Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind is seeking to employ an experienced Regional Development Officer (RDO) to join our Fundraising team and manage the south, west and north-west regions.


The Role

Working closely with members of the Board, General Manager, Colleagues and Volunteers, the Regional Development Officer is tasked with building, maintaining, mobilising and supporting a Branch network along with the delivery of fundraising events with full P&L responsibility for delivering the challenging targets set for the region.


To be successful in this role, you must be self-motivated and driven, organised and structured, take personal ownership for the growth of your network and the delivery of the targets set for the region. You will be required to frequently travel and work outside of normal working hours when attending events, Branch meetings and other relevant meetings.


Key Responsibilities

  • Be responsible for owning income and costs targets for Branch network within the region.
  • Full P&L responsibility for the region and individual Branches within the region.
  • Drive the development of the region and ensure a regional development plan is in place for Branches and the overall region.
  • Arrange area cluster meetings within your region to build inter-Branch relationships and for periodic sharing of ideas and information.
  • Provide problem solving support for the Branches and be responsive to their requirements.
  • Assume responsibility for the successful initiation, planning, design, execution, monitoring, control and feedback for fundraising related projects in the region.
  • Effectively plan and run fundraising events/campaigns, projects and activities using established team processes as required, to maintain core support to Volunteers throughout the region.
  • Support the preparation, planning, rollout and delivery of national campaigns.
  • Manage Volunteer recruitment, training and development for Branches.
  • Engage Clients/Volunteers with Branches to support Branch development.
  • Co-ordinate/Support Branch requirements for social media supports and communications.
  • Integrate the structure, systems, tools, communications and the learning and development systems to support Branches’ development and the recruitment of new Volunteers into the Branch structure.
  • Research, develop and capture a pipeline of fundraising opportunites to support Branches.
  • Ensure that fundraising data in relation to the Branches/Volunteers/collections boxes and collection dogs is accurate and up to date at all times.
  • Implement an effective reporting system to track activity and outputs (using in-house CRM system and business intelligence tools).
  • Evaluate and report on the impact of community Volunteering Programme to ensure alignment with strategic business plan.
  • Ensure GDPR compliance for data held by the Community Fundraising team.
  • Any other duties as outlined by your manager from time-to-time.


Qualifications & Experience

  • Relevant university degree, 3rd level qualifications and strong evidence of continuous professional and personal development.
  • Must have proven ability to operate independently with innovative spirit and the ability to forge strong, lasting relationships with the volunteering communities.
  • Experience and understanding of donor (customer) relationship management programmes and database marketing and development, ideally in a not for profit environment.
  • Demonstrable experience in planning, organising and reporting on project work and ongoing work programmes.
  • Working knowledge of the Statement of Guiding Principles for Fundraising – The Irish Charities Tax Research (ICTR) February 2008 and implementation resources.
  • Awareness of trends, patterns and challenges of Volunteering in Ireland at a community level.
  • Comfortable in cold-calling environment.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills – able to express ideas and collaborate effectively with multidisciplinary teams. Be open-minded with the ability to recognise good ideas.
  • Talented communicator who can inspire the support and commitment from a diverse range of stakeholders.
  • Ability to build and leverage relationships.
  • Capable of working independently and as part of a team.
  • Demonstrate understanding of people management, motivations and working styles and requirements.
  • Experience and contacts within corporate community.
  • Should be a target and goal-driven individual with a flair for business development and a natural ability to develop and achieve results.


Special Conditions

  • Full clean driving licence essential.
  • Flexibility to work evenings, weekends and bank holidays as required on an ad hoc basis and acceptance of the need to travel nationwide to meet with key fundraisers and other key stakeholders as part of the role, also on an ad hoc basis.


Closing date for applications – 31st January 2021


If you wish to apply for this role, please forward your CV in confidence to

Alternatively, if you wish to discuss this opportunity, please contact Mel Conway, HR / H&S / Client Services Manager at or via telephone on 085 8009227.