Vacancies / Careers

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




  • Opportunities for adults with Down Syndrome

    UPS are looking for 2 adults with Down syndrome to join their team

    Location: Mygan Park, Finglas East, Dublin 11

    Hours/Days: Flexible, 2 days at 2 hours per day (with a view to increasing length of shifts).

    Back Door Duties:

    • Loading vans
    • Unloading vans
    • Scan packages off vans (Scanner will be set up-so its just point and pull trigger)
    • Put packages in cages/on pallets from vans
    • Re wrap packages that may have some damage
    • Put cages in correct position for HUB sort when full
    • Place pallets in correct position for Local Sort

    Customer Duties:

    • Collecting packages in warehouse for customers
    • Taking packages from customers and bringing to correct cages
    • Bringing cages of packages to correct area in warehouse
    • Taking packages from warehouse and putting on collection shelves


    If you are interested in applying for this position, please email with your CV. If you don’t have a CV we can send you an employment survey to complete.

  • National Office - Fundraising Officer

    We’re looking for a Fundraising Officer to join our busy Fundraising Department

    The successful candidate will help implement the Fundraising Plan and meet annual income targets. The ideal candidate will have the ability to work effectively as part of a small Fundraising Team as well as taking ownership and proactively drive a number of key projects and day-to-day fundraising activities themselves. Relevant experience in a similar fundraising environment and excellent project management skills, along with the ability to work under pressure and prioritise a varied workload are essential attributes for this role.

    Key Duties and Responsibilities:

    • Working across the following key fundraising areas: Campaign & Event planning and implementation; Community & Supporter engagement and management; Individual Donor and Legacy Campaign development etc.
    • Providing the necessary lead and support to a number of key annual campaigns and events to ensure optimum success
    • Managing day-to-day engagement and relationships with event participants, community fundraisers and donors etc.
    • aking ownership of a number of existing and new projects, and driving them to deliver on objectives and income targets
    • Working closely and collaboratively with key internal teams including Communications, Member Support, Finance and Compliance
    • Ensuring that Down Syndrome Ireland continues to be in compliance with the Guidelines for Charitable Organisations on Fundraising from the Public, as issued by the Charities Regulator as well as the Statement of Guiding Principles for Fundraising
    • Any other duties as designated by the Head of Fundraising and Retail


    Person Specification / Required Skills and Knowledge:

    • Minimum 2 years’ relevant experience in a fundraising environment is preferential
    • A proven capability in leading successful fundraising campaigns and events
    • Strong project management and relationship building skills
    • Excellent oral, written and interpersonal communication skills
    • Ability to work enthusiastically and effectively as part of a small team, and on own initiative
    • Strong planning and budgeting skills with a focus on return on investment
    • Flexibility: Demonstrable experience of structuring workload and conflicting demands of comfortably managing the multiple dimensions of the role 
    • Friendly, energetic, creative and proactive approach, with a strong work ethic
    • Highly organised and excellent attention to detail in all aspects of work
    • Highly computer literate – proficient in Microsoft Office and CRM/Fundraising Databases
    • Excellent working knowledge of Digital/Social Fundraising tools and Social Media platforms
    • Flexibility in working hours and duties – the role involves occasional out of hours work
    • An understanding and empathy for the mission and work of Down Syndrome Ireland
    • Knowledge of and interest in Ireland’s charity sector



    • This is a permanent full-time role with a six month probation period
    • Competitive salary based on experience
    • Role to commence February/March 2023
    • Position is subject to reference checking and Garda Vetting



    • This position will be based in Down Syndrome Ireland’s National Office, Unit 3 Park Way House, Western Parkway Business Park, Ballymount Drive, Dublin D12 HP70
    • At present DSI are working a hybrid model comprising 3 days in the National Office and two days remotely


    Reporting to:  Head of Fundraising and Retail

    To apply: Please forward a CV and Cover letter to Mr. Willie Lewins H.R. Manager at by Friday, February 10th at 5pm. 

    Down Syndrome Ireland is an equal opportunity employer.



  • National Office - People and Transformation Specialist

    Scope of the role

    Focusing on the people side of change, this role requires the development of new ways to deliver organisational transformation and HR compliance.  The role is strategic, technical, and proactive to redesign key processes and the way HR services are delivered across the organisation. 

    Down Syndrome Ireland

    We are dedicated to being the primary source of information and support to people with Down syndrome, their families, and the professional community, working towards an improved quality of life for our members along with a respect and acceptance of people with Down syndrome as valued members of society.

    Our organization is growing rapidly and is searching for an experienced HR Specialist to lead and implement the HR transformation across the organization alongside Senior Management.


    Qualifications, Skills and Experience

    • Bachelor’s degree in HR business management, employment law or equivalent is essential.
    • Accredited CIPD member is preferable
    • Garda vetting clearance is essential
    • Proven experience in leading the implementation of a successful HR transformation in a multifunctional organisation
    • Project management experience, including proven leadership, deliver and execution of successful employment law compliance and record-keeping projects
    • At least 5 years progressively responsible experience as an HR specialist in a multi-functional organisation.
    • Proven experience in understanding and implementing HR policies and procedures
    • Implementing, updating, and writing up new improved policies and procedures.
    • Outstanding knowledge of MS office
    • Excellent communication and people skills.
    • Proven analytical and problem-solving skills, ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously to successful completion
    • Strong multitasking skills along with excellent attention to detail.
    • Ability to build relationships and interact at all levels of the organisation.


