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Title: Dingle Peninsula 2030 Community Engagement Coordinator

Contract: 30 months, full-time

Salary: €42,000 – €48,000 depending on experience

Annual Leave: 24 days


JOB TITLE 

Dingle Peninsula 2030 Community Engagement Coordinator

ROLE

Driving, supporting and enabling local participation in the sustainable low carbon development of the Dingle Peninsula

CONTEXT

Established in early 2018, Dingle Peninsula 2030is a multi-partner initiative on the Dingle Peninsula, Co. Kerry. It involves the Dingle Creativity and Innovation HubESB Networks, North East & West Kerry Development (NEWKD)) and the SFI MaREI Centre for Energy, Climate and Marine. Partners actively collaborate with each other and with the local community, schools, business, transport and farming sectors to support and enable the broader societal changes required for the sustainable transition. 

So far, the focus has been on home energy trials, community visioning, anaerobic digestion, community energy mentor training, Climate Hacks in schools, and sustainable transport. A West Kerry Dairy Farmers’ Sustainable Energy Community has recently been established, as has a new community energy group. In early February, ESB Networks launched its electric car trial with 17 EV’s being driven by trial participants across the Dingle Peninsula for a year. 

The Dingle Peninsula has been chosen as a Sustainable Innovation Pilot for the EU Ploutos project over the next two and a half years. As part of this, the Dingle Hub will work with partners TeagascIFA and Net Feasa to roll-out carbon emissions saving sensor technologies to 30 farms on the Peninsula and will encourage new collaborations between farmers, technology providers, data analysts, food/service entrepreneurs and consumers to unlock opportunities for new businesses and new revenue streams from higher value products

MaREI is continuing to provide engaged research and the production of reflective learning briefs. Additionally, support has been received from Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) Discover for a two-year project to drive and enable more community-led climate action, delivered through innovative community engagement and co-creation methods. Within this, MaREI will support research and evaluation of the collaborative engagement processes, and will share learnings to inform both policy and practice nationally.

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT COORDINATOR

A Community Engagement Coordinator is to be recruited to help engage and involve more members of the Dingle Peninsula community in the work of Dingle Peninsula 2030. The successful applicant will work closely with the Manager of the Dingle Hub, NEWKD, and the MaREI Engaged Research Team.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

  1. Supporting new and existing Dingle Peninsula 2030 climate action and sustainability projects, particularly through their early stages.
  2. Involving more members of the local community and extending community engagement beyond those already engaged.
  3. Sharing learning nationally with other communities and stakeholders via multimedia outputs, learning and policy briefs, and networking events.
  4. Building in across all actions, ongoing evaluation methodologies to capture community engagement nos., impacts, benefits and barriers.
  5. Developing networks and groups through which to disseminate learnings, outputs and invites. 
  6. Establishing and managing a media and marketing sub-group to maintain the Dingle Peninsula 2030 website, promote the work of Dingle Peninsula 2030 and the sustainable development of the area, and to align with county, regional and other initiatives.
  7. Developing the networking and engagement infrastructure to enable the creation of new sustainable businesses, particularly in the agri-food, agri-tourism, energy and ICT sectors.
  8. Preparing the necessary reports to support project management requirements for both the SFI Discover and EU Ploutos projects.
  9. Attending project meetings for both projects (including the Ploutos Innovation Academy meetings), alongside Dingle Hub and MaREI representatives.

THE ROLE WILL INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING:

  • Anaerobic Digestion – Building on the feasibility study for a community owned anaerobic digester, setting up and supporting a Steering Group to bring the project through development and implementation stages, and coordinating effective community engagement around potential sites.
  • Climate Hacks & other activities in schools – supporting the local team to deliver these activities and encouraging wider participation among Kerry schools, while also linking with SEAI.
  • Community Energy Mentors– supporting the existing mentors in their roles and possibly coordinating the development of another course.
  • Corca Dhuibhne Community Energy Group – supporting the group in their community engagement activities around renewable energy, retrofitting, energy conservation, efficiency and production. 
  • Creative Climate Action Project – if funding is secured, supporting the curator and team where necessary.
  • EU Ploutos Project – Building on the work of the Farm Ambassador Programme, recruiting a further 30 farms to participate in technology trials and coordinate the roll-out of the technology. Building on the work of EU SKIN and salted grass beef and lamb projects, developing the networking and engagement infrastructure to further encourage sustainable short supply chain businesses.
  • Sustainable Tourism – working closely with Dingle Peninsula Tourism Alliance and SEAI to ensure their involvement in energy efficiency and sustainable transport initiatives. 
  • Sustainable Transport Pilot Project – when funding is secured, supporting the Project Manager in engaging the local community.
  • West Kerry Dairy Farmers Sustainable Energy Community (SEC) – supporting the Steering Committee and assisting, where necessary.
  • New Groups – driving, supporting and enabling the emergence and development of new groups, for example, youth projects, on-farm tree-planting, plastics reduction, sustainable fashion, food waste, biodiversity, etc

QUALIFICATIONS AND TRAINING

Community development training and experience, or the equivalent, is required. Additional qualifications and/or experience in sustainable development and climate action would be an advantage.

ESSENTIAL SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE

The successful applicant will need to be:

  • multi-skilled and flexible
  • empathetic and broad-minded
  • a team player, able to work with many different teams 
  • a self-starter, determined, focused and organized
  • resourceful, imaginative and innovative

The successful applicant will need to have:

  • experience working at community level
  • experience of working with and coordinating volunteers
  • experience facilitating groups
  • a demonstrated ability to work on own initiative and as part of a team
  • an ability to work on several programme themes and deadlines simultaneously
  • an understanding of climate change and energy transition issues, or a willingness to learn and upskill quickly
  • good leadership, motivational and organisational skills
  • the ability to manage discussions and diverse opinions in community settings
  • excellent time and project management skills 
  • excellent written and oral communication skills, including report writing
  • good computer skills – Word, Excel, Zoom, etc 
  • a respect for and understanding of rural Irish culture and farming life
  • a full clean driving licence 

DESIRABLE SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE

The following would be an advantage:

  • The ability to speak and read Irish
  • Personal experience of climate action, short supply chain and sustainability initiatives
  • NGO experience
  • Event management experience 
  • Experience of working with academics, community, farmers, technical teams and data analysts
  • Local enterprise/business development expertise or experience 

GOVERNANCE

The Community Engagement Coordinator will be employed by MolTeic CLG (trading as The Dingle Hub) and will report to the Manager of the Dingle Hub for day-to-day management, and prioritising of workload. Decisions relating to project work will be taken through a small Support and Governance team comprising representatives of MaREI, Dingle Hub and NEWKD.

SALARY

The salary range is €42,000- €48,000, depending on experience. There will be an initial probationary period of six months.

WORKING HOURS

This position is full-time for a period of 30 months. Annual leave entitlement is 24 days per year. 

However, each working day will vary depending on scheduled activities and the need to be available at times that suit volunteers and others in the community. Therefore, the work may include unsocial hours, such as evenings and weekends, so considerable flexibility is required.

LOCATION 

The position will be based in the Dingle Creativity and Innovation Hub, Cuilín Business Park, Dingle, Co. Kerry, with travel required throughout the Dingle Peninsula and County Kerry, as necessary. Home working is essential until relevant Covid restrictions are lifted. A blended working approach between the Dingle Hub and home will then be possible.

Please send your CV, with a cover letter outlining your interest and suitability for the job, to Deirdre de Bhailís, Manager of the Hub, at jobs@dinglehub.com 

Closing date for applications is 5pm, Friday 5th March 2021

Interviews will be held during the week of 22nd March 2021