Social Impact Executive

Contract: 1 year, full-time, starting as soon as possible
Based: Galway, with some travel within Ireland
Salary: €22,000 – €25,000 per annum, based on experience
Annual Leave: 22 days
Benefits: 8% employer pension contribution, following successful completion of probation.

Can you combine the skills and disciplines of business with the creativity and passion of the non-profit sector?

This is a graduate entry-level role. You might have a business, engineering, health science or a philosophy degree…but you are committed to social impact and have tremendous analytical and people skills. 

And you have done stuff.

ROLE PURPOSE

Reporting to a Fund Manager, the purpose of the role is to support the Social Innovation Fund Ireland’ (SIFI’s) Impact Team in its objectives to maximize the social impact of SIFI awardees through supporting the selection, capacity building, and impact tracking elements of SIFI’s work. This role sits in the Impact Team and works closely with the Marketing Communications Team and the Business Development Team at SIFI.

JOB DESCRIPTION

  • Support the development and selection process for applicants for new funds and contribute to due diligence processes
  • Support quarterly performance reviews of awardees
  • Support the delivery of capacity building processes, in particular, the organisation of logistics and hospitality 
  • Design, collect, analyse and verify SIFI impact data, identifying trends producing reports, both statistical and visual
  • Track and prepare vendor and grant payments 
  • Support the scoping, launch and marketing of future Funds
  • Attend SIFI events and other related events that arise
  • Deliver your tasks on budget
  • Support the work of the Fund Managers and the Impact Director
  • Support the marketing, communications and fundraising activities of SIFI
  • Contribute your ideas on the future development of SIFI to the team
  • Be an excellent Ambassador for SIFI. Actively network in the social innovation / social enterprise space – attending a minimum of 2 events per month.

Other Duties

  • Participate in training as requested
  • Attend meetings, events etc as requested
  • Office administration
  • Other duties as assigned.

ESSENTIAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Primary degree 
  • The ability to be persuasive through your excellent written English as well as your ability to influence others in person
  • Experience of report writing and consistent excellence in verbal & written communications in English
  • Strong analytical and numeracy skills
  • Computer literate in Google Suite
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a team setting.

PERSON SPECIFICATION:

  • Flexible, warm & friendly personality who can work well in a team environment
  • A commitment to excellence
  • A commitment to Social Innovation Fund Ireland’s vision and values
  • Ability to demonstrate the highest levels of integrity and ethical fibre
  • Like all staff, be an Ambassador for Social Innovation Fund Ireland at all times.

DESIRABLE 

  • Understanding of the environment for social enterprises, social innovations, entrepreneurship or the non-profit sector

PERSON SPECIFICATION:

  • Flexible, warm & friendly personality who can work well in a team environment
  • A commitment to excellence
  • A commitment to Social Innovation Fund Ireland’s vision and values
  • Ability to demonstrate the highest levels of integrity and ethical fibre
  • Like all staff, be an Ambassador for Social Innovation Fund Ireland at all times.

SOCIAL INNOVATION FUND IRELAND VALUES

  • We work with our hearts and our heads – we value compassion, passion and fun.
  • We take smart risks and we allow permission to fail because we know that innovation and risk are two sides of the same coin.
  • We believe that social change is a team sport – we use influence and engagement to build trusted relationships, and we choose to collaborate to achieve our goals.
  • We demonstrate curiosity and a hunger to learn.
  • We value bold ideas and bold leadership, and we develop remarkable people.

HOW TO APPLY?

Please send your CV and cover letter to careers@socialinnovation.ie by 9am on Tuesday, October 1st, 2019

ABOUT US

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.

HOW WE WORK

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.