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Welcome to the Irish Deaf Society’s careers page! We’re thrilled that you’re considering joining our team. As a leading advocacy organization for the Deaf community in Ireland, we’re committed to improving the lives of Deaf people and promoting equal access to all areas of society.

We’re looking for passionate, dedicated individuals who share our vision and want to make a difference. Whether you’re a seasoned professional or just starting out in your career, we offer a dynamic and inclusive workplace where you can grow and thrive.

At the Irish Deaf Society, you’ll have the opportunity to work on a range of projects and initiatives, from raising awareness about Deaf culture to advocating for policy changes that benefit the Deaf community. You’ll collaborate with a diverse team of experts, including Deaf and hearing professionals, to bring about positive change and make a real impact.

If you’re committed to making a difference and want to join a dynamic and inclusive team, we encourage you to explore our current job openings and apply today. Don’t see a current opening that matches your skills and experience? Keep checking back for upcoming job opportunities – we’re always on the lookout for talented individuals to join our team.

Thank you for your interest in the Irish Deaf Society. We look forward to hearing from you!


Advocacy: Community Outreach Officer

Hours: Full time, 35 hours per week
Term: Permanent contract subject to probation.
Salary: Starting salary €30,000 per annum depending on experience
Benefits: 22 days annual leave, time off in lieu, additional days leave during Christmas break, 6 weeks paid sick leave.
Starting Date: As soon as possible subject to notice and availability of successful candidate
Location: IDS offices in Dublin 7, required to work from office full-time.
Application Deadline: Friday 5th July 2024
Interview: Wednesday 17th July (candidate meeting time to be confirmed)

Role Description

Overview of the Job
The Community Outreach Officer will manage and support the National Council members, who are part of IDS's network of Deaf-led organisations throughout Ireland. The appointed person will be responsible for developing strategies to identify their needs, facilitate their participation in decision-making processes, and create appropriate services to meet those needs. Also, the appointed person will be expected to assist the Advocacy Manager and the Advocacy Department in achieving the objectives of the IDS Strategic Plan 2023-2025. This role involves regular out of hours work and travel to regional locations throughout Ireland.

About IDS
The Irish Deaf Society (IDS) is the national Deaf-led representative organisation of 5,000 Deaf people whose preferred language is Irish Sign Language (ISL). Our mission is to achieve equality and rights of Deaf people in Ireland. The ambition of full access to citizenship and society is sought through the empowerment and mobilisation of the Deaf community.
See more information about IDS and our Mission and Strategic Plan 2023 – 2025, in the ‘About’ section of our website: www.deaf.ie.
Main duties and responsibilities

  • To work in the Deaf community with an appreciation and respect for Deaf Culture and Irish Sign Language
  • To setup and manage regular IDS meetings in regional locations (estimated at 6 locations, meeting 4 times a year)
  • To develop a strong network of contacts with regional and national Deaf organisations and groups to gather views from grassroots Deaf communities to inform our research and representation and local policy development.
  • Assisting Deaf community groups in planning, developing, maintaining and evaluating community resources, programs and support networks
  • Helping to raise community and public awareness on Deaf issues.
  • Carrying out administrative work including written correspondence, preparing submissions and reports
  • To advise the Advocacy Manager on matters requiring attention, and assist in implementation of management decisions
  • To gather information and report to the Advocacy Manager on community projects including analysis, goals and performance indicators
  • To ensure efficient daily operations and management of community services and projects achieving agreed goals.
  • Other tasks to support the IDS team as determined by the Advocacy Manager.

Key Competencies

  • Fluency and excellent proficiency in Irish Sign Language
  • Required to have personal contact and travel within communities
  • Requirements for this position include having a clean driving license and owning a car
  • Expected to attend evening meetings and occasional weekend activities
  • Skilled in careful planning, scheduling and management of tasks and goals
  • Strong computer skills and a good command of the English language
  • Highly motivated with strong influencing and leadership skills
  • Experience in the community developments
  • Experience collecting information and reporting
  • Excellent communication and organisation skills, particularly in interactive settings.
  • Flexibility in terms of working arrangements

Submitting your Cover letter and CV
Please send a cover letter (save as either MS Word or PDF documents) explaining why you are suitable for the role with your CV by email to jobs@irishdeafsociety.ie by the end of the day on Friday 5th July 2024, please make sure to add “Community Outreach Officer” in the subject field of your email.

Interviews will be on Wednesday 17th July 2024 If you are unable to attend for interview on this date, please state so clearly in your email so that we can organise an alternative date. You can find out more about the Irish Deaf Society at: www.deaf.ie, www.facebook.com/IrishDeafSociety, www.twitter.com/IrishDeafSoc


We have two job positions available, ISL Teachers and ISL Tutors

Applications are invited for Further Education and Training (FET) Irish Sign Language Teachers (ISL QQI Level 3 & 4)

Hours: Hours based on class terms and schedules which are agreed with teachers in advance.
Hourly Rate of pay: €49.51 per hour
Supported by: Further Education and Training Management
Starting Date: 19th August 2024
Location: Irish Deaf Society, Deaf Village Ireland, Dublin 7 or online or at a local education centre/library
Submission Deadline: Friday, 14th June 2024
Interview: Wednesday 26th & Thursday 27th June 2024

Role Description

ISL teaching staff to be part of the Further Education and Training team. The successful candidates for this role will teach Irish Sign Language QQI Levels 3 and 4 on-site or online.
We are looking for someone who has a proactive approach to their work, who is communicative, flexible, and committed, and who can work alone or as part of a team.
The successful candidate will work in the Deaf community with an appreciation and respect for Deaf culture and Irish Sign Language.

