Social Innovation Fund Ireland (SIFI)
Business Development Executive 

Contract: 1 year, full-time
Based: Dublin 
Salary: €22,000 – 25,000 per annum, based on experience
Annual Leave: 22 days
Benefits: 8% employer pension contribution, following completion of probation.


This role will support the Business Development Team to deliver its fundraising targets, to develop long-term mutual strategic relationships with donors and potential donors (companies, families, and trusts or foundations) to support SIFI’s mission and vision. The role will work closely with the Marketing Communications team and the Impact team.


Responsibilities include:

  • Manage the CRM system including data entry, policing data quality, ensuring system backups, and generally being the expert
  • Drive the donor care and donor management plan for SIFI through effective use of the CRM system to trigger reminders to relevant team members
  • Prepare reports and analysis for the Business Development Team and Senior Management
  • Donor and stakeholder liaison
  • Lead on the organisation of donor and stakeholder events, including the Innovators Circle, and support other SIFI events
  • Liaise closely with the Marketing Communications and Impact teams to maximise donor care and donor relationships
  • Support the marketing communications activities of SIFI, as directed
  • Lead on donor research and support the preparation of donor proposals through research and preparation of presentations and pitch decks.

Other duties:

  • Act as an Ambassador for Social Innovation Fund Ireland at all times
  • Participate in training as requested
  • Attend meetings, events etc as requested
  • Office administration
  • Other duties as assigned.


You will stand apart from others by having a driving passion to make Ireland a country invigorated by the world’s best system for supporting social innovation. You will be great with people, a team player, calm under pressure and a whiz with powerpoint and Google Slides, and you will take a pride in taking a project from beginning to end.


  • Excellent on PC / Windows packages, experience with implementing databases, and a whiz with presentations.
  • Experience of working to deadlines and targets, and the ability to work calmly under pressure.
  • Experience in project management
  • Strong verbal & written communications in English
  • Demonstrable skills in relationship management, negotiations and the art of persuasion
  • Flexible & friendly personality
  • Commitment to excellence in your work
  • Ability to demonstrate the highest levels of integrity
  • Curiosity
  • Commitment to Social Innovation Fund’s mission and values.


  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Experience of Salesforce as a CRM system
  • Experience in implementing new systems
  • An eye for design.

Send your CV and cover letter to Anne Dermody at by 9 am on Friday 8th February. Please reference ‘Business Development Executive’ in the subject line. 


Our mission is to find and back the best social innovations in Ireland, and to enable them to scale and maximise their impact. Our vision is the world’s best ecosystem for supporting social innovations – right here in Ireland. SIFI was catalysed by the Irish Government to stimulate philanthropy and support the growth of Ireland’s best social innovations. To do this, the Government has set up a challenge fund – for every Euro, we raise in philanthropy it is matched by a Euro from Department of Rural and Community Development, through the Dormant Accounts Funds. Social Innovation Fund Ireland practices active philanthropy through providing growth capital in the form of grants, as well as Accelerator programmes targeting growth. These can include growth planning, mentoring & other inputs tailored to the organisation’s needs.


There are four phases to the typical social impact work involved in our programmes:

1. Finding the best social innovations – Prepare and run the call for applications, run the selection process, prepare recommendations on who should be selected for the awards.

2. Investing in their social impact – A small number of awardees will receive a cash award plus a programme of non-financial supports that target growth. This role will manage the timing and targeting of the capacity building non-financial supports, to maximise the social impact by the Awardees, and will administer the financial supports.

3. Communicating the power of the programme – There are several opportunities during the programme to communicate externally about this awards programme.

4. Concluding the programme well – this requires capturing and communicating the social impact achieved by awardees during the programme, capturing lessons learned that can inform future programmes, and closing out relationships in a positive way.