Epilepsy Ireland is hiring!



Communications Officer


Epilepsy Ireland Head Office, Crumlin, Dublin 12 (post will include


occasional travel)

Hours of Work:

35 hours per week

Reporting to:

Fundraising & Communications Manager


Permanent post with six month probation period


Salary commensurate with experience



Organisation Description:

Epilepsy Ireland was established in 1966 and is the national organisation working for people with epilepsy and their families. Our vision is to achieve a society where no person's life is limited by epilepsy. Our work encompasses:

  • Information, training and support services for people with epilepsy and their families, delivered from head office in Dublin and 10 regional offices
  • Education and training for healthcare and allied health professionals
  • Raising awareness and improving public understanding of epilepsy
  • Advocating on behalf of people with epilepsy
  • Funding and supporting epilepsy research

See epilepsy.ie for more information on the organisation and our activities.

Role Summary: Communications Officer

Epilepsy Ireland is seeking to recruit an experienced and qualified Communications Officer to co-ordinate the communications function across the organisation to help us to achieve our mission and objectives. We seek a motivated, creative and enthusiastic person who will play a central role in the development and implementation of all our communications activities, ensuring that these activities meet the needs of the organisation and our stakeholders. The ideal candidate will have experience in public communications using traditional and digital media and will demonstrate excellent planning/ project management and written/ oral communication skills.

Summary of Role and Responsibilities

  • To implement the organisation’s communications strategy in conjunction with the senior management team
  • To co-ordinate and manage, to tight deadlines, the organisation’s external communication channels including newsletters, publications, e-newsletters, website and social media.
  • To manage media relations and publicity and drive key awareness and advocacy campaigns.
  • To support the organisation’s fundraising events and campaigns with effective public communications.
  • To provide communications support and input to other functions including Services, Training and Research.

Specific Roles and Responsibilities

Communications Strategy

  • To understand the organisation’s different stakeholder groups and put in place structures to effectively meet the communications needs of each stakeholder group.
  • To develop and implement in conjunction with the senior management team, annual and quarterly activity plans aligned with the organisation’s Strategic Plan and communications strategy.
  • To monitor, review and periodically update the organisation’s communications strategy.
  • To monitor and evaluate all communications activity, report on impact and use data to continuously improve communications activities.

External Communication Channels

  • To manage the production and dissemination of the quarterly Epilepsy News magazine for Epilepsy Ireland members, including content research and sourcing; copy writing; editing; proofing and liaising with designers and printers.
  • To manage the production and contribute to the copy writing of other communications materials including fundraising materials, services updates, research updates and the Annual Report.
  • To manage the epilepsy.ie site, including day to day content preparation and management and managing the ongoing development of the site.
  • To manage Epilepsy Ireland social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram), to create and share a range of relevant content to support our work and communicate effectively with our target audiences.
  • To produce relevant monthly e-newsletters covering all aspects of our work
  • To be a first point of contact on public queries relating to the organisation and its activities and to provide responses to external queries.

Media Relations, Publicity & Awareness Campaigns

  • To lead on all media and public relations activities concerning the organisation and its activities including the drafting and dissemination of press releases, statements and answering media queries.
  • To proactively develop a network of contacts among media and other stakeholders including members, medical professionals and other disability/ umbrella organisations to further the organisation’s communications and awareness-raising objectives.
  • To recruit, manage, co-ordinate and support media volunteers and Epilepsy Ireland ambassadors on publicity activities.
  • To co-ordinate and roll-out annual public awareness campaigns such as International Epilepsy Day, Brain Awareness Week and other events & campaigns aimed at raising awareness and understanding of epilepsy.
  • To proactively seek out and follow through on key opportunities for raising the profile of the organisation and its work.
  • To work with the senior management team on Epilepsy Ireland’s advocacy agenda and lead on communications aspects of advocacy campaigns, including information materials, presentations, briefing notes, graphics and other supports.
  • To represent the organisation in the media when required.

Supporting Fundraising Activities

  • To provide communications support to the fundraising team on key activities, events and campaigns.
  • To support the fundraising department on the preparation of proposals; marketing content and promotional materials.
  • To manage the Epilepsy Ireland branding and identity guidelines and ensure consistency across all communications platforms.

Communications support to other functions/ departments

  • To assist the services team in the organisation and promotion of key services, projects and events such as the National Conference and other public events.
  • To work with the Services team on the development of epilepsy information resources and contribute to their copy-writing and proofing.
  • To support the marketing activities for Epilepsy Ireland’s training programmes including Training For Success based at IT Sligo.
  • To develop and implement strategies for promoting Epilepsy Ireland membership.
  • To highlight Epilepsy Ireland’s Research Funding Scheme and communicate the impact of our investments in epilepsy research.
  • To develop and utilise systems for effective two-way internal communications.

General Responsibilities

  • To demonstrate a commitment to the work of Epilepsy Ireland and to carry out the work of the organisation in an efficient and effective manner.
  • To uphold the reputation of the organisation and represent Epilepsy Ireland in a professional manner.
  • To be familiar with and adhere to the Epilepsy Ireland’s policies and procedures
  • To carry out other administrative duties as required
  • To participate in Epilepsy Irelands performance management system and engage in regular supervision and appraisal
  • To participate in relevant training and development courses as agreed with your manager
  • To be vigilant to any Health, Safety and Welfare risks in the workplace and bring any concerns to the attention to the Health & Safety Officer
  • To undertake such other duties as might be reasonably assigned from time to time

Person Specification:


  • Relevant third level qualification (e.g. Public Relations, Communications, Marketing, Media or Journalism)
  • Minimum 3 years’ experience working in a Communications/ PR/ Marketing function preferably with some experience of the voluntary sector
  • Exemplary written and oral communication skills
  • Excellent project management, problem-solving and administration skills
  • Experience of website and social media management
  • Experience of traditional and digital marketing tactics
  • Knowledge and experience of working with the media in Ireland
  • Excellent general communication skills with the ability to show empathy and understanding and to deal with a diverse range of stakeholders
  • Flexibility and adaptability and to be able to learn and work as part of a wider team
  • Ability to self-motivate, self-manage and plan own workload
  • High level of computer literacy
  • Full clean driving licence and access to own car


  • Knowledge of epilepsy, disability, or non-profit/ health-related settings will be an advantage
  • A keen interest in media, news and current affairs, particularly in relation to health/ disability


Please send your Curriculum Vitae with a covering letter explaining why you wish to apply for the position and highlighting your relevant skills and experience to Catherine Powell at recruitment@epilepsy.ie Please use the reference ‘Communications Officer’ when applying.

The closing date for receipt of applications is 1pm on Monday 15th April 2019. Initial shortlisting will be on the basis of the information contained in the CV and covering letter. First interviews will be held in Dublin in late April. The first interview may reduce the initial short list and remaining candidates may be invited for a second interview.

The role will be subject to Garda vetting, verification of qualifications and reference checks.

For the moment, we do not require the assistance of recruitment agencies.