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Community Development Project Worker


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 BuĂ­.  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 programme team.

The Community worker reports directly to the Programme Coordinator.

Main Responsibilities and duties of the post include:

  • 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 their needs.
  • Supporting individuals to make personal action plans, ensuring appropriate records and statistics are kept up to date.
  • 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 programmes.
  • Maintaining accurate and confidential records.
  • 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.

Essential Requirements

  • Relevant 3rd level degree.
  • 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.

Peron Specification:

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Highly motivation, proactive and flexible.
  • 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, 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 before 5pm on the 27th September 2019.

Email or post to: Adele O’Connor, Doras Buí, Bunratty Avenue, Coolock, Dublin 17.