Vacancies / careers

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


We have some exciting job offers for adults with Down syndrome. 

These vacancies has been secured through Down Syndrome Ireland’s Ability Programme, which provides people with Down syndrome access to meaningful employment opportunities.
Ability is co-financed by the Irish Government and the European Social Fund as part of the ESF Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning 2014-2020.



Radisson Hotel Sligo

The Radisson Hotel in Sligo is seeking an adult with Down syndrome to work with there breakfast and restaurant team, helping to bring top service to guests and diners. 

Job Title: Breakfast/Restaurant Assistant

Hours/Days: 4 hours per day, 2 – 3days per week, morning times (days flexible)
Duties include:
  • Ensuring breakfast supplies are full
  • Serving hotel guests 
  • Tea & coffee
  • Clearing tables
  • Polishing cutlery
  • Setting up for lunch
  • Teamwork
If you are interested, please email your CV to Aoife Gaffney, Head of Employment at no later than the Thursday the 12th March 2020 or by post to:

Aoife Gaffney, Head of Employment

Down Syndrome Ireland 
Unit 3 Parkway House, 
Western Parkway Business Park,
Ballymount Drive, 
Dublin 12. 
D12 HP70



Applegreen PLC is looking to recruit an adult with Down syndrome to work in their busy Head Office.

Location: ParkWest Business Park, Dublin 12

Time: *Friday 1-4 pm

*(1-month work placement trial, with a view to a longer paid contract upon review).

Duties would include:

  • Setting up the coffee station in the reception area 
  • Setting up reception area newspapers
  • Updating timekeeping reports 
  • Stock order 
  • Sorting incoming/outgoing post 
  • Health and safety checks
  • Stationary inventory and tidy 
  • Storeroom tidy
  • Franking and posting the general post
  • Car Parking spot check



  • Literacy and technology skills (using Microsoft)
  • Good communication skills
  • Manual handling (desirable)
  • Prior health and safety experience (desirable)


If you are interested in this position, please email your CV to Mary Frances O’Dwyer by email at no later than Tuesday the 10th of March or by post:

Mary Frances O’Dwyer – Dublin Employment Officer

Down Syndrome Ireland 
Unit 3 Parkway House, 
Western Parkway Business Park,
Ballymount Drive, 
Dublin 12. 
D12 HP70



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.  


Chief Executive Officer

Established in 1971, Down Syndrome Ireland (DSI) is the voice of people with Down syndrome and their families throughout Ireland. The charity has over 3,500 members with 25 branches nationwide.

Down Syndrome Ireland provides ‘all-through-life’ support services to people with Down syndrome with specialists in the areas of new parents, health, early development, speech and language, education, employment and independence that enhance the lives of thousands of children and adults with Down syndrome across the country.


The role:

Down Syndrome Ireland are looking to appoint a Chief Executive to manage and direct all of the organisation’s operations and services and to implement the organisation’s long-term strategy. Acting as ambassador for the organisation, the Chief Executive will be the public face for campaigns and build relationships with stakeholders in politics, the media and business. The successful candidate will also play a key role in motivating and engaging volunteers, staff, members and prospective donors.


The key Skills & Responsibilities

The key attributes required by the successful candidate are as follows:


Leadership Skills

  • The organisation has gone through significant transformation and growth in the last three years. The Board are looking for a candidate who has a proven track record in leadership/building and motivating teams (both employees and volunteers).
  • Experience in senior management and organisational leadership is essential. A unique feature of the job of the chief executive will be to work closely with the Board, so experience of working with committees or boards is essential.
  • Ensure that the on-going operational management of DSI is carried out to the highest standards and in line with Down Syndrome Ireland’s Strategic Plan.


Stakeholder and Relationship Management

  • As the Chief Executive of Down Syndrome Ireland, the successful candidate will be expected to be the public and private face of the organisation. The Chief Executive will be expected to manage the operational relationship between DSI and our statutory funders, private philanthropists and corporate donors.
  • It will be the responsibility of the successful candidate to develop an advocacy plan for the organisation.
  • Lobby for and secure additional resources to expand the reach of DSI services.
  • This will incorporate the development of collaboration opportunities with relevant / peer national and international organisations.
  • To further develop and enhance the relationship between the branches and Head Office


Excellent Interpersonal Skills

  • The successful candidate will need to be able to demonstrate a track record in building relationships with a variety of people, from members, their families and staff members to senior corporate executives and opinion formers.


Financial Acumen

  • The successful candidate must be able to set and operate budgets and provide monthly management reports to the Board on activities.
  • Manage the financial dealings of the organisation in a prudent manner in line with Board oversight.
  • Continue to actively drive revenue streams outside of statutory funding vehicles
  • Ensure the successful ongoing operation and resourcing of Board Committees and wider Commissions in line with Board policies.


Sector Knowledge

While not essential, a background in one or more of the following would be useful

  • A background / Knowledge of the Charity sector would be advantageous.
  • A background in dealing with statutory funders and their SLA’s.
  • A track record in dealing with the Board(s) of Charites.
  • A strong understanding of the GDPR / Data Protection requirements as required under 2018 legislation.
  • A strong understanding of the importance of good governance and transparency in the charity sector.
  • A comprehensive understating of DSI’s requirements under the Charities Act 2009.
  • An interest in the welfare of people with disabilities and in the area of inclusion would be desirable


Key Deliverables

Typical key deliverables/day to day key tasks are as follows:

  • Implement the strategic plan and annual budget.
  • Operate within the annual budget and ensure management and HR policies are up-to-date
  • Recruit and work with the senior management team.
  • Build relationships with politicians, the media and government officials in order to advance the organisation’s aims.
  • Establish and monitor key indicators of the organisation’s impact and financial health.
  • Represent the organisation at external events and publicity opportunities.
  • Maintain awareness of risks and changes in the external environment that affect the organisation.
  • Build an effective working relationship with the chairperson of the Board.
  • Supply regular reports to the Board and attend Board and sub-committee meetings.
  • Ensure the organisation’s staff and volunteers are focused on achieving its mission and aims.
  • Ensure the organisation fulfils its legal, statutory and regulatory responsibilities.
  • Establish mechanisms for listening to the views of members on the organisation’s performance.
  • Deliver the organisation’s business plan and, if necessary, help the organisation to win contracts from public bodies or develop social enterprise ‘spin offs’.
  • Help to develop and ensure a sustainable income from individual, corporate, legacy and trust donations.
  • Represent the organisation to the media and give interviews.


Relevant Experience / Qualifications

  • An undergraduate degree is essential.
  • A Masters is desirable but relevant skills and experience will form a significant part of the selection criteria.
  • Proven skills in leadership, HR, planning, negotiation and decision-making.
  • Demonstrable change and transition management skills.
  • Proven organisational skills to ensure DSI operates in an efficient and accountable manner.


Contact – all applications should be submitted to

Should you require clarification please contact