Careers – Administrator


The Social Democrats are hiring an administrator who will head up the day-to-day administrative functions of our new head-office in Dublin, under the guidance and supervision of the General Secretary.

  • Applications should be emailed to [email protected].
  • Closing date for receipt of applications is 6pm Wednesday 13th July.
  • CVs should be no longer than 2 pages.
  • A cover letter can be included, but is not required.


About the Social Democrats and the Role

The Social Democrats are a new Party and our immediate focus is on building a mainstream, progressive, social democratic force in Irish politics. As a member of our small but dedicated team, the Administrator will play a central role in helping us grow the Party.

The ideal candidate will be a pre-emptive problem-solver with an eye for detail and a keen ability to design and implement accessible and efficient organisational, administrative and information management systems. You will have a strong track-record in administration and office management, ideally within a small to medium-sized organisation, and will thrive in a fast-paced and quickly-evolving working environment. We value a strong work ethic and a dedication to bringing about real and meaningful political change. If this sounds like you, and if you feel you meet the requirements set out below, we look forward to hearing from you.


Qualifications and Skills

  • Relevant post-secondary school or third level qualification (e.g. administration, business information systems, human resources, accountancy/book-keeping, management, government, politics, law etc.). Candidates demonstrating equivalent professional experience may also be considered;
  • A minimum of five years’ relevant experience demonstrating progressive responsibility;
  • Excellent written and interpersonal communications skills;
  • Must be capable of producing high quality written output on behalf of the party. This will include official correspondence, reports, agendas, minutes etc;
  • Must at all times strive to develop and maintain strong relationships with a range of key actors both inside and outside the party, including our elected members, the constituent members of the party, members of the public, the media, government and parliamentary officials and so forth;
  • Strong IT skills, including email, database and word processing with an ability to adapt quickly to new systems;
  • A commitment to promoting the policies and priorities of the party through your role as a key member of the central party;
  • Highly organised, capable of working to competing deadlines and responding efficiently and effectively to competing priorities;
  • Must be capable of doing a lot with a little! We are a small party and, as such, one of the key competencies of this role will be for the successful candidate to make efficient and effective use of the limited financial, infrastructural and staff resources at our disposal. Creativity and good humour will be vital to success in this role;
  • Experience or demonstrable ability to supervise the work of other members of staff, interns and or volunteers;
  • Knowledge of the Irish national political context and a keen interest in current affairs would be advantageous;
  • A flexible approach to the hours and days of work. Due to the nature of the work involved, working hours can be unpredictable and subject to change, particularly on Dáil sitting days. The successful candidate must be in a position to be responsive to the needs of the party in such circumstances – time in lieu will be provided in return.


Responsibilities Included

  • Acting as primary point of contact for the Party’s head-office. This will involve responding promptly and professionally to incoming email and telephone queries from a range of individuals and groups – either directly or by redirecting to the appropriate team member;
  • As one of the first members of the Party’s HQ team, you will have a strong level of responsibility for the set-up of the office, its systems, equipment and team make-up. As an administrative professional, we anticipate this will include responsibility for designing, implementing and maintaining all internal-communications, administrative and information management systems;
  • Providing general administrative support to the General Secretary, including in the areas of communications, scheduling, human resources, book-keeping and regulatory reporting;
  • Managing the Party diary and that of the General Secretary and Communications Director;
  • Supervising the work of the HQ team, including junior members of staff and volunteers;
  • Providing administrative support and advice to HQ secretariat teams as appropriate;
  • Assisting in the planning, execution, and post-event briefings for regional and national party events;
  • Coordinating the compilation of information for mail-shots to party members and or elected members as appropriate;
  • Compiling briefing packs for elected members on issues to do with the activities of HQ and the party as a whole;
  • Assisting with the engagement of volunteers and assisting the General Manager in determining the volunteer deployment priorities of the Party; and,
  • Related administrative and office management tasks that may arise.

Note: The above is solely indicative and is not exhaustive.


Basic Conditions of Employment

  • Salary circa €35,000 per annum;
  • This is a fixed term appointment that expires two months after the next General Election. At that point the contract may be renewed at the discretion of the Executive Committee;
  • The appointment of the Administrator will be made by the Executive Committee of the Party;
  • The position will be based in Dublin and may entail travel throughout the country from time to time;
  • Pay and other conditions will be set at a level commensurate with qualifications and experience.