Vacancies / Careers

Careers and Vacancies

This page features opportunities within Down Syndrome Ireland and for adults with Down syndrome.

 

 


 

  • Chief Executive Officer - Down Syndrome Ireland

    Down Syndrome Ireland supports people with Down syndrome and their families in their communities. We strive to provide consistent, high-quality advice, support and information to every person with Down syndrome to ensure that whatever their stage of life, they have a network to support them.

    With a national office and 25 branches nationwide, DSI provide specialist support and services across a multitude of areas that enhance the lives of people with Down syndrome and their families.  

    DSI are now looking to appoint a new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) to lead their organisation and continue to grow and develop the strong foundations that have been put in place.

    The CEO oversees the organisation’s overall direction, management, and administration. This is an ambitious post, which requires exceptional strategic vision and outstanding leadership and management abilities.

    As the CEO of DSI, reporting to the Board, you will build upon the solid foundations already established and guide the organisation and its team through strategic advancement. You will be a visionary leader who can effectively inspire and influence others on a transformative journey. Your career to date will demonstrate an effective leader with experience in progressively driving an organisation’s strategic growth.

     

    Essential Qualifications & Experience:

    • A Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field is essential or proven experience in a similar role.
    • Experience of the Irish charity/NGO sector would be highly beneficial
    • Strategic thinker, keen on identifying and capitalising on opportunities in line with the charity’s mission.
    • Experience driving strategic planning, operational excellence, and stakeholder engagement
    • Robust financial literacy and strategic financial planning are paramount.
    • Demonstrated skills in Employee development, coaching, and mentoring are crucial.

     

    Down Syndrome is an equal opportunity employer and will be offering a competitive package which will be discussed at early interview stage.

    For a full job descriptions and requirements, or to express an interest in the role, applications can be made by contacting Arlene Sheridan at Hays Executive through executivesearch@hays.ie and quoting reference DSI24.

     

    Closing Date: 5.00pm on Monday, 26th February 2024

  • Opportunities for adults with Down syndrome

     

     

    If you are interested in any of the jobs below, please email joanne.d@downsyndrome.ie with your CV.  If you do not have a CV we can send you an employment survey to complete.

     


    Facilities/Warehouse Operative (Nesta, Sandyford)

    Nesta are looking to recruit an adult with Down syndrome to work at their premises in Sandyford, Dublin

    Job Title: Cleaner

    Location: Nesta, 4-5, Burton Hall Rd, Sandyford, Dublin 18, D18 A094

    Hours/Days: These will be 2 hours for 2 days per week in which are flexible and will be decided in conjunction with the successful candidate.

    Job Title:                                 Facilities/Warehouse Operative

    Location:                                 Sandyford

    Effective Date:                       Immediate

    Contract Type:                       Temporary

    Accountable for:                    Maintain a clean and safe working environment and help with the day to day running of the storage facility, maximising growth and excellent customer service.

     

    The Role:  The key focus of this role is to maintain a clean and safe environment and give support to the branch management. To be courteous and helpful to customers. To make management aware of incidents or damages that need attention.

     

    Primary Tasks

    • Dealing with Customers
    • Placing locks/removing locks on units
    • Unit check list
    • Upkeep of kitchens/emptying and loading dishwashers
    • Reset of meeting rooms after use
    • Preparing online shop orders
    • Replacing stock
    • Distributing of daily post to office customers
    • Litter pick in car park

    If you are interested, please email joanne.d@downsyndrome.ie with your CV by Tuesday 3rd October.  If you do not have a CV we can send you an employment survey to complete.

     


    Shop Assistant (Swords Angling Shop)

    We are delighted to be recruiting for a new role within Swords Angling Shop, Swords Co Dubin. The role is Shop Assistant and will be for 2 / 3 mornings or evenings a week to start. Flexible on times.

    The duties and responsibilities are as follows

    Stock management
    Meet and Greet Customers
    Pricing new stock
    Organise fishing equipment
    Digging for bait on the coast occasionally

    This is a paid position and we are will soon be holding interviews. If this positions interests you are someone you know please reach out to emma@downsyndrome.ie with an up to date CV. C

  • Senior Speech and Language Therapists (Mid West Region and South…

    Job Title

    Senior Speech and Language Therapists (Mid West Region and South East Region)


    Scope of the Role

    Down Syndrome Ireland (DSI) is the national charity for people with Down syndrome and their families in Ireland, supporting over 3,500 members across 25 branches nationwide. We are working to achieve an optimal quality of life for people with Down syndrome, as equally valued, independent citizens.  

    We are seeking two passionate and experienced Senior Speech & Language Therapists to join our nationwide team. You will play a crucial role in supporting our members with Down Syndrome across the Mid West Region including Roscommon, Leitrim and Mayo and the South East Region including Wexford, Kilkenny and Carlow.

    Additionally, you will be part of a team that will be responsible for developing a specialized speech and language program/model tailored to the unique needs of individuals with Down syndrome and their families.


