Director of Development

We at Balmer Dawson Executive Search are proud to partner with the Mater Foundation in their search for a suitably qualified Director of Development to join their dynamic and collaborative team.


Balmer Dawson Executive Search is proud to partner with the Mater Foundation in their search for a suitably qualified Director of Development to join their dynamic and collaborative team.

The Mater Foundation (MF) is focused on raising funds to fulfill their mission to harness their supporters’ kindness and generosity and work together with their partners to continuously transform and improve patient care at The Mater Misericordiae University Hospital. They will ensure that the Mater Hospital is at the forefront of research and innovation and is a leader in healthcare in Ireland.

This is a hugely exciting time to join the Mater Foundation having just completed a comprehensive strategic review. The organisation now has a 5 year roadmap to harness their success and implement this ambitious strategy for greater impact to fund vital transformational research, medical equipment and redevelopment.  Being embedded in the hospital highlights their cause, and they see first-hand the impact of their work.

The strategy has been fully endorsed by an extremely committed board of directors who have fully supported the need for investment to drive future growth.

Role Purpose:

Reporting to the CEO, the Director of Development will be part of the Senior Leadership team and will be responsible for managing the fundraising & communications team (currently a team of 5) and developing this team as required.

The Director of Development will:

  • Lead and direct all fundraising and communications operations to ensure existing and new business opportunities are developed and maximized.
  • Work with the CEO to develop a fundraising and revenue generation strategy to deliver net income targets.
  • Oversee the effective implementation of a sustainable strategy to deliver targets incorporating a diverse range of activities to include but not limited to corporate partnerships, major donors, direct marketing, digital fundraising, individual giving, events, community fundraising and philanthropic giving.
  • Monitor and report on performance against KPI’s and adjust plans to ensure delivery across all areas.
  • Expand fundraising activities in new directions to ensure a sustainable, successful and diverse fundraising portfolio. Develop and submit proposals where required.
  • Ensure excellent supporter care is in place to achieve optimum supporter retention.
  • Ensure effectiveness and efficiency across all fundraising activity, maximizing return on investment.
  • Ensure all appropriate policies and procedures are in place to manage all public fundraising initiatives and ensure compliance with best practice and regulatory requirements.
  • Manage expenditure budgets on an on-going basis ensuring all activity is implemented within agreed budgets.
  • Manage the organisation’s wider communications activities and campaigns.
  • Lead and oversee the day to day running of the communications function and line-manage the Communications and Marketing Officer to ensure timely delivery of communications objectives and targets.
  • Build relationships across the organisation with the Board, current supporters, patients & their families and MF’s wider stakeholder network.
  • Oversee the organisation’s media relations.
  • Increase and develop brand awareness through compelling stories that shows MF’s reach and reputation across the country.
  • Represent the organisation externally at events, networking forums and in the media where required.
  • Ensure production and dissemination of creative and strategically aligned information and materials that raise awareness of the MF, their work and their impact.
  • Ensure that all fundraising initiatives receive publicity and promotions through appropriate communication channels.
  • Contribute as a member of the Senior Leadership team to support and deliver on strategic direction, management and growth of the organisation.
  • Take responsibility for decision making and risk management as part of the Senior Leadership team.
  • Develop comprehensive communications plans in line with organisational strategic objectives
  • Foster a team culture that is target driven, encourages accountability and innovation and a creative approach to problem solving.
  • Assume responsibility for the recruitment, retention, development and training of the fundraising and communications team.
  • Participate in MF’s performance management system and engage in supervision and appraisals on a regular basis.
  • Accept, advance and pursue any new objectives or responsibilities that may be assigned by the CEO including transfer of existing duties and/or reassignment to other responsibilities should the organisation so require.

Essential Experience & Qualifications:

  • Third level qualification in Business / Marketing / Communications or other relevant studies
  • 7+ years proven track record of success in senior leadership roles within a fundraising environment
  • Experience leading, developing and motivating staff and volunteers
  • Experience of creating and delivering fundraising strategies and annual work plans
  • Effective project management skills including planning, implementation and evaluation
  • Broad generalist fundraising skills at senior level and experience of a variety of methods of supporter acquisition
  • Sound understanding of the principles of fundraising and strategic planning
  • Experience of managing an organisation’s communications function

Essential Skills:

  • Strong understanding of the charity sector and codes of best practice in fundraising and governance in Ireland.
  • Outstanding written and oral communications skills with an ability to communicate to different target audiences.
  • Excellent story telling skills – writing and editing to create compelling fundraising materials, showcasing impact and strong case for support.
  • Excellent interpersonal, networking and influencing abilities.
  • Strong project management, people management, organisational and planning skills.
  • Experience in digital marketing.
  • Excellent analytical and commercial skills to identify and target new objectives.
  • Strategic thinking capable of constructing, articulating and implementing annual development/fundraising plans.
  • Strong IT skills including MS Office, CRM management (Raisers Edge), website and social media management.
  • Strong experience in major donor, corporate and regular donor fundraising desirable.

