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Fundraising and Development Executive for Epilepsy Ireland

Epilepsy Ireland are recruiting a Fundraising and Development Executive to join their team.

Title: Fundraising and Development Executive

Location: Epilepsy Ireland, 249 Crumlin Road, Dublin 12

Hours of Work: 35 hours per week, Monday – Friday. Some flexibility for evening and weekend work may be required.

Reporting to: Fundraising and Development Manager

Terms: 12 month graduate programme. Salary €25,000 per annum with potential for permanent contract following completion.

For Purpose

For Purpose is Ireland’s nonprofit graduate programme. We connect talented graduates who are looking to make a real impact in their careers with organisations across the nonprofit sector.

Graduate trainees on the For Purpose programme receive monthly one-to-one mentoring sessions and attend monthly learning seminars. The programme provides you with the skills and development opportunities to start your career in the nonprofit sector and build your potential.

The successful applicant for this role with Epilepsy Ireland will be a part of the For Purpose Graduate Programme.


Epilepsy Ireland

Epilepsy Ireland was established in 1966 and is the national organisation working for people with epilepsy and their families. Their vision is to achieve a society where no person’s life is limited by epilepsy. Epilepsy Ireland is now seeking to add a Fundraising and Development Executive to its Fundraising and Development Team.

The Fundraising and Development Executive will play a key role in the Fundraising and Development team. Moreover, the candidate will promote Epilepsy Ireland to potential new donors, corporate partners and other relevant bodies with a view to expanding the organisation’s overall funding base. The executive, as required by the Fundraising and Development Manager, will act as an ambassador for Epilepsy Ireland. Additionally, they will negotiate support from third parties, actively stewarding existing supporters and engaging in digital and community-based campaigns.


The executive will learn about the work of Epilepsy Ireland and gain insights into the multiple dimensions of fundraising. The successful candidate will be a natural communicator with a flair for business development and people engagement. This is an ideal opportunity for a driven, creative individual looking to play a key role in developing and implementing key marketing strategies, securing the financial future of Epilepsy Ireland.


Role Description

The work of Epilepsy Ireland involves

  • 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 health professionals
  • Raising awareness and improving public understanding of epilepsy
  • Advocating on behalf of people with epilepsy
  • Funding and supporting epilepsy research

See Epilepsy Ireland’s website for more information on the organisation and our activities.


The duties for this role involve three key strands of activity, including Strategy Development and Implementation, Relationship Management and Digital Media Engagement.


Strategy Development and Implementation

  • Work as part of the fundraising team to contribute to the overall strategic development of the organisation.
  • Work with the Fundraising and Development manager to design and implement new and innovative income generation strategies for the organisation comprising both digital and direct marketing fundraising approaches
  • Assist the Fundraising and Development Manager in designing our annual flagship fundraising campaigns (including Rose Week and Purple Day) and developing a promotional strategy to implement these campaigns effectively in the current market
  • Implement strategies to strengthen our regular giving base as well as assisting with the promotion of legacy giving and cultivating large gift donors
  • Provide regular analysis and reports to the Fundraising and Development Manager on activities and performance in fundraising. Ensure relevant information is gathered, evaluated and stored on our donor management system.
  • Confirm that all fundraising events are carried out in a cost-effective manner to ensure maximum return to the organisation.
  • Verify that cash handling, banking, acknowledging and receipting income is in line with Epilepsy Ireland policies.


Relationship Management/People Engagement

  • Expand our engagement with corporates and the wider business community with a view to securing financial support for the work of Epilepsy Ireland through pitches, proposals and attendance at certain networking events
  • Assist the Fundraising and Development Manager in broadening the organisations membership base and liaising with relevant third-party businesses to secure new membership benefits
  • Identify and develop beneficial relationships with appropriate contacts to increase levels of support for fundraising activities
  • Develop relationships with groups and societies, schools and other appropriate organisations with the aim of converting their support into fundraising activities
  • Act as a central point of contact for volunteers holding events in support of Epilepsy Ireland and, in conjunction with Head Office, assist in the supervision and training of fundraising volunteers.
  • Respond to public queries, fundraising and general administration tasks.


Digital Media Engagement

  • Assist the Fundraising and Development Manager in engaging with social media fundraisers
  • Work on the expansion of the organisation’s ‘digital giving pillar’ and managing this infrastructure to maximise public engagement with our campaigns


 General Duties: The candidate will…

  • Demonstrate a commitment to the work of Epilepsy Ireland and to carry out the work of the organisation in an efficient and effective manner.
  • Uphold the reputation of the organisation and represent Epilepsy Ireland in a professional manner.
  • Be familiar with and adhere to the Epilepsy Ireland’s policies and procedures.
  • Participate in Epilepsy Irelands performance management system and engage in regular supervision and appraisal.
  • Take part in relevant training and development courses as agreed with your manager.
  • Be vigilant to any Health, Safety and Welfare risks in the workplace.
  • Undertake such other duties as might be reasonably assigned from time to time.

This job description is not exhaustive; it merely outlines the duties and may be subject to change in consultation with the post holder.


Do you fit the profile we are looking for?



  • A minimum level 8 qualification
  • Experience with digital media and preparing and delivering presentations / pitches
  • Strong communication, presentation and writing skills – experience drafting proposals is desirable
  • Strong IT abilities and experience especially of working with, Word, Excel, Power Point. Experience with Canva an advantage.
  • Sales skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • A team player
  • Creative minded with strong project management skills
  • The ability to work under pressure and to tight deadlines
  • A target-oriented focus
  • Ability to work both from own initiative and as part of a small team
  • An ability to demonstrate versatility, and enjoy working in a multi-disciplinary environment
  • Candidates must also be flexible, enthusiastic and highly motivated
  • Permission to work in Ireland



  • Experience in Corporate fundraising, grant applications and donor-based initiatives
  • Experience working with/ managing volunteers
  • Some understanding of epilepsy and the wider voluntary sector in Ireland.
  • An understanding of the Health Sector and Health policy in Ireland
  • A car owner with a current full driver’s license


Terms of Employment

This is a full-time position of 35 hours per week, based at Epilepsy Ireland’s Head Office in Dublin, though some travel will be required from time to time. Currently, Epilepsy Ireland are operating remotely during the Covid-19 pandemic. Hereafter, a permanent position may be offered following the successful completion of the 12-month graduate placement. Salary for this position will be €25,000 per annum.

There are 22 days annual leave allowance for full time posts. Out of hours work may be required from time to time, for which time off in lieu is given.

The role will be subject to Garda vetting and reference checks.


Epilepsy Ireland is an equal opportunities employer.


To apply:

If your ambition is to work in the nonprofit sector with a national organisation, then we would like to hear from you.

The closing date for applications is Friday, October 22nd, 2021 at 5pm.

To apply, please send your CV and a succinct cover letter (both in word document format only) to rhonda.wynne@forpurpose.ie.;