Grassroots Advocacy Coordinator

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Closing Date: 23 September 2021
Full Time Paid
Date Published: 09 September 2021


Grassroots Advocacy Coordinator

Reports to:

Policy and Public Affairs Manager

Contract type:

Permanent contract


Full-time (35 hours per week). Some evening and weekend work required.


Based in Dublin, with opportunities for part-time remote working


Available on request (e-mail

* Note:  There will be a mix of office and remote based working for this role over the coming months as we return to more regular working arrangements following temporary arrangements that were in place due to Covid 19 restrictions.


Overall Responsibility:

The Irish Cancer Society is the country’s leading cancer advocacy organisation. We work at all levels of Government and with a wide range of stakeholders to support evidence-based policy and legislation that improves the lives of people living with or at risk of cancer.

As part of that, in the past year we have undertaken an exciting programme of engagement with new volunteer advocates around the country, who are working with their local TDs and representatives to ensure cancer patients and survivors are top of their agenda, and to mobilise grassroots support to ensure cancer services in Ireland are well-funded, innovative and patient-centred.

The role of the Grassroots Advocacy Coordinator is to empower local Advocacy Champions and drive grassroots campaigns that bring about meaningful change for cancer patients, survivors and their families.

Specifically, this position will continue to grow both our grassroots and online advocacy community for the Irish Cancer Society, manage, provide training and guidance to our volunteer advocates, help to plan and implement grassroots advocacy campaigns and initiatives, and engage with a diverse range of stakeholders to ensure the Advocacy Department is receiving a reliable understanding of patient, survivor, health system and political issues and trends.


Main duties and responsibilities:


  • Plan and implement year-round advocacy activities for grassroots volunteers
  • Track and evaluate grassroots related projects to ensure successful completion and growth, including development of e-advocacy campaign narratives and message testing
  • Leading the campaign elements of all election-centred campaign strategy to include future General and European elections, and collaborate with team on advance planning of election messaging, based on engagement with volunteers and local politicians
  • Plan and manage local advocacy events and hustings
  • Develop a tracking and reporting mechanism to understand political engagement with ICS positions

Volunteer empowerment:

  • Grow and manage a grassroots advocacy network that will inform and influence local and national policy decisions
  • Execute a comprehensive grassroots advocacy programme, based on current best practice.
  • Oversee continued expansion of structured network of grassroots volunteers, based on international models, e.g. ACS CAN
  • Identify and develop volunteers with personal stories related to advocacy campaigns
  • Recruit, train, and develop advocacy volunteers
  • Clearly communicate Irish Cancer Society positions on policy and legislation and empower volunteers to communicate legislative and policy priorities

Networking and stakeholder engagement:

  • Plan and manage regional grassroots lobbying activities, including supporting and maintaining relationships with local TDs, Senators and their staff
  • Develop new relationships with healthcare workers at hospitals providing cancer care, to better inform Society of hospital-level issues
  • Explore new partnership opportunities to support advocacy network and advocacy team
  • Accurately and effectively represent the Irish Cancer Society and its mission
  • Establish and maintain collaborations and partnerships as appropriate

Communication skills:

  • Utilise social media to build support for issues and optimise reach of advocacy campaigns
  • Initiate and manage online advocacy network, in support of bespoke campaigns, and continue to identify new methods for its growth
  • Coordinate action alerts, and provide relevant updates through mass emails, Twitter and Facebook
  • Develop reporting mechanisms and deliver frequent progress updates to both volunteers and Irish Cancer Society staff to measure and communicate local and regional advocacy impact and achievements


  • Follow ICS policies and guidelines
  • Comply with all relevant lobbying regulations
  • Perform other duties as assigned
  • Regularly report to the central Advocacy team on issues facing patients at local and regional levels
  • Explore opportunities to expand practical advocacy supports for patients, particularly in online space
  • The Society operates a no-smoking policy and the post holder must not smoke in the office or when on Society business outside the office
  • All employees are required to be aware of their responsibilities towards health and safety and to adhere to fire regulations
  • This job description is not exhaustive.  It merely acts as a guide and may be amended to meet the changing requirements of the Society at any time after discussion with the post holder


  • Third level degree or higher in politics/policy/communications/community work (desirable)
  • In lieu of degree, relevant experience will be considered
  • Minimum 3-4 years in an advocacy/political/organising role. Experience of working on campaigns desirable

Person specification:

  • Passion and initiative are required
  • Ability to work independently with minimum direction as well as work as a member of a team
  • Demonstrated experience of motivating others to support a cause or cause-based organisation
  • Demonstrated ability to work on fast-paced, time-sensitive matters with internal and external stakeholders
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with diverse individuals and communities
  • Ability to complete work in a timely and efficient manner and ensure work is accurate
  • Ability to work with diverse groups of people with sensitivity and tact
  • Ability to utilise available technology to perform position responsibilities
  • Ability to excel at details, multi-tasking and working under pressure
  • Solid independent judgement and willingness to learn
  • Strong written, oral, interpersonal and computer skills required
  • Occasional travel may be necessary

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

The closing date for applications is Thursday, 23 September, 2021.

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.