    Our talented and passionate therapists provide a wide range of support including:

    • Attention and Listening Skills
    • Introducing and using AAC systems including manual sign (Lamh), paper based and high tech approaches
    • Speech sound approaches- articulation, phonological, motor speech, prosody and rate
    • Language work approaches – vocabulary, grammar, sentence building, narrative, questions, social language and literacy
    • Fluency work / Stuttering


    Duties & Responsibilities

    • Co-ordinate and contribute to the delivery of the Speech & Language Therapy services for the Branches of Down Syndrome Ireland based within your region.
    • Provide clinical leadership in the day-to-day running of the services in each location whilst prioritising and allocating services based on the needs of each Branch.
    • Collaborate with clients, families, carers and other professionals in goal setting and intervention planning in an efficient and timely manner to ensure a holistic approach to intervention.
    • Be responsible for assessment, diagnosis, planning, implementation and evaluation of intervention programmes for service users.
    • Deliver a range of therapeutic models appropriate to the client population.
    • Generate and manage documentation in respect of assessments, diagnoses, intervention plans, and clinical notes.


    Experience Required

    Essential:

    • 3 Years Experience Post Speech & Language Therapy Qualification
    • Relevant Experience prior to Speech & Language Therapy Qualification
    • Recognised qualification in Speech and Language Therapy
    • Current registration with CORU or eligible to be registered
    • Current Membership of IASLT or eligible for membership
    • Due to the nature of the role, a full clean drivers’ licence will be required with access to your own vehicle.


    Desirable:

    • Experience of assessment and therapy for children and adults with Intellectual Disability
    • Experience of delivering in a leadership capacity including staff and stakeholder management
    • Experience of Lámh and other Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)
    • Experience delivering training workshops to parents and teachers


    Hours of work

    Each post is fulltime, working 37.5 hours per week and is flexible in the design of the weekly roster. 


    Locations:

    • South East Region: This role will include regular travel to our branches based in the South East region. Time across locations will depend on the demand for services in each location (Wexford, Kilkenny and Carlow).
    • Mid West Region: This role will be primarily based in Swinford, Co.Mayo and will include regular travel to our branches based in the Mid-West region (Roscommon, Leitrim and Mayo).


    Salary:
    €58,599


    Benefits:

    • 25 days annual leave
    • Flexible working hours
    • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Senior Speech and Language Therapist (Galway)

    Job Title 

    Senior Speech and Language Therapist

    Scope of the role

    Down Syndrome Ireland requires an experienced Speech and Language Therapist to join their expanding team of professionals. Based in Galway City, the successful candidate will be the lead SLT responsible for the co-ordination and delivery of Voices for Down Syndrome Galway Speech & Language Therapy service for the Galway branch of Down Syndrome Ireland.

    This post involves joining an experienced team, working alongside SLT’s currently employed by National office as well as working in collaboration with the Dept of Speech & Language Therapy at the University of Galway and with public and private service providers.

    A mixture of direct and indirect therapy will be required. The successful candidate will need to be confident working with all age groups. Linking in with pre-schools, schools, adult training centres and workplace will be essential. As well as clinical and operational performance supervision of other colleagues, and management of service delivery.

    Qualifications and Experience

    Experience Required:

    · Recognised qualification in Speech and Language Therapy

    · Current CORU registration

    · Current IASLT membership

    · A minimum of three years’ experience working as a Speech & Language Therapist.

    · Experience of assessment and therapy for children and adults with Down syndrome and/or people with autism spectrum disorder is preferable

    · Dysphagia Qualification.

    · Experience of Lámh and other Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)

    · Experience delivering training workshops to parents and teachers

    · Experience supervising staff grade Speech & Language Therapists and/or Speech & Language Therapists in Training.

    · Relevant experience providing speech and language therapy services in a person and family centred manner.

    · Telehealth

    · Hanen It Takes Two to Talk and More than Words

    · DIR Floortime

    · Supporting both mainstream and special schools

    · Own transport and full clean driving licence.

     

    Our talented and passionate therapists provide a wide range of support including:

    • Attention and Listening Skills
    • Introducing and using AAC systems including manual sign (Lamh), paper based and high tech approaches
    • Speech sound approaches- articulation, phonological, motor speech, prosody and rate
    • Language work approaches – vocabulary, grammar, sentence building, narrative, questions, social language and literacy
    • Fluency work / Stuttering

    Roles and Responsibilities

    · Co-ordinate and deliver the Speech & Language Therapy service of Voices for Down Syndrome Galway of the Galway branch of Down Syndrome Ireland.

    · Collaborate with service users, families, carers and other professionals in goal setting and intervention planning in an efficient and timely manner whilst ensuring a holistic approach.

    · Be responsible for assessment, diagnosis, planning, implementation and evaluation of intervention programmes for service users

    · Deliver a range of therapeutic models appropriate to the client population.

    · Generate and manage documentation in respect of assessments, diagnoses, intervention plans, and clinical notes

    · Planning and organising (including the scheduling of) individual and group therapy for a caseload of people with Down syndrome.

    · Being innovative in the use of resources to maintain and enhance service delivery standards.

    · Monitoring, recording, and reporting individual and service delivery performance to the reporting committee.

