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Doras is recruiting a new CEO to lead the organisation and to continue its development in the coming years. This is an exciting opportunity to shape the development of an organisation dedicated to ensuring that everyone is treated with compassion and justice and can benefit from the growing diversity in Ireland.


The role of the Doras CEO is to lead and manage this dynamic organisation as it continues to

  • Address the needs of international protection applicants, refugees and at-risk migrants ensuring their rights are protected.
  • Work with partners and mainstream services providers (government agencies, local partnerships, community development agencies) to engage with the needs and capacities of migrants; and the processes of social inclusion and integration in Irish society.
  • Use the organisation’s experience to inform policy and contribute to the shaping of the discourses around migration and integration.
  • Ensure it is adequately resourced to continue to provide a professional, sustainable and well-managed organisation.

The new CEO will be a person with the capacity and enthusiasm to lead the skilled Doras team in realising the goals and vision of the organisation at this time of vibrant development and expansion.  But most importantly, (s)he will be committed to the fundamental ethos of Doras – the creation of an Ireland where everyone is safe and equal.


Job Title                               Chief Executive Officer
Reporting to                        Board of Trustees
Hours of work                   35 hours per week excluding lunch, a degree of flexibility will be required
Principal Place of Work Doras Offices, Limerick

Doras is an independent, non-profit, non-governmental organisation working to support & promote the rights of migrants living in Ireland. We provide a free and confidential advice and legal information service on a range of immigration-related issues including asylum applications; direct provision; family reunification; employment rights and reporting racism. Each year, over 1,200 migrants access our service. We campaign at local, national and international level for change in policy and legislation relating to international protection, trafficking, racism and other issues.
The Chief Executive Officer provides leadership of the organisation, effectively delivering on the mission, vision and strategic goals under the delegated authority of the Board of Trustees.

Key Objectives of the Post

  • Work with the Board of Trustees to formulate and regularly review the organisation’s vision, objectives and strategic plan.
  • Explore and develop fundraising options in the private and public sectors.
  • Ensure that the organisation is well administered and meets its governance responsibilities.
  • Enhance the organisation’s impact and profile throughout Ireland.

Key Task Areas

Operational Management and Governance:

  • Oversee and lead the implementation of the organisation’s strategy, including drawing up annual operational plans and reviewing progress against agreed objectives and targets;
  • Prepare and submit monitoring reports to funding bodies;
  • Provide the Board of Trustees with appropriate financial and performance reports relevant to the discharge of its responsibilities;
  • Ensure the organisation remains responsive to the needs of its clients and its stakeholders and can demonstrate the value of services provided and the impact of its work;
  • Ensure the organisation is run in accordance with statutory regulations and relevant codes of practice, and that potential risks are identified and managed;
  • Secure and manage the resources (human, material and financial) needed to operate effectively;
  • Provide direction and support for staff and volunteers in a way that optimises their personal contribution and enables career development.

Promotion and Policy Development:

  • Oversee the development and effective implementation of all programmes and campaigns;
  • Take a proactive role in local and national debates on the rights of international protection applicants, refugees and at-risk migrants;
  • Develop policy proposals for discussion and decision, as agreed with the Board of Trustees;
  • Help to shape public opinion and policy in relevant areas such as anti-racism, integration and international protection;
  • Engage with relevant statutory agencies, committees, steering groups, etc. to further the organisation’s strategic goals;
  • Work collaboratively with other local, national and international organisations and networks where appropriate;
  • Maintain effective relationships with all supporters, funders and other stakeholders.

Media and Communications

  • Develop and implement a communications strategy that ensures the organisation is well-placed to deliver on its strategic goals and objectives;
  • Ensure the organisation is presented in an appropriate and professional manner at all times;
  • Represent the organisation in the media, at conferences, networking events and other public fora;
  • Develop appropriate material to support and promote the organisation’s work.


