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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.  

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Regional Resource Officer – Galway Branch

Role Duties & Responsibilities will include:

The provision of front-line information support services to people with Down syndrome, their families and the wider professional community that interact with DSI members by phone, email and face to face. 

The development of an information database to include the compilation of contact persons and organisations working in the areas of early development, education, employment, service-provision, individualised funding and health.

The maintenance of a database of Down syndrome members in their region, and the type of services that are being requested and provided to each age group locally.

Establishing and maintaining effective communications within the regional area (branches) and with the National Office of DSI.  Communicating the needs of local members and accessing the support of DSI’s national Member Support Team where appropriate.

Providing local support for any national initiatives run by Down Syndrome Ireland, for example providing information and support to schools or active involvement in training and employment projects.

Taking responsibility for local delivery of training programmes developed by the National Member Support Team.

The Regional Officers will also be charged with progressing particular area of priority for the branches in which they work in.  This may involve the development and implementation of particular local projects or initiatives.

Requirements (Person Specification):

The successful candidate will have the following qualifications, skills, experience and abilities as a minimum requirement:

  • A proven track record or appropriate qualification in Community Development, Health / Social Care, Education or Disability.
  • Capacity to fulfil the role with confidence, professionalism, empathy and a positive attitude.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Proven ability to work successfully on own initiative and as part of a wider team.
  • A mature approach to coping with challenging situations.
  • A keen understanding and awareness of people with Down syndrome.
  • A high level of computer literacy.

 

Employment Type: Initial 1 year fixed term contract

Hours / Days: part-time – 2 days per week / flexible

Reporting to: Chairperson of Down Syndrome Galway Branch and MST team Leader of DSI National Office

Branch(es): Galway Branch of Down Syndrome Ireland

Location: Unit 3 An Fuaran, Moycullen, Co Galway

To apply: Please forward a CV to recruitment@downsyndrome.ie 

Closing date for applications is 5 pm on Monday, May 20th 2019.

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Senior Speech and Language Therapist – Cork Branch

Full-time (maternity cover) 

POSITION
Down Syndrome Cork is seeking a Senior Speech and Language Therapist to join their team.

Contract: This is full time fixed term maternity leave contract
5days (37 hours per week).

Requirements: CORU Registered SLT, Full Driving Licence
Minimum of 4 years plus post graduate experience required.
Experience working in adult and paediatric disability sector.

Desirable: Hanen, Floortime, Lámh, DLS, sensory integration, supervision and FEDS experience. The successful candidate will work as part of a dynamic and experienced team, with collaborative working and continued professional development support. Clinical supervision is provided. Further information can be obtained from Míde Kearney at mide.kearney@dsicork.org.

Applications (curriculum vitae and application letter) to be submitted to mide.kearney@dsicork.org by Thursday 30th May 2019.

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Corporate Fundraising Executive

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.  

DSI is recruiting a Corporate Fundraising Executive to work in its busy Fundraising Department, thereby helping to implement its Fundraising Strategy and maximise corporate fundraising income. The ideal candidate will have the ability to work effectively as part of a small Fundraising Team as well as taking ownership and proactively recruiting a number of new corporate partners. Relevant experience in a similar corporate fundraising environment or a business development role is required.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Taking ownership of a number of existing corporate partnerships and driving the relationship to deliver on objectives and maximise income
  • Actively research, target, recruit and manage a pipeline of new corporate partnerships across a variety of sectors through cold calling, networking, and leveraging the existing DSI network
  • Any other duties as designated by the Corporate Fundraising Manager

 

Person Specification / Required Skills and Knowledge:

  • 2+ years’ relevant experience in a Corporate Fundraising or Business Development role
  • Educated to third level or equivalent
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a small team and on own initiative
  • Energetic, enthusiastic, creative and proactive approach to all areas of work
  • Excellent networking, interpersonal and telephone skills with experience managing all level relationships with corporate partners, funders and sponsors
  • Excellent communication, organisational and administrative skills
  • Experience in writing and presenting compelling corporate funding proposals/applications with a strong attention to detail in all aspects of work
  • Experience of working within budget, meeting deadlines and exceeding income targets
  • Good knowledge of fundraising best practice and an understanding of the principles of Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Highly computer literate – proficient in Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint) with experience using CRM Databases 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
  • Car and full clean driving licence desirable

 

Details:

  • This is a full-time role with a competitive salary based on experience
  • Role to commence June 2019

 

Location:           

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

Reporting to:  Corporate Fundraising Manager

To apply:                                                

Please forward a CV and Cover letter to Mark O’Doherty, Head of Fundraising & Retail at mark@downsyndrome.ie 

Closing date for applications is Friday, May 24th 2019.

