Employers for Change is seeking applications for the new, part-time role of Programme Coordinator. Full details of the position and how to apply below.
Start Date: Negotiable
Part- Time: 12-month Fixed Term Part-Time (three days per week)
Location: Remote with Office Set-Up
Salary: €25,000 per annum
We value and celebrate the diversity of our team and the importance of an inclusive work environment. We welcome applications from people of all backgrounds and abilities. Please let us know if you require a reasonable accommodation for the interview process and we will do our utmost to accommodate you. You can email your request or any queries related to the role to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 085 1579603.
Who We Are
Employers for Change is a programme of the Open Doors Initiative, funded by the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth. Employers for Change is an employer disability information service, that empowers employers with the advice and information needed to recruit, employ and retain staff with disabilities.
The role of the Programme Coordinator in Employers for Change is to provide support to the Director of Employers for Change in delivering the work plan.
This description lays out the responsibilities, duties and expectations of the position holder.
Responsibilities and Requirements
- Provide expert advice, information and support to employers on disability inclusion practices and supports.
- Assist in organising events, meetings, and conferences.
- Develop and maintain positive relationships with stakeholders of the service.
- Provide support with the helpline and responding to and recording of queries.
- Identify new opportunities to grow the impact of the service.
- Perform day-to-day administrative tasks, including responding to emails, scheduling appointments, managing calendars and doing follow up emails and calls with employers.
- Manage and update CRM databases (Salesforce), spreadsheets, budget and other electronic files as required.
- Create and manage surveys to record the impact of Employers for Change on its service users.
- Create and present reports and presentations as requested by the Director.
- Support the work of disability focussed programmes of the Open Doors Initiative.
- Work with Open Doors Initiative Communications team and Director of Employers for Change to create website, social and traditional media content.
- Provide the Director and CEO with new innovations and ideas to promote the work of Employers for Change and the Open Doors Initiative.
These are not an exhaustive list of the duties of the position and some additional work may arise.
- Excellent organisational and time-management skills.
- Proficient in using office software (e.g. Microsoft Office Suite), PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook and Adobe.
- Strong telephone, email communication and presentation skills i.e., managing telephone and email queries from employers and delivering disability awareness training to employers as required.
- Ability to multitask and prioritise tasks effectively.
- Effective problem-solving and decision-making skills.
- Demonstrable Stakeholder Management skills.
- Have a strong understanding of barriers experienced by people with disabilities, particularly in employment.
- Knowledge of current government disability supports and grants.
- Knowledge of the NGO and business sectors to provide enhancements to partnerships and consider the possibility of joint projects which will benefit Employers for Change and the Open Doors Initiative.
Hours of Work
This a part-time position of three days per week. How these hours are worked will be agreed. Some work may be out of hours and at weekends. Flexibility would be required in the role, within reason.
The role will be a desk-based job except on occasions where an in-person team meeting or event is taking place.
The Programme Coordinator will work remotely and will be provided with home office equipment. The role may require in-person meetings from time to time. On these occasions access to transport will be necessary.
Applications should be made with a Cover Letter and Curriculum Vitae. The application should be submitted as one PDF or Word document by email to email@example.com with ‘EFC Programme Coordinator’ in the subject line, by 5pm on Friday, 6th October 2023.
Employers for Change has been nominated under the Disability Inclusion Category at the Diversity in Tech Awards. Winners will be announced on September 27th 2023. More information is available at diveristyintechawards.online
In the Summer 2023 edition of the Small Firms Association Better Business magazine, Director of Employers for Change, Christabelle Feeney talks about the importance of embedding diversity, equity, accessibility and inclusion in every element of an organisation. Christabelle speaks about the Reasonable Accommodation Passport and how it can be utilised to create an inclusive culture where employees feel comfortable sharing information about their disability and accommodation needs.
Read the article in full on pages 30 & 31 on ISSUU
In this LinkedIn article, Christabelle Feeney, Director of Employers for Change asks 'How can we break the cycle of underemployment amongst the disabled community in Ireland?' She highlights the importance of creating awareness and breaking bias in improving Ireland’s employment rate of people with disabilities. Read the article in full on LinkedIn.
In this webinar, Christabelle Feeney, Director of Employers for Change speaks with Crystel Robbins Rynne, Chief Operating Officer at HR Locker. The webinar looks at how HR professionals can master DEI in the workplace. Where to begin with creating a DEI strategy and how to utilise data on your DEI journey.
Director of Employers for Change, Christabelle Feeney and Jeanne McDonagh, CEO, Open Doors Initiative appeared before the Oireachtas Committee on Trade, Enterprise and Employment on 17 May 2023. The theme was the employment of people with disabilities, and we had a very engaged conversation with the committee members and our colleagues in NCBI. To view playback of the video of the meeting, please click here.
Open Doors written submission is available to download here.
Employers for Change has been recognised by the Irish News Workplace & Employment Awards 2023 under the Best Diversity, Equity and Inclusion category.