    · Responsibility for the line management and clinical supervision of the staff grade therapist, therapists in training and volunteers, as required.

    · Working collaboratively and in partnership with families, schools and other service providers.

    · Maintaining standards of service delivery in line with policy, CORU guidelines and relevant legislation.

    · Ad-hoc duties as requested by Senior Management and Voices for Down Syndrome Galway Committee

     
    Reporting arrangements

    • Galway Branch Committee
    • Down Syndrome Ireland Senior Management

     
    Key working relationships

    • Galway Branch
    • National Office
    • Parents
    • Volunteers
    • Teachers
    • Committee Members

     

    Hours of work and location

    The post is full time, working four 5 days per week. Branch location, Down Syndrome Galway East Centre, Unit 7 Cois Chláir, Claregalway, Co. Galway, H91 A2F4 and will also be based at The University of Galway.

     
    Benefits

    Additional annual leave

    Sick Pay

     

    To apply, or for more information, please email laurenkeating@downsyndrome.ie with your CV.

     

    Starting salary: €58,599

  • Senior Speech and Language Therapist (Dublin)

    Job Title
    Senior Speech and Language Therapist

    Scope of the role
    The Dublin branch of Down Syndrome Ireland requires a Senior Speech and Language Therapist to join their expanding team of professionals.  The successful candidate will be responsible for the co-ordination and delivery of the Speech & Language Therapy service for the Dublin branch of Down Syndrome Ireland. 

    This is a new vacancy in our growing Dublin branch.  A mixture of direct and indirect therapy will be required.  The successful candidate will need to be confident working with all age groups, from birth to adulthood. Linking in with pre-schools, schools and adult training centres will be essential. 

     
    Qualifications and Experience

    ·        Minimum of 3 years’ full time experience

    ·        Speech & Language Therapist with experience in intellectual disability services 

    ·        Recognised qualification in Speech and Language Therapy  

    ·        Current CORU registration

    ·        Current IASLT membership

    ·        Experience of assessment and therapy for children and adults with Down syndrome

    ·        Experience of Lámh and other Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)

    ·        Experience delivering training workshops to parents and teachers

     

    Our talented and passionate therapists provide a wide range of support including:

    • Attention and Listening Skills
    • Introducing and using AAC systems including manual sign (Lamh), paper based and high tech approaches
    • Speech sound approaches- articulation, phonological, motor speech, prosody and rate
    • Language work approaches – vocabulary, grammar, sentence building, narrative, questions, social language and literacy
    • Fluency work / Stuttering

     
    Roles and Responsibilities

    ·        Co-ordinate and deliver the Speech & Language Therapy service for the Dublin branch of Down Syndrome Ireland. 

    ·        Collaborate with service users, families, carers and other professionals in goal setting and intervention planning in an efficient and timely manner whilst ensuring a holistic approach. 

    ·        Be responsible for assessment, diagnosis, planning, implementation and evaluation of intervention programmes for service users  

    ·        Deliver a range of therapeutic models appropriate to the client population. 

    ·        Generate and manage documentation in respect of assessments, diagnoses, intervention plans, and clinical notes 

    ·        Ad-hoc duties as requested by Senior Management and Branch Committee

     
    Reporting arrangements
    The Speech & Language Therapist will have working relationships with people inside and outside the Branch as well as National Office. It will demand working with the public, members, families, carers, staff and volunteers of the Branch.  Support and guidance will be received on an ongoing basis from the Chairperson and Committee Members.

    Key working relationships

    • Dublin Branch
    • National Office
    • Parents
    • Teachers
    • Committee Members

     

    Hours of work and location
    The post is full time, working 37.5 hours per week.  Location will be based on member needs and may vary week to week.

    Remuneration:

    €58,599 (starting)

    Benefits

    Additional annual leave

     

    To apply, or for more information, please email laurenkeating@downsyndrome.ie with your CV.

  • Senior Speech & Language Therapist (Kildare)

     

    Job Title

    Speech and Language Therapist

    Scope of the role

    Down Syndrome Ireland requires an experienced Speech and Language Therapist to join their expanding team of professionals. Based in Allenwood, Kildare, the successful candidate will be the lead SLT responsible for the co-ordination and delivery of Speech & Language Therapy service for the Kildare branch of Down Syndrome Ireland.

    A mixture of direct and indirect therapy will be required. The successful candidate will need to be confident working with all age groups. Linking in with pre-schools, schools, adult training centres and workplace will be essential. As well as clinical and operational performance supervision of other colleagues, and management of service delivery.

    Qualifications and Experience

    • Recognised qualification in Speech and Language Therapy
    • Current CORU registration
    • Current IASLT membership
    • A minimum of three years’ experience working as a Speech & Language Therapist.
    • Experience of assessment and therapy for children and adults with Down syndrome and/or people with autism spectrum disorder is preferable
    • Dysphagia Qualification.
    • Experience of Lámh and other Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)
    • Experience delivering training workshops to parents and teachers
    • Experience supervising staff grade Speech & Language Therapists and/or Speech & Language Therapists in Training.
    • Relevant experience providing speech and language therapy services in a person and family centred manner.
    • Telehealth
    • Hanen It Takes Two to Talk and More than Words
    • DIR Floortime
    • Supporting both mainstream and special schools
    • Own transport and full clean driving licence.

