Cumann na Daoine

A community based organisation in Youghal, Co. Cork, Ireland.

Vacancy: SECAD Graduate Programme – Graduate Development Officer(s)

SECAD Partnership CLG (SECAD) is a Local Development Company established in 1995. Our main office is located in Midleton, Co. Cork. SECAD’s main development objective is to promote and enable sustainable development through our Rural Development and Social Inclusioninitiatives.SECADhasavoluntaryBoardofDirectorsandastaffteamofc.40people.

SECAD works with individuals, community and voluntary groups, business, academia and other stakeholders to create a more vibrant, sustainable and inclusive society. SECAD manages a wide range of funds and services including social investment and employment support programmes, implemented on behalf of various Government Departments, State Bodies, the European Commission and the private sector. SECAD currently delivers a number of major programmes along with other smaller schemes and initiatives.

SECAD is an implementing partner for LEADER 2014-2020 on behalf of the South Cork and West Cork LCDC’s. SECAD delivers the Social Inclusion Community Activation Programme (SICAP) throughout South Cork. Through the Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning (PEIL 2014-2020), SECAD delivers two ESF funded gender equality programmes focusing on female entrepreneurship and female employability. SECAD is also delivering an Ability project through PEIL. SECAD also delivers Tús and the Rural Social Scheme.

Wild Work is a SECAD initiative with a social ethos. Wild Work supports employment activation, educates and raises awareness of nature and biodiversity and benefits society as a whole. To read more about Wild Work see

As a Grant Making Organisation (GMO), SECAD manages community benefit funds throughout Ireland on behalf of various sustainable energy developers and others. A key area of expertise is community engagement – developing positive, effective links with communities, supporting them to access and maximise funding and services.

For more information on SECAD see


SECAD Graduate Development Officer

SECAD is looking to recruit a Graduate(s) with a degree, post-graduate qualification, masters’ degree or higher to work and gain valuable experience in this innovative and challenging environment. We are interested to hear from people across a broad range of disciplines.

SECAD will consider all applicants and is particularly interested in graduates with relevant qualifications, experience and interest in exploring the following:

  • Social Prescribing& Community Wellbeing
  • Climate& Environmental Justice
  • Working with marginalised and vulnerable communities, especially related to the current inward migration of Ukrainian refugees. SECAD is interested in candidates with knowledge of the Ukrainian language for this role
  • Data and Impact Analysis, to include mapping progression on a quantitative and qualitative basis across our developmental programmes

The SECAD Graduate programme is an opportunity for the organisation to provide experience to graduates,but also to learn from the graduates who can share new ideas to add value to our work, improve services or introduce new supports for the benefit of those we work with.

SECAD Graduate Development Officer Supports & Responsibilities

There is a broad range of potential areas of work that a Graduate could support within an organisation such as SECAD. For any Graduate selected, SECAD will design a work plan that will meet a defined need whilst providing valuable experience and skills development opportunities for the Graduate. A designated senior SECAD Development Officer will be assigned to guide and provide support during the Graduate placement. For an initial period the SECAD Graduate will shadow the assigned SECAD Development Officer working and learning within a multi-disciplinary, experienced, diverse team of professionals to design, develop and deliver integrated supports to clients (communities, individuals & businesses), across a range of rural development and social inclusion initiatives, projects and programmes, in line with the SECAD Strategic Plan.

The Graduate will be assigned specific responsibilities aligned with their agreed work-plan which may include some or all of the following:

  • Provide support to Development Officers and communities to undertake socio-economic  planning processes, which may include leading, participating in, or assisting with various elements of the process
  • Develop skills and capacity within the management and staffing structures of community organisations relating to governance, communications and other matters
  • Support community-led initiatives in the areas of community development, environmental initiatives, employment and social enterprise development
  • Facilitate and drive strategic collaborative partnerships focused on developing targeted responses to identified social inclusion and economic development needs
  • Design and deliver supports to clients experiencing social exclusion, from soft engagement to targeted education and training activities etc.
  • Improve SECAD’s (and possibly your clients’) management of information through more effective sharing and accessible data management systems
  • Improve SECAD’s (and possibly your clients’) communications and promotion of services, investment supports, project impacts and key policy positions
  • Understand, be aware of and comply with all company policies and procedures;
  • Attend any compulsory training organised by the company and participate in other training events or courses relevant to your role

Person Specification

  • Flexible
  • Legally entitled to work in Ireland
  • Able to work outside normal office hours, including some evening and weekend work
  • Eager to learn and pursue new opportunities
  • Ability to work on your own initiative and as part of a team


  • Fixed Term Contract for up to 24 months
  • Salary €27,000-€30,000 depending on relevant qualifications and experience
  • Hours:35 hours per week
  • 22 days annual leave
  • Full and clean drivers licence ideally with own means of transport


  • Graduate degree, post-graduate qualification, Masters’ or higher;
  • Graduated within last 3 year or due to graduate in 2022
  • People from all educational backgrounds are welcome to apply

RequiredSkills&Experienceforthe Post

  • High level of IT proficiency and ability to work remotely
  • Excellent report writing (including case studies,technical reports,press  releases, standard reports)
  • Strong administrative skills
  • Good interpersonal and communications skills

Closing date for receipt of applications (CV and letter of application) is Tuesday 19thApril 2022.


Canvassing will disqualify.

Shortlistingwill take place. Interviews to take place on 27th April. A panel may be formed.

SECAD Partnership is an Equal Opportunities employer.