Careers

Wishgranter

Make-A-Wish Ireland has one simple aim – to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions, to bring hope, strength and happiness.
  
Since 1992, Make-A-Wish has granted wishes for more than 2,600 brave children across Ireland.  A wish granted is true magic for the child, providing respite from their normal routines of hospitals, doctors and treatment. Make-A-Wish does not receive any government funding and relies overwhelmingly on the kindness of the Irish public to continue granting wishes.
  
Core Objective: To grant wishes and manage wish journeys of children living with a life-threatening illness
  
Overview  
The Wishgranter will create, manage and grant wishes to children living with a life-threatening illness, some of which need to be organised at a few days’ notice. We are looking for a creative person, who has experience working with children, the ability to work on own initiative, prioritise, excellent attention to detail, budgeting experience, target driven, excellent telephone manner with the ability to emphatically manage highly sensitive circumstances with our wish families.
  
Key Responsibilities

  • To manage a variety of wish types whilst adhering to standards and, ensuring our wish children receive the experience they deserve.
  • To follow the processes involved in granting wishes – wish journey stages
  • To deliver on targets and within budget
  • Produce and adhere to budgets utilising guidelines and policies provided
  • To liaise with wish families, medical professionals, volunteers and suppliers in the community involved in wishes
  • Obtain Donation in Kind/Gift In-Kind for wishes/enhancements
  • To obtain quality wish stories where publicity approvals are agreed
  • Control and coordinate all documentation for each wish
  • Work closely with the Volunteer Coordinator on the status and requirements of wish journeys assigned to volunteers
  • Follow up on wishes that have been completed, maintaining a connection with families
  • Day to day administration and keeping records updated on Salesforce
  • Work with Wishgranting team to reach departmental objectives
  • To undertake such other duties as might be reasonably assigned from time to time in consultation with the line manager

Person Specification:

  • Strong interpersonal, empathy and communication skills
  • Display an ability to achieve set targets/goals
  • Have previous experience of working with children
  • A clear understanding and passion for the mission, values and behaviours
  • Excellent time management, planning, organisational and administrative skills
  • The ability to juggle a wide range of activities, prioritise own workload and meet deadlines
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills, verbal, written and face to face
  • Flexibility to travel and willingness to work occasional weekends/evenings as required.
  • The ability to work as part of a team
  • Strong IT skills
  • Social Media knowledge an advantage but not essential
  • Full clean driving licence essential.

Please note that Eirkoo are sourcing this role on a pro-bono basis for Make-A-Wish Ireland and therefore applications will be viewed by both Eirkoo and Make-A-Wish Ireland. Please apply here.

Head of Finance

Since 1992, Make-A-Wish has granted wishes for more than 2,600 brave children across Ireland.  A wish granted is true magic for the child, providing respite from their normal routines of hospitals, doctors and treatment. Make-A-Wish does not receive any government funding and relies overwhelmingly on the kindness of the Irish public to continue granting wishes. 

Financial:

  • Ensure that strong internal financial controls are in place throughout the organisation, including up-to-date documented policies and procedures. 
  • Manage ongoing financial compliance requirements for our various income channels 
  • Prepare monthly management accounts and commentary 
  • Prepare the annual and 3-year financial plan 
  • Prepare a monthly financial forecast to year-end 
  • Prepare regular cashflow statements and forecasts. 
  • Prepare the year-end accounts and annual financial statements including the directors’ report 
  • Liaise with the auditors and manage the year-end audit process 
  • Manage and process all supplier payments. 
  • Manage income processes to ensure that income is recorded promptly and accurately. 
  • Manage the monthly payroll and all tax compliance liaising with Revenue 
  • Prepare the annual Charities VAT Compensation Scheme return. 
  • Manage all banking arrangements including deposit accounts and credit cards.

Compliance:

  • Liaise with the Treasurer, the Audit Committee and the Board. 
  • Compile board papers and presentations.  
  • Attend Board meetings. 
  • Oversee the development of finance and admin processes, in particular, the recent upgrade of the Sage accounts system, Salesforce development and the integration of the two systems. 
  • Liaise closely with other members of the management team so that the team has a seamless understanding of our current and forecast operations and of our financial position. 
  • Complete quarterly returns to Make-A-Wish International and liaise with International colleagues on areas of mutual interest. 
  • Carry out company secretarial work – B1 annual return and B10 change in director forms 
  • Comply with the requirements of the Charities Regulator including the annual return and change in director updates. 
  • Update the corporate risk register on an annual basis for approval by the Board. 
  • Support the Board in meeting its obligations under the Charities Governance Code. 
  • Liaise closely with members of the management team and marketing in relation to completion of the Annual Report

Other:

  • Support the development and implementation of the organisational strategy 
  • Manage IT development work and act as the primary contact for our IT managed services. 
  • Ensure that good procurement processes are in place and oversee the procurement process for key services. 
  • Manage all insurance requirements. 
  • Liaise with pension providers. 
  • Liaise with office and operational suppliers. 
  • Manage HR administration such as annual leave. 