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Early Years Project Leader (one year contract)

Down Syndrome Ireland is looking for an Early Years project leader to join our National Member Support Team. This is initially a single year contract.

What can you do for us?

You can come in at the start of a large early years project, helping to develop and deliver training on programmes which meet the needs of young children with Down syndrome and their families.

What can we do for you?

We can help you to make a difference. You will be part of a small but 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 positive change at local and national level.

Job Description

Job Title:  Early Years Training Leader

See and Learn Project: Early Childhood Care and Education Support.

Job Purpose:  To help develop and deliver training to families and early childhood education settings to facilitate the roll out of a national programme. To develop online training resources. To monitor delivery and outcomes of the programme.

Duties to include:

Early Childhood Care and Education

  • Drive evidence based practice, heading up the ‘See and Learn’ Project, providing information and training to parents and professionals to meet the goal of ensuring that every child with Down syndrome has access to research based programmes to support their early learning and development.
  • Develop online information and training to support project goals.
  • Link with Early Years Specialist Advisor and Member Support Team Leader to define and measure project outcomes.
  • Maintain records of project delivery.
  • Monitor and write up project outcomes.

General

  • Gather information from parents and professionals regarding the needs of young children with Down syndrome to drive lobbying for improvements in state provision.
  • Liaise with fundraising team to identify possible projects

 

Skills and Attributes:

Essential:

Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

A professional background (Degree or Masters level) in a profession connected with teaching or training.

Proven ability to design and deliver effective training.

Excellent computer skills.

Desirable:

A good understanding of the early childhood care and education sector.

Experience in working with families who have a child a disability.

Research skills.

Knowledge of Down syndrome specific issues.

 

Please send your CV with references to willie@downsyndrome.ie 

Closing date for entries the 30th April.

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Early Years Specialist (full time, permanent)

Down Syndrome Ireland are looking for an Early Years Specialist to join our National Member Support Team. This is a full time, permanent position.

What can you do for us?

You can use your enthusiasm, experience and expertise to advise and support young children with Down syndrome and their families. You can look at the bigger picture, at systems, programmes, research and practice, and use this information to drive change.

What can we do for you?

We can help you to make a difference. You will be part of a small but 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 challenge barriers and drive change at local and national level.

Job Description

Job Title:  Early Years Specialist

Including: New Parent Liaison / Early Development/ Early Childhood Care and Education Support

Job Purpose:  To be the primary source of information for families who have a baby or young child with Down syndrome. To help develop national programmes and to work with local branches on ensuring that appropriate high quality support is given to parents.

Duties to include:

Supporting New and Expectant Parents

  • Provision of information and support for families with a prenatal diagnosis
  • Coordination and delivery of conferences for new parents
  • Development, expansion and training of parentlink support network
  • Development and training of DSI’s Counselling panel
  • Updating new parent welcome booklet and online resources
  • Development of a programme of contacts / communications with new parents
  • Provision of training, awareness and materials for medical professionals on informing families that their baby has Down syndrome

Early Development

  • Gather and disseminate information to parents and professionals regarding new research and best practice in Early Intervention
  • Oversee quality and delivery of Early Development services at branch level
    • Gather information on what is being delivered locally
    • Offer training and development for early years staff at branch level where needed

Early Childhood Care and Education

  • Drive evidence based practice, heading up the ‘See and Learn’ Project, providing information and training to parents and professionals to meet the goal of ensuring that every child with Down syndrome has access to research based programmes to support their learning and development.

General

  • Gather information from parents and professionals regarding the needs of young children with Down syndrome to drive lobbying for improvements in state provision.
  • Liaise with fundraising team to identify possible projects

 

Skills and Attributes:

Essential:

Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

A professional background (Degree or Masters level) in a profession connected with supporting families who have a child with a disability.

Proven ability to design and deliver training to groups.