The hours will be subject to your availability for a minimum of two to 10 hours per week, depending on the number of classes the teacher provides.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

The ISL teaching staff will be required to:

  • Design and deliver effective classes and course materials in advance.
  • Prepare approved course materials and supporting documents, and work with assessment briefs and marking schemes.
  • Schedule, conduct, correct, and mark assessments relevant to the course, while also carrying out associated administrative tasks and facilitating communication with learners, FET management, and staff.
  • Assist and support the Digital Education Officer in creating online materials.
  • Adhere to IDS policies and procedures, practices, and teaching methods, including assessments, to create a supportive, inclusive, and effective learning environment.
  • Attend various external and internal teaching training sessions, teaching forums, and CPD opportunities as required.
  • Provide guidance and support to learners on their course work, assessments, and positive constructive feedback.
  • Assist learners in understanding key concepts and learning outcomes and monitor their progress.
  • Create a positive and motivating learning environment to boost learners' confidence and enthusiasm.
  • Create and maintain an atmosphere suitable for teaching and learning either on-site or online.

Personal Specification (Knowledge, Experience and Skill Set Required)

The successful candidate will have

  • Fluent in Irish Sign Language.
  • Have experience in adult education teaching Irish Sign Language.
  • Demonstrate a good knowledge of good practices in teaching, learning and assessments.
  • Ability to use your own initiative with confidence.
  • Demonstrate strong problem-solving skills and the ability to work under pressure and meettight deadlines.
  • Demonstrate excellent organisational skills, e.g. preparation, co-ordination of specific plans, and monitoring course timelines and deadlines.
  • Be IT proficient with strong skills in Office productivity tools (e.g., MS Office) and collaboration and training tools such as MS Teams, Zoom and similar modern office solutions.
  • Have a strong ability to learn new systems and software.

Advantage:

  • Relevant teaching qualifications
  • 2-5 years teaching experience desirable
  • Familiar with the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)

Submitting your Cover letter and CV

Please send a cover letter (save as either Word or PFD documents) explaining why you are suitable for the role with your CV by email only to jobs@irishdeafsociety.ie by the end of the day on Friday, 14th June 2024, please make sure to add “ISL Teacher” in the subject field of your email.

Applications are invited for Further Education and Training (FET) Irish Sign Language Tutors (ISL Basic and Tasters courses)

Hours: Hours based on class terms and schedules which are agreed with teachers in advance.
Hourly Rate of pay: €43.84 per hour
Supported by: Further Education and Training Management
Starting Date: 19th August 2024
Location: Irish Deaf Society, Deaf Village Ireland, Dublin 7 or online or at a local education centre/library
Submission Deadline: Friday, 14th June 2024
Interview: Wednesday 26th & Thursday 27th June 2024

Role Description

The tutor will be a part of the Further Education and Training team. The successful candidates for this role will teach our basic ISL and taster course, which can be on-site or online.
We are looking for someone who has a proactive approach to their work, who is communicative, flexible, and committed, and who can work alone or as part of a team.
The successful candidate will work in the Deaf community with an appreciation and respect for Deaf culture and Irish Sign Language.
The hours will be subject to your availability for a minimum of two to 10 hours per week, depending on the number of classes the tutor provides.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

The ISL Tutor will be required to:

  • Plan and prepare approved relevant teaching materials for the agreed course.
  • Submit a scheme of work and a lesson plan before the course begins.
  • Manage administrative tasks involving learners' records, scheduling and managing course materials, while also facilitating communication with learners, FET management and staff.
  • Provide guidance and support to learners on their course and positive constructive feedback.
  • Assist learners in understanding key concepts and learning outcomes and monitor their progress.
  • Create a positive and motivating learning environment to boost learners' confidence and enthusiasm.
  • Assist and support the Digital Education Officer in creating online materials
  • Adhere to IDS policies and procedures, practices, and teaching methods to create a supportive, inclusive and effective learning environment.
  • Attend various external and internal teaching training sessions, teaching forums, and CPD opportunities as required.

Personal Specification (Knowledge, Experience and Skill Set Required)

The successful candidate will have

  • Fluent in Irish Sign Language.
  • Have experience in adult education teaching Irish Sign Language.
  • Demonstrate a good knowledge of good practice in Teaching and Learning.
  • Ability to use own initiative with confidence and use own judgement in problem solving.
  • Essential to be able to prepare, coordinate and make specific plans, as well as monitor course timelines and deadlines.
  • Be IT proficient with strong skills in Office productivity tools (e.g., MS Office) and collaboration and training tools such as MS Teams, Zoom and similar modern office solutions.
  • Have a strong ability to learn new systems and software.Advantage:
  • Relevant tutor certificate and qualifications
  • Tutoring and teaching experience in adult education

Submitting your Cover letter and CV
Please send a cover letter (save as either word or PFD documents) explaining why you are suitable for the role with your CV by email only to jobs@irishdeafsociety.ie by the end of the day on Friday, 14th June 2024, please make sure to add “ISL Tutor” in the subject field of your email.

Interviews will be on 26th and 27th of June, times will be notified.
You can find out more about the Irish Deaf Society at:
www.deaf.ie
www.facebook.com/IrishDeafSociety
www.twitter.com/IrishDeafSoc

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