Role Purpose/Description:

In delivering the WorkAbility: Inclusive Pathways to Employment Programme, SWMDC aims to bring people with disabilities closer to the labour market through a range of supports and interventions. We will implement a supported-employment model of delivery, where we work intensively with small groups of people to achieve the best and most meaningful outcomes. 

Reporting To:

Designated Team Leader / CEO 

Key Responsibility Areas:

The role will primarily involve the following: 

  • Conduct an individual assessment to identify the client’s career path. 
  • Conduct meetings with the client and other stakeholders to determine the client’s employment aspirations, experiences, abilities, skills, and potential obstacles to employment. 
  • Establish a rapport with the client and develop a positive working relationship. 
  • Ensure that the client is an active participant in all phases of their job search. 
  • Identify potential employment opportunities. 
  • Promote the WorkAbility Programme and its clients’ abilities to potential employers. 
  • Prepare CVs to best market client’s abilities to potential employers. 
  • Source job interviews for the client and prepare them to succeed at interview. 
  • Secure work placements and/or jobs for clients. 
  • Liaise with employers, negotiating terms and conditions of employment, and providing on the job training for clients. 
  • Act as an advocate for the client where necessary. 
  • Provide supports to the employer, supervisor, and co-workers. 
  • Provide on-the-job training and assistance to the client throughout the job placement. 
  • Mentor clients to help them become integrated and independent in the workplace. 
  • Support employers to integrate their new employees into the workplace. 
  • Assist in resolution of workplace issues for the client. 
  • Report on a regular basis regarding client’s progress. 
  • Always maintain high professional standards and confidentiality. 
  • Participate in training and development programmes where necessary. 
  • Provide full administrative reporting service based on client activity and progression. 
  • Work very collaboratively with relevant organisations to support client’s labour market needs. 
  • Carry out any other function relevant to the position of Employment Specialist as indicated from time to time. 

Desirable Experience

  • Experience of working with people with disabilities is desirable and must be demonstrated in your application. 
  • Ability to show sensitivity towards job seekers needs and empower them to succeed in the workplace. 
  • Good knowledge of employment legislation. 
  • Experience of using recruitment and employment principles, methods, techniques, and resources. 


  • Leaving Certificate or equivalent standard of education is essential. 
  • Relevant Third Level Qualification is a distinct advantage in; Adult Guidance / Business / HR / Recruitment /Social Care/ Occupational Therapy or related field. 

Other Relevant Information 

The successful candidate will need: 

  1. Excellent IT skills to include Microsoft Office, CRM, and other technologies through desktop sites via computer and remotely through mobile applications essential. 
  2. Fluency in spoken and written English is an essential requirement of these posts. Fluency in Irish would be an advantage. 
  3. Full clean driving licence and access to own transport is essential for the positions.  
  4. A high level of professionalism is required for this post, and confidentiality is of utmost importance. 

Terms and Conditions of Employment


Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience and will be no less than €37,000 per annum (pro rata for part time employees). 

Duration of Contract 

Contracts are available for full time and part-time positions for an initial fixed term period of one year subject to satisfactory performance. This may be reviewed with the intention to extend to 31 December 2028, subject to satisfactory performance and continued WorkAbility funding. 


Minimum probation period of six months will apply. 

Working Hours 

Full Time: 9am – 5pm (35 hours per week) 

Part Time: 17.5 hours per week (days to be agreed) 

Annual Leave 

For new staff appointments, annual leave will be 25 days per annum (pro rata for part-time employees), increasing by one day per two years served, to a maximum of 30 days per annum (pro rata for part time employees). 

Travel & Subsistence 

Travel and subsistence will be paid at public sector rates. 

Location of the position 

SWMDC Offices, Castlebar, County Mayo. 

Garda Vetting 

The successful candidates will be required to be Garda vetted. 

Selection Process 

Selection will involve shortlisting applicants for interviews based on the criteria for the position as outlined in this job description and person specification. A panel may be formed for vacancies that arise during the programme period. 

How to apply 

Please submit your Curriculum Vitae and cover letter by email to quoting Employment Specialist (Full-time and/or Part-Time as appropriate)_YOURNAME in the subject line. 

Please save your CV as YOURNAME_CV and your cover letter as YOURNAME_CoverLetter. 

To make sure that you do not miss any important communication regarding your application, please check your junk and spam folders during this recruitment campaign. SWMDC accepts no responsibility for missed communication. 

SWMDC is an equal opportunities employer, and we particularly welcome applications from, for example lone parents, Travellers, and people with disabilities. 

The closing date for applications is 5pm on Friday, 5th April 2024. Late applications will not be accepted. 


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