     

    Our talented and passionate therapists provide a wide range of support including:

    • Attention and Listening Skills
    • Introducing and using AAC systems including manual sign (Lamh), paper based and high tech approaches
    • Speech sound approaches- articulation, phonological, motor speech, prosody and rate
    • Language work approaches – vocabulary, grammar, sentence building, narrative, questions, social language and literacy
    • Fluency work / Stuttering

     

    Duties & Responsibilities

    • Co-ordinate and deliver the Speech & Language Therapy service of the Kildare branch of Down Syndrome Ireland.
    • Collaborate with service users, families, carers and other professionals in goal setting and intervention planning in an efficient and timely manner whilst ensuring a holistic approach.
    • Be responsible for assessment, diagnosis, planning, implementation and evaluation of intervention programmes for service users
    • Deliver a range of therapeutic models appropriate to the client population.
    • Generate and manage documentation in respect of assessments, diagnoses, intervention plans, and clinical notes
    • Planning and organising (including the scheduling of) individual and group therapy for a caseload of people with Down syndrome.
    • Being innovative in the use of resources to maintain and enhance service delivery standards.
    • Monitoring, recording, and reporting individual and service delivery performance to the reporting committee.
    • Responsibility for the line management and clinical supervision of the staff grade therapist, therapists in training and volunteers, as required.
    • Working collaboratively and in partnership with families, schools and other service providers.
    • Maintaining standards of service delivery in line with policy, CORU guidelines and relevant legislation.
    • Ad-hoc duties as requested by Senior Management and Voices for Down Syndrome Kildare Committee

     

    Reporting arrangements

    Kildare Branch Committee

    Down Syndrome Ireland Senior Management

    Key working relationships

    Kildare Branch

    National Office

    Parents

    Volunteers

    Teachers

    Committee Members

     

    Working hours and location

    The post can be full or part time.

    Down Syndrome Kildare Branch, Allenwood

     

    Remuneration

    Starting Salary: €58,599

    Benefits

    Additional annual leave

    Sick pay

     

    To apply, please email your CV to Lauren, People Transformation Specialist at laurenkeating@downsyndrome.ie.

  • National Speech and Language Therapy Coordinator

    Job Title              

    National Speech and Language Therapy Coordinator

    Scope of the role             

    At Down Syndrome Ireland (DSI) we are a dynamic and progressive organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of individuals with Down syndrome. We provide support, information, and advocacy services to people with Down syndrome and their families across Ireland.

    Our mission is to empower and enable individuals with Down syndrome to achieve their full potential and lead fulfilling lives.

     

    Position Overview

    We are seeking a passionate and experienced National Speech & Language Coordinator to join our nationwide team. The National Speech & Language Coordinator will play a crucial role in supporting our therapists across the country, facilitating knowledge sharing, skills development, and performance and service improvement. Additionally, the Coordinator will be responsible for developing a specialized speech and language program/model tailored to the unique needs of individuals with Down syndrome and their families.

    Based in our National Office, you would be part of an experienced professional team who are passionate about changing lives.

    You will be responsible for the development of best practice, evidence-led therapy services across Down Syndrome Ireland.  You will oversee the current services, which are comprised of highly experienced therapists based DSI branches, and specialised therapists working within the private sector who are contracted to provide services in DSI branches.

    You will work with local branches who do not currently provide SLT to assess the local needs and barriers, and to advise and support the development of new services where needed.

    You will gather statistics regarding therapy provision and therapy outcomes, collaborating with the National Research and Support Specialist to add to the current evidence base. You will document best practice and develop information and case studies which can be used to advocate for improvements in state services.

    You will identify topics for CPD based on feedback from therapists and arrange an annual Down syndrome SIG meeting to address these topics and to share research and good practice.

    There will be an annual budget for CPD, and peer supervision will be facilitated. 

     

    Down Syndrome Ireland              

    Down Syndrome Ireland (DSI) is the national charity for people with Down syndrome and their families in Ireland, supporting over 3,500 members across 25 branches nationwide. We are working to achieve an optimal quality of life for people with Down syndrome, as equally valued, independent citizens. 

     

    Qualifications and Experience     

    Experience Required:

    • Highly experienced Speech & Language Therapist with a background in intellectual disability services
    • Minimum of 5 years’ previous experience
    • Current CORU registration
    • Current IASLT membership
    • Experience of co-ordinating or managing therapy services for children and adults with Intellectual Disability including people with Down syndrome.
    • Experience of documenting outcomes and developing clinical pathways.
    • Experience delivering training workshops to parents and teachers
    • Experience with both adult and paediatric clients

     

    Roles and Responsibilities             

    Duties & Responsibilities

    • Oversee, co-ordinate and further develop the Speech & Language Therapy services within Down Syndrome Ireland.
    • Collaborate with existing therapists to explore best practice and add to the existing knowledge base regarding effective therapy for people with Down syndrome.
    • Provide supervision and support for branch therapists.
    • Work with local branches to advise and support the development of new services where needed.
    • Work towards a unified approach to therapy provision across the organisation
    • Develop evidence based clinical pathways which can be shared with the HSE.
    • Identify topics for CPD and arrange an annual Down syndrome SIG meeting.

