WorkAbility Project Officer  

Job Post: 11th January 2024


Job Title WorkAbility Project Officer
Reports to WorkAbility Programme Manager
Location Galway City & Surrounds
Contract Details 5-year Fixed Term Contract – Full-time 37 hours per week
Salary Details HSE Social Care Worker 01/02/2022 salary scale €33,966 – €48,950
Job Purpose To recruit and support participants to integrate and participate fully and meaningfully in their community and wider society by developing socially valued roles; through the development of successful pathways into activities, training, education, and employment aligning with the individual’s preferences, assets, and personal development goals while meeting the project’s outcomes and targets.


WorkAbility: Inclusive Pathways to Employment Programme – Pobal

Main duties & Responsibilities §  To work in line with the workability project’s goals and outcomes, that supports and facilitates participants to develop socially valued roles, responding to their training, education, employment, and personal development needs.

§  To assertively collaborate in development and execution of a robust support plan ensuring that support plan outcomes are focused on the achievement of socially valued roles.

§  To develop strategic links, collaborations and robust pathways with relevant external stakeholders and agencies (e.g. employers, training programmes, educational institutions), focusing on various levels of participation & sustainable social role development.

§  Maintain high levels of collaboration and communication with external stakeholders, team leaders, support workers to encourage participation, and facilitate feedback and information sharing, focused on best possible participation and outcomes.

§  Source and apply for funding, grants or other opportunities to enhance and sustain the provision of the overall service activities and development.

§  To maintain a systematic and timely approach with recording and evidencing work and outcomes, ensuring that all communication, reporting and administrative policies and procedures are followed.

§  Participate proactively in training, networking, personal development, and the supervision process.

§  To provide training and mentoring to team members, volunteers and placement students as required.

§  To carry out all duties with reasonable care following all Health & Safety procedures and policies and to act as First Aid Responder as required.

§  Maintain confidentiality on all matters relating to staff, volunteers, participants, clients, past and present and general Galway Simon Community Business.

§  Be aware of and adhere to all Galway Simon Community current Policies and Procedures.

§  All other duties as may be from time to time requested by management, and which are consistent with your job and responsibilities.


This Job Description is intended to indicate the broad range of responsibilities and requirements of the position.  It is neither exhaustive nor exclusive but while some variation can be expected in particular duties, as the position evolves, the outline is considered to provide a reasonable general description of the position.

Person specification:


Essential Requirements

§  A Social Care/Community Development Degree (min. Level 7) or equivalent relevant qualification

§  We welcome applicants with qualifications in any of the following areas Social Care, Community Development, Addiction Studies, Sociology, Human Rights, Family Support, Coaching, Facilitation, Youth Work or related fields.

§  Have a minimum of 3 years’ experience working in a similar or relevant role.

§  Demonstrate the ability to work with a diverse range of stakeholders, including community groups, social enterprises, statutory agencies, local agencies and funders.

§  Being flexible with working hours including evenings and weekends, as needed to facilitate participant and programme outcomes.

§  Have a valid and full clean driver’s licence; access to own vehicle for work-related purposes and be able to obtain insurance to indemnify Galway Simon and carry passengers in relation to work-related duties.


Essential Traits

§  Have a positive, proactive, solution-focused outlook and approach to all work.

§  Proven ability to manage people, develop, mentor and train participants, staff and volunteers.

§  Demonstrable capacity to work on own initiative and as part of a team effectively.

§  Demonstrate a passion, energy, and positive attitude towards the work of Galway Simon Community

§  Have working knowledge of using a trauma informed approach.

§  Excellent organisation skills, advocacy skills, interpersonal and communication skills.

§  Be self-motivated, positive and able to motivate and inspire others.

§  Demonstrate a high level of administrative skills, and use of modern technology.

§  Be patient, non-judgemental and resourceful.


Highly Desirable

§  Experience of working with vulnerable people with limited work experience.

§  Experience of the impact and working with psychological trauma

§  Knowledge of the business sector and business networks.


To apply All applications should be submitted on the Galway Simon Community application form.  Application form and detailed job description can be obtained from


Applications must be submitted to by 5pm on Sunday, 4th February 2024.


If you have any questions in relation to this position please contact the HR department via email

Galway Simon Community is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.




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