Advocacy & Information Officer

 Exciting opportunity for a dynamic team player to help effect change for the spinal injury community in Ireland.

Spinal Injuries Ireland’s (SII) mission is to engage with people with a spinal cord injury and their family members, to address barriers to full participation in society and to empower members to work towards achieving personal, social and vocational goals.

Reports to:

Salary range:     Negotiable depending on experience.

Hours:                  Full time/Part time. Flexible hours available.

Location:             G3 The Pottery, Bakers Point, Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin, A96 Y932.


Required Skills/Competencies

  • Relevant third level qualification with at least 3 years’ experience in advocacy and policy work.
  • Knowledge of Irish political system and public policy environment.
  • Experience in legislative/advocacy activities and politics essential.
  • Experience liaising with communications agencies and other organisations.
  • Commitment to the objectives and policies of SII.
  • Proficient use of computers and social media.
  • Salesforce experience desirable.
  • Multi-tasker and solution driven with strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Willingness, flexibility and ability to take initiative.
  • Proven track record in creativity tackling projects.
  • Car and full, clean driving license. Must be willing to travel if required.


Key Duties to Include:

  • Support and progress Spinal Injuries Ireland ’s advocacy and research agenda in line with the Spinal Injuries Ireland Strategic Plan.
  • Proactively monitor and report on relevant developments in Irish and international policy and practice in SII research and advocacy.
  • Explore opportunities to collaborate with similar organisations and academic institutions on advocacy and research issues.
  • Create, develop and maintain the advocacy and research content on the Spinal Injuries Ireland
  • Ensure consistency of Spinal Injuries Ireland ’s message and strategy in national and regional advocacy work.
  • Develop timely advocacy campaigns.
  • Liaise and collaborate with researchers in the area of SII and explore ways to support research and disseminate relevant findings via Spinal Injuries Ireland ’s website.
  • Write reports and briefing documents, prepare materials, data and information to support campaigns and for in-house publications.
  • Develop key messages for lobbying and promote awareness of Spinal Injuries Ireland and its core issues.
  • In consultation with the Services Manager, develop networks of stakeholders and allied organisations to devise and implement policies on particular issues of common good.
  • Work collaboratively with the SII team on a national level and, in particular, the SII Communications Team.
  • Become and remain familiar with issues affecting people with SII in Ireland and participate in relevant networks for the society.
  • Abide by the health and safety regulations of Spinal Injuries Ireland and statutory regulations, and abide by standard operating procedures relating to Spinal Injuries Ireland ’s activities (e.g. fire procedures, safety of staff etc.) in order to ensure that the well-being of all staff, members and visitors is maintained.
  • Work within the policies of Spinal Injuries Ireland and the National Office in order to ensure that a consistent delivery of service and quality standards are adhered to.
  • From time to time perform such other tasks as may reasonably be required by Spinal Injuries Ireland to ensure the efficient running of the organisation in line with best practice standards.

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. It is not wholly comprehensive or restrictive. This job description will be reviewed in line with business needs.

Offer subject to reference check and Garda Vetting.

Please send CV and cover letter to Stephanie Watson – [email protected]

Closing Date:  Monday 11th July 2023.

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