Role title: Fundraising Assistant

Location: Spencer House, Spencer Row, Dublin 1

Duration: 12 month graduate traineeship with the prospect of progressing further within Sightsavers Ireland 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 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 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! Sightsavers Ireland are seeking to add an ambitious and driven Fundraising Assistant to its team as a part of the For Purpose programme.

This role will be based in Sightsavers Ireland’s Dublin office and offers the opportunity to gain an in-depth understanding and experience of fundraising within a not-for-profit organisation.

Sightsavers Ireland

Founded in 1950, Sightsavers is an internationally recognised not-for-profit organisation that works to prevent avoidable blindness and save the sight of people who living in some of the world’s poorest countries. Sightsavers operates in more than 30 countries around the globe. Since its foundation, the organisation has performed 6.9 million cataract surgeries and has treated 1 billion people to prevent debilitating diseases. Sightsavers vision is a world in which no one is blind from avoidable causes and where visually impaired people participate equally in society.

Sightsavers Ireland was established in 2003 and since then it has directly supported hundreds of thousands of sight-saving treatments for people in developing countries, as well as supporting the inclusion of people with disabilities. This is made possible through contributions from the public, companies, trusts and foundations and funding from the Irish government and EU. In order to continue delivering its programme work around the globe, Sightsavers Ireland needs the continued support of donors and is seeking to grow its fundraised income in the area of Major Giving substantially. To help achieve this aim, Sightsavers Ireland is seeking to add a Major Giving Fundraising Assistant to its team.

Fundraising Assistant

The Fundraising Assistant will have a multifaceted role within Sightsavers and will be a core member of the fundraising team. The Assistant will play a key role in maximising Sightsavers Ireland’s fundraised income by helping to secure support from leading corporate organisations and major donors. The Major Giving Fundraising Assistant will work closely with the Head of Major Giving in managing existing relationships between Sightsavers Ireland and its supporters as well as fostering relationships with prospective new donors through a comprehensive calendar of activities.

The Fundraising Assistant will lead and coordinate two high value appeals which will involve working with internal stakeholders and external agencies. The Assistant will also support administrative functions within the fundraising team, including responding to queries from current/prospective donors promptly and professionally and managing the administration of Sightsavers Ireland database to ensure accurate and up-to-date record keeping.

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 an ambitious graduate with the following profile:

  • Third level qualification
  • 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)
  • Belief in the vision, mission and values of Sightsavers Ireland
  • Demonstrable commitment to the not-for-profit sector

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. Closing date for applications is Friday, May 17th.  

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