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Communications Specialist Volunteer Board of Management Member

The Childhood Development Initiative (CDI), is funded under the Government's Area Based Childhood Programme (ABC), which builds on the learning to date from the Prevention and Early Intervention Programme (PEIP). The initiative aims to break the cycle of child poverty in areas where it is most deeply entrenched and to improve the outcomes for children and young people where these are currently significantly poorer than they are for children and young people living elsewhere in the Irish State. 

Based in Tallaght West, CDI was initially established through a partnership between the Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA) and the Atlantic Philanthropies (AP), under the PEIP, which was set up with "the objective of testing innovative ways of delivering services and early interventions for children and young people, including the wider family and community settings," (DCYA. 2011). Through innovative partnerships, CDI brings together the science of evidenced-based practice and rigorous evaluation, with the spirit of an approach focused on the identified needs of children and families.

We design, deliver and evaluate programmes across a spectrum of local needs including language, literacy, health, early years, conflict management and community safety. All CDI programmes are evidenced-informed and manualised, and are delivered through existing structures and services. 

CDI is now looking for suitably experienced, socially minded and committed individuals to join its existing governance structures in order to help CDI achieve its objectives. 

CDI invites applications to join our Board of Management as a pro-bono basis. We are specifically seeking someone who can guide our communications staff and advise on how best to target our social media content and digital marketing plan within the context of our resources. 


  • Fully participate as a member of the CDI Board of Management, which meets for two hours, six weekly;
  • Provide the CDI Board and communications staff with expertise and advice in relation to communications matters pertaining to CDI;
  • Meet with the CEO and communications staff to advise on social media and digital marketing matters as appropriate.

Personal Specification:

  • A minimum of three years experience working in a senior role in communications with focus on digital content;
  • Previous experience of Board/ Sub Committee membership would be preferred;
  • Previous experience in the community/ voluntary sector is desirable, especially in the Not for Profit sector. 


Childhood Development Initiative CLG
St Mark's Youth and Family Centre
Dublin 24

Meeting Times:

  • The CDI Board meets eight times a year
  • Meetings with other staff as necessary, by mutual arrangement
  • It is important that the Board Member could commit to this role for a minimum period of two years.

CDI's commitment to the volunteer:

  • In induction programme will be provided along with access to governance training;
  • The role offers an opportunity to contribute to and be part of the development of CDI's programmes' research and development across a spectrum of local and national needs including language, literacy, health, early years and conflict management.

Communications Specialist Volunteer Board of Management Member

Published on 15.06.2020