The role of the Community Development Worker is to
provide a comprehensive Information and Support Service to lone parent families
as part of the Programme Team. Helping families to identify their needs and
support them in having these needs met in accordance with the ethos of Doras
Buí. The Community Development Worker is
expected to undertake the role in a professional manner based on the principles
of self-help and solidarity and in ways that accept and respect diversity. The
role includes the delivery of information and support, working as part of the
The Community worker reports directly to the Programme
Main Responsibilities and duties of the post
Flexibility for hours of working,
possible evening and weekends.
The provision of accurate information
to lone parent callers in person, telephone or via social media.
Referring lone parents to appropriate
statutory services and advocating with these statutory agencies in relation to
Supporting individuals to make
personal action plans, ensuring appropriate records and statistics are kept up
IT support and liaising with Doras
Buí’s support contractor.
Supporting administration in the
Adult and Child Counselling services.
Inputting of service user information
on to the database.
Working closely with the Programme
coordinator in identifying potential participants for group work programmes and
working as part of a team in the planning, organising and evaluation of the
Maintaining accurate and confidential
Mentoring and assisting participants
attending programmes when the need arises.
Organising once off events, in
conjunction with other staff.
Networking and liaising with local
community organisations and statutory agencies.
Relevant 3rd level degree or 4 years experience in a similar role.
A minimum of two years’ experience of working in a community development setting.
Knowledge of relevant policies and issues arising for lone parents.
Experience of supporting families.
A working knowledge of TUSLA, Meitheal and Children First.
A working knowledge of all relevant legislation, for example: Child Protection and Safeguarding.
Ability to engage and build positive relationship with families and parents.
Experience of working with groups.
Experience of planning, implanting and reviewing programmes.
Strong, IT and social media skills, proficient in use of Microsoft office and databases e.g. salesforce.
The ability to maintain a professional approach and always observe confidentiality.
Exceptional organisation and administration skills and attention to detail.
Project prioritisation and the ability to remain clam under pressure.
Ability to engage with a range of statutory and voluntary organisations.
Full clean drivers licence and own car.
Excellent interpersonal and
Highly motivation, proactive and
Ability to work as a team member.
Good judgement, honesty and reliable.
Empathetic and approachable personality.
Strong leadership skills with a
flexible and positive attitude towards work.
The salary for this post is €30,000 – €34,000, Full-time (Job Share pro-rata) depending on experience.
35 hours working week, annual leave 25 working days.
Garda clearance is necessary for this post.
Please contact Adele O’Connor, Programme Coordinator with a written application including your CV and cover letter for consideration before 5pm on Friday 15th November 2019.
We are looking for someone who will work with our clients in a professional and friendly manner. Good interpersonal and communication skills with the ability to work well with others in a team and on your own initiative. If you are successful your duties will include but are not limited to answering the phone, directing calls / taking messages and typing. You will be given all mandatory training for this position.