Frontline Local and Community Development Worker- 2 positions

Full time
Type of work: 
South Dublin County Partnership
Development worker x 2

South Dublin County Partnership works with people who experience poverty and social exclusion or are at risk of becoming so, and promotes social cohesion, active citizenship and labour market participation with a focus on the most disadvantaged neighbourhoods in the area.

We offer a range of integrated activities in Community Development, Lifelong Learning, Enterprise and Employment Early Childhood Services, and Health and Wellbeing.

The work of the Community Development Team is designed to support collective community engagement and the development of sustainable communities, providing direct supports to local communities and by developing the capacity of local groups.

SDCP are inviting applications for; Two full-time Frontline Local and Community Development workers who have the capacity to engage with individuals and families who are experiencing poverty and social exclusion.

Position Summary

The successful candidate will work as part of a dynamic community development team.

The aim of the role is to:

Engage and support communities to actively participate in actions/structures to tackle problems that face their communities.

Provide supports to community groups/organisations and individuals to enable them to identify their needs, develop projects and initiatives, achieve their strategic aims, attain resources and influence policy.

Support the establishment and development of local community groups whose aim is to empower communities to play a greater role in addressing social inclusion and equality issues

Be actively involved in the development, implementation, documentation and evaluation of key element of the SDCP Community Development Programme

Person Specifications

Qualifications and Experience

The successful individual will hold a third level qualification in Community Development or a related discipline with a minimum of 3 years’ experience working in the community development sector in a similar role.

The successful candidate will have a full understanding of child / vulnerable persons protection regulations.

Essential Knowledge and Skills

At least three years’ experience of working in a frontline community development position in a severely disadvantaged area

 A clear understanding of the issues facing disadvantaged communities including, drug abuse, poor educational attainment, unemployment, intimidation and poverty

Experience in the design and delivery of outcome-driven, targeted community projects and programmes, coupled with the ability to achieve targets and meet set deadlines

A proven track record of successful working with disadvantaged communities

Ability to assist community organisations to access supports for their plans

The successful candidate will display empathy and leadership skills

Excellent administrative and IT skills

Understanding, knowledge and experience of the range of social inclusion supports and services available

Excellent communications skills both written and oral, excellent facilitation skills

Ability to work on own initiative and also as part of a team and to work in partnership with other agencies and services

Adherence to the highest standards of professionalism, and capacity to adhere to the policies and procedures of the organisation


Understanding and experience of dealing with funding agencies

A working knowledge of community health initiatives would be an advantage

Good working knowledge of CRM/Iris would be an advantage

Knowledge and understanding of governance procedures for community organisations

Other Essential Requirements for the Job

Garda Vetting

Availability to work unsocial hours

Full clean drivers licence and access to a car

Be flexible regarding hours of work and location of their work base. 

Application details: 


Applicants should pay particular attention to the essential and desirable criteria in the job description, your suitability and why you are the best candidate for this post in question. Please send three copies of your up to date detailed CV and cover letter should be addressed to:

Human Resource Department,

South Dublin County Partnership,

Unit D1,

Nangor Road Business Park,

Nangor Road,

Dublin 12. 

Please provide the names, address, occupation and contact details of two referees. (Contact will not be made without prior notification to you). Please note that no individual correspondence will be entered into.

Closing date for receipt of applications is no later than 23rd March 12.00a.m.

Late applications will not be accepted.

All applications will be considered and a short list of applicants will be called for interview.

It is envisaged that the successful applicant will be advised of the outcome within a week of final interviews and will commence employment as soon as possible thereafter.

Closing date: 
23 Mar 2018


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