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Recruiting a HR Manager

Camphill Communities of Ireland is recruiting a Human Resource Manager

Main purpose of the role

The post holder will undertake a leadership role as a member of the Senior Management Team.  

Overall Objectives

  1. To support  the development and implementation of best practice HR Strategies.
  2. To input into the development and implementation of ER/IR strategies and change management programmes fostering positive staff engagement.
  3. To deliver change through partnership with the various internal and external stakeholders.
  4. To lead in supporting the senior management team and the workforce in the communities to achieve the delivery of Camphill’s business objectives and clinical strategy.
  5. To lead on aspects of the development and implementation of strategies to improve efficiencies throughout the organization through greater use of technology.
  6. The HR Manager will have overall responsibility for talent acquisition within Camphill and will personally demonstrates behaviour consistent with the Values of the Organisation and ensures this is reflected across the workforce, whereby all staff maintain an awareness of the primacy of the residents in relation to all organisational activities

Span of Control

Camphill Communities of Ireland operates a residential and day service in 16 centres, in which approx. 250 residents and day-attendees live and take part in day activities, delivered by a workforce of approx. 500 persons comprised of employees and voluntary co-workers.

This role will require a strong and experienced leader with a proven ability in managing and developing teams and services and will require a self-driven energetic HR professional able to work with a diverse range of employees. This person will be responsible for recruitment, retention, talent management, training and development, change management and succession planning. Attributes and qualities should include:

  • Excellent written, presentational and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent diplomatic, influencing, persuading and negotiation skills
  • Ability to set own priorities, meet tight deadlines and work effectively under pressure.
  • Have a high capacity for responsibility and individual initiative
  • Confident and flexible approach to work
  • Ability to manage and influence key stakeholders
  • This role will report to the CEO. He/she will be required to actively participate in the Senior Management Team and in the performance management process.

Reporting In Roles

  • The HR Manager will operate as part of the Senior Management Team
  • The Persons-in-Charge in the communities will report to the HR Manager


Key accountabilities of this post are to:

Regulatory compliance – to ensure all aspects of HR practices within Camphill are fully compliant with regulatory requirements

Workforce Planning and Recruitment - to ensure the recruitment and development of high-calibre staff who will be active and creative in furthering the vision and achieving the aims of Camphill.

Change Management – to drive and support change within the organisation at all levels by actively collaborating with key change drivers at national and local level empowering them to drive change, share learning and encourage collaboration across the organisation

Representational and Leadership role – to promote and support an organisational culture that supports high quality standards and high commitment as well as continuous self-reflection and self-development, including continued professional development.

Performance Management, Staff Development, Support and Team Building – to manage the performance and accountability relationships within the organization, in conjunction with the Senior Management Team.

Core Competencies

  • Ensure the provision of best HR practice within Camphill
  • Talent Acquisition/Workforce Planning and Management
  • Payroll Management, Staff Records, Information Technology and Data Protection
  • Health & Safety 
  • Personal Commitment, Motivation and Integrity

Qualifications, Knowledge & Experience


  • A third level qualification in Human Resources
  • A minimum of 5 years Senior HR experience
  • A minimum of 3 years experience in a leadership role
  • A detailed understanding and experience of modern, evidence-based HR practices and a robust grasp of Irish employment and other relevant legislation
  • An extensive knowledge of workforce planning, recruitment and retention issues
  • Evidence of successful management of strategic change projects and modernising services in a complex organisational environment
  • Comprehensive experience of employee relations, including a detailed knowledge of grievance and disciplinary issues
  • Demonstrable substantial experience in managing change in a large values-based organisation


  • CIPD membership
  • Masters Level Qualification 
  • Experience in the Not-for-Profit / Charity Sector and/or Section 38/39 organisations
  • An understanding of Camphill Communities of Ireland’s Vision, Values and Mission

Details of the Role

Grade:                 Grade 7 equivalent

Salary Scale:       Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience

Location:             Head office in Dunshane, County Kildare, attendance at other locations as appropriate.

Duration:             Fulltime. 3 year contract initially, with a possibility of extension

Closing date:      30 May 2018

For more information please contact

Marie Keane  - Chair of Camphill Communities of Ireland  - or 

Miriam Moffit - Company Secretary of Camphill Communities of Ireland  -

Application form can be downloaded here 

The Full Job Description and Person Specification can be downloaded here

All applications please to

Camphill is an equal opportunity employer. 

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