Person Spec:

Confident personality, with a can-do approach.

  • High level of emotional intelligence.
  • Self-motivated, approachable, innovative and enthusiastic.
  • Strong relationship management and interpersonal skills and the ability to work well within a team.
  • Must be a self-starter with high levels of drive and resilience.
  • Must have a flexible approach and a commitment to solution-based working.
  • Excellent networking skills.
  • Demonstrates a commitment to continuous improvement.
  • Excited to work in a fast-paced creative environment with a commitment to the work of the Mater Foundation.


  • Attractive basic salary on offer in the region of €80,000-€85,000 (DOE)
  • Full time
  • 6 months probationary period
  • 30 days annual leave
  • 35 hours per week
  • Pension entitlement after probationary period
  • Training & Development support
  • Professional membership fees


To apply, please submit your CV and Cover Letter (maximum one page) outlining how your motivation, experience and skills fit the role to Gilly Balmer or Zena Dawson at the following email address: info@balmerdawson.ie 

Closing date for applications is Friday 13th August at 5pm

The Mater Foundation is an equal opportunities employer

Fundraising Manager

We at Balmer Dawson Executive Search are proud to partner with the Congregation of the Holy Spirit to seek an experienced self-motivated and collaborative Fundraising Manager to join their team, to sustain and expand their work, and to secure their valuable legacy.


 Balmer Dawson Executive Search is proud to partner with the Congregation of the Holy Spirit to seek an experienced self-motivated and collaborative Fundraising Manager to join their team, to sustain and expand their work, and to secure their valuable legacy.

The Congregation of the Holy Spirit – more commonly known as The Spiritans – is a catholic missionary congregation with over 180 professed members in Ireland and on mission across the world, as well as a smaller number of lay associate members.  Globally the Spiritans have missionaries in 56 countries.  Members of the Irish Province currently serve in 15 of these, across Africa, Asia, Europe, Oceania and the Americas.  As missionaries, Spiritans work with communities living in situations of entrenched poverty around the world.

Spirasi (Spiritan Asylum Services Initiative) is their national centre for the rehabilitation of survivors of torture, serving asylum seekers and migrants for over 20 years.  An Tobar, their Spiritan Spirituality Retreat Centre located outside Navan, is where Spiritans, parish groups, the local community and others can come together to reflect, collaborate and learn. There are four Spiritan Parishes in Dublin – Greenhills, Bawnogue, Deansrath and Kimmage, where they focus on lay leadership, youth formation, social awareness and adult participation in faith.  As part of the Spiritan global network operating in 56 countries around the world, 50 Irish Spiritans are involved in relief and development projects in areas of entrenched poverty and deprivation in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

For over 160 years the Spiritans have been involved in education, social outreach and parish life in Ireland.  Today they educate over 5,000 students in their schools in Ireland – Blackrock College, Rockwell College, St Mary’s Junior and Senior College, St Michael’s Junior and Senior College, Templeogue College, Willow Park Senior and Junior Schools.

Key Responsibilities:

Reporting to the Director of Promotions, the successful candidate will be responsible for the development and implementation of a long-term fundraising strategy building income across all streams to include international development opportunities (involving travel to Africa and South America)

  • Manage, inspire and develop a team of three staff within the Promotions office
  • Develop, manage and monitor fundraising strategy and activities securing sustainable income from a variety of sources including individual and regular giving, legacies and gifts, corporate philanthropy, events and campaigns
  • Develop existing and new relationships with advocates, prospects and donors in support of fundraising objectives
  • In collaboration with colleagues in the Provincial Leadership Team, Province Communications, the Province Education Office and the Overseas Development Office, develop print and digital communications and fundraising tools and publications which promote strong brand recognition for the Spiritans’ service and work
  • Implement a regular cycle of fundraising communication with donors and key stakeholders, including the Dublin Archdiocese, development agencies and schools
  • Develop and maintain effective supporter journeys for the development of relationships and retention
  • Organise events and special activities in support of fundraising for identified Spiritan causes
  • Work with the Overseas Development Office to identify and develop opportunities to link Spiritan development projects and external funders
  • Ensure that all legal, regulatory and governance obligations are met in relation to fundraising activities and reporting, including full accountability and transparency in all fundraising practices and procedures
  • Provide regular key performance indicators and financial reporting to the Provincial Leadership Team and Finance Manager