Desirable:

A keen understanding of the issues that affect new and expectant parents (perhaps through a counselling or therapy background)

A good understanding of early intervention and early childhood care and education

Experience in working with families who have a child a disability

Experience with providing pre-natal and post-natal support for families.

Knowledge of Down syndrome specific issues.

 

Please send your CV with references to willie@downsyndrome.ie 

Closing date for entries the 30th April.

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Regional Resource Officer (one year initially, with the possibility for extension)

Down Syndrome Ireland is seeking to expand our Regional Resource Officer programme. We are looking for people who will help develop, coordinate and deliver a range of information and services related to the care and support of people with Down syndrome and their families. We are currently looking for candidates in the following regions:

  • Greater Dublin area
  • Limerick and the West Midlands

Role Duties & Responsibilities will include:

Provide information support services to the community connected by Down syndrome

Maintain a database of members of DSI in the region.

To encourage and support the roll out of nationally developed projects within the region, specifically the Early Development Project and the Ability Programme.

Develop and maintain an information database to include the compilation of contact persons and organisations working in the areas of early development, education, employment, service-provision, individualised funding and health.

Establish and maintain effective communications within the regional area (branches) and with the National Office.

Requirements (Person Specification):

The successful candidate will have the following qualifications, skills, experience and abilities as a minimum requirement:

  • A proven track record or appropriate qualification in Community Development, Health / Social Care, Education or Disability.
  • Capacity to fulfil the role with confidence, professionalism, empathy and a positive attitude.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Proven ability to work successfully on own initiative and as part of a wider team.
  • A mature approach to coping with challenging situations.
  • A keen understanding and awareness of people with Down syndrome.
  • A high level of computer literacy.

 

Please send your CV with references to willie@downsyndrome.ie 

Closing date for entries the 30th April.

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We have some exciting job offers available for adults with Down syndrome in 2019!

 

An Post placements

An Post has seven openings for people with Down syndrome to take part in a shadowing day, these seven placements are in the following sections: IT, Customer Services, Mails Revenue, Safety & Environment, Sales & Marketing, Savings Services and Compliance.

There are openings at the following An Post Dublin delivery offices for shadowing participants who are interested in postal operations, these will take place on the 22nd of May in:

  • GPO O’Connell Street
  • Fairview Delivery Office
  • Crumlin Delivery Office 
  • Churchtown Delivery Office 
  • Blanchardstown Delivery Office 
  • Dunshaughlin Delivery Office

 

For any potential participant who would like an insight into mails processing on a nationwide scale we also have one opening in the largest mail centre, the Dublin Mails Centre on Oak Road, Knockmitten, Dublin 12.

It is hoped that all participating shadowers will gain valuable first-hand insight into the actions, processes and skills required for the applicable role by learning through shadowing their assigned An Post mentor.

We really would be delighted to invite individuals interested in participating with An Post on their Job Shadow Day this year.

If interested please contact Aoife Gaffney, Head of Employment asap on aoife@downsyndrome.ie or 089-7036209

Closing date for applications is Monday, May 20th 2019.
 
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Carlingford Adventure Centre

We are looking for TWO adults with Down syndrome for upcoming work in Carlingford Adventure Centre.  
 
The work will begin in March, but training will be provided before beginning.
 
Duties/Job Roles will include some of the following areas:
  • Catering Assistant
  • Hospitality & housekeeping
  • Admin assistant (working in reception)
  • Assisting Instructor on activities e.g laser tag/pay & play
 
The team at Carlingford Adventure Centre are really excited to welcome 2 adults with Down syndrome onto their team. Days & hours are fully flexible to suit the individual (Adventure Centre opens 7 days per week).
 
 
If you are interested in the position mentioned please email your CV to:
Aoife Gaffney, National Employment Officer, DSI at aoife@downsyndrome.ie 
 
Closing date for applications is Friday, March 8th 2019.
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DSI CHARITY SHOPS

We have some voluntary positions available for adults with Down syndrome in our charity shops in Finglas & Clondalkin.
 
Days & hours are flexible.  This is a great pre-employment opportunity for individuals to learn new skills * as a pathway into paid employment.
 
If you are interested please email Aoife Gaffney, National Employment Officer, DSI at aoife@downsyndrome.ie 
 
Closing date for applications is Friday, March 1st 2019.
 
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