Early Years Communications Coordinator - Pobal

The Early Years Communications Coordinator will play an integral role on the Corporate Communications Team, whilst providing valuable communications advice and support to Pobal’s Early Years Directorate.

This includes internal and external communications, programme announcements, branding, coordination of launches and campaigns, media and social media monitoring, website development and media engagement. 

The Coordinator will enhance and strengthen Pobal’s role in delivering high quality services and supports on behalf of the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth (DCEDIY) in respect of early learning and care programmes.
Company Pobal
Location Dublin
Apply by 21 January 2022
Position / Title Early Years Communications Coordinator
Department Corporate Services Directorate
Reporting to Corporate Communications Manager
Direct Reports None
Contract Type Fixed Term Contract until 31st December 2022, subject to continuance of Government funding
How To Apply Please email a copy of your application form to Loading... by January 21st 2022.

Key Responsibility Areas    


  • Responsible for implementing and managing corporate communication efforts across Pobal’s early years’ service delivery.
  • Develop and implement an internal communications plan to support effective information flows within Early Years Operations and with relevant business partners.
  • Develop and implement external communications plans aligned with training, consultation and customer/stakeholder engagement strategies to support programme implementation and service excellence.
  • Review current communication channels and support the development of an improvement plan for key internal and external stakeholders.
  • Assist with the coordination, planning and management of campaigns including programme launches, events, photocalls, etc
  • Manage and respond to media queries, funder queries and parliamentary questions in a timely and efficient manner, including relevant administration of same.
  • Liaise closely with early years operational teams to monitor potential communication challenges and develop supports including media briefing materials and statements
  • Ensure streamlined and effective methods for communications with the early learning and school aged care sector, representative groups and City / County Childcare Committees and to set communications priorities that are linked to service priorities.
  • To coordinate and successfully manage a series of communications forums, internal working groups and to build on the outcomes and agreed actions.
  • To draft, edit and compile communication resources, publications, portal announcements and website updates.

Teamwork and Stakeholder Engagement

  • Coordinate a broad cross section of internal clients with varied communications requirements.
  • The ability to work both independently and collaboratively within a dynamic team and multi stakeholder environment.
  • To drive corporate communication priorities and ensure they are implemented successfully across early year’s operational services within Pobal.
  • To act as the key point of contact with the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth (DCEDIY) and other early learning and care stakeholders and representative groups.  
  • Collaborate with early year’s representative organisations, external vendors and suppliers as appropriate and in line with the communications and stakeholder engagement strategy.

Customer Service & Support

  • Act as a key point of contact and provide communications and public relations advice and recommendations to the Early Years Operations Directorate.
  • Keep up with topical issues and challenges impacting the Early Learning and Care and School Aged Care Sector.
  • Coordinate large-scale events and meetings and circulate relevant communications and information subsequently.

Required Experience

  • At least 5 years related experience in a large fast-paced environment.
  • Experience in a communications role, which has included the following areas; media relations, corporate communications, public relations, public information campaigns or digital media.
  • Ability to communicate complex information clearly to a range of stakeholders.
  • Proficient in MS packages e.g. Word, Excel, Outlook, SharePoint.


  • Relevant third level qualification (e.g. Degree or Masters), or equivalent gained in Public Relations, Communications or near related field is essential.

Additional information and a detailed job description is available from www.pobal.ie


Pobal is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes suitably qualified applicants
from all sections of society.


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