Role title: Development Assistant

Location: 28 Clyde Road, Dublin 4

Duration: 12 month graduate traineeship with a view to progressing further with St. Conleth’s on successful completion of the traineeship.

Hours: 35 hours per week

Remuneration: €21,658


For Purpose – Ireland’s Not-for-Profit Graduate Programme

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 who want 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 with other trainees over the course of 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!

St. Conleth’s College are seeking to add an ambitious and driven Development Assistant to their team as part of the For Purpose graduate programme. This role will be based in St. Conleth’s campus in Dublin and offers the opportunity to gain a strong understanding and experience of fundraising and income generation within the education sector.


St. Conleth’s College

Founded in 1939 by Bernard Shepard, St. Conleth’s College is a co-educational fee-paying Catholic school providing both primary and secondary education to over 450 pupils. Over the last 80 years, the college has encouraged the educational development of children and upheld the pastoral role inspired by the school’s patron, St. Conleth.  From Junior Infants to Leaving Certificate, pupils at St. Conleth’s benefit from a melding of tradition and innovation which enables them to remain well-grounded yet adaptive to a changing world.

St. Conleth’s College provides a happy, healthy and safe environment in which children may develop their own personal gifts and interests to the best of their ability. Excellence, perseverance and mutual respect are encouraged in a spirit of discipline and co-operation in academic, sporting and extra-curricular endeavors. To further enhance the school’s ability to provide an environment where academic excellence can be achieved, St. Conleth’s College wish to construct a dedicated STEAM centre on the school’s grounds. STEAM is an interdisciplinary form of learning incorporating science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics which aims to develop students critical thinking skills while also fostering their innovation and creativity. Saint Conleth’s College are now undertaking a capital campaign to raise funds for the construction of the STEAM centre and are seeking a Development Assistant to help achieve the campaign’s fundraising goals.


Development Assistant

The Development Assistant will play a key role in generating income for the construction of a STEAM Centre for Saint Conleth’s College. Working closely with the school’s CEO, the Assistant will have a unique opportunity to input into the development of a capital campaign fundraising strategy and supporting its implementation. The Assistant will have a diverse range of responsibilities including undertaking prospect research, making initial contact with prospective donors, acting as the first point of contact for any donor queries and supporting the college’s CEO in securing donations. The Assistant will also support St. Conleth’s College communications and marketing activities, including utilising the college’s social media channels and preparing news items and updates for donors.

In addition to these areas, the Development Assistant will also work with the college’s Financial Controller and provide day-to-day office and administrative support such as managing the database of donors and maintaining accurate records of donations received.

Are you seeking a unique opportunity to begin a career in the education sector with opportunities to develop and progress? We are searching for a talented individual with the following profile:

  • Third level qualification
  • High degree of creativity and innovation
  • Ability to communicate with a range of stakeholders
  • Strong administrative skills with knowledge of Office 365 applications (e.g. PowerPoint, Word, Excel)
  • Ability to work on own initiative and as part of a team
  • Excellent communication skillset
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines
  • Full working rights in Ireland
  • Willingness to learn and develop in the role

If your ambition is to begin a career in the not-for-profit sector and you have the above profile, then we would like to hear from you! The closing date for applications is Friday 13th September.       

To apply, please send your CV and a cover letter to For more information on For Purpose please see