Vacancies / careers
This page features job opportunities within Down Syndrome Ireland and for adults with Down syndrome.
We currently have two positions available for adults with Down syndrome, please see the job outline below for more details:
Catering Position – Front of House
- Stock up the drinks fridge
- Dishwashing using a commercial dishwasher
- Clean shelves and worktops
- Brush and mop floors
- Customer service
- Preparation of cafe & materials
- Cleaning of cafe front of house
- Kitchen related jobs
The Muckross Park Hotel have the following two positions available for members.
- Turndown Assistant (two positions)
- Working hours would be 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm, 2 days a week
- Hotel Shuttle bus available for employees
(Departing from Amber Petrol Station, Muskross road to Hotel)
If you are interested in this role, please email our Employment Officer, Joanne Dawson at firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday 12th August.
If you have a CV, please email that too.
Down Syndrome Ireland Job Postings
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.
Supervisory Speech & Language Therapist (Senior Grade)
Position: Full Time, Permanent
Location: Galway (city and other locations)
Purpose of the Post:
The Supervisory Senior Speech & Language Therapist will be the lead member of a small Speech and Language Therapy team providing services to children, teens and young adults with Down syndrome in the Galway area. The post holder will be responsible for the provision of speech and language therapy services, assessment and intervention to their own independent caseload, clinical and operational performance supervision of other colleagues, and management of service delivery.
Voices for Down Syndrome Galway, Speech and Language Therapy project,
of Down Syndrome Ireland, Galway Branch.
Client and family centred models are utilized in the delivery of services with the aim of maximising the client’s communication interaction skills within their daily life and community. This is a parent lead organisation, with links to National University of Ireland Galway (NUIG). There is a strong working relationship with public and private dual service providers.
• A professional qualification in Speech & Language Therapy, as recognised by CORU.
• CORU registration.
• A minimum of three years’ experience working as a Speech & Language Therapist.
• Relevant experience working as a Speech and Language Therapist with people with Down syndrome. Experience working with people with Autism Spectrum Disorder would also be desirable.
• Dysphagia Qualification.
• 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.
• Own transport and full, clean driving licence.
Knowledge and experience with:
• Hanen It Takes Two to Talk and More than Words
• DIR Floortime
• Knowledge and experience with AAC
• Supporting both mainstream and special schools
Duties and Responsibilities of the Role:
• Assessment and intervention for people with Down syndrome.
• 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.
Terms and Conditions:
• Full Time, Permanent Position (37.5 hrs per week)
• Salary negotiable
• Continued Professional Development provided
• Clinical supervision provided
• Applications must be made by form only, please contact email@example.com to request a copy of the application form
• CVs will not be accepted.
• Closing date for receipt of applications is Wednesday 17th August 2022
• For more information on our organisation visit www.downsyndromegalway.ie
• Informal enquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org
Employment Support Specialist with our Louth Meath Branch
We now have an exciting opportunity for a dynamic and highly-motivated individual to join our team as an Employment Support Specialist and to play a central role in helping our adult members with Down syndrome achieve and sustain work placement/paid employment.
- Location Working from home, with travel as required.
- Hours of Work 15 hours per week (Some out of office hours work may be required, subject to the support needs of participants)
- Contract 12 month fixed-term contract, may be extended subject to funding.
- Probation 6 month probationary period(initial review after 3 months)
- Remuneration €33-40,000(pro-rata) (equivalent to HSE Senior Supervisor/Instructor scale) depending on experience/qualifications (with mileage)
Reporting to Committee DSI Louth Meath Branch, with liaison function to DSI National office Employment Officer
1. Drive a person centered approach to supporting participants to access work opportunities and achieve sustained meaningful employment.
2. Provide support to employers to ensure successful outcomes from work placement.
1. Develop a profile for each participant based on their interest, capabilities and needs and develop a positive working relationship with them.
2. Have a comprehensive understanding of available job roles/work opportunities for participants and help match them to appropriate placements, taking full account of both participant and employer needs.
3. Develop a network of suitable employers who will offer work opportunities (work experience, job placements, trials, internships, volunteering), liaising with them, providing pre-employment training for them & supporting them as needed during delivery of the placement.
4. Negotiate with the employer on the terms of the employment.
5. Conduct task analysis prior to job start. Deliver pre-placement training.
6. To support participants on a day-to-day basis in their work placements (on a reducing phased basis).
7. Working professionally and collaboratively with the established employment team in national office & employment committee in the Louth Meath branch.
8. Work professionally, effectively and sensitively with key stakeholders to ensure that all participants are safe, feel safe and are listened to with any concerns.
9. Keep up to date on policies and programmes of relevance to the employment of adults with Down syndrome.
10. 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.
11. Commit to ongoing professional development.
12. Conduct any other duties in line with the main objective set out above.
1. The ability to motivate and assist adults with Down syndrome to access, secure and maintain employment in the open labour market.
