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Early Days and Family Community Outreach Officer

Position & Organisation Outline:

An opportunity has arisen to become part of a highly flexible and dynamic team who work to provide services to spinal cord injury people and their families, along with advocating for better services.   The organisation is at a very exciting time in its 23 year history and looking to recruit an Early Days and Family Community Outreach Officer.

Spinal Injuries Ireland (SII) is the only charity for people who have become lifelong disabled through a spinal cord injury (SCI). An injury to the spinal cord can be sustained either traumatically, as a result of an accident or fall, or non-traumatically, as a result of illness such as cancer. SCIs can happen to anyone at any stage in their life and, according to the World Health Organisation, it is acknowledged as one of the most devastating and life changing injuries that a person can sustain. In Ireland, 76% of people with a SCI are unemployed and 40% live on or below the poverty line (Collins 2014).

SII supports people and their families from onset of injury to the rehabilitation phase at the National Rehabilitation Hospital in Dun Laoghaire and on returning home by providing a nationwide support service focused on social, vocational and recreational inclusion in society.

Position:            Early Days and Family Community Outreach Officer

Reports to:      National Services & Development Manager

Hours:              Full time – 37.5 hrs per week

About the Role:

The purpose of this role is to provide a comprehensive support service to people with spinal cord injury, and their families.

 

The role delivers goal oriented support for all clients in order to provide a depth of service and national coverage.  The role also provides practical and ongoing support for family members of clients with a spinal cord injury in the community.

Main Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Link in with acute and regional hospitals nationwide regarding patients with Spinal Cord Injury and develop a process of referral to SII.
  • Build and maintain positive working relationships with all acute / regional services who care for people with Spinal Cord Injury in the early days.
  • Research, develop and produce an information pack to be available in a variety of formats that is of help and use to people with Spinal Cord Injury in the early days.
  • Provide support to patients in acute and regional hospitals as required while waiting for admission to rehabilitation.
  • Provide support to patients who have been discharged home from regional and acute hospitals to wait for a place in rehabilitation.
  • Liaise with community health teams as required in relation to patients who have been discharged home to wait for a place in rehabilitation.
  • Assist the patient with communications with medical personnel in relation to any queries / concerns they may have.
  • Act as an advocate for patients in the early days of injury as required, particularly in relation to complex / ventilated patients.
  • Work closely with the peer support coordinator to provide peer support to patients and families in the early days as required.
  • Engage with clients on a one to one basis to provide support into the community, education and employment.
  • Provide continued support to clients in relation to the goals set as part of the Vocational programme whilst in the NRH to ensure a seamless service from NRH to community.
  • Clearly define further short, medium and long-term goals with the client and provide support as required in this regard.
  • Ensure focus on tangible outcomes for clients that are both measurable and meaningful and facilitate return to employment, community activity and / or economic improvement.
  • Identify barriers to achievement of person centred goals and work with the client to find solutions to remove the barriers.
  • Actively support the NRH / SII Vocational Programme as advised by the National Services and Development Manager.
  • Support the SII peer support programme through facilitation of training of clients and any other support as required.
  • Link SII clients into the SII peer support programme.
  • Deliver and report on the KPI’s identified by the Strategic Operational Plan.
  • Link in with family members of patients in the NRH within designated region of responsibility.
  • Provide regular one to one support and information provision for family members as required.
  • Harness relationships with local agencies and networks and refer clients and family members to local services where appropriate.
  • Assist with organisation and facilitate annual information workshop for clients.
  • Assist with organisation and facilitation of county gatherings or meetings.
  • Organise and facilitate regional information meetings as advised by the National Services and Development Manager.
  • Consistently update the SII client database, recording all follow up and activity in relation to clients and family members.
  • Liaise with the Services Team to share ideas and obtain general feedback for the betterment of the service.
  • Dublin Head Office based, but with travel throughout Ireland as required. Regular overnight stays may be required in respect of travel.
  • Represent SII in area of responsibility and act as point of contact in relation to same with all agencies and with clients and staff members.
  • Develop contact with designated relevant organisations as advised by the National Services and Development Manager.
  • Facilitate and support fundraising activities in designated region as advised by Director of Fundraising and Communications.
  • General day to day admin duties in line with business requirements

