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Care Alliance Ireland is looking for a new Chair of the Board of Directors to replace the  interim Chair.

This is a superb opportunity for someone who is ready to add board skills and experience to their CV. 
Care Alliance Ireland is the national network of voluntary organisations supporting family carers. Our vision is that the role of family carers is fully recognised and valued by society in Ireland. We support member organisations in their direct work with family carers through the provision of information, development of research and policy, by sharing resources and instigating opportunities for collaboration.

What We Do

  • We work with organisations to provide better information and supports to Family Carers. We provide them with opportunities to collaborate on initiatives including National Carers Week, a multi-agency and multi-disciplinary Family Carer Research Group, and joint policy submissions.
  • We deliver a number of carer specific projects; namely an Online Family Carer Support Project and a Back to paid employment project.
  • We commission relevant research that supports focused and quality interventions in the lives of Family Carers.

There are in the region of 500,000 family carers in the Republic of Ireland. Family carer support is provided by a number of organisations, including those dedicated solely to carer support, and others who support carers as part of their response to individuals with specific conditions. We work with our 95 member organisations and other agencies to support them in their work with family carers. Our legitimacy derives in part from our membership base which includes a wide range of organisations currently providing services to Ireland’s family carers.

Our membership is comprised of both large and small, regional and national organisations.

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The responsibilities of the Chair of Care Alliance Ireland are as follows:

  • Effectively communicating the vision and purpose of the organisation, to ensure the Board functions well and that there is full participation at meetings.
  • To plan and Chair meetings in accordance with the governing document
  • To liaise with the CEO and to keep up to date on the affairs of the organisation which as of March 2023 has five staff members. 
  • To take the lead in our compliance responsibilities
  • To bring impartiality and objectivity to meetings and decision-making
  • To ensure that decisions made at meetings are implemented
  • To be aware of current issues that might affect the organisation
  • To advocate for and represent the organisation at external meetings and events if required

To take on this opportunity, you must have a record of accomplishment, at a senior level in your field and ideally, but not necessarily, have previous experience as a Chairperson and / or a Board Director, with the insights to support the CEO and the Board of Directors in implementing the vision, mission and values of the organisation. Full training will be given in the Roles and Responsibilities of the Board. Full training will also be given in the Role of the Chair.  

The Chair is also expected to be a member of the Audit & Risk subcommittee.

Care Alliance Ireland operates an equal opportunities policy.

Qualities and skills required:

  • Excellent leadership skills
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Impartiality, fairness and the ability to respect confidences
  • Ability to ensure decisions are taken and followed-up
  • Tact and diplomacy
  • Understanding of the roles/responsibilities of a governing body
  • Background, preferably with some experience in Human Resources

Term of Office:
The appointment will be for a period of up to a total of three years. A further term of three years may be an option.

Board Meetings:
There will be 5 board meetings (virtual and in person) and a number of sub-committee meetings a year.

Face to face board meeting take place in Carmichael House, Brunswick Street, Dublin 7.