Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Ireland – Communications Assistant

Role title: Communications Assistant

Location: National Resource Centre, Old Nangor Road, Clondalkin, D22 W5C1

Duration: 12 month graduate traineeship with the prospect of progressing further within SBHI on successful completion of the traineeship.

Hours: 35 hours per week

Remuneration: €21,658


For Purpose is Ireland’s not-for-profit graduate programme. For Purpose connects not-for-profit organisations with talented graduates who are searching ‘for purpose’ in their careers and wish to make an impact on civil society.

Graduate trainees on the For Purpose programme receive one-to-one mentoring and support throughout their traineeship as well as attending roundtable sessions throughout the year. The programme provides you with the skills, support and connections to start your career in the not-for-profit sector and develop your leadership potential! Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Ireland (SBHI) is seeking to add an ambitious and diligent Communications Assistant to its team as a part of the For Purpose programme.

This role will be based in SBHI’s head office in Clondalkin and will offer the opportunity to gain an in-depth understanding and experience of communications within a not-for-profit organisation.


SBHI is a not-for-profit national organisation supporting those with spina bifida and/or hydrocephalus and their family members, friends and carers. SBHI was founded in 1968 and today it has thousands of members across Ireland. SBHI provides a range of services including a family support service, youth and respite service, an SBHI resource centre and an education support service. The organisation also advocates on behalf of its members to the HSE and different government departments.

SBHI works with a range of key stakeholders, which are both internal and external. These stakeholders include service users, staff, the HSE, donors and the general public. The organisation therefore has a range of parties to communicate its activities and story to, with each requiring a tailored approach in how they are communicated with. To support all of the organisation’s communications activities and to help further develop its profile, SBHI is seeking to add a motivated Communications Assistant to its team.

Communications Assistant

The Communications Assistant will have a diverse role within SBHI and will work closely with the CEO to drive and develop the organisation’s communications activity. The role will cover all aspects of communications which include marketing, public relations (PR),  advocacy/campaigns work and developing fundraising initiatives. The Assistant will adopt a range of methods to enable SBHI’s communications including managing social media accounts, updating the organisation’s website, developing PR campaigns and utilising visual communication tools.

The Communications Assistant will be a key player in communicating with SBHI’s stakeholders and building awareness of the organisation to develop its profile.

Are you seeking an opportunity to begin a career in the not-for-profit sector with opportunities to develop and progress? We are searching for a motivated graduate with the following profile:

  • Third level qualification in communications, marketing, PR or a related area
  • Willingness to learn and develop in the role
  • High degree of creativity and innovation
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skillset
  • Strong administrative skills with knowledge of Office 365 applications (PowerPoint, Word, Excel)
  • Social media and digital knowledge
  • Ability to work on own initiative and as part of a team
  • Excellent written ability
  • Fluent English
  • Full working rights in Ireland
  • Full clean driving licence
  • Knowledge of using visual communication tools including photoshop and Adobe is an advantage

If your ambition is to work in the not-for profit sector and you combine the above profile in addition to recognising that it will be a continuous learning process, then we would like to hear from you. The closing date for applications is Friday 08th March.    

To apply, please send your CV and a cover letter to Adrian.McCarthy@forpurpose.ie. For more information on For Purpose please see www.forpurpose.ie.