Development Assistant

Support the planning and implementation of all of Social Entrepreneurs Ireland’s fundraising and engagement activities.

Role title: Development Assistant

Location: 11/12 Warrington Place, Grand Canal Dock, Dublin 2

Duration: 12 month graduate traineeship with the prospect of progressing with Social Entrepreneurs Ireland on completion of the traineeship.

Hours: 35 hours per week

Remuneration: €23,000 


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 the chance to make an impact on civil society.

Graduate trainees on the For Purpose programme receive one-to-one mentoring and support throughout their traineeship. 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!

Social Entrepreneurs Ireland (SEI) is seeking to add an ambitious and dedicated Development Assistant to its team as a part of the For Purpose programme. This role will be based in SEI’s office in Dublin and will offer the trainee the chance to gain an in-depth understanding and direct experience of a range of fundraising activities within a not-for-profit organisation. 

About Social Entrepreneurs Ireland:

Our Vision: An Ireland where every social problem gets solved quickly and effectively.

Our Mission: Support high-potential social entrepreneurs to tackle Ireland’s social problems.

Social Entrepreneurs Ireland believes that Ireland’s social problems are not being solved quickly enough and that we need to develop new ideas to tackle our biggest challenges. To achieve this, SEI supports social entrepreneurs from start-up to scale-up. SEI provides them with mentoring, funding and access to a network of support to help them to significantly increase their impact in Ireland.

Over the last 14 years, SEI has invested over €7 million in 264 social entrepreneurs, providing over €2 million worth of non-financial supports along the way. In the last year alone, their projects have impacted the lives of over 1.7 million people across Ireland.

SEI remains entirely privately funded by a wide range of prominent entrepreneurs, business leaders and corporates in Ireland, the UK and the USA. SEI’s supporters enable the organisation to fulfil its aim of supporting people with new solutions to Ireland’s biggest social problems. In order for SEI to continue meeting this aim, the organisation is searching for a high-potential Development Assistant to add to its team to increase the support and investment opportunities for SEI. 

Purpose of the Development Assistant role:

The Development Assistant will have an important role within SEI’s team and will support the planning and implementation of all of the organisation’s fundraising initiatives. Working closely with the CEO, the Development Manager and other key staff, the Development Assistant will take responsibility for a range of fundraising and development opportunities in SEI including leading on the delivery of The Ideas Fund, a specific support fund to back early stage ideas. The Development Assistant will also provide support on organising events and activities for SEI’s Leadership Circle, which connects social entrepreneurs with business leaders and previous SEI awardees.

In addition to working on these core areas, the Development Assistant will proactively identify and research new fundraising and support opportunities for SEI and they will play will a key role in developing and maintaining SEI’s relationship with its existing corporate and individual supporters.

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

  • A deeply held passion for Ireland, and a strongdesire to see positive change come about more rapidly in society
  • Inspired and energised by the work of social entrepreneurs and the mission of Social Entrepreneurs Ireland
  • Third level qualification
  • High motivation level
  • High degree of initiative, flexibility and creativity
  • Outstanding interpersonal and communication skills
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Excellent administrative skillset
  • Strong commitment to teamwork
  • Fluent English Speaker
  • Full working rights in Ireland
  • Excellent IT skillset, including experience of using MS Office Suite (Excel, PowerPoint, Word)
  • Demonstrable commitment to the not-for-profit sector

If your ambition is to work in the not-for profit sector and to support the development of social entrepreneurship in Ireland, then we would like to hear from you. The closing date for applications is Thursday the 13th of December.   

Please send your CV and a cover letter in to including “Social Entrepreneurs Ireland: Development Assistant” as the subject of the email. For more information on For Purpose please visit, for more information on SEI please see