Co-operative Engagement Officer

  • Full Time
  • Dublin

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Co-operative Engagement Officer

Co-operative Housing Ireland, the national federation for the co-operative housing movement, Co-operative Housing Ireland is recruiting a Co-operative Engagement Officer, to be based in our Head office in Dublin.

Since 1973, Co-operative Housing Ireland has supported the provision of more than 5,500 homes across Ireland and continues to manage over 2,500 homes through a network of local co-operatives.

We are actively developing new housing across Ireland, as well as serving as one of the leading representative bodies for the co-operative movement.

Reporting to the Policy & Communications Manager, the Co-operative Engagement Officer will be responsible for the promotion of the co-operative ethos and principles among our membership and the general public.


1.    Responsibilities:


  • To develop and implement a Membership Engagement Strategy.
  • To assist Housing Officers in the continuous improvement of our member induction process (Information & Familiarisation).
  • To work with members to assist them in understanding and applying the co-operative principles in their participation in co-operative housing Management Committees and Local Area Boards.
  • To provide advice and suggestions to members in co-ordinating member events.
  • To co-ordinate and facilitate workshops and training relating to the co-operative ethos and principles and membership capacity building.
  • To provide support and advice to potential new self-help, start-up housing co-operatives, including registering the Rules of new co-operatives with the Registrar of Friendly Societies.
  • To manage membership/affiliation applications from new housing co-operatives.
  • To co-ordinate training for members of local housing co-operatives.
  • To establish and maintain good working relationships with partners, other like-minded organisations and stakeholders, to help identify member needs, overcome barriers to engagement and promote the co-operative ethos.
  • To identify funding and complete grant applications for engagement work in partnership with members.
  • Any other duties as required by management


This role will involve regular evening work and travel and occasional weekend work.


2.    Eligibility/Personal requirements


Education, Experience & Knowledge


  • Excellent administrative and organisational skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal and facilitation skills
  • Good working knowledge of Microsoft Office suite
  • Strong analytical & report writing skills and experience
  • 2 years’ experience in a similar environment



  • Third level qualification in a relevant discipline (e.g. community development, community leadership, co-operative development)
  • Knowledge of and experience in the social housing and/or co-operative sector


Personal Attributes


  • Proven ability to work on own initiative within a flexible, co-operative team structure
  • Friendly and approachable manner
  • Excellent oral and written communication and interpersonal and negotiation skills
  • Self-motivated, with a proven ability to get things done and work to deadlines.


  1. Conditions of Employment

Salary for this position is €32,000


Annual Leave

Annual leave will be 22 days, exclusive of public holidays.



Co-operative Housing Ireland offers a Defined Contributions Pension with an 8% Employer Contribution on completion of Probation.


Location of the position

The successful candidate will be based in our Head Office in Dublin but may be required to undertake some travel.


  1. How to Apply


Please submit a CV and cover letter demonstrating your suitability for the role by emailing [email protected]


If you are sending your application by post, please submit a copy of your cover letter along with a copy of your CV.


Closing date for receipt of applications is 5 p.m. on June 24th


Faxed copies will not be accepted.


Please forward applications to:

Human Resources

Co-operative Housing Ireland

Co-operative House

33 Lower Baggot Street

Dublin 2



Or Email: [email protected]



  1. Selection Process


Selection will involve short listing of applicants for interview based on applications and CVs submitted.  The short-listing selection criteria are based on the requirements of the job as outlined in this job description.


Co-operative Housing Ireland is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes suitably qualified applicants from all sections of society

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