Click here to learn more.
Christabelle Feeney, Director of Employers for Change, speaks to HR Locker about DEI in the workplace. She discusses the benefits of utilising a reasonable accommodation passport in creating truly inclusive work cultures and building for suture success.
To listen to the podcast please click here.
Christabelle Feeney, Director of Employers for Change talks to Johnny Campbell on The Shortlist about inclusive hiring, and how to build diversity, equity and inclusion into every step of your hiring process. How to make inclusion a reality in all aspects of the workplace and employment life cycle is also covered.
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The article featuring Employers for Change discusses a number of myths about people with disabilities and employment, and reveals the realities as supported by research.
Read the article here.
In this Institute of Directors Blog, Christabelle Feeney, Director, Employers for Change at the Open Doors Initiative discusses the positive business case for disability inclusion and inclusive recruitment practices.
Read the article here.
Inclusion should be embraced by organisations and allow employees and colleagues to bring their true, authentic selves to work and provide the opportunity for each individual to excel in their application, interview, onboarding and overall employment.
Employers for Change were delighted to participate in the Irish Wheelchair Association (IWA) and FREE NOW Access Now conference | 10th February 2022
Our Director Christabelle Feeney She/Her sat on the second panel of the day alongside Joan Carthy, Patrick Flanagan Maeve Monaghan and Fergus Sharpe.
The panel spoke about the importance of educating audiences as a first step towards making transport accessible for all - looking to the workplace & day to day life where changes need to be implemented to achieve accessibility for all.
If you missed it, you can watch the panel discussion here.
Full recording below:
Launch of ‘The Future of Work and Disability - A Remote Opportunity’ research paper by Employers for Change and The Open Doors Initiative | November 2021
The research focuses on the impact of remote working on people with disabilities during Covid19 and was sponsored by Positive2Work Skillnet Ireland.
To cite: O’Donnell, Joan (2021): The Future of Work and Disability: A Remote Opportunity, Employers for Change & The Open Doors Initiative. Link.
Employers for Change and the Open Doors Initiative will launch ‘The Future of Work and Disability - A Remote Opportunity’, a research paper looking at the impact of remote working on disabled people during Covid19. The research was sponsored by Positive2Work Skillnet Ireland.
Christabelle Feeney, Director of Employers for Change at the Open Doors Initiative will launch the report alongside the research author Joan O’Donnell, Doctoral Researcher, Maynooth University & Author of Research, David Joyce, Equality & Development Policy Officer, Irish Congress of Trade Unions, Alexis Goldfarb, Senior Consultant, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Vice-President at Northern Trust Corporation and Julianne Duffy Gillen, Young Adult Mentor, Explore Programme, Chime
The research lays out a number of leverage points which are based on the principles of connecting, learning and accommodating. The Open Doors Initiative and Employers for Change will take these learnings and engage with employers to ensure that we are addressing the needs of employers and employees with disabilities.
Click here to read the report in full.
Christabelle Feeney, Director, Employers for Change discusses disability inclusion in the workplace in SocialTalent's October blog post. Read the article in full at https://www.socialtalent.com/blog/diversity-and-inclusion/disability-inclusion-in-the-workplace-with-christabelle-feeney
Christabelle Feeney, Director, Employers for Change speaks to Declan Collins, HRHeadquarters.ie about the barriers facing people with disabilities as they access employment opportunities, employers obligations and practical steps employers can take to make their recruitment and employment practices more accessible and inclusive. Listen back at HRHeadquarters.ie
Image from Launch of Employers for Change. Left to Right: Síne Breslin, Bank of Ireland, Christabelle Feeney, Director of Employers for Change, Francesca McDonagh, CEO Bank of Ireland and Sinéad Burke, CEO Tilting the Lens at the launch of Employers for Change
Employers for Change in Chambers Ireland In Business Magazine
Employers for Change Director, Christabelle Feeney spoke to Chambers Ireland In Business Magazine. Read the article now on page 50 of InBUSINESS Spring 2021.
Radio Kerry Interview
Director of Employers for Change, Christabelle Feeney spoke to Amber Galwey on Kerry Radio recently about the service.
Listen back here: In Business - April 8th, 2021 | RadioKerry.ie
Open Doors seminar on Mental Health & Working Life took place on World Health Day 2021. The seminar coincided with the launch of the Open Door’s Mental Health Toolkit and Podcast series. As we continue to work remotely, many employees and job seekers are struggling with isolation and disconnect. The toolkit and podcasts offer support and advice for mental wellbeing during these challenging times.
Silicon Republic reports on Ireland’s new disability information service.
The Irish Examiner
The Irish Examiner reports on disability activist Sinéad Burke launching new initiative for inclusive employment.
Interview with Christabelle Feeney, Director of Employers for Change
Interview on the launch of the new service and how it can help employers recruit and retain people with disabilities to strengthen their workforce.