Board of Managment/ Directors

Part time
Type of work: 
Beacon of Light Counselling Centre.
We are looking for suitable candidates for our Board of Management/ Directors

Are you interested in playing a voluntary leadership role that will have an impact in the field of promoting positive mental health?  


Are you a person with strong Business /Legal / Psychotherapy/ Psychology/Psychiatry experience?


The Beacons’ board of directors is looking to recruit two/three members in January/February 2018 and is interested in hearing from, or about, prospective candidates.

Application details: 

1.    What do I do if this sounds interesting?

Read the rest of this Information Sheet. If this opportunity sounds interesting to you, or if you know someone who would be just perfect for this, contact The Beacons’ General Manager, Geoffrey McCarthy at or by calling 01-4578700.

A short ‘Expressions of Interest’ one-page document will need to be completed by 28th February 2018 for all interested candidates.

2.    About the Beacon of light Counselling Centre:

Beacon of Light Counselling Centre (BLCC) is a community based project which has been providing counselling services to individuals and families in the Clondalkin area since 2000. In this time BLCC has assisted and supported hundreds of adults and children who have been going through critical and/or life-changing periods in their lives.

Since its establishment in 2000, BLCC has become an important part of the community infrastructure in the greater Clondalkin area. It receives referrals from many statutory agencies, voluntary organisations, GPS, schools and community development groups in Clondalkin. These organisations and groups clearly recognise the benefits of BLCC and the ways in which BLCC can help support those in significant psychological distress.  

Our Mission:

Beacon of Light Counselling Centre (BLCC) will provide services through the effective clinical co-ordination of competent psychotherapists, who will always respect the privacy and dignity of each individual, and seek to empower, enhance, and to enable the wellbeing of those seeking support.

BLCC will ensure that services will be subject to appropriate governance which is both accountable and ethical.

BLCC will ensure accessibility and continuity of service, primarily founded on sustained and strategic voluntary effort accompanied by stable funding sources.

Our Vision: 

The Beacon of Light Counselling Centre (BLCC) has established and, will maintain and develop its presence in the Dublin community,

We at beacon are committed to providing continuing support services for people experiencing personal, emotional and psychological difficulties in their lives.

3.    About The BLCC’s Board of Directors

In common with all organisations which are registered charities, all members of The Beacon’s board do so in a voluntary capacity, and do not receive any remuneration for their services.

The Beacon’s board comprises of up to twelve people, elected from amongst the membership

We currently have two/three vacancies on our full board membership. We are also seeking to redress the gender imbalance as the majority of our current Board members are male. 

4.    Board Member Responsibilities

The legal duties for board members of a company limited by guarantee are specified in Company Law. They are summarised as being:

1.       To act in the best interests of BLCC.

2.       To ensure the company is not run in a fraudulent or reckless manner.

3.       To ensure that BLCC complies with on-going legal and other requirements.

BLCC’s board conducts its work in compliance with the Governance Code for Community, Voluntary & Charitable Organisations. Therefore a Board Handbook and a Code of Conduct for Board members exist which outline in detail what the expectations of board members are. It is important to note the following requirements for all board members:

·         A commitment to the vision, mission and values of BLCC, and support for its ethos and values.

·         Attendance at all Board meetings: Approximately eleven meetings per year plus the AGM. (may be subject to change i.e. less frequent meetings) 

·         Participation on a sub-committee (current standing subcommittees are: 1) HR/Finance/fundraising 2) Risk Management 3) Governance, These subgroups have varying schedules but most meet quarterly.

The term of office is three years. Note that any candidate or elected member of a Council, either house of the Oireachtas, or European Parliament is ineligible. 

5.    Criteria for this Recruitment Process

For the board member recruitment process in 2018, and in consideration of the profile of the current board members, the following skill-sets and experiences have been prioritised by the board:

A person with strong business development / Fundraising

/ Legal experience/ Psychotherapy/Psychology/Psychiatry Experience.


In making its decision, the board will look for evidence of an existing passion, or preparedness to develop one, for the non-profit sector’s development; an ability to contribute to the cohesion of the board; and evidence of leadership in the candidate’s field of work.

6.    Timeline

All expressions of interest should be notified to the General Manager and a short ‘Expressions of Interest’ one-page document will need to be completed by 28TH February 2018. The relevant documents can be scanned and emailed if more convenient, send to

All nominations forms will be reviewed by the Governance Subgroup of the board at its meeting, the output of that review will be a short list of potential candidates who will be asked to meet with the CEO/GM and the Chair before a final decision is made.

The preferred candidate(s) will be offered the role in March 2018 and will have to complete a Board induction process with the Chairperson and/or the General Manager In due course.  

Closing date: 
28 Feb 2018
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