Role Purpose/Description:

Monitor, oversee and manage social inclusion programmes within South West Mayo Development Company (SWMDC), primarily the Social Inclusion & Community Activation Programme (SICAP) and various programmes so support migrant communities in County Mayo. The workload will include the line management of the relevant social inclusion programme staff, overseeing and managing the annual plan targets and programme key performance indicators to ensure annual programme targets are met, oversee the programme budgets, and participate in various committees and interagency meetings to ensure the annual plans and outcomes are achieved to a high quality. Depending on need and budget availability, the postholder may be required to carry out SICAP development work, contributing to the programme KPIs under Goals 1 and 2.

Reporting To:

CEO

Key Responsibility Areas:

The role of Social Inclusion Coordinator will primarily involve the
following:

In pursuance of the Company’s SICAP plans:

  • To lead and co-ordinate the annual planning process for SICAP actions with the SICAP team, including budgeting in association with the CFO, relevant finance/administration staff and the CEO.
  • To lead, coordinate and organise the drafting of SICAP tenders, strategic plans, or other such documents.
  • To lead, co-ordinate and organise the drafting of the required mid-year and end-of-year SICAP reports and case studies.
  • To organise and carry out monitoring of SICAP programme delivery, including financial monitoring, SICAP IT system; and evaluation and research activity while delivering SICAP and draw up reports for publication and dissemination of best SICAP case studies.
  • To monitor, review and update SICAP literature, forms, and templates
    to ensure consistency and compliance with SICAP regulations.
  • Authorise SICAP expenditure to a limit of €5,000 within programme rules and company procedures.
  • Line manage SICAP team.
  • Report on SICAP activity to the SWMDC board and Mayo Local Community Development Committee (LCDC) and/or other contracting
    bodies as required.
  • Frequent liaison with the various funding agencies, clients, potential clients, community groups, social enterprises, and members of the public. 
  • Maximise funding opportunities and complete and submit various strategic funding applications in line with the social inclusion objectives of the company. 
  • Participate and comply with all relevant company actions and activities relating to continuous improvement, such as quality marks, company governance and any other continuous improvement processes implemented by the company. 

In pursuance of the Company’s Social Inclusion objectives: 

  • To co-ordinate and oversee the Mayo Intercultural Action (MIA) / AMIF project, Mayo Resettlement, Tusla Family Support Practitioners, and other associated migrant programmes (existing and new), including staff and reporting requirements. 
  • To support and encourage linkages among relevant programmes in the company including MIA/AMIF, Resettlement, Tús, RSS, Social Farming, WRDATF, Community Employment and others within the company. 
  • To contribute to the strategic integration and collaboration among SWMDC activities and programmes which have a social inclusion dimension. 
  • To work with other agencies and bodies with responsibility for services to socially excluded groups and SICAP target groups, and to develop and maintain partnerships with relevant statutory and voluntary organisations. 
  • To represent the Company on relevant fora related to social inclusion. 

In pursuance of the Company’s Castlebar and Claremorris SICAP Plan: 

  • To work with Local Community Groups and Individuals eligible under Goals 1 and 2 of SICAP in the company’s SICAP Annual Plans in the Castlebar and Claremorris Lot. 
  • To provide advice, assistance, and support for the development of initiatives to Local Community Groups and Individuals under SICAP Goals 1 and 2 in the Castlebar and Claremorris Lot. 
  • To manage actions, projects, files, funding, payments, and information in accordance with the company’s, and the programme’s, requirements, and systems. 

Critical Competencies:

Management/Teamwork 

  • Ability to lead, motivate and manage staff to ensure that the team contributes fully to the Company’s goals. 
  • Adheres and contributes to the community development and social inclusion ethos and values of the company. 
  • Coaches, mentors, and supports staff to enable them to reach ambitious programme targets. 
  • Ability to work effectively and co-operatively with others, establishes and maintains good working and interpersonal relationships. 
  • Creates a climate of teamwork and collaboration.

Project Management 

    • High level of report writing skills. 
    • Ability to plan, implement and evaluate work programmes. 
    • Ability to effectively carry out community, target group and client needs analysis. 
    • Focuses on and produces results, prioritises objectives and schedules work to make best use of time and resources. 
    • Takes a leading role in initiating actions, anticipates problems or difficulties, and thinks creatively to devise solutions.

