Independent Living Movement Ireland

ILMI DPO Development Officer (Full-Time)

ILMI Job Advertisement:

Full time: 35 hours per week, initial one year contract.  
Location: ILMI offers remote working with expectation of attending in-person meetings in Dublin when requested, with a minimum of quarterly in-person team meetings.
Salary: €35,000 to €40,000 commensurate with experience.   

ILMI is seeking a dynamic, motivated and driven individual to join our staff team as Disabled Persons Organisation (DPO) Development Officer. ILMI is a national cross-impairment Disabled Persons Organisation (DPO). Our vision is an Ireland where disabled people have freedom, choice and control over all aspects of their lives and can fully participate in an inclusive society as equals. 

ILMI seeks to employ a DPO Development Officer to support the growth and development of local DPOs to inform the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) at a local and national level. 

Job description

  • Work with existing local ILMI spaces to develop local DPOs. 
  • Design and develop processes and training to work with groups to identify how collective spaces work.
  • Support existing DPOs to work collectively to inform local spaces (Public Participation Networks (PPNs), Housing and Disability Steering Groups (HDSGs) and so on)
  • Support DPOs to identify emerging issues to inform national policy work of ILMI. 
  • Support local DPO representatives, by linking with existing ILMI resources and policy work. 
  • Work with existing ILMI projects to ensure local DPOs are connecting to share experiences of development. 
  • Engage with Statutory and non-Statutory, development companies, Local Community Development Committees (LCDCs), community development and equality organisations to promote the unique role of DPOs under the UNCRPD.
  • Provide regular policy-related updates to staff, board and members via ILMI eBulletin, ILMI website and social media. 
  • Build relationships with members, academia, Statutory and Government bodies, NGOs and media to promote the philosophy of Independent Living. 
  • Work with the CEO, staff, board, and ILMI members to meet Strategic objectives.  

ILMI offers a dynamic and flexible working environment and the chance to use your skills and knowledge to work towards an inclusive Ireland. Applicants will be assessed against the following essential / desirable requirements and are encouraged to use their applications to provide examples of the manner in which they meet these criteria.  

Essential requirements:

  • A qualification in Community Development, Equality Studies, Disability Studies and a minimum three years experience in a relevant organisation.
  • An understanding of the social rights model of disability and the philosophy of Independent Living.  
  • Demonstrated experience in working to develop community spaces through community development approaches. 
  • Proven ability to design and deliver training programmes, including delivering to community groups and Statutory and non-Statutory agencies. 
  • A proven commitment to human rights and equality.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the local, national policy and international fora that relate to disabled people.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the equality and human rights infrastructure in Ireland; 
  • Experience of working in a human rights or community development organisation experiencing similar issues at local or national level.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop training resources, including video resources.
  • Demonstrated experience to meet tight deadlines.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Computer literacy, including familiarity with new media technologies such as Zoom, Teams, Webex and so on. 
  • Access to high quality broadband in order to facilitate and record online inputs. 

To Apply: Please return your CV (with references) and cover letter outlining why you should be considered for this role to

The closing date for applications is Friday 14th April 2023 at 5pm

Interviews with shortlisted candidates will take place on the week of the 17th April.
Interviews will take place through Zoom.  

ILMI is an Equal Opportunities Employer and welcomes applications from disabled persons for this position. This role requires applicants to have the right to work in the Republic of Ireland.

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