Alcohol Action Ireland: Advocacy and Communications Lead

Alcohol Action Ireland

Advocacy and Communications Lead

Alcohol Action Ireland (AAI) is the national independent advocate for reducing alcohol harm. We campaign for the burden of alcohol harm to be lifted from the individual, community and State, and have a strong track record in campaigning, advocacy, research and information provision.

In a highly dynamic environment, we provide expert information and insight on alcohol-related issues, create awareness of alcohol-related harm and offer policy solutions with the potential to reduce that harm. We have an ambitious 5-year strategy Leading Change which builds on our successes to date on implementing meaningful alcohol controls.

We are now seeking an individual with strong advocacy and communication skills to build on and continue to shape the national conversation on alcohol and bring our public health perspective to multiple audiences. The post holder will work closely with our CEO and Policy Lead and draw on expertise within AAI’s Board and advisory groups.

Job Title: Advocacy and Communications Lead

Job Purpose: To develop and deliver the advocacy and communications strategy for AAI.

Job Description


  • Design and deliver advocacy campaigns across our five strategic goals to engage policy makers and the general public.
  • Develop relationships with key stakeholders and identify opportunities for collaboration
  • Political management and relationships at national and European level


  • Develop and lead on the implementation of AAI’s communications strategy
  • Manage media and develop relationships
  • Develop media messages across all our work areas
  • Manage media commentary and spokespeople for AAI
  • Draft press releases and responses on key issues around alcohol
  • Create media pitches for AAI activities
  • Ensure timely and appropriate responses to media queries
  • Manage our social media presence across multiple platforms
  • Manage the AAI website
  • Manage the production of regular podcasts across a range of areas of interest
  • Manage the production of a range of reports across our areas of interest
  • Monitor our communication performance and produce timely reports on this


  • Degree level qualification required.

Skills, Knowledge and Experience:

  • Essential: 5 years experience at a senior level in Communications/Advocacy
  • Essential: Demonstrable experience of developing and delivering communications and advocacy strategies at a national level
  • Essential: Good knowledge of legislative process nationally, internationally and supranational strategic goals
  • Essential: Media relations. Capacity to gain in-depth knowledge of particular policy areas and at the same time can quickly turn around relevant facts and data for press releases, media inquiries and web site
  • Essential: Excellent written and verbal communications skills
  • Essential: Wordpress experience, IT proficiency
  • Desirable: Strong knowledge of alcohol/public health issues and public policy awareness
  • Desirable: Experience of work in the voluntary/NGO sector

Personal Attributes

  • A self-starter - ability to work on own initiative and consult where appropriate
  • Ability to work under pressure, manage competing priorities
  • Works well in a participative team environment


  • This position is a full-time post (40 hours per week and one hour lunchbreak entitlement).
  • The post-holder reports to the CEO of Alcohol Action Ireland.
  • The post-holder would be based at Alcohol Action Ireland’s offices at Coleraine House, Coleraine Street, Dublin 7 with the possibility of flexible home working.
  • The role will require some out of office hours to attend events and manage media coverage.
  • The salary for the post is aligned to HSE Grade VI scale €49,041-€59,914.
  • Annual leave of 23 days rising to 26 days after five years employment
  • Matched pension contribution of up to 6% of salary after a six-month probationary period.

Application Process

Curriculum Vitae, cover letter outlining suitability for this position and contact details for two references.

Email to Sheila Gilheany, CEO,

Applications should be received by 5pm on Friday 26 August 2022.

Interviews for shortlisted applicants will be held in person in Dublin on 8 Sept 2022.

Alcohol Action Ireland will acknowledge receipt of all applications.

Contact Details
Alcohol Action Ireland
Coleraine House
Coleraine Street
Dublin D07 E8XF
Tel +353 86 2600903

Attachment Size
Strategic Plan 4.26 MB

General Info

Date Entered/Updated
3rd Aug, 2022
Dublin 7 / Flexible
Expiry Date
26th Aug, 2022