Independent Living Movement Ireland

ILMI Policy Officer

ILMI is seeking a dynamic, motivated and driven individual to join our staff team as Policy 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.

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   
Salary: €35,000 to €42,000 commensurate with experience.   

Job Description
  • Work with ILMI members to ensure that all policy development is led by disabled people.
  • Ensure that ILMI strategic objectives are supported by the development of evidence-based policies.
  • Monitor legislative and policy developments in all aspects of national and international policies relevant to the work of ILMI.
  • Support ILMI representatives with up-to-date policy reports to ensure ILMI can progress its key strategic objectives locally, national and internationally.
  • Support the development of collective policy spaces for ILMI members, including training for ILMI representatives.
  • 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.
  • Lead on developing ILMI submissions on relevant policy issues.
  • Work with CEO, staff, board and 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 3 years’ experience in a relevant organisation; 
  • An understanding of the social model of disability and the philosophy of Independent Living
  • 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 research and write policy documents to a high standard;
  • Demonstrated experience to meet tight deadlines;
  • Excellent communication skills;
  • Experience of lobbying and campaigning work at a national or international level;
  • Computer literacy, including familiarity with new media technologies, including familiarity with new media technologies such as Zoom.
  • Access to high quality broadband in order to facilitate and record Zoom inputs.

To Apply: Please return your CV (with references) and cover letter outlining why you should be considered for this role to
Closing date for applications is: Friday 18th November 2022 at 5pm. 
Interviews with shortlisted candidates will take place on the week of the 22nd November 2022.
Interviews will take place via Zoom. 

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

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