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Sage Advocacy is recruiting Regional Advocates
and an Information, Support & Advocacy Coordinator

Sage Advocacy is the National Advocacy Service for Older People. It works to ensure that people have easy access to independent support and advocacy services in all settings: homes, day centres, respite facilities, congregated care settings / nursing homes, hospitals, hostels, hospices and in the process of transition between them. It is currently expanding it’s services with the support of the Dept of Education to meet the support and advocacy needs of survivors of institutional abuse. Since it was established in 2014, with the support of the HSE and The Atlantic Philanthropies, it has built a strong reputation for independence of thought and action and is a ‘go to’ service in relation to issues of capacity and decision making.

Due to growing demands on our services, Sage Advocacy is now recruiting for the following posts:

Regional Advocates
    • Dublin Midlands Region (general advocacy) x1
    • Greater Dublin (complex advocacy casework & systemic issues re care transitions) x1
    • Greater Dublin  (casework & court reports re ADM legislation) x1
Essential Requirements

Applicants should have a legal, nursing, social work or other professional qualification in health or social care, have a minimum of two years post qualification experience, considerable understanding of the Guiding Principles and key issues regarding the Assisted Decision Making (Capacity) legislation, have highly effective verbal and written communications skills and have experience working with multi-disciplinary teams and managing challenging situations. 

Appointment

The appointments are for an initial contract period of 3 years and thereafter is subject to the continued availability of funding. There will be 3 reviews during a 6 month probationary period followed by support & mentoring. The salary scale is €45,000 – €55,000. Progression will be based on experience and performance. There are 25 days annual leave and a 5% contribution to a PRSA scheme following satisfactory completion of probation.

Information & Support
    • Information, Support & Advocacy Coordinator x 1
Essential Requirements

Applicants should have a social science, social care, social work, law, advocacy or equivalent professional experience, have highly effective verbal and written communications skills, good IT skills and have experience working with people who may be vulnerable.

Appointment

The appointment is for an initial contract period of 3 years and thereafter is subject to the continued availability of funding. There will be 3 reviews during a 6 month probationary period followed by support & mentoring. The salary scale is €45,000 – €50,000. Progression will be based on experience and performance. There are 25 days annual leave and a 5% contribution to a PRSA scheme following satisfactory completion of probation.

Application Details

To apply, please submit a detailed Curriculum Vitae and a detailed cover letter of no more than 2 pages to recruitment@sageadvocacy.ie. A cover letter is essential, it should set out your views on how you believe you can best serve our clients and should detail the relevant skills, competencies, experience and personal qualities which you believe you could bring to the role.

Please indicate the role(s) you are interested in within the subject of your email.

Please find the Recruitment Packs containing the Job & Person Guides at the links below.

The closing date for all roles is 17:00, Wednesday, 28th February 2024

Chief Executive Officer

Sage Advocacy is the National Advocacy Service for Older People. It works to ensure that people have easy access to independent support and advocacy services in all settings: homes, day centres, respite facilities, congregated care settings / nursing homes, hospitals, hostels, hospices and in the process of transition between them. It is currently expanding it’s services with the support of the Dept of Education to meet the support and advocacy needs of survivors of institutional abuse. Since it was established in 2014, with the support of the HSE and The Atlantic Philanthropies, it has built a strong reputation for independence of thought and action and is a ‘go to’ service in relation to issues of capacity and decision making.

Based in Dublin and reporting to the Chair of the Board the person appointed will be responsible for leading and managing a hard working team of 40 staff and a small network of volunteers with specialist expertise. S/he will be responsible for informing the development of strategy and ensuring its implementation as well as supporting the strong ‘can do’ culture of the organisation.

Management of external stakeholder relationships will be a key part of the role: funders, media, Oireachtas, government departments, regulatory and professional bodies, service providers and other advocacy services. The appointee will be responsible for the management of resources and securing further resources where possible.

Candidates should have significant experience in managing, developing and leading organisations and in the delivery of strategic plans and programmes. They should have a strong track record of building, supporting and leading multi-perspective teams capable of tackling complex and challenging issues related to older people who may be vulnerable and be self-starters with experience in financial management and good corporate governance. They are likely to be graduates from a third level institution, have a background in health, social care, legal or human rights work and be effective communicators with strong influencing skills. The successful candidate will be required to engage in further management and leadership training.

ACCESS APPLICATION PACK HERE

Closing date for applications: 28th February

First Interviews week of 11th March. Further information is available at www.sageadvocacy.ie

If you would like to have an informal chat with the outgoing CEO please email: mervynr.taylor@sageadvocacy.ie

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