2. The ability to act as advocate for adults with Down syndrome and to foster relationships with employers across the wider Louth, Meath and adjacent area.
3. Excellent communication and inter-personal skills
4. Strong Team working skills and an ability to work on own initiative.
5. Excellent administration, organisation & ICT Skills
6. Possess a full clean driving license and have access to a car.
7. Possess a standard leaving certificate and a relevant third level/further education qualification.
1. Supported employment qualification and/or intellectual disability support/advocacy related qualification
2. Experience and understanding of the issues facing adults with intellectual disability in accessing employment.
3. An acute understanding of the ethos of Down Syndrome Ireland and a passionate belief in the abilities of people with Down syndrome.
4. A wider awareness of the importance of working towards a choice-based independent life for individuals with Down syndrome
5. An ability to work with families, problem solve, research and communicate and advocate for adults with Down syndrome
Two employer referees(including most recent employer)
Garda vetting for the role is mandatory.
Please send you CV and Cover letter to Willie@Downsyndrome.ie.
Closing Date – August 17th.
Employment Training Coordinator – Contractor
We now have an exciting opportunity for a motivated, driven and skilled individual to join our team on a contractor basis as an Employment Training Coordinator, to work as part of our Employment Team. This individual will play a central role in facilitating the training programmes developed by DSI’s National Office & our industry partners, to provide employment training to adults with Down syndrome.
Job location Hybrid working model, including remotely, in national office, and onsite dependent on training locations (within Dublin).
Hours of work Hours will vary, dependent on programmes (these will be set out at the beginning of each programme block)
Contract September-December 2022 (for current fund period)
Probation 1 month
Remuneration We would like to invite applications to tender, providing hourly breakdowns of cost of service.
Reporting to Down Syndrome Ireland’s Head of Employment
1. Provide training & support to adults with Down syndrome in a variety of different industries including but not limited to hairdressing, barbering, retail, hospitality, advocacy.
2. Work with the Employment team to provide training & support to employers to ensure successful outcomes from work placement.
1. Work professionally and collaboratively with Down Syndrome Ireland’s Adult Education & Employment teams in providing continuous feedback on course content, delivery, industry gaps, and member’s needs.
2. Facilitate the teaching elements of Down Syndrome Ireland’s Work Readiness Programme. These courses will combine online training with practical work experience, in sectors such as hospitality, catering, retail & office, and be comprised of sector-specific modules
3. Provide online pre-employment & pre-interview training in preparation for job interviews.
4. Support participants in their work placements.
5. Communicate directly with adults with Down syndrome and their families, oversee students.
6. Work with National Employment team in holding Regional Open Days in 2022.
7. Conduct task analysis, and other related course work relative to each industry training module & student’s needs.
8. To support participants on a day-to-day basis in their work placements (on a reducing phased basis).
9. Work professionally, effectively and sensitively with key stakeholders to ensure that all participants are safe, feel safe and are listened to with any concerns.
10. Keep up to date on policies and programmes of relevance to the employment of adults with Down syndrome.
11. 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.
12. Commit to ongoing professional development.
13. Conduct any other duties in line with the main objective set out above.
Please send you CV and Cover letter to Aoife@downsyndrome.ie.
Closing Date – August 23rd.
Online Teachers of Adults with Down syndrome Panel
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.
We place the person with Down syndrome at the centre of everything we do. We recognise the value and uniqueness of every person with Down syndrome and their unique and diverse needs.
We are committed to working towards a society where people with Down syndrome have the same basic human rights to healthcare, education, employment opportunities and decision-making as all other citizens.
About the Role
Down Syndrome Ireland invites applications from suitably qualified and experienced teachers to form a Teacher Panel for part-time, online positions which may arise in Further Education in the following subject areas:
- Healthy Living and Wellbeing
- Create and maintain an atmosphere suitable for online learning
- Organise and deliver lessons
- Create a supportive class atmosphere to ensure learners’ engagement
- Keep records of learners’ attendance
- Track learners’ progress over the duration of the course
- Write an end of course report
- Participate in the evaluation process of Down Syndrome Ireland
Skills, Background and Qualifications
- Have teaching experience
- Have the ability to support the personal development of each learner to develop the skills required to engage and progress in the subject areas
- Take a learner-centred approach to course delivery
- Have excellent communication and listening skills
- Have good administration skills
- The ability to integrate I.T. based learning, literacy development and other pedagogical skills and approaches
- Knowledge and understanding of issues associated with Down Syndrome
- Experience working with people who have intellectual disabilities and their families
Remuneration and Benefits on application
How to apply
Please submit your CV and covering letter by email to Sinéad Flynn at email@example.com.
The closing date for applications is 5 pm on Friday the 12th of August 2022.
The position will be subject to Garda Vetting.