  • Build relationships and develop funding-/income-generation strategies to secure and maintain appropriate levels of funding;
  • Prepare and submit proposals for funding to state agencies, foundations, trusts and other potential donors;
  • Explore and develop possibilities for new funding streams.

Other Duties

  • Keep up to date with policy developments and information relating to relevant rights and entitlements;
  • Maintain detailed, accurate and up-to-date records of all work;
  • Attend monthly meetings with Board of Trustees;
  • Advise the Board of Trustees on relevant governance issues and matters of self-assessment and development;
  • Maintain strict confidentiality of personal information about the organisation’s service users and ensure adherence to policies and procedures in this regard;
  • Undertake additional tasks and responsibilities which may arise from time to time and are relevant to the post;
  • Carry out duties and responsibilities with due regard to legislation, policy and recommended practice (including equal opportunities legislation);
  • Have a flexible approach to work in order to ensure the needs of the organisation are met.



  • Must hold a degree from a recognised third-level institution, preferably in a relevant discipline such as voluntary sector management, business management, or a field relevant to the nature of the post.


  • Have at least 5 years’ senior management experience, preferably in a relevant area;
  • Thorough knowledge and practical experience of policies, practices and legislation relating to immigration and international protection in Ireland, as well as other areas relevant to people who are at risk of social exclusion, poverty and discrimination;
  • Experience of working in partnership with a wide range of other organisations;
  • Ability to maintain relationships with a diverse group of stakeholders;
  • Report and proposal writing experience (to funding bodies/Trustees etc.);
  • Extensive knowledge and/or experience of fundraising, management and compliance in the charitable sector;
  • Experience in recruitment, management and development of volunteers and staff.


  • A strong commitment to respecting, protecting and fulfilling human rights for everyone;
  • Ability to inspire and motivate a team of staff to excel in their roles;
  • Highly organised, with the ability to work well under pressure;
  • To have a flexible and adaptable work approach;
  • Excellent organisational and time management skills;
  • Excellent written, verbal, analytical and interpersonal skills;
  • Appreciation of the need for confidentiality and integrity;
  • Well-developed IT skills and competency in a range of computer packages including Word, Excel, Publisher and Powerpoint;
  • Comfortable working in a busy, dynamic, multi-cultural environment;
  • Ability to carry out duties and responsibilities with due regard to Equal Opportunities legislation and Doras diversity policies.


To apply, please follow the instructions in the Application Pack below.

All applications must be received no later than the close of business on September 17th. It is expected that interviews will take place during the week of September 24th.  All applicants will receive an acknowledgement but only those shortlisted for interview will receive a further communication.

CEO Job Description
CEO Person Specifications
CEO Application Guidelines
Application Form A1
Application Form A2


The CEO will be based at the Doras Office, Central Buildings, 51a O’Connell Street, Limerick, Republic of Ireland.

Hours of work: 35 hours per week excluding lunch, a degree of flexibility will be required
Salary: Between €50,000 – €55,000 p.a. depending upon experience
Contract: Fixed term of two years, renewable subject to funding


Complete application forms A1 and A2, and upload them separately below.

To ensure the integrity of the shortlisting process, please do not include any cover letter, Curriculum Vitae, Certificates or References with the Application Form.


Please email application form A1 to:


Please email application form A2 to:


  • To ensure the integrity of the shortlisting process, candidates must place their completed Form A1 in a small sealed envelope. This envelope will not be opened until the shortlisting process has been completed.
  • Return the completed Form A2, along with sealed envelope containing Form A1, to the Recruitment, Doras, Central Buildings, 51 A O’Connell St., Limerick.
  • A Post Office ‘Certificate of Posting’ must support any allegations of a loss or delay in the post. In the event of such a loss or delay a photocopy of the completed application form and the ‘Certificate of Posting’ must be presented to the correspondence address below within 72 hours of the above closing date and time.
  • Do not include any cover letter, Curriculum Vitae, Certificates or References with the Application Form.


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