Muscular Dystrophy Ireland: General Project Worker (Maternity Cover)

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Muscular Dystrophy Ireland

General Project Worker

Full-time maternity leave cover

About MDI

Muscular Dystrophy Ireland (MDI) is a voluntary organisation that provides support to people with neuromuscular conditions and their families. MDI 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: General Project Worker, maternity leave cover.

Contract type: Full-time, fixed term position covering maternity leave.

Location: MDI National Office, 75 Lucan Road, Chapelizod, Dublin 20.

Salary: Salary Clerical IV – €28,045 to €45,556. Commensurate with experience.

Hours: 8 hour day, 40 hours per week, one hour paid break. Hours of work are 9am-5pm.

Reports to: MDI Head of Services.

Purpose of job

The job will cover maternity leave for the Respite Services and General Administrator. MDI operates a number of respite services, including access to personal assistants, counselling, play therapy, and Camps and Adult Holiday Programme. The holder of this position will be responsible for the general office administration associated with the management of the Personal Assistance Programme, Camp and Adult Holiday Programme, performance, monitoring and reporting, policy development, grant applications and other relevant general office and administration tasks.

The General Project Worker will complete general project work as required by the Head of Services and CEO in line with the strategic direction of the organisation.

Main accountabilities

Respite services

  • Administration, management, control and oversight of MDI’s respite services.
  • Liaise with members, families and staff to deliver a service that meets their respite requirements.
  • Co-ordinate the selection, recruitment, training, support and supervision, general administration and tracking of personal assistants.
  • Maintain the MDI’s panel of personal assistants.
  • Carry out the administration associated with
    • MDI’s Camps and Adult Holiday Programme.
    • HSE service level arrangements
    • the development of MDI policies
    • grant applications.
  • Maintain and update tracking tables associated with our respite services.
  • Maintain and update key performances indicators (KPI’s).
  • Build and maintain relationships with relevant third party service providers.
  • Complete other relevant general office administration tasks as required by your line manager.

General project work

  • Complete general project work as required by the Head of Services and CEO in line with the strategic direction of the organisation.
  • Work as part of a multidisciplinary team with all MDI staff, such as, Family Support Workers, Youth Workers, and staff in Transport, Fundraising, PR, etc.
  • Participate in support and supervision with your line manager.
  • Attend team meetings and staff training as required.
  • Carry out any other duties that may be required by the organisation to fulfil the needs of the post.

Person Specification

Essential requirements/skills

  • Two years’ experience in a busy office setting.
  • Computer literate (Microsoft Office suite) with relevant qualification.
  • Excellent administration and time management skills.
  • Excellent organising skills.
  • Proven ability to work on own initiative and as part of a team.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Attention to detail.

Desirable requirements/skills

  • Experience of project management.
  • Experience of working with people with disabilities.
  • Experience working in a community / voluntary organisation.
  • Experience in report writing and compiling statistics.

Key behaviours

  • Organised and focused
  • Empathy
  • Diplomacy
  • Determination and flexibility
  • Commitment to the vision, mission, values and strategic priorities of MDI.

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

  • 21 days annual leave (pro rata).
  • This post is subject to Garda Clearance and a two-day induction period.
  • The contract is subject to a six-month probationary period.
  • Pension scheme available.

Please email your CV and cover letter to: Ewa at
Please put ‘General Project Worker’ 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 applied. Interviews will be held in September.

General Info

Date Entered/Updated
24th Aug, 2022
Dublin 20
Expiry Date
23rd Sep, 2022