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Management Board Chairperson

Lourdes Youth & Community Services

About Lourdes Youth & Community Services

LYCS, based in Dublin's North City Centre, is an integrated community based education, training, recreation and development project which is concerned with giving participants the opportunity to become involved in their own development and the development of their community. The organisation is locally based and participatory. Personal and social development are seen as inextricably linked to the development of local community resources.
We provide the following services: Childcare; Youth Project; Community Training Centre; Adult Education; Development Education and Community Employment Scheme.

What's Involved

LYCS is now looking for a Chairperson of the Management Board who will be based in Dublin. The position will offer significant challenges as well as great opportunities to lead the planning and development of committee meetings and the organisation, especially in the next two years as we prepare to move into the refurbished Rutland Street School. The successful candidate will be integral in driving our community focussed objectives and the development and launch of our new building, making a real difference in Dublin’s north east inner city.

Purpose of the Role:
The successful candidate will lead the organisation and act as spokesperson for LYCS, representing the organisation internally and externally and guiding the organisation’s functions according to the agreed strategy/policy. The Chair will be expected to build relationships with the other Board members to guide LYCS through the current and developing processes of Charity and corporate governance as well as provide support to all Board members and be available for consultation with the CEO. With the Chair at the helm the Management Board supports and guides the management staff and has an important role to play in expanding the funding and support base and ensuring that full and effective governance systems are in place and is willing to make essential and emergency decisions between board meetings when required. The Chair ensures that LYCS as a whole adheres to its ethos, policies and procedures.

Detailed Role Specification: Please contact us for a detailed role specification or click here to download the profile

The Chairperson will be selected so as to create a diverse Board membership that includes men and woman of independent mind. The role is an unpaid voluntary position. Further details about our current board here

Time Commitment
Ideally the new Chairperson would be prepared to commit 1-2 hours per week to the role, or 8 hours per month. Currently the LYCS Board meets in the late afternoon/ early evening once per month and on a Saturday twice per year.

The Recrutment Process
A confidential two-stage process will be followed:
I. Expressions of interests which are now being sought will be treated in strictest confidence. Please click here to retrieve Expression of Interest Form.
II. The Board will review expressions of interest that are received and on the basis of that review will invite a number of people to discuss their interest in becoming the Chairperson.

Closing date: 30th September, 2019.

More About Us
With the refurbishment of the 100 year old heritage building, Rutland Street School well underway, this is an exciting time to be an integral part of the recreation and on-going development of LYCS, an integrated community based education, training, recreation and development project, based in Dublin's North City Centre. Our ‘cradle to grave’ provision endeavours to create an equality of opportunity for all our neighbours by providing high quality affordable childcare to support relevant educational programmes leading to positive futures characterised by choice.

What's required for this position

As Chairperson of LYCS the following skills are necessary:
• Good listening skills
• Competency in planning & organising
• Enthusiasm
• Good motivational skills
• Skills in managing group conflict
• A sense of humour
• Ability to instill confidence in others
• Ability to clarify and reflect on issues
• Ability to communicate clearly
• Maintaining the LYCS board as an effective team

  • Business/ HR/ Management
  • Community Development/ Social work

Level of English required for this role:
Fluent English

Times and commitment required for this role


Minimum time commitment: 2 years

Hours required: 8hrs Monthly

Other Details

Location of volunteering opportunity:
Dublin city area

Screening details for this role:

  • Garda Vetting
  • Informal Interviews
  • References
  • Application Form

Volunteers will be provided with the following supports:

  • Support/ advice/ recognition
  • Initial induction and training
  • Reimbursement of expenses
  • Insurance cover
  • Ongoing training opportunities

Age restrictions:
Over 18

Is this opportunity suitable for groups/teams of volunteers?

Benefits you will receive as a volunteer

The main benefit of getting involved would be the satisfaction gained in the contribution of a candidate’s talents to driving our community focussed objectives and the development and launch of our new building.

  • This opportunity is posted by:
  • Volunteer Centre: Dublin City
Volunteer Ireland is delighted to acknowledge the support of:
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