Current Vacancies

Respond is a leading Approved Housing Body and a service provider working across Ireland for almost 40 years. We are growing rapidly in response to the housing crisis and are now looking for the right person who has the passion and skills to help us realise our vision. 

Our vision is that every family and individual in Ireland will have high-quality housing as part of a vibrant and caring community. This means working proactively with partners to create sustainable and vibrant communities where people want to live.


Early Years Practitioner

Location: Acorns, Lisduggan, Waterford

Reporting to: Service Manager

Terms: 39  hours per week Monday to Friday

Job Purpose: To act as a positive role model and be responsible for the delivery and implementation of a high-quality play-based curriculum under the guidance of the national quality frameworks Aistear and Síolta both indoors and outdoors. To guide, observe, stimulate and supervise children in a safe and caring environment as part of the early year’s team.

Core Duties & Responsibilities:

  • To follow the policies and procedure of the service at all times.
  • To conduct observation and learning stories for all children.
  • To organise materials and resources to ensure that they reflect the children’s emerging interests and abilities.
  • To implement a play-based curriculum that encourages independence and fosters the growth of self-esteem within all children.
  • To support children’s emotional, social and cognitive development.
  • To assist in providing healthy snacks which meet the growing needs of children and reflects variation in culture or dietary needs.
  • To develop and support parental involvement strategies that enhance children’s learning experiences
  • To ensure that the welfare of children is paramount in accordance with Children First; National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children.
  • Promote the services in the local community and wider area to assist and support the quality and sustainability of the service.

Person specification:

  • Commitment to high-quality early education
  • The ability to work in collaboration with a dedicated team
  • Highly motivated to work on own initiative
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • A professional and enthusiastic disposition
  • Flexible and adaptable
  • Demonstrate a commitment to continuous professional development
  • Garda Vetting will be required as part of the recruitment process

Essential Qualifications

  • A minimum of FETAC Level 5 in Early Years Education
  • One-year post-paid qualification experience of working in an early year
  • Strong understanding and experience in Early Childhood Education

To apply please send a CV and a separate covering letter to recruit@respond.ie before the closing of business Friday 16th April 2021.


After-school Project Worker  

Location: Early Education & After-school Care – Riverwell Close, Dundalk, Co Louth

Reporting to: Service Manager

Terms: 20 hours per week – afternoons

Job Purpose: To deliver an after-school programme for children and young people attending Edmund Rice Junior and Senior Schools. This will involve the implementation of a range of needs-led educational and recreational programmes in line with Better Outcomes Brighter Futures (The national policy framework for children and young people 2014-2020).

Core Duties & Responsibilities:

  • To work in accordance with the values, principles and philosophy of Respond Support and Edmund Rice School.
  • To deliver targeted and universal quality after-school programmes that are evidence-informed needs-led and promote better outcomes for all that attend the service.
  • To operate within the policies and procedures and guidelines as stipulated by Respond Support.
  • To engage with the young people to ensure that the service design is inclusive and supports any young person with additional needs or vulnerabilities.
  • To treat the young people with dignity and respect, and work with awareness of group interests, special talents, needs, cultural backgrounds and individual learning styles.
  • To plan, implement, document, and evaluate all programmes activities and practices to ensure that the services are achieving their goals.
  • To motivate children to be physically active by implementing a variety of recreational activities.
  • Working as part of a team, this will involve participating in planning sessions, team meetings, reviews and assisting with the running of the service in a collaborative manner.
  • Manage the delivery of programmes in compliance with Respond Support’s safeguarding and health and safety standards, including the identification of potential risks and completion of relevant risk assessments.
  • To be responsible for maintaining the accommodation from which the service is provided.
  • To work in collaboration with the service manager in ensuring all reasonable measures are maintained to safeguard the health, safety and welfare of the children attending the service.
  • To work in partnership with parents in ensuring the service meets the needs of all those that attend.
  • Participate in and avail of training and continuous professional development.
  • To comply with Respond Support Child Protection and Welfare Policy.
  • To comply with responsibilities under the Data Protection Acts 1988-2011, Freedom of Information Acts 1999-2014.
  • To carry out any other duties that maybe assigned by the line manager from time to time.

Person specification:

  • Professional qualification in Youth Work, Social Care, Early Education or related field.
  • A minimum of 2 years’ experience working in a community-focused youth work/childcare/family support/school setting.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, possess good leadership and facilitation skills
  • Aptitude and empathy with children and young people
  • Good computer skills and knowledge of Microsoft office suite
  • Report writing and administration skills
  • Demonstrate a strong teamwork ethic and a capacity to work under own initiative.
  • Garda Vetting will be required on an ongoing basis.

To apply please send a CV and a separate covering letter to recruit@respond.ie before the closing of business Friday 16th April 2021.