 

Required Skills / Competencies:

 

  • Nursing experience and/or third level education in social studies/social care/related preferable.
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Previous experience working in a role of a similar nature
  • Knowledge of family work
  • Experience liaising with agencies and other organisations
  • Facilitation skills
  • Excellent communication and inter personal skills
  • Pro-active and self-motivated
  • Empathic and understanding of client and family needs
  • Working knowledge of computers
  • Car & full clean driving licence
  • Must be willing to travel and overnight, if necessary

To Apply: please forward CV and Cover Letter to Mary Dunne –  mary.dunne@spinalinjuries.ie

Closing date for applications is Friday 22nd December 2017.

 

 

Corporate Fundraising & Sponsorship Executive

 

Organisation & Post Outline:

An opportunity has arisen to become part of a highly flexible and dynamic team who work to provide services to spinal cord injury people and their families, along with advocating for better services. The organisation is at a very exciting time in its 23 year history and looking to recruit a Corporate Fundraising & Sponsorship Executive.

Spinal Injuries Ireland (SII) is the only charity for people who have become lifelong disabled through a spinal cord injury (SCI). An injury to the spinal cord can be sustained either traumatically, as a result of an accident or fall, or non-traumatically, as a result of illness such as cancer. SCIs can happen to anyone at any stage in their life and, according to the World Health Organisation, it is acknowledged as one of the most devastating and life changing injuries that a person can sustain. In Ireland, 76% of people with a SCI are unemployed and 40% live on or below the poverty line (Collins 2014).

SII supports people and their families from onset of injury to the rehabilitation phase at the National Rehabilitation Hospital in Dun Laoghaire and on returning home by providing a nationwide support service focused on social, vocational and recreational inclusion in society.

 

Reports to:    

Fundraising Manager

Hours:

Part time – Hours negotiable but potentially 3 days per week 22.5 hours per week

Main Duties and Responsibilities:

The Corporate Fundraising & Sponsorship Executive will take the lead in developing Spinal Injuries Ireland’s (SII) corporate partnerships, identifying and executing new corporate revenue streams and delivering increased and sustainable income from the corporate sector. The role will also incorporate securing new sponsorship for SII’s already existing produced events. The role is Part-Time (3 days per week).

  • Develop a comprehensive understanding of all SII’s corporate relationships to identify how to leverage relationships for maximum mutual benefit
  • Build a successful strategy to identify and establish new corporate funding streams for SII
  • Identify, cultivate and manage a portfolio of corporate prospects to deliver long term corporate partnerships
  • Recruit campaign and event sponsors for SII existing key events and campaigns
  • Develop high quality materials including bespoke corporate funding proposals
  • Work independently to build relationships with corporate stakeholders at a senior level
  • Set clear financial targets and drive activity to ensure they are met
  • Develop regular reports for internal and external stakeholders and partners
  • Represent the SII in a professional manner
  • General day to day admin duties in line with business requirements

 Required Skills / Competencies:

  • A proven track record of corporate fundraising, corporate business development or corporate account/relationship management
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills with demonstrable experience of selling, negotiating and influencing
  • A strong understanding of the motivations, needs and operating models of the corporate sector
  • Superior customer service skills to build strong relationships internally and externally
  • Excellent time management, organisational and prioritisation skills
  • A positive and resilient manner with the ability to work under pressure
  • A target driven mind-set
  • Flexibility with work and a demonstrated commitment to teamwork
  • A self-motivated and proactive approach to work
  • Car & full clean driving licence desirable
  • Must be willing to travel if required

To Apply: please forward CV and Cover Letter to Kevin Dempsey at kevin@spinalinjuries.ie Closing date for applications is Friday 1st December.

This list of duties is not intended to be exhaustive, but to reflect the main duties of the position and is subject to change. Any other duties may be allocated from time to time consistent with the position, business plan and strategic plan.

 

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Rochestown Ave,
Dun Laoghaire,
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Tel: +353-1-2355317
Email: info@spinalinjuries.ie