From Social Innovation Fund Ireland:

Social Innovation Fund Ireland (SIFI)
Fund Manager

Contract: 2 years, full-time, starting September 2019
Based: Cork or Galway with some travel within Ireland
Salary: €45,000 – €55,000 per annum, based on experience
Annual Leave: 24 days
Benefits: 8% employer pension contribution, following completion of probation.


Manage a portfolio of awardees to meet programme impact targets, by driving maximum achievement of social impact, in line with investment objectives and conditions.


Reporting to the Children & Youth Funds Manager, this role will work with a specific portfolio of awardees to drive and deliver Social Innovation Fund Ireland’s impact, working closely with our small and agile team, and working in a high growth, fast-paced environment. It is a critical relationship manager with SIFI applicants, awardees, and the wider SIFI community, including donors. Success will look like a group of self-evidently impactful awardees. These awardees will have been selected through SIFI’s rigorous selection process and will have participated in a powerful capacity building programme, which they all agree was transformative in building their future plans for increased local and national growth and impact.

Responsibilities include:

  • To secure high-quality applicants by leading Fund promotion and the recruitment of applications
  • To run the call for applications and project selection process
  • To plan and deliver the capacity building and Gamechanger programmes, which will be facilitated in part by you / SIFI and in part by commissioned partners
  • To lead and manage the investment relationship with relevant SIFI Fund awardees  (successful applicants) , including performance management and holding them to account
  • To work with the awardees to develop strategic / business plans, define their social impact goals, , build the capacity of the projects to deliver the promised impact, and manage other suitable  supports.
  • To commission and coordinate the relationship between suppliers, consultants, grantees and SIFI
  • To build successful partnerships with other organisations as required
  • To set (in conjunction with your line manager), and to meet, programme targets
  • To manage budgets and provide financial reports and social impact reports to the CEO, team and Board.
  • To support the marketing, fundraising and communications work of SIFI
  • To be an Ambassador for SIFI.

The Fund Manager will meet programme targets, and will track progress and prepare reports on social impact achieved. He/she will at all times represent SIFI in accordance with SIFI’s vision, mission and values, will undertake training and development as requested by the CEO, and may be asked to take on other duties on request.

Social Innovation Fund Ireland seeks a needle in a haystack. You will be someone with qualities and skills that include:


  • Experience – 5 to 10 years’ relevant experience
  • Demonstrated leadership skills – in a paid or voluntary role
  • Experience or nuanced understanding of the distinctions and unifying factors of for-profit and not for profit organisations
  • Experience in innovation contexts.
  • Familiarity with Sustainable Development Goals

Analytical and Business Skills

  • Demonstrated ability to analyse material and summarise, distil and synthesise quickly – both verbally and in writing
  • Ability to analyse / write a strategic or business plan
  • Excellent report writing skills
  • Experience (or interest in) research, impact measurement and an understanding of academic evaluation processes
  • Track record of project management in the business and / or social sector
  • Ability to demonstrate / develop an investment perspective.

Financial Skills

  • Familiarity with analysing financial statements, developing business and cash flow planning and cost controlling.
  • Experience of preparing and managing project budgets.
  • People and leadership skills
  • Track record of partnership building
  • Ability to build trust, even against the odds
  • Management – Ability to line manage people, provide support and guidance
  • Leadership – Capacity to lead a group of diverse innovators and leaders to work towards ambitious targets and a shared common vision/goal
  • Skilled in the arts of negotiation and persuasion.


  • Commitment to excellence
  • Comfort with an entrepreneurial culture and a fast-moving environment.
  • A natural curiosity and a desire to learn.
  • Drive and ambition
  • Ability to demonstrate the highest levels of integrity and ethical fibre
  • Desire and ability to be an Ambassador for SIFI.


  • Experience and knowledge of social impact definition and business planning processes
  • Experience of capacity building work with companies/organisations
  • Experience in managing a portfolio of organisations in an investment, social or philanthropic context


  • Flexible, warm & friendly personality who can work well in a team environment
  • A commitment to excellence
  • A commitment to Social Innovation Fund Ireland’s vision and values
  • Ability to demonstrate the highest levels of integrity and ethical fibre
  • Like all staff, be an Ambassador for Social Innovation Fund Ireland at all times.


  • We work with our hearts and our heads – we value compassion, passion and fun.
  • We take smart risks and we allow permission to fail because we know that innovation and risk are two sides of the same coin.
  • We believe that social change is a team sport – we use influence and engagement to build trusted relationships, and we choose to collaborate to achieve our goals.
  • We demonstrate curiosity and a hunger to learn.
  • We value bold ideas and bold leadership, and we develop remarkable people.


Please submit an online application with your CV and cover letter via this link by 9am on Monday, August 26th, 2019. (Extended Deadline) 


Our mission is to find and back the best social innovations in Ireland, and to enable them to scale and maximise their impact. Our vision is the world’s best ecosystem for supporting social innovations – right here in Ireland. SIFI was catalysed by the Irish Government to stimulate philanthropy and support the growth of Ireland’s best social innovations. To do this, the Government has set up a challenge fund – for every Euro, we raise in philanthropy it is matched by a Euro from Department of Rural and Community Development, through the Dormant Accounts Funds. Social Innovation Fund Ireland practices active philanthropy through providing growth capital in the form of grants, as well as Accelerator programmes targeting growth. These can include growth planning, mentoring & other inputs tailored to the organisation’s needs.


There are four phases to the typical social impact work involved in our programmes:

  1. Finding the best social innovations – Prepare and run the call for applications, run the selection process, prepare recommendations on who should be selected for the awards.
  2. Investing in their social impact – A small number of awardees will receive a cash award plus a programme of non-financial supports that target growth. This role will manage the timing and targeting of the capacity building non-financial supports, to maximise the social impact by the Awardees, and will administer the financial supports.
  3. Communicating the power of the programme – There are several opportunities during the programme to communicate externally about this awards programme.
  4. Concluding the programme well – this requires capturing and communicating the social impact achieved by awardees during the programme, capturing lessons learned that can inform future programmes, and closing out relationships in a positive way.
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