Frontline Local and Community Development Worker

Full time
Type of work: 
South Dublin County Partnership
Frontline Local and Community Development Worker

Vacancies have arisen for full-time positions as Frontline Local and Community Development Worker in South Dublin County Partnership. South Dublin County Partnership is looking for energetic and experienced persons to join the Community Development Team. And also to work collaboratively with colleagues across internal thematic areas and facilitate referrals to other programmes within South Dublin County Partnership.

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. We offer a range of integrated activities in Community Development Programmes, Education, Training, Job Placement, Early Childhood Services, Enterprise Support, Health & Wellbeing.

The work of the Community Development Team is designed to support collective community engagement and the development of sustainable communities. This is done through providing direct supports to local communities and developing the capacity of local groups which represent or work within disadvantaged communities, both geographical and target group. This is to facilitate the engagement of local social inclusion groups with decision makers so that the conditions of people’s lives can be improved and better social inclusion and equality outcomes are produced.


This is a full time position, reporting to the Senior Community Development Manager, with responsibility for designing, implementing and evaluating key elements of the SDCP strategic plan including the Community Development Programme for South Dublin County Partnership.


  • Coordinate the development, implementation, delivery, documentation and evaluation of key elements of the SDCP Community Development Programme.
  • Maximise community involvement within specific communities of South County Dublin
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Provide executive support and advice to local groups in relation to their governance and legal requirements
  • Support the networking of local community groups with a view to sharing information, good practice, promoting collective / collaborative strategic actions   with relevant agencies and organisations at local, regional and national levels.
  • Develop and coordinate actions and activities in SDCP outreach centres
  • Participate fully and work effectively within the SDCP Community Development Team.
  • Prepare progress reports and annual reports as required.
  • Ensure targets, budgets and other key performance indicators set are met on a quarterly basis, in line with company and funder reporting requirements.
  • Maintain project files for the programme.
  • Represent SDCP with the highest level of integrity at all times
  • Support the company in any other duties as and when they arise.

Educational / Experience Essential Requirements

  • A relevant third level qualification in community work, or other related discipline or equivalent 
  • Minimum of three years professional experience in working with disadvantaged communities and groups

Essential Knowledge and Skills

  • Knowledge of community Partnerships (LDCs).
  •  Knowledge of practice of community development principles and approaches.
  • Experience in the design and delivery of targeted community projects and programmes in disadvantaged areas that are outcome – driven.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, facilitation, organisational, planning and implementation skills.
  • Capacity to work to deadlines.
  • Ability to work on own initiative and as a member of a team, working effectively within the support structure provided to meet high level goals and targets
  • Knowledge and understanding of governance procedures for community groups
  • Strong IT and CRM skills as well as excellent report writing skills.
  • An understanding, knowledge and experience of the range of social inclusion supports and services including information, advice and referral is desirable
  • A working knowledge of community health practice is desirable
  • Excellent knowledge and experience of child and vulnerable person’s protection and procedures.

Other requirements for the job:

  • Availability to work unsocial hours
  • Garda vetting is a requirement
  • Full clean driving licence and availability of a car.

The successful candidate will be initially employed on a full time fixed term contract subject to funding being available. The contract will include a 6 month probationary period.

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 CV and cover letter (no more than one A4 sheet) 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 Thursday 31st May 5.00pm.

Late applications will not be accepted.

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

It is the intention to conduct a two stage process early June 2018.

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: 
31 May 2018