Communications Manager

Gaisce – The President’s Award are looking to recruit a proactive and creative communications professional with a track record of achievement to make Gaisce a household name. As Gaisce approaches its 35th anniversary in 2020, this is an exciting time to join an important national youth organisation.

Company Gaisce – The President’s Award
Location Dublin
Apply by 30 October 2018
Position / Title Communications Manager
Department Communications
Reporting to CEO
Direct Reports (min) 2
Contract Type Full-time, 3-year (with opportunity to extend)
How To Apply

By application form  — click here to download.

before  9am, Tuesday, 30 October

Reporting to the CEO, the role of the Communications Manager will be to create, implement and manage a multi-platform (branding, digital, media and PR) communications strategy that will substantially elevate awareness of Gaisce and the value of the Gaisce Awards amongst key stakeholders, both internal and external. This is a leadership role within the organisation and the successful candidate will be responsible for all communications, marketing, events and related activities, and will have line management responsibilities.


  • Create and deliver an external communications plan that will significantly enhance awareness of Gaisce and the Gaisce story amongst key policy and decision makers across the public and private sector;
  • Develop and enhance Gaisce’s relationship with both national and local media;
  • Design and manage an integrated internal communications plan to reach and engage key internal stakeholders including young people, Gaisce participants, Awardees, President Award Leaders and Gaisce Award Partners.
  • Develop and oversee the implementation of a digital strategy with a particular emphasis on website content, social media, digital advertising, email marketing, video and mobile.
  • Oversee all Gaisce’s online and printed communication materials, ensuring all communication activities are managed appropriately, professionally and in line with best practice and data protection legislation.
  • Oversee Gaisce’s internal communications, managing the creation of key messaging and production of relevant materials to support organisational initiatives to ensure a consistent and professional message is conveyed.
  • Oversee the planning, coordination and management of Gaisce Award Ceremonies and a calendar of events to meet objectives.
  • Build and maintain effective relationships and networks to advance objectives of the organisation including with media, C&V/youth organisations, supporters and policy makers.
  • Manage a small team (currently, Events and Engagement Officer and Marketing and Communications Officer), motivating and empowering them to perform to the best of their ability and in according with the HR policies and procedures of the organisation.
  • Carefully manage (modest) annual budget, ensuring objectives are met within budget;
  • Work closely with the Operations and Development Manager, supporting the CEO.
  • Measure, evaluate and report on activities on a regular basis and as requested.
  • Undertake other duties as may be reasonably required from time to time, commensurate with the nature of the post.
  • Act in the best interest of Gaisce and in line with the vision and mission of the organisation.



Experience / Skills (E=Essential / D=Desirable):

  • Minimum 4 years relevant experience in developing and successfully implementing successful communications and/or marketing/PR strategies (E)
  • Demonstrable ability to operate at a strategic level, converting strategies into successful implementation plans (E)
  • Proven track record of brand development for an organisation, achieving or exceeding targets (E)
  • Experience developing and/or implementing digital marketing strategies (E)
  • Understanding of website content management and development (E)
  • Communication and influencing skills (E)
  • Strategic, analytical and evaluation skills (E)
  • Data analysis, problem solving and decision making capabilities (E)
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills (in English) (E)
  • Strong ability to develop effective working relationships with diverse groups (E)
  • Experience of organising events, award ceremonies, press launches, press photocalls (D)
  • Familiarity with the community and voluntary sector (youth sector a particular advantage) (D)
  • Familiarity with the Gaisce programme (D)


  • Graduate in a relevant discipline (communications, PR marketing) or equivalent (E)
  • Highly IT literate with strong grasp of CRM software and data management (E)

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