Vacancy- Advocacy Officer

January 13, 2022

Fighting Blindness (FB) is the national vision research charity, having invested over €17 million in more than 90 research projects since its inception in 1983. The organisation provides professional counselling and therapeutic services for individuals and families living with vision impairment. Our Support and Counselling service currently provides counselling support for roughly 90-100 individuals per annum. We also provide a wide suite of additional support groups such as Coffee Mornings, Peer Support, Technology Support etc.

Salary: €21k

Hours: Part Time (3 days per week)

Starting date: Immediate

Reporting to: Head of Advocacy and Communications

Location: Dublin / Remote hybrid model

Position Description:

The purpose of this post will be to establish a central point of contact for clients and service users who wish to access counselling, as well as third party referrers.  The post-holder will retain responsibility for positioning of client needs, co-ordination of referrals and administration of all case documents and data. Onward referrals to appropriate services will be an integral part of the role. Responsible for facilitation and administration of supplementary support services.

Role Specification:

  • Support the advocacy function of the organisation
  • Administration of Fighting Blindness membership programme
  • Maintain and update membership records
  • Support member projects and activities
  • Contribute to development of content for communications platforms
  • Assist with queries from patients, members and the general public in relation to services, supports, access and other relevant matters
  • Contribute to organisation of key Fighting Blindness events, such as AGM and Retina Conference
  • Assist with organisation of advocacy meetings, producing accurate and timely minutes

Desirable Qualifications and Skills:

  • Educated to third level in a relevant discipline
  • Proven interest in health, social science, public policy and the not-for-profit sector
  • Excellent communication and writing skills
  • Focus on accuracy, attention to detail and integrity in data management
  • Working knowledge of practical GDPR implications

How to Apply

Interested candidates should submit a copy of their curriculum vitae and cover letter to Anna Moran at anna.moran@fightingblindness.ie. Fighting Blindness is an equal opportunities employer.

Closing Date: Friday 4 February 2022.

Fighting Blindness is an equal opportunities employer.