 The requirements:

The suitable applicant for this role will have at least 5 years of relevant experience at a senior level. You will ideally have an accounting qualification and knowledge of SAGE. You will have experience with all aspects of a finance function and be able to liaise with relevant stakeholders both internally and externally while ensuring that the organisation is compliant with all appropriate regulations. Knowledge of the Not-For-Profit or Charity sectors would be advantageous.  A strong attention to detail, exemplary communication skills and the ability to multitask are all key. 

Please note that Eirkoo are sourcing this role on a pro-bono basis for Make-A-Wish Ireland and therefore applications will be viewed by both Eirkoo and Make-A-Wish Ireland.

Apply here

Community Volunteer

Our Community Volunteers are the foundation of Make-A-Wish. As a Community Volunteer you will be involved in attending events on behalf of Make-A-Wish, raising awareness of Make-A-Wish in your area, visiting wish children to find out their one true wish, and assisting with our national fundraising day - Wish Day. You will also have the option to deliver school talks to primary and secondary school students.

Make-A-Wish welcomes all volunteer applications regardless of their cultural and ethnic origin, religion, gender and physical, social or economic background

We would ask our volunteers to commit to the below each year in their local areas:

  • Participate in a minimum of 3 wish visits (if available in your area)
  • Assist in the coordination of Wish Day, our national fundraising day
  • Attend cheque presentations
  • Organise one fundraising event per year
  • Link us with your place of work and local schools if appropriate
  • School visits (if available during the day)
  • Attend local committee meetings (maximum twice a year)
  • Attend any further training events after induction training
  • Promote Make-A-Wish

In addition, a variety of tasks outside of the above may be available which will compliment your own specific skill set such as event planning, online marketing, interior design, carpentry skills.

Skills required:

  • Good with children
  • Strong communication skills
  • Organised
  • Reliability
  • Highly motivated self-starter with initiative and drive
  • Previous experience in fundraising events is desirable
  • Access to a car is desirable but not a necessity
     

Commitment

There is no minimum or maximum time you need to provide weekly or monthly to Make-A-Wish. Time commitment can vary depending on the amount of wishes in your areas or school talk requests etc. We do ask that you spread awareness of Make-A-Wish as much as possible. We understand personal and work commitments can limit your availability sometimes and we are happy to work alongside you with this.

Location

We require Community Volunteers in all counties of the Republic of Ireland

Apply:

To become a community volunteer, you will need to complete an application form which will be emailed to you. Once your application is processed you will be required to complete a phone interview, Garda vetting and formal training. Make-A-Wish Ireland reserve the right to reject volunteer applications at any stage during this process.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer please contact Claire on volunteer@makeawish.ie or call 01 204 2007

School Visits Representative

Schools play a very important part in helping Make-A-Wish grant wishes. School visits not only spread the magic of Make-A-Wish, but also educate students on how they can help support us. Children who are living with a life-threatening medical condition spend most of their time in hospitals undergoing painful treatments instead of attending school. 

Young people really identify with what it must be like for another child to be sick and restricted in what they can do. The School Visit Representative volunteer role involves visiting Primary and Secondary schools around Ireland and informing students on the work that Make-A-Wish do and how they can help. In some cases, we offer a cheque presentation to schools that have raised money, to thank students personally for their hard work.

Time Commitment

Throughout the school year

Apply

If you are interested in becoming a school visit representative please contact Stephen on 01 2052012 or email stephen@makeawish.ie

Fundraising Volunteers

Our fundraising volunteers donate their time and skills to support us in organising events in their local communities and get involved with the team in initiatives all over the country.

We rely on fundraising volunteers to continue to grant a wish to EVERY eligible child in Ireland. Do you have a fundraising idea? Are you doing a marathon? Coffee morning or fashion show?

You will find some inspiring fundraising ideas HERE

Make-A-Wish reserves the right to refuse an application to fundraise or volunteer for the charity. 

Apply:

If you are interested in fundraising please contact Sheila on 01 2052012 or email sheila@makeawish.ie