     

    Reporting arrangements              

    Reporting to the CEO

    Key working relationships            

    National Office Team

    Local therapists

    Local branch network

    Hours of work and location         

    The post is fulltime, working 40 hours per week and is flexible in the design of the weekly roster.  The role is based primarily in our location in our National Office, Dublin 12 with regular travel to our nationwide branches.

    Salary   

    Competitive & Based on experience

    How to apply

    Email laurenkeating@downsyndrome.ie with your CV.

  • Charity Shop Manager (Cork)

    Charity Shop Manager – Cork

    Down Syndrome Ireland (DSI) is the national charity for people with Down syndrome and their families in Ireland, supporting over 3,500 members across 25 branches nationwide. We are working to achieve an optimal quality of life for people with Down syndrome, as equally valued, independent citizens.

    Down Syndrome Cork is recruiting for a Shop Manager to help manage and develop its charity shop in Merchants Quay Shopping Centre, Cork. Our shop, located in Cork city stocks high quality homeware, books, DVDs and a selection of clothes and accessories while also functioning as a retail training environment for our members with Down Syndrome.

    The ideal candidate will have the ability to drive sales and achieve income targets, as well as recruit, train, manage and motivate a team of volunteer staff, many of whom are parents or family of our members with Down Syndrome. Working closely with our on-site employee support specialist, the shop manager will have oversight for our retail training programme for adults with Down Syndrome. Relevant experience in retail and excellent customer service skills, along with the ability to work under pressure and prioritise a varied workload are essential attributes for the role.

     

    Key Duties and Responsibilities:

    • Effectively manage all day-to-day aspects of the charity shop including staffing, customer service, stock and inventory, finances, promotion, security, health & safety
    • Actively source, recruit, train, manage and motive a diverse team of volunteer staff
    • Ensure the appearance of the shop internally and externally represents Down Syndrome Cork in our community and provides a positive, welcoming and attractive experience for customers and staff
    • Manage storage and organisation of our stock working closely with our volunteer team, including forward planning and scheduling to ensure consistent opening hours and shift planning
    • Drive efficiencies through effective delegation, training and communication within volunteer team
    • Financial responsibility to ensure that cash handling procedures, till receipts procedures, banking procedures and weekly sales reporting are always adhered to.
    • Any other duties as designated by the Head of Services, Committee and National Office.

    Person Specification / Required Skills and Knowledge:

    • Minimum 2 years’ relevant experience in a similar retail managerial role is essential
    • Strong people skills with a proven ability to lead, communicate and motivate in a diverse environment
    • Ability to delegate and drive efficiencies within a dedicated team of volunteers
    • Experience using Microsoft Office, File Sharing (Online) and Social Media platforms
    • Strong organisational and time management skills
    • Flexibility in working hours and duties – the role involves occasional out of hours work
    • Some experience working with disability an advantage

    Details:

    This is a permanent role, with a 20-hour flexible week

    Location:

    The Shop Manager role will be primarily based in Down Syndrome Ireland’s- Cork Branch charity shop in Merchant Quay Shopping Centre. On occasion the role will require the attendance at meetings and training in Down Syndrome Cork Branch.

     

    Job Type: Part-time

     

    Salary: From €13.50 per hour

     

    Benefits:

    • Bike to work scheme
    • Employee assistance program
    • Flexitime
    • Sick pay

    To apply, email laurenkeating@downsyndrome.ie with your CV. Closing date November 10th.

  • (Senior or Basic Grade) Speech and Language Therapist

    (Senior or Basic Grade) Speech and Language Therapist – Cork

     

    Our Cork branch of Down Syndrome Ireland requires a Speech and Language Therapist or Senior Speech and Language Therapist to join their expanding team of professionals. The successful candidate will hold a caseload and will be responsible for the co-ordination and some delivery of the Speech & Language Therapy service, alongside a team of Senior Speech & Language Therapists, for the Cork branch of Down Syndrome Ireland.  

     

    A mixture of direct and indirect therapy will be required.  The successful candidate will gain experience working with all age groups, from birth to adulthood. Linking in with pre-schools, schools and adult training centres will be essential. 

    Our talented and passionate therapists provide a wide range of support including:

    • Attention and Listening Skills
    • Introducing and using AAC systems including manual sign (Lamh), paper based and high tech approaches
    • Speech sound approaches- articulation, phonological, motor speech, prosody and rate
    • Language work approaches – vocabulary, grammar, sentence building, narrative, questions, social language and literacy
    • Fluency work / Stuttering

    This is a great opportunity for a recently qualified SLT to join a nationwide team and develop their career and progress as a therapist with the support of an experienced therapists who can provide peer supervision, training and support.

