Muscular Dystrophy Ireland: Counselling Supports National Lead

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Muscular Dystrophy Ireland

Counselling Supports National Lead

Special purpose, one-year fixed term contract with a possibility of renewal on a multi-annual basis, subject to funding

About MDI

Muscular Dystrophy Ireland (MDI) is a voluntary organisation that provides support to people with neuromuscular conditions and their families. Muscular Dystrophy Ireland envisages an Ireland that enables people with neuromuscular conditions to fully participate in society and reach their full potential.

Our mission

Our mission is to support people with muscular dystrophy. We do this, using a member-centred approach, by:

  • Providing information and support to people with neuromuscular conditions and their families through a range of support services.
  • Advocating for services and entitlements for members, and educating and informing society about the conditions.
  • Supporting researchers and clinicians to carry out quality research into neuromuscular conditions.

MDI is an equal opportunities and inclusive employer.

About muscular dystrophy

Muscular dystrophy is a collective name for a range of neuromuscular conditions. It is characterised as a progressive weakening, wasting and loss of muscle mass over time. It can present at birth, childhood or manifest later in life.

Position details

Job title: Counselling Supports National Lead

Locations: Flexible

Salary: Commensurate with experience

Hours: Monday to Friday

Reports to: MDI CEO

Purpose of job

MDI would like to recruit an experienced Counselling Supports National Lead to project-manage and provide oversight to this new service development and in so doing to develop sustainable implementation of support and appropriate referral structures for existing counselling and therapeutic support activity within MDI.

MDI are seeking to provide early intervention service-delivery responses for our member families and provide therapeutic interventions and counselling nationally to support and address increasing demand in the aftermath of Covid-19. Using their knowledge and skills the Counselling Supports National Lead will develop creative approaches to capture the impact of COVID-19 on children and adults living with muscular dystrophy and their families to inform our strategy and planning into the future.

The person

If you are a creative, highly-motivated professional with exceptional empathy, emotional intelligence, communication and interpersonal skills, proven experience working in emotional support field, a passion for setting your own goals and a desire to lead a department, this could be the role for you.

You will share a commitment to the vision, mission, values and strategic priorities of MDI.

Main accountabilities

Specialist knowledge, skills and experience

  • Have a relevant third level qualification, such as in counselling, social care, family support or community development.
  • Have a strong knowledge and understanding of counselling and therapeutic supports that are situated within a wider approach to human rights, community development and family support, relevant to children and families and with a life-course and inter-generational perspective.
  • A minimum of three years’ relevant experience working within a community context.
  • Excellent communications and ICT skills.
  • Self-starter with a process-improvement mindset.
  • Willingness to learn and adapt, and encourages the same in others.
  • Flexible, with ability to work on own initiative and co-operatively as part of a team and liaise with senior managers.

Desirable skills

  • Knowledge of the tasks involved in undertaking and managing research projects relevant to counselling and therapeutic supports.
  • Knowledge of financial management and reporting related to counselling and therapeutic service activity.
  • Knowledge of evidence informed practice, systems thinking, service design and implementation science.
  • Experience of building and developing strong working relationships within a service team.
  • Experience leading, managing, and motivating others.
  • Experience of working with people with disabilities.
  • Ability to organise and manage time effectively and to prioritise workload in order to meet deadlines.
  • Flexibility and adaptability in order to meet the demands of the role and to work within varying locations and different settings.
  • Carry out any other duties that may be required by the organisation to fulfil the needs of the post.

Equal opportunities

  • Ability to understand and demonstrate commitment to MDI's equal opportunities policy and to ensure all activities are consistent with the MDI’s equal opportunities policy and values. This includes all staff activities and their interface with the general public.

Special conditions

  • This is a special purpose, one-year fixed-term contract initially, with a possibility of renewal on a multi-annual basis, subject to funding.
  • The contract is subject to a six-month probationary period.
  • Secondment arrangements will be considered.
  • This role is eligible for Garda vetting.
  • Pension scheme available.
  • 21 days annual leave (pro rata)
  • Some travel will be required.

Please email your CV and cover letter, to Ewa at
Please put ‘Counselling Supports National Lead’ on the email subject line.

The closing date is extended to Friday 23rd of September 2022

Shortlisting will be applied. Phone interview screening may be necessary. Interviews will take place in September.

General Info

Date Entered/Updated
24th Aug, 2022
Expiry Date
23rd Sep, 2022