    Roles and Responsibilities

    • Develop and refine the people strategy roadmap and change plan
    • Working across the organisation drive the analysis, design and roll-out key HR operating models including processes and systems to meet changing business needs, expanding of businesses, cost control and legal requirements
    • Ensure new model and changes are communicated effectively with the appropriate time taken to pre-brief, engage and tested before launch
    • Within the organisation ensure all employees understand how the new HR functions to include Management roles and responsibilities
    • Support and provide input into the on-going day to day HR Strategy development
    • Strategically assist Senior Management and Board of Directors in developing & continuously improving policies and procedures whilst adhering to best HR governance and employment legislation.
    • Service delivery for all employee HR cycle processes across the organisation, onboarding, managing all HR documentation, drafting individual contracts, terms of employment, from interview process to offer and accept stage.
    • Maintain employee files and records in electronic and paper form whilst adhering to GDPR regulations.
    • Updating, monitoring, and policing the ever-evolving employment legislation whilst reporting into Senior Management in a timely and efficient manner
    • Implementation and development of new and existing HR processes.
    • Implementation and continuous improvement in relation to benefits and compensation changes, to include salary benchmarking.
    • Conduct annual appraisal performance alongside Management whilst ensuring best workplace practice.
    • Conduct HR training workshops across the organisation
    • Enhance employee retention, job satisfaction by resolving issues promptly, applying new ideas and suggestions.
    • Participate in ad-hoc projects alongside other departments
    • Work closely with outsourced Consultants, HR & Health & Safety


    Email your cover letter and CV in confidence to on or before closing date 7th April 2023.

  • Employment Officer

    We have an exciting opportunity for a dynamic and highly-motivated individual to join our team as an Employment Officer.  We are looking for someone who will bring enthusiasm and experience to supporting adults with Down syndrome in their journey toward meaningful employment. You will be part of a small but dedicated national team focused on working with our members 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 drive change at local and national levels, making Ireland more accessible and equitable for people with Down syndrome.

    Role Objectives

    • To assist the Head of Employment in the expansion of Down Syndrome Ireland’s National Employment Programme, sourcing and securing job placements for members nationwide by developing and maintaining relationships with employment partners and providing direct support and training to those seeking work.
    • Assist in the facilitation of our “Work Readiness Programme”, which provides training for adults with Down syndrome, across particular industries and equips them with skills specific to employment.

    Specific Responsibilities

    • Maintaining relationships with current employment partners by offering ongoing support and engagement.
    • Developing relationships with new employers nationwide by initiating contact, helping to identify suitable roles, delivering training and offering ongoing support once employment has commenced.
    • Managing the recruitment and placement of members in employment by designing job postings, completing introductory profiles, providing pre-employment and interview training and monitoring job progression.
    • Managing regional Employment Open Days by working with local DSI branches and local business groups.
    • Facilitating training within our Work Readiness Programme.
    • Ensuring accurate maintenance of records and DSI’s membership database.
    • Engaging with DSI’s communications team to actively promote the work of DSI and the achievements of adults with Down syndrome and with DSI’s fundraising team to secure funding for future programmes.
    • Working professionally and collaboratively with the established Employment Team in National Office
    • Work professionally, effectively and sensitively with key stakeholders to ensure that all participants are safe, feel safe and are listened to with any concerns.
    • Keep up to date on policies and programmes of relevance to the employment of adults with Down syndrome.
    • Assist with the completion of necessary paperwork incl. evaluations, reports & documentation. Develop and maintain robust record keeping procedures in line with relevant data protection and confidentiality requirements.
    • Commit to ongoing professional development.
    • Conduct any other duties in line with the main objective set out above.


    Person Specification / Required Skills and Knowledge:

    • Excellent organisation and communication skills, verbal and written
    • A professional background in supporting adults with disabilities and/or liaising with employers to secure employment opportunities
    • Proven ability to design and deliver training to groups
    • An awareness of the ethos of Down Syndrome Ireland and a belief in the rights of people with Down syndrome to be included in society in a meaningful way
    • An appreciation of the barriers to employment for our members and an understanding of suitable workplace accommodations for people with Down syndrome
    • A wider awareness of disability, specifically Down syndrome, including Irish disability legislation, and an understanding of working towards a choice based independent life for individuals with Down syndrome
    • An understanding of post-school options, traditional (HSE day services) and more recent (further education and employment)
    • An ability to work with families to problem solve, research, communicate and advocate for adults with Down syndrome
    • Interpersonal skills and flexibility to work effectively as part of DSI’s Member Support Team, wider national team and nationwide branch network
    • Strong team working skills & ability to work on own initiative
    • Possess a full clean driving licence & have access to a car


    Additional Information:

    • 2 Business referees
    • Garda vetting for the role is mandatory
    • 20 hours per week (some out of office hours work may be required, subject to the support needs of participants)
    • 12 month fixed-term contract, subject to funding
    • 6 month probationary period (initial review after 3 months)

    DSI National Office, Ballymount, Dublin 12, with travel as required.

    Reporting to:  CEO & Head of Employment, Down Syndrome Ireland 

    To apply: Please forward application letter along with your CV and referees to Closing date is 5pm on Monday the 27th March 2023.