    What you will do:

    • Collaborate with service users, families, carers and other professionals in goal setting and intervention planning in an efficient and timely manner whilst ensuring a holistic approach.
    • Be responsible for assessment, diagnosis, planning, implementation and evaluation of intervention programmes for service users
    • Deliver a range of therapeutic models appropriate to the client population.
    • Generate and manage documentation in respect of assessments, diagnoses, intervention plans, and clinical notes
    • Being innovative in the use of resources to maintain and enhance service delivery standards.
    • Working collaboratively and in partnership with families, schools and other service providers.
    • Maintaining standards of service delivery in line with policy, CORU guidelines and relevant legislation.

    Senior Responsibilities

    In addition to the above responsibilities, a Senior SLT will also:

    • Co-ordinate and contribute to the delivery of the Speech & Language Therapy service for the Cork Branch of Down Syndrome Ireland.
    • Provide clinical leadership in the day-to-day running of the service by supporting and supervising staff, prioritising and allocating work and promoting positive team morale.

     

    Qualifications & Experience:

    Essential:

    • Recognised qualification in Speech and Language Therapy
    • A minimum of one years’ experience working as a Speech & Language Therapist if applying for the basic grade SLT post
    • 3 years’ experience post qualification is required if applying for the senior role
    • Current CORU registration
    • Current IASLT membership

     

    Desirable:

    • Experience of assessment and therapy for children and adults with Down syndrome and/or people with autism spectrum disorder is an advantage
    • Experience of Lámh and other Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)
    • Telehealth
    • Hanen It Takes Two to Talk and More than Words
    • DIR Floortime
    • Own transport and full clean driving licence.

     

    Hours & location:

    This is a full time position working 37.5 hours per week, Monday – Friday. Our branch location is Ballincollig, Cork where you will be predominately based as well as our Field of Dreams, Curraheen

    Salary & Benefits:

    €40,325 – €58,599

    25 days annual leave

    Additional paid sick leave

    Employee Assistance Programme

    Onsite parking

    Career development & opportunities

    To apply, please email your CV to Lauren, People Transformation Specialist at laurenkeating@downsyndrome.ie.

  • Digital Communications Officer (National Office)

    DIGITAL COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER

    Down Syndrome Ireland (DSI) is the national charity for people with Down syndrome and their families in Ireland, supporting over 5,000 members across 25 branches nationwide. DSI is dedicated to being Ireland’s primary source of expertise, support and information to people with Down syndrome, their families and the professional community. We strive to create an environment for people with Down syndrome to achieve their full potential, as equal members in society with full entitlement as Irish citizens.

    We are currently recruiting for a Digital Communications Officer to join our team based in National Office in Dublin. The successful candidate will be a confident communicator and an expert in all things digital, including creating compelling content for social media, websites and e-newsletters. You will also assist the Fundraising Team to promote fundraising events and campaigns.

     

    Key Duties and Responsibilities:

    • Manage and edit the website (WordPress), including improvements and updates
    • Keeping up to date and advising on developments and opportunities in the digital arena
    • Digital content creator and editor for multiple social media channels, including Meta (Facebook & Instagram), Twitter, TikTok, LinkedIn and YouTube
    • Support in creating and issuing the bi-weekly e-newsletter
    • Create and design videos to promote the work of DSI and support fundraising efforts
    • Develop a range of promotional materials and collateral
    • Strong experience in analytical tools such as Meta Insights, Google Analytics and Webmaster
    • Any other duties as designated by the Communications Manager

     

    Person Specification/ Required Skills and Knowledge:

    • Educated to degree level or equivalent in relevant area
    • Minimum 2 years’ relevant experience in a digital marketing or communications role
    • Excellent writing skills; must have digital copywriting and copy-editing experience
    • Strong experience in using the WordPress CMS platform and all main social media platforms
    • Content production expertise using tools like Photoshop, Canva and video/audio editing tools
    • Expertise in SEO, Google Analytics, AdWords and Meta Ad management
    • Well-developed interpersonal and networking skills to build and maintain key relationships
    • Demonstrate a real passion for social media and digital technology trends
    • Flexibility in work arrangements – occasional out of hours and weekend work
    • An understanding and empathy for the mission and work of Down Syndrome Ireland

     

    Location:  Unit 3 Park Way House, Western Parkway Business Park, Ballymount Drive, Dublin 12 HP70.

