Age Action is Ireland’s leading advocacy organisation for older people. Age Action works to ensure that older people’s voices are heard at the highest level of Government and that the lived experience of older people informs policy responses to their needs.
Age Action supports and advocates for equality and human rights for all older people.
Everything we do is based on a recognition of the diversity of identity and situation among older people and a concern for equality for all older people.
In addressing ageing, our work includes a concern to influence perspectives on and responses to ageing. This pursuit of equality and human rights is underpinned by our work to promote ageing in place, life‐long learning, and health and wellbeing for older people, empowering them to live as active citizens.
Our work is driven by an organisation that is professional in its operations and lives out its values of dignity, participation, diversity, social justice, and professionalism.
Key role: Support the engagement of a broad range of stakeholders in Age Action programmes and activities.
These programmes and activities include the programmes listed below and Age Actions wider policy work, volunteer engagement opportunities and income generation activities.
Reports to: Regional Programmes Manager
Deliver Age Action programmes with a view to linking new participants to established activities and developing new groups where the need arises
Build capacity and capability to enable an increased level of services and effectively engage with the local community
Train, and support volunteers in conjunction with the Age Action National Volunteer Manager
To plan and manage all aspects of the programme to which you are assigned which may include day-to-dayoperations, supervision and support of volunteers and participants on employment schemes, and handling client requests
Support Administration team to handle client calls, schedule and record activities
Recruit, train and support community partner organisations to run services in partnership with Age Action
Raise awareness of programmes among older people, community groups, health professionals and the public.
Develop partnerships between local statutory and voluntary bodies with a specific focus on the HSE/CHO
To assist with implementation of income generation strategy and identify corporate opportunities
Manage the administration of the programmes including the provision of required progress reports
Support the work of Age Action’s Advocacy and Communications team where required
Support the work of Age Action’s Fundraising team where required
The Development Officer will cover a region as specified by their line manager which is achievable from the location at which they are based
The Development Officer may be assigned to a specific programme or may work across programmes depending on organisational requirements
To maintain a flexible approach to all aspects of the job
To attend meetings and training courses when necessary
Carry out all reasonable requests of the Regional Programmes Manager
Age Action currently runs the following programmes in the region:
Care & Repair
The Care & Repair Programme is a major part of providing key services for older people, especially those who are most disadvantaged.
The aim of the programme is to enable older people to remain living in their own homes for as long as they wish in increased safety and comfort.
Small repairs are provided by a team of trained volunteers and a register of local tradespersons is in place who can provide quotations on larger jobs
As part of the fight against digital exclusion and to combat digital literacy among older people, Age Action’s Getting Started programme delivers training on computers, the internet and mobile phones to people over the age of 55.
The programme addresses the challenges and barriers experienced by older learners. Volunteers are trained and supported to provide one-to-one tuition in a relaxed and non-formal learning environment.
To date, the programme has trained over 43,000 people nationwide in hundreds of venues.
Skills and Abilities
A commitment to human rights and equality of outcome
Experience of working on community development projects
Experience of working with volunteers and in the voluntary sector
Excellent people skills and the ability to communicate with a wide range of key stakeholders
Excellent organisational skills and an ability to work on his/her own initiative, in an independent environment and without constant supervision
Excellent IT skills including Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel & PowerPoint), and experience of CRM database management
A current full clean driving licence and own car, or access to a car.
Flexible approach to work and duties, working as a team player liaising with other colleagues and be adaptable to changing circumstances
Work in line with Age Action’s values and maintaining the reputation and standing of the organisation
Capacity for self-reflective practice and willingness to engage in further training and development
Conditions of Service
The post of Development Officer is a fixed term post for 24 months from date of appointment. A salary commensurate with experience in the region of €30,000 – €33,000 per annum is offered for the post.
Age Action practices a hybrid working model, combining office based working in our offices in Camden Street, Dublin 2 and working remotely. Some travel will be necessary.
There may be work outside normal office hours in the evenings and weekends, for which time off in lieu will be provided.