Down Syndrome Ireland Louth Meath Branch: Employment Support Specialist

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Down Syndrome Ireland Louth Meath Branch

Employment Support Specialist

We now have an exciting opportunity for a dynamic and highly-motivated individual to join our team as an Employment Support Specialist and to play a central role in helping our adult members with Down syndrome achieve and sustain work placement/paid employment.

JOB TITLE: Employment Support Specialist – DSI Louth Meath

JOB LOCATION: Working from home, with travel as required.

HOURS OF WORK: 15 hours per week
(Some out of office hours work may be required, subject to the support needs of participants)

CONTRACT: 12 month fixed-term contract, may be extended subject to funding.

PROBATION: 6 month probationary period(initial review after 3 months)

RENUMERATION: €33-40,000(pro-rata) (equivalent to HSE Senior Supervisor/Instructor scale) depending on experience/qualifications (with mileage)

REPORTING TO: Committee DSI Louth Meath Branch, with liaison function to DSI National office Employment Officer


  1. Drive a person centered approach to supporting participants to access work opportunities and achieve sustained meaningful employment.
  2. Provide support to employers to ensure successful outcomes from work placement.


  1. Develop a profile for each participant based on their interest, capabilities and needs and develop a positive working relationship with them.
  2. Have a comprehensive understanding of available job roles/work opportunities for participants and help match them to appropriate placements, taking full account of both participant and employer needs.
  3. Develop a network of suitable employers who will offer work opportunities (work experience, job placements, trials, internships, volunteering), liaising with them, providing pre-employment training for them & supporting them as needed during delivery of the placement.
  4. Negotiate with the employer on the terms of the employment.
  5. Conduct task analysis prior to job start. Deliver pre-placement training.
  6. To support participants on a day-to-day basis in their work placements (on a reducing phased basis).
  7. Working professionally and collaboratively with the established employment team in national office & employment committee in the Louth Meath branch.
  8. Work professionally, effectively and sensitively with key stakeholders to ensure that all participants are safe, feel safe and are listened to with any concerns.
  9. Keep up to date on policies and programmes of relevance to the employment of adults with Down syndrome.
  10. Assist with the completion of necessary paperwork incl. evaluations, reports & documentation. Develop and maintain robust record keeping procedures in line with relevant data protection and confidentiality requirements.
  11. Commit to ongoing professional development.
  12. Conduct any other duties in line with the main objective set out above.



  1. The ability to motivate and assist adults with Down syndrome to access, secure and maintain employment in the open labour market.
  2. The ability to act as advocate for adults with Down syndrome and to foster relationships with employers across the wider Louth, Meath and adjacent area.
  3. Excellent communication and inter-personal skills
  4. Strong Team working skills and an ability to work on own initiative.
  5. Excellent administration, organisation & ICT Skills
  6. Possess a full clean driving license and have access to a car.
  7. Possess a standard leaving certificate and a relevant third level/further education qualification.


  1. Supported employment qualification and/or intellectual disability support/advocacy related qualification
  2. Experience and understanding of the issues facing adults with intellectual disability in accessing employment.
  3. An acute understanding of the ethos of Down Syndrome Ireland and a passionate belief in the abilities of people with Down syndrome.
  4. A wider awareness of the importance of working towards a choice-based independent life for individuals with Down syndrome
  5. An ability to work with families, problem solve, research and communicate and advocate for adults with Down syndrome


Two employer referees(including most recent employer)

Garda vetting for the role is mandatory.

Closing date for receipt of applications is 16th August 2022

Applications should be email to

General Info

Date Entered/Updated
3rd Aug, 2022
Home Based
Expiry Date
16th Aug, 2022