Director of Funding 22 Dec 12

Director of Funding and Partnerships

  • Full Time
  • Dublin

Early Childhood Ireland

The Person

The successful candidate will have the responsibility for designing and implementing a sustainable, future-focused funding strategy to increase revenue from a diverse portfolio of supporters. Reporting to the CEO, and as a member of the senior leadership team, the postholder will play an integral role in achieving the goals of the Strategic Plan 2021-2026.


Job Description

Early Childhood Ireland is the leading membership organisation in the Early Learning and Care and Scholl Age Childcare sector, with over 3,800 members. Early Childhood Ireland has a strong track record that spans over five decades and our vision is that every young child is thriving and learning in quality Early Learning and Care and School Age Childcare in centre-based and child minding settings.

Job Title:          Director of Funding and Partnerships

Reporting to:   Chief Executive Officer

Contract:           Full-time, permanent – subject to funding


Job Purpose

This role is a senior leadership role and is pivotal to the achievement of our mission, which is to support and empower our members to provide the highest quality Early Learning and Care and School Age Childcare services for children and their families in centres and childminders’ homes. This dynamic new role is of strategic importance to the achievement of funding objectives to drive the strategic plan. This is an exciting opportunity for someone who wants to take the next step forward in their career and join an organisation that is embarking on a new strategic plan with new, ambitious goals.


The Director of Funding and Partnerships will have the following responsibilities:

  • Recruit, lead and mentor a newly formed funding team to achieve ambitious goals to deliver on our Strategic Plan 2021 to 2026.
  • Work with the team to develop and sustain projects in line with our strategic aims and objectives
  • Cultivate a coherent, future-focused income diversification strategy
  • Identify, test, and analyse potential new income streams and channels
  • Build and manage a robust pipeline to secure new mutually beneficial relationships with an increased focus on commercial and strategic partnerships.
  • Nurture and drive existing relationships to deliver on objectives and maximise income
  • Drive existing and oversee the development of new high impact campaigns and initiatives.
  • Proactively grow Early Childhood Ireland’s National Pyjama Day to make it one of the most recognisable public events in the national fundraising calendar
  • Be responsible for the identification of, application for and securing of relevant grants, by implementing a streamlined grant management process
  • Collaborate with colleagues in the communications team to establish creative PR and marketing campaigns for all partnerships.
  • Ensure that all funding activities are carried out in line with best practices and compliance while articulating and adhering to the organisation’s brand and mission.
  • Be responsible for quality management of all key information in the grants database to ensure accurate reporting on activity is available, for ongoing partnership development activity and effective moves management etc.
  • Take a leading role in strengthening and aligning our systems and processes to support all funding efforts.
  • Identify and mitigate areas of risk relating to income, funding, and funding policy, reporting on these to the senior leadership team and the Board
  • Working with your team to stay up to date with the relevant developments.
  • A knowledge of commissioning is desirable.

Person Specification

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

Education and Qualifications

  • A minimum of 3 years’ experience in a similar role in any sector
  • A proven track record in devising and implementing income diversification strategies
  • Excellent business development and relationship management skills,
  • A relevant 3rd level qualification in an appropriate discipline
  • Ability to prepare and present campaign results, income forecasts and updates, targets & any other relevant data to senior leadership, board members & committees, explaining any variances and recommendations.
  • Experience of working for cross team on campaigns across different media, including digital and traditional channels
  • Experience of or a demonstrable understanding of the commissioning process
  • Demonstrable track record in successfully securing grant applications, tender responses and funding proposals to a very high standard
  • Excellent communication skills, verbal and presentation and excellent writing and analytical skills
  • Strong personal commitment to children, their lives, learning and rights

Knowledge and Understanding

  • The Community and Voluntary Sector *- an understanding of the funding infrastructure within which it operates.

Personal Attributes and Qualities

  • Strategic thinker with substantial knowledge and a capacity to see and understand the ‘big picture’
  • Ability to be reflective, insightful, and innovative and create a culture of strategic thinking and collaboration within a newly formed team
  • Drive, tenacity and proven capacity for implementation and the delivery of agreed metrics
  • Creative and dynamic person with excellent leadership and mentoring skills
  • Ability to work credibly and collaboratively with staff across the organisation, with ECI members, with key decision-makers across a range of sectors, and with other professionals who are stakeholders and champions of the sector
  • Ability to work under pressure, manage competing priorities and maintain a professional approach within a team context
  • Goal-oriented with proven capacity to meet deadlines
  • Proven experience in project management and impact measurement
  • Good working knowledge of governance and the principles of Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Highly computer literate – proficient in Microsoft Office and using CRM Databases
  • Working knowledge of Digital Fundraising tools and Social Media platforms

Terms and Conditions

Employer:        Early Childhood Ireland

Location:         Hainault House, Belgard Square South, Tallaght, Dublin 24 D24 RFV0

The probation period is six months. A salary in the range of €58K – €75K is offered.  The starting salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Benefits available to staff upon successful completion of probation:

Defined contribution pension scheme offering 6% to 10% employer contribution based on service, plus employee contribution (membership of pension scheme is mandatory upon completion of probation)

  • Access to Health Plan – group discount for Hospital Saturday Fund (HSF) with employers’ contribution
  • Death in service benefit
  • Professional fees and training opportunities as applicable
  • AA insurance cover if travel is required for the role
  • Additional annual leave
  • Paid maternity, parents’, paternity and adoptive leave
  • Paid sick leave
  • Educational assistance

Application Process

To apply, please submit an up-to-date CV and letter of application setting out your suitability for the role for the attention of Rita Dolan – email: by 5pm on Monday January 31, 2022.

Applicants should be legally entitled to work in the EU and are currently based in Ireland.

Shortlisting of candidates may apply and will be on the basis of the Job Description and Person Specification.  Candidates may be asked for further information or to undertake other tasks to assist in the assessment process.

Early Childhood Ireland does not require the assistance of third-party agencies at this time.

Early Childhood Ireland strives to be an Equal Opportunities Employer.

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