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Communications Co-ordinator

  • Early Childhood Ireland
  • Dublin 24
  • Full Time | Contract
  • Applications have closed

Early Childhood Ireland

Job description

The Job
The Communications Co-ordinator will drive Early Childhood Ireland’s presence in the public arena through digital and social media communications. Reporting to the Communications and Business Development Manager, the post holder will monitor relevant developments, and ensure that our online presence makes an important contribution to the realisation of our strategic goals.

The Person
The successful candidate will have 2-3 years’ experience and be expert in communicating online. S/he will have excellent communications, organisational and interpersonal skills and be dependable and flexible.

Job Description
Early Childhood Ireland is the leading membership organisation in the sector, with over 3,800 members. Our vision is that every young child is thriving and learning in quality early childhood settings.

Job Title: Communications Co-ordinator
Reporting to: Communications and Business Development Manager
Contract: 9-month maternity cover contract, full time hours


Job Purpose

The purpose of the position is to help deliver a robust online presence on Early Childhood Ireland’s website and social media channels. You will use a range of communications skills and channels to generate proactive engagement. The role is fast-paced and demanding, working across a range of activities from monitoring all online coverage of the organisation and its cause, to developing and managing a focused and ambitious social media presence, interfacing with members through online and social media channels as well as the preparation and dissemination of internal publications.

The position will focus particularly on the achievement of ECI’s communications objectives, as well as our communications with members and other stakeholders within the Early Years Education and Care sector.

The Communications Co-ordinator is a key member of the Communications and Development Team but will serve as a resource throughout the entire organisation.



The Communications Co-ordinator will have the following responsibilities:

  • Act as the immediate interface and consolidate a positive relationship between online/digital media and ECI;
  • Contribute to the design, co-ordination and running of relevant Early Childhood Ireland campaigns, focusing particularly on digital and social media aspects;
  • Monitor the coverage of early education and care in online and digital media;
  • Monitor ECI’s public profile and brand, including its media presence and performance;
  • Contribute and implement a focused and ambitious digital communications strategy (including social media);
  • Ensure consistency and coherence of Early Childhood Ireland’s messaging and presence in the public sphere and within the sector, across digital and social media;
  • Work with the team to organise and manage ECI press events, including photo calls and launches;
  • Drive Early Childhood Ireland’s digital communications activities around key events such as the annual conference and Early Childhood Ireland’s National Pyjama Day;
  • Evaluate the impact of Early Childhood Ireland’s digital communications activities and identify relevant and emerging trends;
  • Contribute to communications with our members and the wider sector;
  • Manage and edit production of our quarterly magazine;
  • Work individually and with fellow members of the CAD team to develop innovative and creative ways of preparing communication materials;
  • Work with the team to plan and implement communications initiatives and campaigns for members through, for example but not limited to, member surveys, videos, and other methods;
  • Promote Early Childhood Ireland, its members and the sector at relevant external events;
  • Undertake any other such relevant duties as may from time to time arise and are considered appropriate;
  • Work with the Communications and Business Development Manager to develop and plan, implement, and review communications initiatives with external partners and brands.


Person Specification

Each of the following requirements is essential, unless marked with a * when it is deemed desirable attributes.


Education and Qualifications

  • A Level 8 Degree or equivalent academic qualification
  • Masters level qualification in a relevant field*


Knowledge and Understanding

  • The social media landscape in Ireland
  • The role, influence, trends, metrics and development of social media
  • Early Childhood Education and Care*
  • The Community and Voluntary Sector*


Skills and Experience

  • 3-5 years’ experience of digital and social media to advance organisational objectives
  • Excellent writing and editing skills
  • Excellent verbal communications and presentation skills
  • Ability to work to tight deadlines and under pressure
  • Ability to identify and plan key areas of work
  • Ability to establish priorities and manage a complex workload to tight deadlines
  • Ability to build and maintain good working relationships with colleagues, members and external personnel
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a team in pursuit of common goals, as well as to work independently


Personal Attributes and Qualities

  • Dependable and flexible
  • Creative and analytical
  • Able to think strategically
  • Goal oriented
  • Good judgement
  • Work in accordance with the aims, values and ethos of ECI


Terms and Conditions

Employer: Early Childhood Ireland
Location: The office is based in Tallaght, Dublin 24. However, the organisation is adhering to public health guidelines, with staff currently working from home.

This is a 9-month maternity cover contract (full time hours), reporting to the Communications and Business Development Manager. The probation period is six months.

A salary in the range of €35,749 – €40,000 is offered. The starting salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience and the rate will be paid pro rata

There is an annual holiday entitlement of 23 days, which will be calculated on a pro rata basis.


Application Process

To apply, please submit an up to date CV and letter of application setting out your suitability for the role to Anna Kilpatrick before 5pm on Friday, 23 October 2020.

Interviews will be held on the week beginning 2 November 2020.

Applicants should be legally entitled to work in the EU and currently based in Ireland.
Candidates may be asked for further information or to undertake other tasks to assist in the assessment process.

Early Childhood Ireland strives to be an Equal Opportunities Employer.

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