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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.  

Corporate Fundraising Executive (Part-Time)

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 and excellent relationship management skills, along with the ability to work under pressure are essential attributes for this role.

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 and the Head of Fundraising & Retail.


Person Specification / Required Skills and Knowledge:

    • 2+ years’ relevant experience in a Corporate Fundraising or similar 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 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


  • This is a permanent part-time role (2.5 days per week) with a six month probationary period
  • Competitive salary based on experience
  • Role to commence March 2019


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

Reporting to: 

Corporate Fundraising Manager and Head of Fundraising & Retail

To apply:

Please forward a CV and Cover letter to Mark O’Doherty, Head of Fundraising & Retail at 

Closing date for applications is Friday, February 15th 2019.


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

DSI Charity Shop – Kimmage
-Type of work: Voluntary work (this is a great starting point for somebody looking to receive some training & mentoring as a gateway to employment in a retail environment).
-Hours: Monday and/or Fridays (2 hour shifts)

DSI Charity Shop – Kilbarrack
-Type of work: Voluntary work (this is a great starting point for somebody looking to receive some training & mentoring as a gateway to employment in a retail environment).
-Hours: 2 hours per week on a Thursday

Pub & Restaurant – Leeson Street
-Type of work: Floor Tender (customer service, waiter/waitressing, work as part of a team)
-Hours: 21 hours per week (days & times are flexible, but 21 hours should be spread over 4 days) -Mentoring available within the company with staff who will receive training from DSI

Essential Requirements:
-Interested applicants must have carried out some form of post school training previously.
-Must be available to attend an Open Day (open interviews) with our Member Support Team in the coming weeks.
-Successful candidates must be available to attend 2 pre employment training days with Aoife Gaffney, Employment & Projects Officer, DSI in the coming weeks.
-Must be available to commence employment immediately -Candidates applying for jobs must be available to work on the days and times stated above!

If interested, please send your CV to Aoife Gaffney, National Employment & Projects Officer by email or by post no later than December 2018.

Please state which job you are interested in applying for.

Once we have received applications we will then contact you to inform you when an Open Day (open interviews) will be held.

Please direct any queries to Aoife Gaffney,