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Executive Director

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Arthritis Ireland is seeking an Executive Director to lead the organisation on the next phase of its journey. Reporting to the Board, the role presents the successful candidate with an opportunity to lead the development of a new strategic plan, which will draw on the organisation’s strengths and build on the success of Arthritis Ireland in the areas of self-management supports, research and advocacy to best meet the needs of our community.

The successful candidate will have a proven track record of charitable fundraising across a range of channels, experience of engaging with a voluntary network and the ability to lead a dedicated professional team. The Executive Director will play a key role in managing and developing relationships and partnerships with public, private and medical organisations, which also contribute to our impact.

Key Responsibilities

Strategy, Planning and Fundraising

  • Develop a new strategic plan for the next five years that builds on strengths and success, while challenging and freshly defining the organisation’s purpose and activities;
  • Develop a fundraising strategy that creates sustainable and suitably diversified funding with the ultimate goal of growing income by 40% over three years.

Management of Staff, Resources and Governance

  • Manage and motivate a dedicated professional team based on clear measures of success;
  • Provide timely and quality management updates to the Board on the performance and activities of the organisation;
  • Work with the Chair and the Board to recruit and induct a new board membership that actively supports the executive team;
  • Plan and manage annual operational budgets to be agreed by the Board;
  • Ensure that the organisation follows best practice in relation to human resources, governance, finance, charity regulation and data protection.

Advocacy, Partnerships and Volunteers

  • Based on a clearly defined advocacy strategy, articulate messages to key audiences and build on the political engagement achieved;
  • Establish effective partnerships with medical and state agencies to ensure increased resourcing in clinical rheumatology services;
  • Develop a strategy for volunteers and the branch network.


Person Specification

The Board of the Arthritis Ireland requires that the successful candidate be able to demonstrate that they have both the capability and desire for this role. Specifically, they are seeking someone who has:

Experience and Knowledge

  • Experience of developing and implementing fundraising strategies, encompassing a broad spectrum of fundraising and related marketing activity;
  • Track record of raising sustainable funding streams and monitoring income on an on-going basis;
  • Managed and developed the performance of teams;
  • Experience of presenting to different audiences and acting as a representative for one’s organisation;
  • Developed and managed a diverse range of external relationships relevant to the success of one’s role;
  • Drafted and finalised important written communications for a range of different purposes;
  • Experience of planning, managing and own responsibility for budgets/expenditure;
  • Sound financial acumen and a track record of optimising financial resources;
  • Good IT skills and proficiency;
  • Minimum third level degree, desirably a postgraduate or master’s qualification.

Personal Qualities/Attitudes

  • Ability to adopt a strategic approach to solving problems and tackling challenges;
  • Proactive, someone who brings an enterprising approach to objectives;
  • Appetite and ability to lead and motivate a team and foster a positive culture and environment;
  • Natural capacity to facilitate productive relationships with a diverse range of external partners (including stakeholders in public bodies/government, universities, decisions makers in private bodies);
  • Ability to manage complex discussions and negotiate and broker agreements;
  • Organised and composed with ability to manage many projects in parallel;
  • Ability to assimilate and analyse written and financial information;
  • Effective communicator who can make a personal impact with individuals and groups, in a range of different scenarios, someone who can convey complex ideas in a compelling manner, speaking sensitively on personal and political matters.

Desirable Attributes

  • Understanding of the challenges of living with a chronic disease and how to frame the narrative around it;
  • Experience working with volunteer groups;
  • Experience of leading or participating in strategic or operational reviews;
  • Grant application experience;
  • Understanding of social media;
  • Knowledge of risk management, governance best practice and the requirements of reporting to a Board.

Application Process

Interested applicants are invited to forward a detailed CV that highlights relevant experience and a covering letter in strict confidence to John Deely at Pinpoint (Phone: + 353 1 642 5721):

By email: (preferred option)
Or by post: Pinpoint, 46 Fitzwilliam Square, Dublin 2, Ireland.

It is essential that the covering letter addresses in a reasonably concise way:

  • What particular skills and qualities you would bring to the role of Executive Director of Arthritis Ireland?
  • How you feel that your experience has prepared you for the key challenges of this role?

CV Guidelines

  • No more than 4 pages highlighting your relevant experience for this role;
  • Present your experience in reverse chronological order;
  • Be clear about the nature of your fundraising experience giving details where possible on scale and diversity of income, a sense of the campaigns and your reporting relationships;
  • Where possible, outline details of teams you have managed and give an indication of internal and external stakeholders you have engaged with;
  • Indicate a minimum of 2 referees and nature of their professional relationship with you. We may contact them in the latter stages of the process. Contact details not necessary at this point.

The closing date for applications is 5pm, 4 August 2017

Download: Executive Director job description



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