    Reporting to: Communications Manager

    Benefits:

    Hybrid working

    Flexible start & finish times

    Employee Assistance Programme

    Additional Annual Leave

    Free onsite parking

     

    To apply, please email your CV to laurenkeating@downsyndrome.ie

  • Occupational Therapist (Tipperary, contract for services)

    Down Syndrome Tipperary

    Occupational Therapist  – Meitheal 21

    We now have an exciting opportunity for a dynamic and highly-motivated individual to join our team as Occupational Therapist and to play a central role in working with our members with Down syndrome in Meitheal 21

    CONTRACTOR    Occupational Therapist – Contract for Services for 12 months

    CONTRACTOR BASE         Thurles Branch office, – with travel as required

    SESSIONS REQUIRED       9 sessions per week (45 min sessions)

    RENUMERATION              Determined via tender process

    ENGAGED BY      Committee Tipperary Branch of Down Syndrome Ireland

    CONTRACTOR REQUIREMENTS       

    1. Be a qualified Occupational Therapist and registered member of CORU
    2. Work in partnership with SLTs and other professional experts to ensure a wrap around approach to therapy and service provision
    3. Strong Team working skills and an ability to work on own initiative
    4. Experience working with people with Down Syndrome preferred
    5. Deliver one to one and group based sessions in Occupational Therapy
    6. The ability to deliver a dynamic, professional and exciting occupational therapy programme
    7. Advise upon existing social and activity based programmes that could be access by people with Down syndrome and to assist in the development of new programmes, if applicable
    8. Excellent communication and inter-personal skills
    9. Excellent administration, organisation & ICT Skills
    10. Possess a full clean driving licence and have access to a car

    ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS      Recommendation from two previous clients

    Garda vetting for the role is mandatory

    This is a contract for services so all relevant compliance must be met

    Contact Please send a tender letter outlining your Qualifications, and proposed cost of tender with 2 references by 10th December 2023

    tippcommittee@downsyndrome.ie

    Contact Cora for further information 086 8240130

  • Literacy Development Officer  (Part-time)

    Job Title
    Literacy Development Officer  (Part-time)

    Scope of the role
    You can work with us to increase participation and inclusion for People with Down syndrome in terms of literacy and promote life-long learning.

     
    Down Syndrome Ireland
    We can help you to make a difference. You will be part of a dedicated national team focused on working with people who have Down syndrome and their families, identifying barriers across the lifespan and helping to break them down by providing information, training and support. You will be able to actively contribute to effecting positive change at both local and national level. 

     
    Qualifications and Experience
    ·        Education to degree level in a relevant discipline 

    ·        Strong presentation skills

    ·        Experience in teaching students with an intellectual disability 

    ·        Excellent spoken and written communication skills 

    ·        Ability to work independently and on own initiative with a high level of attention to detail 

    ·        Excellent database management skills 

    ·        Full clean drivers licence with access to your own vehicle

    ·        An acute understanding of the ethos of Down Syndrome Ireland and a passionate belief in the abilities of people with Down syndrome. 

    ·        Member of the Teaching Council of Ireland 

    ·        An understanding of the Further and Higher education sector in Ireland. 

    ·        This role includes closely working with other department of Down Syndrome Ireland so communication skills and ability to work as part of a team are an essential part of the role. 

     

    Roles and Responsibilities
    Being part of the Adult Education Team focused on the development of literacy opportunities for people with Down syndrome

    This includes: 

    ·        Supporting Head of Adult Education and the Adult Education Team with training and CPD delivery to library staff.

    ·        The creation and promotion of the Down syndrome Ireland Book Club Initiative nationally.

    ·        Carrying out visits to library’s nationally and delivering specialist training

    ·        Liaising with our 25 branch network to establish the learning wishes of our members

    ·        Work with the Adult Education Team on maintenance and development of DSI programmes and any other information related to literacy development programmes for our members. 

    ·        Work with DSI’s departmental teams to actively promote the work of DSI & the achievements of people with Down syndrome. 

     

     The above list is not exhaustive and may change at the direction of the Head of Adult Education in response to the emerging needs of our members and the Department.

     
    Reporting arrangements

    Head of Adult Education

    Key working relationships

    Chairperson/Committee

    Volunteers

    Parents, Carers

    National Office

    Hours of work and location
    22.5 hours per week, 3 days per week, with flexibility required.

    Location: National Office, Ballymount, Dublin 12

    Remuneration: €45,000 pro-rata

    Benefits
    Flexible hours

    Additional annual leave

    Additional sick leave

    Employee Assistance Programme

    Other

    Own vehicle essential

    Full clean driving licence
     

    Email your cover letter and CV application in confidence to Johncondon@downsyndrome.ie

     

  • Speech and Language Therapist - Limerick

    The Limerick branch of Down Syndrome Ireland requires a Speech and Language Therapist to join their expanding team of professionals.

    The successful candidate will hold a caseload and will be responsible for the co-ordination and some delivery of the Speech & Language Therapy service, alongside a team of Senior Speech & Language Therapists, for the Limerick branch of Down Syndrome Ireland.  

    A mixture of direct and indirect therapy will be required.  The successful candidate will gain experience working with all age groups, from birth to adulthood. Linking in with pre-schools, schools and adult training centres will be essential.

    Our talented and passionate therapists provide a wide range of support including:

    • Attention and Listening Skills
    • Introducing and using AAC systems including manual sign (Lamh), paper based and high tech approaches
    • Speech sound approaches- articulation, phonological, motor speech, prosody and rate
    • Language work approaches – vocabulary, grammar, sentence building, narrative, questions, social language and literacy
    • Fluency work / Stuttering

     

    This is a great opportunity for a recently qualified SLT to join a nationwide team and develop their career and progress as a therapist with the support of an experienced therapists who can provide peer supervision, training and support.

