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Board Member / Trustee with Communications and Media Experience

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About HIV Ireland

HIV Ireland is a national non-governmental / non-profit organisation working to advance the rights of people living with and impacted by HIV in Ireland. Established in 1987 as Dublin AIDS Alliance, the organisation has worked tirelessly to provide dedicated community support and advocacy for people living with and impacted by HIV, to raised awareness and combat HIV-related stigma, and to prevent the onward transmission of HIV through effective community-based prevention, education, and outreach programmes. 

Our Vision is an end to new HIV transmissions and HIV-related stigma and discrimination in Ireland.

Board of Directors

As custodians of HIV Ireland, the Board of Directors sets the vision, mission, and values of the organisation, appoints the Executive Director, establishes fundraising targets, oversees sound fiscal governance, and ensures full regulatory compliance in relation to all company and charitable activities.  The Board meets regularly to direct the affairs of the organisation in line with our governing constitution, our mission, and our strategic objectives.

New Board members will be committed to advancing the mission of the organisation for the benefit of people living with and impacted by HIV; make decisions in the best interests of the organisation; uphold the Board’s duty of care towards staff, volunteers, service users and members of the community; ensure proper and prudent care of company assets, facilities, and resources; and oversee adherence to fiscal and regulatory obligations through sound planning, systems, and review.   

New Board Member Recruitment

HIV Ireland is seeking skilled, highly motivated and committed individuals to join our Board of Directors in a volunteer capacity. As a priority, new board members will possess demonstrable skills, qualification and/or expertise in the following areas:

  • Communications and Media
  • Business Leadership and Governance
  • Political Campaigning and Fundraising
  • Civil Society and Community Development

Role 1: Board member - Communications and Media

Key competencies (Essential)

  • Experience in design and/or implementation of multi-year media and communications strategies for a small or medium sized organisations with limited budget and resources.
  • Ability to analyse and provide professional/experience-based insights into media communications, brand management and information sharing techniques.
  • Knowledge of how to determine and ensure meaningful measurable impacts from key messaging and communications activities.
  • In depth knowledge of current Irish media landscape, including broadcast, print and social media content creation.
  • Experience in designing and/or implementing successful media campaigns, with an emphasis on public awareness raising, policy change and/or campaigning for a political purpose.
  • Knowledge of regulatory framework governing campaigning/lobbying for a charity / non-governmental organisation in Ireland.
  • Knowledge of high impact marketing and communications using new media e.g., social media campaigning and marketing.
  • Help to communicate the organisation’s work and foster new partnerships/connections.

Other competencies (Desirable) 

  • Good working knowledge of HIV and/or sexual health and related issues in Ireland.
  • Experience of health, human rights and/or social policy development in Ireland.
  • Knowledge and experience of Ireland’s Charities Regulatory Framework.

Core Competencies

New Members of the Board will sign the Director’s Handbook which outlines key roles and responsibilities of Board Members including (but not limited to):

Vision and Leadership:

  • Be committed to the vision, mission, and values of the organisation
  • Provide strategic direction, including agreeing and monitoring strategic plans

Accountability and Legal Responsibilities

  • Ensure the organisation makes efficient use of resources and that all monies are applied to stated objects, agreed plans and budgets.
  • Determine and ensure appropriate mitigation strategies to minimise risks to the organisation, staff, volunteers, and service users.

Financial and Staff Management

  • Understand and advise on the financial position of the organisation.
  • Ensure the organisation operates within its agreed accounting policies.
  • Ensure the organisation is a responsible employer and adheres to legislation.

About Membership

Directors serve for three years, with terms open to renewal for a further 3-year term of office. Meetings are held at the offices of HIV Ireland, 70 Eccles St, Dublin D07 A977 on six occasions per year (bimonthly).

Directors are voluntary, may accrue no financial benefit and will receive no remuneration during their tenure. Participation may involve up to 3 hours per month. All Directors agree to be bound by the Directors’ Handbook and to inform the Board of Directors of any conflicts of interest which may arise in advance of decision making or related activity.

How to join our Board of Directors

Interested candidates who would like to contribute their time and expertise to the Board of Directors should email Fergal O’Sullivan, Chair of the Nominations Committee of the Board of Directors, HIV Ireland, 70 Eccles St, Dublin D07A977 Email: for more information.

Board Member / Trustee with Communications and Media Experience

Published on 11.05.2022

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