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Assistant Director at Barnardos

Assistant Director
Expiry Date
23 May 2024
EUR64714 - EUR94553
Posted by
Paula Grogan
Posted on
10 May 2024

Why work at Barnardos?

At Barnardos we seek to ensure that we have the best people working with us to support our work with children and families. The benefits of working with Barnardos are designed to promote continual professional development and a work-life balance for the most rewarding working experience.

·      Barnardos offers a competitive salary – recognising the experience you bring to the role

·      Generous annual leave entitlements

·      Positive working environment with family friendly ethos and work - life balance policy

·      Tax saver travel and bike to work schemes in operation

·      Employee Pension scheme with employer contribution

·      Training and Development

·      Health and Wellbeing initiatives including Employee Assistance programme

·      Company sick pay scheme

Established in 1962, Barnardos is Ireland's leading children's charity. Barnardos provides services for over 20,000 vulnerable children and families across Ireland annually. 


What do Barnardos do?

Barnardos mission is to transform the lives of vulnerable children and those affected by adverse childhood experiences. 


Barnardos' trauma informed approach underpins Barnardos' service provision. This means understanding that the impact of adverse experiences in childhood can last a lifetime, appropriate supports and services being put in place are key to mitigating against this. 


Barnardos is committed to being cutting-edge and innovative, with capacity to identify and respond to new and emerging needs. Our service provision is informed by the latest research and evidence.

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Barnardos is committed to highlighting and representing the needs of vulnerable children and families in the media and political space. We always comment from the viewpoint of having direct experience of working with vulnerable families. This continues to be a key focus of Barnardos strategy.


Barnardos has a mixed funding model with includes statutory and fundraising income streams. 


Barnardos Southern region covers the geographical area of Cork City and County, Kerry, Limerick City and County, and Clare. Barnardos regional office for the South is based in Meade Street, Cork City.


The Assistant Director has operational responsibility for the regional office and projects within the Southern region as follows:


South Regional Office, Cork          Central administrative hub for the Southern region, which hosts a range of Barnardos services.


Family Support & Early Years         Limerick & Clare services - Limerick North, Limerick South and Homemaker Service, TLC Kidz Limerick & Clare.

           Cork services - North Cork City/Knocknaheeny, South Cork City/Mahon, Youghal, and TLC Kidz Cork

Job purpose

To manage the work of Barnardos within your area of responsibility and to assist in strategic initiatives aimed at growing and developing the organisation, in line with its vision of being a trauma specialist organisation as outlined in our strategic plan.


Personal attributes

·            Passionate commitment to meeting the needs of vulnerable children and their parents

·            Excellent communication and interpersonal skills

·            Ability to work in collaboration with others

·            Ability to work on own initiative, work under pressure and meet deadlines

·            Ability to think strategically and respond to development opportunities

·            Ability to prioritise competing demands

·            Ability to think imaginatively and creatively

·            Ability to embrace and manage change, flexibility and adaptability is essential



  • Experience of planning, developing and managing children's services within an agreed budget.
  • Proven management ability, particularly with regard to people and service management.
  • Experience of working effectively with statutory and non-statutory organisations.



A relevant professional qualification in an appropriate discipline (e.g. Social Work, Social Care, Psychology) and an understanding of the health and social services sector in general, children's services in particular, are essential.


Barnardos is an equal opportunity employer.

We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all.


For full job description and to apply please visit Current Job Vacancies – Barnardos


Closing date: 5pm May 23 2024

Interview date: Thursday 30 May 2024


Shortlisting will apply (please note, CVs are not accepted on their own, candidates must complete and submit our application form through Barnardos website).

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