     

    Duties & Responsibilities

    • Collaborate with service users, families, carers and other professionals in goal setting and intervention planning in an efficient and timely manner whilst ensuring a holistic approach.
    • Be responsible for assessment, diagnosis, planning, implementation and evaluation of intervention programmes for service users
    • Deliver a range of therapeutic models appropriate to the client population.
    • Generate and manage documentation in respect of assessments, diagnoses, intervention plans, and clinical notes
    • Being innovative in the use of resources to maintain and enhance service delivery standards.
    • Working collaboratively and in partnership with families, schools and other service providers.
    • Maintaining standards of service delivery in line with policy, CORU guidelines and relevant legislation.

     

    Qualifications & Experience:

    Essential:

    • Recognised qualification in Speech and Language Therapy
    • Current CORU registration
    • Current IASLT membership
    • A minimum of one years’ experience working as a Speech & Language Therapist

    Desirable:

    • Experience of assessment and therapy for children and adults with Down syndrome and/or people with autism spectrum disorder is an advantage
    • Experience of Lámh and other Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)
    • Telehealth
    • Hanen It Takes Two to Talk and More than Words
    • DIR Floortime
    • Own transport and full clean driving licence.

     

    Hours of work & location:

    This is a fulltime position working 37.5 hours per week Monday to Saturday, with flexibility required for evening work and Saturday hours. Our branch location is Castletroy business centre and a satellite service in Newcastlewest.

     

    Salary & Benefits:

    €40,325

    25 days annual leave

    Additional paid sick leave

    Employee Assistance Programme

    Onsite parking

    Career development & opportunities

     

    To apply, please email your CV to Lauren, People Transformation Specialist at laurenkeating@downsyndrome.ie.

     

  • Instructional Trainer

    We now have an exciting opportunity for a dynamic and highly motivated individual to join our team as an Instructional Trainer.  They will play a varied role in training and supporting people with Down syndrome in Kerry in our coffee shop, Killarney and our retail shop, Tralee

     

    At Down Syndrome Ireland, we understand how important it is for our members with Down Syndrome to have equal opportunities to access employment, develop their professional skills and earn a wages. We provide training opportunities to our members within our own organisation so that they can learn essential skills, build their confidence and support them gaining future employment opportunities.

    We are looking for someone passionate, kind and motivated to join our Team as an Instructional Trainer who can support our members working in Deenagh Lodge Tea Rooms and the 321 Charity Shop to develop these skills and help them gain the experience and confidence they need to secure employment via our Employment Programmes.

     

    OBJECTIVES:

     

    Deenagh Lodge:

    Implement DSI’s training plan with trainees/employees with Down syndrome, to include:

    • Pre-employment training: time keeping, communication & boundaries at work, personal hygiene etc.
    • Health & Hygiene including personal, work place safety, manual handling, fire safety
    • Established hospitality programme: Kitchen Duties, Customer Services, Cash Register, any other work experience opportunities that may arise.
    • Adapt programmes dependent on learning levels of candidates

     

    321 Shop:

    • Establish the learning style and communication strengths of each individual.
    • Access occupational abilities such as fine and gross motor skills, safety awareness etc.
    • Adapt DSI’s retail training programme to devise an individual training plan with tasks such as cleaning, sorting, handling of stock, customer service, cash register training.
    • Establish which tasks they will be able to perform independently when the right supports have been put in place.
    • Rollout training plan for shop including induction training, introduction to work, health and hygiene.

     

    General Responsibilities:

    • Work in conjunction with the Branch and National Office in the preparation & adaptation of training materials.
    • Liaise & consult with the co-ordinator of our Training & Employment initiatives.
    • Evaluate the strengths, weaknesses and development of the participants when they start the programme and when they finish.
    • Support and empower employees/trainees and staff.
    • Monitor the progress of those trained.
    • Attend related meetings.
    • Provide timelines, calendars, and schedules.
    • Liaise with Employment Support Specialist.
    • Provide progress reports to the Operations Manager, Head of Employment and Branch Committee
    • Carry out any other duties which are within the scope of the post

     

    REQUIREMENTS:

    • Knowledge and proven experience of supporting with Down syndrome and/or learning difficulties.
    • The ability to respond with sensitivity and understanding when supporting people with Down syndrome, their family members and carers.
    • Familiarity with traditional and modern training methods, tools and techniques
    • Excellent communication (Written and Presentation skills), interpersonal, organisational, logistical and IT skills.
    • Proven Experience as a team leader or supervisor
    • Ability to work on own initiative and as a team member
    • Garda Vetting will be required before commencement
    • Due to the nature of the role, flexibility will be required throughout the week, including weekends
    • Full clean drivers’ licence and access to own car is essential
    • Relevant 3rd Level qualification and/or related experience

     

     

    HOURS & DURATION:

    30 Hours per week. Part-time fixed contract for 12 months – to be extended subject to funding.

     

    REMUNERATION:

    €30,000 – €35,000 D.O.E (pro rata)

    To apply, please email your CV to laurenkeating@downsyndrome.ie