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Head of Child, Family and Regional Support

The Role:

AsIAm has identified the need for a Head of Child, Family and Regional Support position in the organisation.  The successful candidate will report directly to the Director of Operations and, as part of the senior management team, will support the CEO in implementing the strategic goals and objectives of the organisation.

The successful candidate will have overall responsibility for the clinical governance of AsIAm’s National Child and Family support programmes, working closely with the Director of Operations to identify new growth opportunities and innovative ways to support families, including pursuing funding, evaluating impact, and driving success.  In addition, the successful candidate will have significant responsibility in terms of Section 39 compliance and reporting.

The ideal candidate will be an experienced professional with a Nursing or Allied Health and Social Care background with experience in championing neuroaffirmative and rights based care.

We particularly welcome applications from within the autism community.

Key Responsibilities:

Senior Management Team:

Actively participate as a member of the senior management team and contribute to the development and implementation of plans and decisions by the CEO and Board with a particular focus on child, family and regional support goals and requirements

Day to Day Operations:

Oversee the smooth running of AsIAm’s Child and Family support programmes which currently include the: -

- Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Support Programme

- National Child and Family support programme

- One-Stop-Shops

- PrepareMe programme

Provide leadership and support to the individual programme managers and their respective teams

Support the design and implementation of a suite of advisory services and programmes to support individuals and families

Use data analysis reviews / trends to provide support and guidance to the CEO and Director of Operations in the development of the organisation’s public policy and lobbying activities

In collaboration with the Director of Operations review the potential for increased services across advice, advocacy and social connection supports

Support the Director of Operations in reporting to the HSE on the progress and implementation of HSE funded programmes e.g. One-Stop-Shops

Drive the regional roll-out of the One-Stop-Shop programme

Ensure programmes management and staff are fully trained to provide reliable information and direct support to adults, children and their families

Oversee the implementation of robust procedures and risk management processes to safeguard children, families and employees involved in programmes in line with local and national policy

Oversee the development of engaging, evidence-based resources to support community member in print and on digital and app platforms

Oversee the launch and roll-out of the PrepareMe App providing support to Autistic people through visual supports and predictability on a wide range of day-today activities and environments

Clinical Governance:

Lead on clinical effectiveness, ensuring clear lines of departmental responsibility, measuring and delivering person centred care, delivering safe and robust information management

Implement a robust assessment and management process of clinical risk / service user safety

Facilitate ongoing department wide professional development


People Management – implement a performance management / engagement programme for direct reports

Budget Management – ensure all programmes are operating within budget

Governance and Controls – ensure all direct reports are operating to the highest standards of governance in line with legal, statutory and organisational policies

Note – the above captures the key responsibilities, however, a full Role Profile, with more detailed responsibilities, is available on request

Key Requirements:


• Minimum 5 years’ experience as a clinical/social care professional with a minimum of 3 years’ management experience

• Proven experience in people and programme management

• Knowledge of autism, autism related issues and experience working with neurodivergent people

• Experience working with individuals with an intellectual disability

• Ability to communicate highly effectively with a diverse community of people

• Ability to analyse data and disseminate information to stakeholders as appropriate

• Knowledge of disability legislation and public policy

• Excellent problem solving skills

• Excellent risk analysis / management skills

• Excellent organisational, prioritisation and interpersonal skills


• Development and delivery of national support programmes

• Knowledge of Section 39 of the Health Act 2004 and/or HSE services

Contract Duration: This is a permanent role.

Salary & Benefits: AsIAm will offer salary and benefits commensurate with AsIAm pay scale and experience.

Location / Working Hours: The role is Monday to Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.  The role holder is required to be based in AsIAm’s office in Blackrock except when undertaking regional site visits.

The role holder is required to have a degree of flexibility with regard to working hours with the expectation of some evening and weekend work due to the nature of the events.

Your next step…..

Interested applicants should submit a CV and cover letter to Jacqui O’Grady, HR Consultant, at  You can contact either Jacqui at 087 2264981 or Niamh Mellerick at 01: 4453203 / with any queries.

Closing Date

The closing date for receipt of applications is Wednesday, 19 June 2024.

Note: All candidates must be willing to undergo Garda Vetting should they be successful.

AsIAm actively supports inclusion in the workplace and will endeavour to provide reasonable accommodations as requested by candidates throughout the interview process for this position

AsIAm is an equal opportunities employer which reserves the right to practice positive discrimination as set out by the Employment Equality Act, 1998.

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AsIAm actively support inclusion in the workplace and will endeavour to provide reasonable accommodations as requested by candidates throughout the interview process for this position.

AsIAm is an equal opportunities employer who reserves the right to practice positive discrimination as set out by the Employment Equity Act, 1998.