 Essential Experience:

Ideally, the candidate will possess the following qualifications, experience and professional characteristics:

  • Minimum 5 years’ experience in successfully managing and delivering increased donor giving including major gifts, with decision making and budget responsibility
  • Strong generalist fundraising experience at management/leadership level
  • Experience of international development fundraising with the capacity to identify projects and develop programmes abroad
  • Proven track record of bringing creative thinking and fresh ideas to an organisation and its work
  • Strong story-telling capability with passion and ability to convey impact to a wider audience
  • Written and verbal communication skills with the ability to present and convey complex ideas and issues clearly and coherently
  • High level of emotional intelligence (EQ)
  • Experience of harnessing the strength of organisational brand for a charity
  • Proven ability to effectively build, manage and develop key stakeholder and donor relationships
  • Self-motivated, decisive, with strong organisational, multi-tasking and collaborative skills
  • People management and strong leadership experience
  • Strong IT literacy including MS office, CRM software, digital communication tools and social media tools
  • Strategic mindset with the capability to capture the culture and structure of a complex organisation and develop a fundraising strategy to suit the needs of the organisation
  • Degree educated within communications, marketing, business, overseas development or similar


  • A keen interest in Spiritan work and service
  • Flexible to travel overseas in support of fundraising for Spiritan relive and development projects
  • Full driver’s licence and use of a vehicle
  • Ability to work flexible hours, including some evenings and weekends where necessary


Based in Dublin, with some international travel including developing countries


Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm, with flexibility around weekend events


Attractive remuneration package on offer for the right candidate depending on level of experience.

Please apply by email with your CV and cover letter, (maximum one page), outlining how your motivation, experience and skills fit the role in the strictest of confidence to Gilly Balmer or Zena Dawson at info@balmerdawson.ie for review.

The closing date for applications is Tuesday, 17th August 2021 by 5pm (GMT)

The Congregation of the Holy Spirit is an equal opportunities employer.

Chief Executive Officer

We at Balmer Dawson Executive Search are proud to partner with the IRDG in the search for a suitably qualified CEO to join their progressive team. This is a wonderful opportunity to be part of an innovative and collaborative group; where you can use and grow your entrepreneurial skills for the advantage of IRDG and it’s members.


Basic Salary €120,000+ (DOE) + Bonus + Benefits

Balmer Dawson Executive Search is proud to partner with The Industry Research and Development Group (IRDG) in the search for a dynamic and committed CEO to join the team on a permanent, full-time basis. The selected candidate will be responsible for the successful leadership and overall general management of IRDG and will be expected to have a significant impact on the future development of the organisation. This is a wonderful opportunity to be part of an innovative and collaborative group; where you can use and grow your entrepreneurial skills for the advantage of IRDG and its members.

The IRDG is a membership-based, industry-led representative group serving the needs of RD&I – performing companies in Ireland since 1992. The Group is an independent, non-profit body and membership is divided between Irish-owned and overseas-owned companies, who range in size from start-ups to the largest companies in Ireland. Today, the IRDG represents all sectors of industry including electronics, software & telecommunications (ICT), financial services, food, software, engineering, healthcare & life sciences, plastics and utilities.

Key Responsibilities: 

  • Act as the face of the organisation and as primary public representative of IRDG
  • Focus on the benefits, value proposition & quality of the IRDG to member companies
  • Organise and coordinate key conferences, seminars and workshops throughout the year
  • Continuously review & develop services offered to member companies
  • Achieve annual membership growth targets
  • Liaise with government agencies as an influencer
  • Promote Research, Development and Innovation
  • Lead the development and implementation of the group’s strategic plans
  • Plan and continuously manage the financial budgets
  • Develop an excellent external network to include government departments, development agencies and bodies, other external organisations as appropriate
  • Foster and promote collaboration between companies
  • Develop and implement PR and social media communication plans
  • Mentor and oversee a small team of staff within IRDG
  • Act as Company Secretary for the Board

