Communications Manager (Part Time) - HAIL

HAIL is an Approved Housing Body with 400 properties in the Greater Dublin area

HAIL’s mission is to provide housing and individually tailored support services to tenants and clients, primarily those with mental health difficulties, to integrate and live independent lives in the community.

HAIL’s vision is to be the provider of choice for housing and support for people with mental health difficulties, enabling them to achieve and sustain independent living in the community by having secure, quality, affordable accommodation with appropriate support services tailored to their needs.

Company Housing Association for Integrated Living (HAIL)
Location 2nd Floor, Central Hotel Chambers, 7 – 9 Dame Court, Dublin 2 D02X452
Apply by 4 December 2020
Position / Title Communications Manager (Part Time)
Reporting to CEO
Contract Type This a part-time post for 3 days per week (21 hours)
How To Apply

Please send your C.V. and letter of application to Loading... by 5pm on 4th December.

Please contact Loading... for any queries.

*Only those shortlisted for Interview and who possess the desirable and essential skills will be responded to.

Job Purpose Summary

The primary function of this role is to lead and manage the implementation of all communication activities for the organisation. This strategic role will include managing HAIL’s internal and external communications, liaising with funders, partners and stakeholders, organising events and supporting the preparation of communications outputs (e.g. articles, videos, news items, social media).

Key Role and responsibilities

1. Communication

  • Lead on the implementation and update of HAIL’s Communication Strategy and Crisis Management Plan.
  • Assist the CEO and Management Team in raising the profile of HAIL with key funders and stakeholders.
  • Work with colleagues in developing and managing the content of publications such as the Annual Report, newsletters and other branding materials, from initial concept through to production and distribution.
  • Develop and maintain strong relationships with broadcast and print media, in order to raise HAIL’s profile and expand its media attention in a manner that respects the privacy of HAIL’s tenants and clients.
  • Develop and maintain HAIL’s online presence via the website and various social media platforms.
  • Liaise with the media, draft and issue press releases as required.
  • Represent HAIL at events and in the media  and/or  identify suitable spokespersons from within the organisation and assist with their interview preparation.
  • Oversee HAIL’s branding and ensure consistency of the use of the brand.
  • Lead the internal staff communications group and manage internal communications including the quarterly staff newsletter.
  • Keep abreast of housing and mental health policies that affect HAIL’s work. 
  • Monitor and evaluate all communications activity, reporting evidence of impact and making recommendations for future work.
  • Support HAIL tenants and clients to tell their stories to the media through training and mentoring.
  • In conjunction with all services within HAIL, develop and maintain a list of stakeholders and other personnel, who are relevant to HAIL’s strategic objectives.
  • Take a lead role and support other staff in the development of HAIL’s core communications message to external agencies.
  • Proactively create opportunities to promote HAIL.
  • Manage events that involve the celebration and/or promotion of the work of HAIL.
  • To undertake such other duties as might be reasonably assigned from time to time in consultation with your Manager.

2. Organisational and Managerial

  • Contribute to the business planning and strategic planning process
  • Actively contribute at senior management level in developing and delivering organisational strategy and assisting HAIL deliver on the aims and objectives of the organisation
  • Ensure compliance with legal and regulatory requirements by keeping up to date with relevant legislation changes and creating or amending HAIL policies and procedures as required.
  • Report as required to the Board and its Committees
  • Responsible for Health & Safety and implementation of all H&S policies & procedures
  • Responsible for Risk in areas of responsibility
  • Budget management/budget setting and financial planning for the Communications Section
  • Ensuring value for money in the Support Service Section

Personal Specification

Key requirements for the position of Communications Manager are:

Professional Requirements

  • A relevant third level qualification in communications, journalism, PR or equivalent field

Experience, Knowledge & Skills 

The Applicant must have proficient experience, knowledge and skills in the following areas to be deemed suitable for this position.

  • At least five years relevant work experience in the area of communications;
  • Experience of leading and managing communications projects;
  • Good knowledge of the not for profit/charity sector. It would be desirable to have experience working in a housing and/or mental health environment;
  • Excellent communications and interpersonal skills;
  • Motivated, energetic and results driven;
  • Team player, with the confidence to take the lead and guide other staff;
  • Excellent writing skills;
  • Experience in working on campaigns using traditional and digital marketing tactics;
  • Excellent organisational skills;
  • Excellent IT skills with experience developing websites and social networking for organisational objectives;
  • Experience in evaluating communications activity and reporting evidence of impact;
  • Ability to monitor and respond to changes in the sector, and maximise new opportunities;
  • Creativity and an ability to generate engaging communication messages;
  • Experience in a growing and changing organisation.

Full clean Irish driving license is required.

The Conditions

The salary will be commensurate with the experience of the individual appointed and in line with the organisation’s salary scale.

HAIL offers:

  • Flexible working hours
  • 29 annual leave days plus 3 Company days (pro rata)
  • Company Pension Scheme with current contributions rates of 5% employer contribution and 5% employee contribution
  • Death in Service Benefit
  • Health insurance for serious illness


  • This post will be filled immediately 
  • All contracts are subject to successful completion of a six-month probationary period

Recruitment Process

  • Please send your C.V. and letter of application to Loading... by 5pm on 4th December.
  • Please contact Loading... for any queries.

*Only those shortlisted for Interview and who possess the desirable and essential skills will be responded to.

HAIL is an Equal Opportunities Employer

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