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  • Job reference number:15185551
  • Client ID:RI/RVC-E17
  • Posted on:11-JAN-2017
  • Salary:DOE
  • Location:CORK
  • Job type:PERMANENT

Would you like the chance to work with a National Irish Organisation leading in its sector? Do you want to take the next step in your career in Fundraising?

Irish Guide Dogs is one of Irelands leading Charities, dedicated to the achievement of independent living and wellbeing of its Clients. By working at Irish Guide Dogs, you will gain a wealth of experience within an organisation that has the ability to adapt to diverse Client needs and the agility to manage in a changing environment. An organisation that keeps quality and service excellence at the forefront of all activities, and that helps our communities to create a meaningful impact.

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join us as our Regional Volunteer Coordinator for the Ireland Eastern Region. Based in Cork and reporting to the Community Fundraising Team Leader, the successful candidate will be primarily responsible for planning, coordination and supporting fundraising activities in the Eastern Region ( Dublin, Co. Louth ) to deliver fundraising revenue for the organisation. This is an ideal role for a creative, ambitious person wishing to take their career to the next level within a national charitable organisation.

PURPOSE OF ROLE: The main purpose of the role is to increase fundraising revenue to the Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind by providing coordination, support and care to the Volunteers of the East Region Branches (local Volunteer teams).

SUMMARY OF POSITION: The person in this position needs to be passionate about the support and development of Volunteers and consistently thinks in a Volunteer centric way. They are required to plan and implement initiatives and campaigns to develop the strength of the region including the ongoing regeneration of existing branches and recruitment of new Volunteers.

Key Accountabilities and % of time

Regional Development

Drive the development of the region in collaboration with the Team Leader and Community Fundraising and Volunteer Care Manager to ensure a Regional Development Plan is in place for your region.

Arrange Area Volunteer meetings within your region to build inter-branch relationships and for periodic sharing of ideas and information.15%

Campaign, Project and Event Management

Effectively plan and run campaigns, projects and events that you are assigned as Owner, using established team processes as required by the organisation and in collaboration with other staff team members and Volunteers.

Actively reduce costs of fundraising through sponsorship initiatives and close control of ordering and stock management.25%

Volunteer Recruitment

Lead the recruitment and retention of new Volunteers into the Volunteer branch structure.5%

Information Management

Ensure record keeping of Volunteer information is accurate and up-to-date on the internal CRM system, ‘PAWS’.Ensure project and event data is recorded and maintained as required in line with current processes and systems. Recommend improvements and corrections to the system as they arise. 10%

Branch Development

Ensure that all Volunteers within the region are connected to a ‘home’ branch.Work collaboratively with branches to create annual Branch Development Plans. Introduce and train Volunteers on the use of any new systems and tools introduced by the organisation. 25%

Administrative support

Support ad hoc requests for guidance, advice, promotion and resources from regional branch Volunteers to help with branch level fundraising initiatives including providing administrative assistance. 15%

Corporate Relationships

Pass on leads for corporate engagement opportunities within your region to the Corporate Manager to build the relationship. Once plans have been established with any corporate partners, provide logistical support and connections with local Branch Chairs as needed and within reason. 5%



Job specific skills - Demonstrate understanding of Volunteer motivations, working styles and requirements.

Confidence in working with experienced Volunteers. Understanding of planning processes. Working knowledge of Microsoft Office including Excel, Word and Power Point. Attention to detail.

Strong organisational and communication skills. Good time management.

Excellent team player with experience of working collaboratively with others.

Previous relevant experience - Experience of managing, coordinating and supporting a team of Volunteers. Experience of managing multiple tasks and managing time and deadlines. Experience of planning, organising and reporting on projects and ongoing work programmes. Experience of effectively managing conflicts. Influencing skills.

Knowledge - Working Knowledge of the Statement of Guiding Principles for Fundraising – ICTR (now Charities Institue Ireland) February 2008 and implementation resources. Knowledge of Irish Data protection principles.

Awareness of trends, patterns and challenges of Volunteering in Ireland at a community level.

Qualifications/ Training - Educated to pass Leaving Certificate standard (or equivalent) including English and Maths.

Full clean driving licence.

Dog friendly - Comfortable with dogs in the workplace/ office.

Special conditions - Availability and flexibility to travel to Dublin and parts of the East Region on a regular (weekly) basis to meet and support Volunteers and build relationships using one of our fleet vechiles.


Proficient user of Microsoft Office including Excel, Word and Power Point.

Knowledge of the Governance Code for Charities in Ireland.

Knowledge of the Regulation of Fundraising by Charities through legislation and codes of practice.

Experience of working in a Fundraising department in a National Charity with specific responsibilities for the design and roll out of successful National Fundraising Campaigns and Regional Events.

Mediation skills.

Experience of using ICTR (now Charities Institute of Ireland) Good Practice Factsheets in line with the Charities Act 2009.

Awareness of the Charities Act 2009 and related commencement orders and planned future developments around the act.

Awareness of Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind approach to Volunteering. People and Project management plus event planning and Volunteer Care


To apply: Please submit your CV and a completed application questions to with RVC-E17 in the subject line.

Closing date is 5pm Friday February 3rd 2016

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