Strategic Planning

  •  Actively contributes to the development and implementation of SWMDC’s strategies, plans and objectives.
  • Understands the national/local policy context of the work, understands likely implications on stakeholders and plans
    accordingly.
  • Makes informed decisions or judgments based on logical- processing of information, sound thinking, and problem solving.
  • Identifies key information sources, gathers, and analyses information and presents this in a coherent manner.
  • Communication/Influencing
  • Demonstrates effective communication style appropriate to audience and situation from an array of skills in presentations,
    written and verbal communications.
  • Exhibits strong listening skills, can eliminate influences of culture and language to identify the other party’s core message.
  • Creates a positive impact and conveys confidence and credibility to others.
  • Listens, empathises, and responds effectively to client and staff needs.

Community Engagement

  • Ability to directly provide outreach work to targeted individuals and
    communities.
  • Ability to engage hard to reach communities.

Desirable Competencies:

  • Technical & Professional Expertise
  • Possess excellent ICT skills with an ability to learn new systems and software packages.
  • Some experience of social media and public relations is advantageous.

Required Experience:

  • A minimum of three years paid experience of coordination/management within a publicly funded environment.
  • Experience of managing staff in a dynamic environment.
  • Experience of project management, planning, implementation, and evaluation.
  • Financial management experience in a publicly funded environment.
  • Experience of ensuring that projects/programmes meet the terms of the funding contracts.
  • Experience of engaging, developing, and implementing initiatives with hard-to-reach communities.
  • Experience of working directly with SICAP target group individuals and communities.
  • Experience of working in a multi-stakeholder environment, managing relationships and expectations leading to positive outcomes.
  • Experience of writing professional reports and a proven track record of writing successful grant applications and tenders.
  • A demonstrable commitment to community and local development, equality, social justice, and social change is essential.

Qualifications:

  • Relevant level 8 qualification, e.g., Sociology, Rural Development,
    Social Studies, or other relevant qualification for the post.
  • A postgraduate degree in a relevant field is desirable.

Other Relevant Information:

A full driving licence and access to your own car is essential as
travelling will be a core element of this role.

  • Knowledge and experience of SICAP and the Integrated Reporting
    Information System (IRIS) and/or other excel based reporting
    systems is advantageous.
  • Working under the SICAP programme, the post-holder is expected
    to be flexible in the performance of his/her duties. The duties listed
    above are not exhaustive and may be reviewed by the CEO at any
    time.

Terms & Conditions of Employment:

1. Salary
The salary will be commensurate with skills and experience and will be no
less than €51,000 per annum.
2. Duration of Contract
The contract is a contract of indefinite duration, which is dependent on
the continued funding of SWMDC’s Social Inclusion & Community
Activation Programme (SICAP).
3. Probation
A probationary period of six months will apply.
4. Working Hours
9am – 5pm (35 hours per week). Due to the nature of the role, some outof-hours work is required. A company Time Off In Lieu (TOIL) policy
applies.
5. Annual Leave
Annual leave will be 25 days per annum for new staff, increasing by one
day per two years served, to a maximum of 30 days per annum.
6. Travel & Subsistence
Travel and subsistence will be paid at public sector rates.
7. Location of the position
George’s Street, Newport, Co Mayo, F28 X329, with the possibility of
some remote working.
8. Garda Vetting
The successful applicant will be required to be Garda vetted.

Selection Process:

Selection will involve short listing of applicants for interview, based on the
criteria for the position as outlined in this job description and person specification.

How to apply:

Selection will involve short listing of applicants for interview based on the
criteria for the position as outlined in this job description and person specification.

Please submit your Curriculum Vitae and cover letter by email to
jobs@southmayo.com quoting Social Inclusion Coordinator Application_YOURNAME in the subject line.
Please save your CV as YOURNAME_CV and your cover letter as YOURNAME_CoverLetter.
Please make sure that you check your spam and/or junk folders throughout this recruitment campaign, as SWMDC does not take any responsibility for missed communications.

The closing date for applications for this role is 5pm on Wednesday, 28 the February 2024

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