Fighting Blindness is a unique organisation founded in 1983, its mission being to find treatments and cures for conditions causing severe sight loss, supporting individuals and families affected through our Insight Counselling Service and empowering the visually impaired community through advocacy and opportunity. Fighting Blindness brings together leading experts who share its pioneering vision for the future and we are looking for a thought leader to join our innovative team to lead it through its next phase of development.
Location: Dublin City Centre
Hours: Full Time
Starting date: Immediate
Holidays: 24 days per annum
Reporting to: Board of Directors
Reporting to the Board of Directors, the CEO will provide overall leadership to the organisation and will advance an agenda that is relevant to the organisation’s strategic vision while providing value to its members. They will manage the day to day operational activities and the 12 staff members, building on the strong organisational culture to be a leading light in its community. They will be accountable for the policies, events and campaigns undertaken by the organisation and will ensure continuity through contacts with members and other key stakeholders.
The ideal candidate will have strong leadership and a track record of successfully achieving goals. The Fighting Blindness CEO must be a confident partner to the members, the board, the health research and clinical communities.
A minimum of five years’ experience in a relevant management role is required with the proven ability to lead by example and motivate teams and individuals to attain high performance levels; identify strategically important issues and operationalise strategic plans; engage staff in development of organisational goals and personal goals; engage, promote and enhance supportive relationships with appropriate external groups and agencies. The post holder will be passionate about leading a unique organisation and will share the vision and values underpinning all that Fighting Blindness does.
They will have excellent written and oral communication skills, ideally with experience of dealing with a wide range of stakeholders, good interpersonal and teamwork skills, the ability to communicate persuasively, work well under pressure and coordinate wide-ranging stakeholder perspectives. The candidate will be expected to lead the strategising, planning, organising and prioritising on behalf of Fighting Blindness and its members, and have the ability to be flexible in a changing environment.
Suitable candidates will be able to identify with the needs of the people living with sight loss as well as recognise the crucial role research has to health outcomes. They will be interested in the development of team and individual staff competencies and their own personal and career development.
The Chief Executive Officer, reporting to the Board of Directors (through the Chair) will work with members and stakeholder organisations in order to implement the Fighting Blindness strategy. The duties include:
Interested candidates should submit a copy of their curriculum vitae and cover letter to Anna Moran at email@example.com by close of business on 30 May 2022.
Fighting Blindness is an equal opportunities employer.