Required and Desirable Skills: 

  • Third level qualification in a STEM discipline
  • Relevant post graduate qualification desirable – STEM, MBA, Business, Marketing
  • R & D industry experience desirable
  • Excellent and proven leadership skills
  • High level of business & financial acumen
  • Strong relationship development and management skills
  • Demonstrate a good level of entrepreneurial spirit and initiative
  • Be a motivated self-starter with a high level of negotiation & influencing skills
  • High level of confidence with presenting
  • Strong communication skills: facilitation, analytical, presentation and report writing skills.
  • Demonstrate a high level of emotional intelligence: relationship building, team mentor.
  • Ability to travel extensively within Ireland.

Attractive remuneration package on offer for the right candidate. 

Basic Salary €120,000+ (DOE) + Bonus + Benefits

Benefits include

  • Annual Bonus
  • Health Insurance
  • Company Car / Mileage allowance
  • Pension
  • Work from Home
  • Broadband
  • Laptop
  • Mobile Phone
  • 25 days Holidays per annum

Please apply by email in the strictest of confidence with your CV and a one page cover letter to Gilly Balmer or Zena Dawson at info@balmerdawson.ie  for review.  The closing date for applications is Friday, 30th July 2021 by 5pm (GMT)

Senior Fundraising Executive – Position Successfully Filled.

Fantastic new opportunity to join the dynamic team at CRC for a Senior Fundraising Executive with experience in Trusts, Foundations and Grants.


Balmer Dawson Executive Search is proud to partner with CRC in the search for a suitably qualified Senior Fundraising Executive with specialist experience in the area of Trusts, Foundations and Grants. This is a really fantastic opportunity for you to join a small but dynamic team with ambitious plans to further develop and increase giving programmes in line with the CRC strategic plan. Currently there are five in the team, with scope for future growth. The position offers you the opportunity to develop and grow this key function within the fundraising team. In addition, this is a very unique opportunity to make the role your own.

The CRC delivers a range of services to children and adults with disabilities both nationally and locally through their centres in Dublin, Limerick, Waterford and their Outreach Service. The mission of the CRC is that by working together they make a positive difference to the lives of people with disabilities, their families and carers. Their vision is that people with disabilities achieve their potential and live full lives and equal and valued citizens.

Key Responsibilities:

Reporting directly to the Head of Fundraising, you will be responsible for the following:

  • Leading the planning, research, monitoring, writing and stewardship of the CRC’s grant applications. 
  • Developing a 3-year strategy to ensure that all opportunities for approaching charitable trusts, foundations and statutory funds in Ireland and in Europe are maximized.
  • Delivery of high-quality reporting and stewarding service to the trust, foundation and grant making supporters.
  • Developing and secure multi-year grants.
  • Achieving agreed KPI’s and income targets.
  • Managing and nurturing trust and foundation supporters through e-mail, telephone, written proposals and other forms of communication with the aim of ensuring their on-going and increasing support.
  • Participating in relevant training and development courses as agreed by the Head of Fundraising.
  • Acting as primary person responsible for the organisations awards applications and write compelling applications in collaboration with internal stakeholders.
  • Providing support to fundraising department in preparation of events.

Person Specification:

  • Minimum 3 years TFG fundraising experience 
  • Third level degree in Business / Research / Communications / Social Sciences or other relevant area essential
  • Experience of writing and securing complex grant applications essential
  • Proven track record in securing multi-year grants
  • High class communication and interpersonal skills
  • Generalist fundraising exposure / experience in research desirable
  • Flexibility, innovation, initiative and a growth mind-set
  • Strong computer skills to include MS Office  – Word, Excel, PowerPoint and experience in the use of one or more CRM/Database system


  • Salary will be in the region of €40,000 – €50,000 (Depending on Experience)


  • Generous annual leave – 29 days per annum
  • Group health insurance
  • Support for training
  • Further Education Support through CRC Higher Education Fund
  • Bike to work scheme
  • On-site parking
  • Subsidised canteen


  • This role will be based full-time in Clontarf with flexibility to work from home (to be discussed)

Application process:

  • To apply, please submit your CV and cover letter by email to Zena Dawson, Director of Balmer Dawson Executive Search to info@balmerdawson.ie

Closing date: 

  • The closing date for applications is Wednesday 23rd June by 5pm

*Please note, this is a full-time 3-year post with scope for renewal*