ADVERT ID 131826

Regional Leader - Leinster


Young Social Innovators

DCU Alpha
Old Finglas Road
D11 KXN4


Other Education
Date Posted:
Fri Feb 7 2020 15:28:04
Application Closing Date:
Fri Feb 14 2020
Commencement Date:
Mon Feb 17 2020
Status of Post:
Number of Vacancies:


Regional Leader - Leinster
Young Social Innovators (YSI) is a dynamic not for profit education charity.

Thousands of young people volunteer and take on the YSI Challenge each year to tackle a social issue that they feel passionately about. To support this, we provide a busy schedule of programmes for young people and educators as well as organising regional and national events every year.

With support from our funders, Tomar Trust and the Department of Education Dormant Accounts Fund, YSI is now targeting 6 regions in Ireland (West Cork/Kerry, Limerick/Clare/North Tipperary, East Cork/Cork City/Waterford/South Tipperary, Kildare/Wicklow/South Dublin, Dublin City, North Dublin/Meath/Louth) in Phase 1 of a new initiative which will enable increasing numbers of young people and schools, to engage in youth led social innovation in local areas. In these regions, literally thousands more young people will be supported to turn their ideas into action.

This is an exciting initiative, which promises to have real impact on both young people’s education while empowering local populations to address the many challenges facing them in a fast changing world.

The Opportunity: A New YSI Initiative

Young Social Innovators believes that increasing the capacity of people in local areas around social innovation will help communities respond to the challenges they face. YSI is now inviting students in post-primary schools in these geographic areas to explore local social issues and build this capacity for effecting change.

This new schools initiative will enable all students in these areas to get involved, use their insights, skills, abilities and the tools or resources available to them, to engage in social innovation and respond to the challenges they face today in their local community. Students will have an opportunity to explore challenges such as the environment, mental and physical health, climate change, diversity and inclusion, accessibility, equality, and local facilities.

Purpose of Role

We are looking for a Regional Leader for Leinster who believes in the power of social innovation and who wants to make this happen in target areas around Ireland. The primary purpose of the role will be to identify and recruit new schools into Local Community Networks in specific provincial regions.

With a team of Local Leaders, he/she will build relationships with post-primary schools and help support and cultivate social innovation and entrepreneurial learning opportunities into both the school and community settings. The YSI Regional Leader in Leinster will develop a broad network within these areas to support the students, teachers and youth led innovative solutions and provide platforms for showcasing and recognising these at local level. The Regional Leader will also plan and facilitate YSI programme offerings to support schools and ensure all participating schools have a meaningful experience.

Full training to the successful candidate will be provided by the YSI team at our headquarters in Dublin.

Key responsibilities (include and not limited to):
- Build relationships with post-primary schools in specific urban and rural areas in Ireland
- Recruit new schools to become part of the Young Social Innovators (YSI) Local Community Networks
- Create a strong network of local support from principals, teachers and students in the local areas
- Build awareness of YSI and develop strong relationships with key community-based, public, private organisations and local enterprises at regional level
- Facilitate new YSI programme/s including planning and delivery of workshops to students and educators
- Collate data, communicate project updates and author progress reports
Key relationships with: CEO, Education Manager, YSI Local Leaders, YSI Learning and Practice Team; YSI Communications and Experience Team.


- A recognised qualification or level 8/9 equivalent (In accordance with the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ)) in a relevant discipline is preferred.

Experience and Competencies
- A minimum of three years’ with demonstrable experience engaging or motivating people.
- Experience networking and/or working with educators, community groups and/or local enterprises/authorities.
- Ability to develop relationships with key stakeholders, follow-up on discussion items and plan next steps to ensure project progress in a timely manner.
- A self-starter with the ability to plan and use resources effectively to achieve specific objectives.
- Experience developing and implementing programmes relevant to the field of learning, youth and education.
- Ability to plan and manage multiple project workflows and deadlines as per project requirements.
- Strong IT Skills including G Suite, Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook.
- Ability to collate data and write reports to inform the strategic goals and objectives.
- Strong interpersonal skills including an ability to present information clearly and facilitate YSI programme offerings to a number of audiences (students/educators/school leaders/community organisations)

Terms and Conditions
Contract: Permanent full time contract for 5 days per week

Young Social Innovators is committed to standards of excellence in Child Protection practices. Appointment to the role is subject to Garda Vetting.

Salary: Commensurate with experience
Leinster - This position is based in the YSI Dublin headquarters and will require travel.

Full clean driver’s licence required.

How to Apply: Please send a comprehensive CV, together with a cover letter – outlining what you can bring to the role – to our HR department at by 5:30pm on Friday 14th February 2020.

Please note: YSI is seeking people based in the target geographic locations set out above.

Young Social Innovators is committed to equal opportunities and all recruitment decisions will be based on merit, suitability for the role and experience. All recruitment decisions will not be influenced by race, colour, nationality, religion, sex, marital status, family status, sexual orientation, disability, age or membership of the Traveller Community. Young Social Innovators fully endorses a working environment free from discrimination and harassment.

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DCU Alpha
Old Finglas Road
D11 KXN4
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353 1 6458030