YSI CEO Job Vacancy

YSI CEO Job Vacancy
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Title: Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
Location: Young Social Innovators, DCU Alpha, Old Finglas Road, Glasnevin, Dublin 11
Report to: Young Social Innovators (YSI) Board
Contract: Permanent Full-Time

The Opportunity

Young Social Innovators (YSI) is a non-profit organisation that empowers young people to use their talents, insights, passion and creativity to come up with innovative solutions to social challenges. Through fun and engaging programmes, students are supported to create team-based action-projects on issues they care about, putting their innovative ideas into action to bring about positive social change for the benefit of people, communities and the environment.

As YSI’s new CEO, you will continue to drive the remarkable efforts led by YSI’s founders, Sr Stanislaus Kennedy and Rachel Collier to support and empower young people to solve these critical challenges for today and tomorrow, and lead YSI into a new chapter.

As CEO, you will partner with the Board to develop and evolve YSI’s strategy to continue and grow YSI’s work nationally and internationally. You will be the ‘face’ of YSI for education, industry, government, community groups, and the media. You will set the agenda, grow YSI’s profile and reach within existing and new stakeholder groups, and promote the work of YSI, and its mission and vision.

As the YSI leader, the CEO will be accountable for leading and managing the YSI team to deliver the organisation’s operational plan within existing resource constraints, and develop the team to operate to their best ability where they are empowered and supported to grow. You will ensure YSI has sustainable funding to run and support its youth programmes. You will lead and champion YSI’s efforts in maintaining its financial and legal commitments, as outlined in the Governance Code of Practice, the Charities Regulatory Authority (CRA), and Ireland’s Children’s First Act 2015.

This is an exciting time to join the YSI team to help empower young people to reimagine the world, and help them create impact on issues that matter most to them, working in a dynamic and agile environment.

The Person

General Management and Leadership- 
Excellent influencing and leadership skills with an innate ability to motivate, lead and inspire those around them. A self-starter who thinks strategically about the future, and has the ability to bring people with them on the journey of a reimagined tomorrow. Ability to translate these ideas and concepts into high level goals, aligned to YSI’s mission and vision, utilise YSI’s resources effectively to achieve specific objectives and outcomes, and create a culture that is purpose-led and empowering.

Strategy and Board Engagement- Excellent interpersonal skills underpinned by a strong business and commercial acumen. Ability to horizon scan national and international markets with curiosity and conceptual thinking, and leverage this understanding to influence YSI’s strategy and prioritisation development. A true partner to the Board to ensure mutual alignment, direction, and impact. An advocate for social innovation education, its processes and approaches to drive results.

Agenda Setter and Relationship Builder- A deep understanding and appreciation of the challenges facing today’s young generation. Ability to build rapport and relationships with a wide group of internal and external stakeholders. A key influencer who inspires, persuades and engages others to support YSI’s work and its strategic priorities. Ability to secure necessary financial resources from multiple stakeholders public, philanthropic and corporate through strong networking, engagement and negotiation.

Communication and Teamwork- Excellent verbal, written and presentation skills. Ability to build a strong team, culture and an effective organisational structure with a drive for creativity, innovation and impact. A strong coach and mentor underpinned by empathy, trust and purpose. Ability to identify and create employee development opportunities and experiences to cultivate agility, versatility, innovation and personal and team growth.


Young Social Innovators is committed to standards of excellence in Child Protection practices. The role of CEO will require the candidate to successfully complete the Garda Vetting process, which will be co-ordinated by Young Social Innovators

Key Accountabilities:

Partner with the Board to develop YSI’s strategy in line with YSI’s mission, vision and values

Be the key link between the Board and the YSI team

Report on organisational performance and impact

Cultivate, motivate, lead and manage the team to deliver YSI’s strategy

Build a team culture that supports empowerment, creativity, innovation and trust

Develop, resource, implement and deliver the operational plan to implement YSI’s strategy

Ensure high standards of governance and operational excellence

Build, drive and expand awareness of YSI’s vision

Influence and grow YSI’s profile and reach within new and existing stakeholder groups

Young Social Innovators is committed to equal opportunities and all recruitment decisions will be based on merit, suitability for the role and experience. All recruitment decisions will not be influenced by race, colour, nationality, religion, sex, marital status, family status, sexual orientation, disability, age or membership of the Traveller Community. Young Social Innovators fully endorses a working environment free from discrimination and harassment. For information on Young Social Innovator’s Privacy Policy, please see here.

How to Apply

This recruitment campaign is being managed exclusively by 2into3 on behalf of Young Social Innovators. To apply, to discuss further, or to request a copy of the candidate briefing document, please contact Shannon Barrett at shannon.barrett@2into3.com or (086) 063-4938. Please send your CV and a cover letter outlining your suitability for the role, in Word doc format only. The closing date for applications is Friday 2nd September.