Bridging the GAP for families and individuals living with Autism

Galway Autism Partnership seeks Coordinator

Founded in 2011 Galway Autism Partnership (GAP is a local charity that provides support and services to children with autism in the Galway area and their families).

GAP is currently seeking a Coordinator who will manage the organisation and coordinate activities and fundraising.


  • Develop and update operating policies to ensure programmes and activities are implemented safely and in accordance with best practice, particularly with respect to children
  • Deliver through appropriate plans an in accordance with agreed policies and procedures the plans and objectives of the charity
  • Work with the Board to ensure that a strategy is in place, which can guide the organisation in achieving objectives and meet the needs of the membership
  • Have responsibility for the day-to-day financial management of the charity, including preparation of budgets for agreement by the Board
  • Define, secure and manage the resources (human, material and financial) needed to operated effectively
  • Maintain effective correspondence with all stakeholders and ensure that GAP is presented in an appropriate and professional manner to its stakeholders
  • Seek opportunities to expand and promote the role and increase awareness of the charity and its work in its partnership model Represent the charity in public forums such as conferences and professional meetings
  • Develop income generation strategies to maintain and enhance the level of funding from existing sources and develop new funding streams
  • Develop and build partnerships with stakeholders to maximise opportunities for income generations
  • Provide direction and support to any staff, contractors or volunteers in the organisation
  • Advocate across sectors for the development of policies and services that will impact positively on service users and stakeholders
  • Increase awareness and understanding of Autism Spectrum Disorder to the general public

Qualifications and personal specifications

  • Third level degree or equivalent in community development, health promotion, family resource or other related discipline
  • Minimum of three years relevant experience in a similar role
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills
  • Experience in  making presentations or engaging with the media
  • Flexibility to work on weekends or evenings if required
  • Ability to apply leadership skills in order to influence, motivate and enable others to achieve the organisation’s aims and objectives
  • Ability to identify opportunities to work collaboratively with potential partners in the community, education and health sectors and build relationships
  • Demonstrate a clear understanding and awareness of Autism Spectrum Disorder and a passion for social justice and equality
  • Report to the Board of Directors

Employment Details

  • This is a full time position  (39 hours a week)
  • Office is based in Newcastle, Galway
  • One year fixed term contract
  • Annual leave of 20 days plus statutory holidays

Application Information   

Please submit a full CV with a covering letter to Sile Coen, GAP, Tigh Ronan, 36 Laurel Park Newcastle Galway. Or email:

Closing date for applications                                                                                                                              

Friday 10th February 2017

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