South Dublin County Partnership: Development Worker - Tallaght Drugs and Alcohol Task Force

South Dublin County Partnership & Tallaght Drugs and Alcohol Task Force

Tallaght Drugs and Alcohol Task Force (TDATF)

Full-time Development Worker

35 hours per week
The successful candidate will be employed by South Dublin County Partnership (SDCP)

LOCATION Block 3, County Hall, Belgard Square North,


SALARY will be commensurate with experience

Contract: 12 months

The Development worker will play a pivotal role in supporting the TDATF in fulfilling its mission and key priorities as outlined in its Strategic Plan 2022+ and annual work plans; and in line with the actions identified in the National Drugs Strategy (Reducing Harm Supporting Recovery 2017-2025).

Job Description

  • To work with key stakeholders to highlight and respond to the impacts of substance misuse.
  • To highlight drugs and alcohol harms and work to develop more sustainable policy responses to substance misuse locally and nationally.
  • To facilitate multi sectoral collaboration and interagency working at local and national level.
  • To improve capacity at local level to communicate and promote evidence informed strategies and exchange best practice.
  • To develop appropriate structures to support the participation of various sectors (Community, voluntary, statutory & political) in the work of the TDATF
  • To support the TDATF to review emerging needs / and prioritise responses
  • To integrate policy and research into the work of the TDATF its sub structures and projects.
  • To provide line management and staff supervision as required
  • To perform other duties as appropriate to the post which may be assigned from time to time and to contribute to the development of the post, while in office.

The successful candidate will have:

  • A relevant third level qualification in Community development, addiction studies or a related discipline. (Minimum NQF level 7)
  • At least 3 years’ experience in Community Drugs Work, Community Development, or similar role.
  • Excellent facilitation, presentation, and organisational skills.
  • Experience of writing clear reports and funding proposals.

An in-depth understanding of social inclusion and its application through community development principles and practice:

  • Be highly motivated, with the ability to work independently in a team setting
  • Ability to identify needs, develop initiatives, and support communities/groups to manage and progress them
  • A good track record in building and nurturing key relationships and partnerships with a wide range of diverse individuals and groups.
  • understanding and experience of outcome focused work, planning monitoring and evaluation frameworks.
  • Kknowledge and experience of partnership and interagency working
  • understanding and knowledge of the current national and local policy context within which Drug and Alcohol Task Forces operate.
  • Ability to ddemonstrate experience of overseeing and managing initiatives / projects to completion.
  • Some understanding and experience of governance and financial management
  • Excellent computer / administrative ability
  • Good oral and written communication skills.


  • Group facilitation and presentation skills.
  • Proven ability to work on own initiative within a flexible, cooperative, and multi-disciplinary team structure.
  • Full, clean driving licence; the role requires access to a car as post requires travel for work and the willingness to work occasional evenings as required.

Application Process:

Applicants should pay particular attention to the essential and desirable criteria in the job description, your suitability and why you are the best candidate for this post in question.

Please send three copies of your up-to-date detailed CV (no more than 2 pages) and cover letter accompanied with completed confidential form marked TDATF Development Worker Job ref: 61/2022 to:
Administration & Operations Department,
South Dublin County Partnership,
Unit D1,
Nangor Road Business Park,
Nangor Road,
Dublin 12
OR alternatively email your application to – subject box to be marked TDATF Development Worker Job ref: 61/2022

Closing date for receipt of applications: 5pm on Friday October 7th
Note no late applications will be accepted.

South Dublin County Partnership is an Equal Opportunities Employer.

Garda vetting maybe required for this position

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General Info

Date Entered/Updated
12th Aug, 2022
South Dublin
Expiry Date
7th Oct, 2022