

The successful candidate will be a strong team player who can motivate and inspire staff, including the voluntary therapists; is dynamic, creative and an initiator; a person of integrity.  S/he will have knowledge of the counselling sector and an appreciation of and empathy for service therapists and clients. Experience of working with the Board of a charitable organisation / social enterprise would be useful along with an understanding of public policy and how it can be influenced.  A relevant 3rd level qualification is desirable.  S/he will have a minimum of 3 years managing experience in the community health sector and, ideally, of managing a comparable organisation. 

The role is challenging, interesting and diverse and will be particularly attractive to a person interested in further developing their management skills. 

If you have strong leadership skills; communicate well both in writing and verbally; are good at managing; can both plan and implement; understand the importance of strong compliance; financial management experience and excellent computer literacy, we would really love to hear from you

Application details

CV and cover letter by email to by 5.00pm on Monday 4th July, 2022

For further information:

Please contact to Anna Lee Chairperson VCS:  Mobile: 087 9629944

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General Info

Date Entered/Updated
21st Jun, 2022
Tallaght, Dublin 24 & Hybrid
Expiry Date
4th Jul, 2022