Communications Officer

TITLE:   Communications Officer

REPORTS TO:   Communications Manager

DEPARTMENT:  Communications

LOCATION:   Based in Dublin

HOURS:   Full Time (35 hours/week) time flexibility required

CONTRACT:   Permanent Full Time


The Irish Cancer Society is Ireland’s leading health charity. For over 55 years we have worked together on behalf of people affected by cancer in Ireland. We are dedicated to preventing cancer, detecting it early and fighting it at every level. We are a community of survivors, families, patients, friends, nurses, doctors, scientists, professionals, supporters and volunteers.

We are looking for an experienced communications professional to join our team.


Overall responsibilities

  • The successful candidate will work on a portfolio of Irish Cancer Society activities, developing exciting and innovative communications campaigns and will support the Communications Manager in the execution of these campaigns.
  • You will be a core member of the Communications Department and will play a key role in planning and delivering communications, through traditional and digital channels, that meet the overall strategic objectives of the Society.                  


Key duties and responsibilities

  • Responsibility for the research, planning, development, timely execution and evaluation of a mix of communications campaigns and activities across the Irish Cancer Society (earned, owned and paid media).
  • Providing strategic and operational communications support to key campaigns in areas such as fundraising, services and advocacy.
  • Managing media relations, including media requests.
  • Preparing and managing budgets for communications activities, in consultation with the budget holder.
  • Ensuring brand consistency across all forms of communications.
  • Reporting to the Communications Manager on all activity.
  • Working closely with other teams across the organisation on specified projects in order to meet the Society’s objectives.
  • Undertaking other duties as required.


Qualifications and experience

  • At least four years’ experience in communications, PR or journalism.
  • Experience in a fast-paced environment handling multiple projects is desirable.
  • A third level qualification or post-graduate qualification in communications desirable but not essential.
  • Proven track record in the development and implementation of communications strategies with tight deadlines.
  • Adept at working across all channels including traditional and digital media.
  • Established network of media contacts.
  • Experience of the Irish healthcare arena is desirable, including healthcare policy.


Person specification

  • Self-starter with initiative, creativity and ability to develop innovative and effective communications strategies for the leading health charity.
  • Proactive, professional approach with excellent writing skills.
  • Enjoys working in a fast-paced environment and constantly meeting deadlines.
  • Ability to identify and negotiate opportunities for the Irish Cancer Society to grow its profile in the media consistent with our strategic objectives.
  • High level IT skills.


HOW TO APPLY:  If you are interested in applying for this position, please send Curriculum Vitae and cover letter including your salary expectation to:  Nicola Cosgrove, HR Administrator, Irish Cancer Society, 43/45 Northumberland Rd., Dublin 4. Email:

The closing date for applications is 5.00 pm on 16th December 2019. 

The Irish Cancer Society is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to building an inclusive environment for all employees. We know that the more inclusive we are, the better our work will be.