Senior Training & Development Officer

(Personal Development): Full-time/part-time

The Social and Health Education Project CLG (SHEP) is now inviting applications for this senior position based at SHEP’s main office and training centre at Ardfoyle, Ballintemple, Cork. The main responsibilities include: overseeing the development and delivery of a range of high quality courses in personal development( at foundation, intermediate and tutor training level): and ensuring that the Project has a sustained capacity to deliver such programmes through the ongoing training, support and professional supervision of a large body of SHEP Group Facilitators. The position may be full-time or part-time (or job-shared) depending on the interests of the successful applicant(s).

We are looking for a suitably qualified candidate with: accredited membership of IACP and/or IAHIP;  a minimum of five years’ relevant experience; personal commitment to the values and ethos of SHEP; significant training in, and experience of, facilitating experiential (personal development) group-work; excellent interpersonal skills; and proven organisational skills.  Knowledge of SHEP’s training programme would be a distinct advantage.

Date for applications is Monday, 27th January 2020.  Shortlisting will apply.

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SHEP is an equal opportunities employer.


Job Description

Job Title: Senior Training and Development Officer – (Personal Development)

Reporting to: The Project Director

Other links: The STDO-(PD) is a senior member of Programme Staff.  She/he will be a key member of a small team of Training and Development programme staff, currently including the Project Director, the STDO-(CD) and two part-time Training & Development Officers.  S/he will coordinate the work of a large number of trainers and other facilitators working in and through the Project.

Location: Based in the Main Office of The Social and Health Education Project (currently 

The Old Primary School, Ballintemple,  Cork), travelling occasionally to Limerick and Kerry.

Salary scale: Based on HSE Professionally Qualified Community Worker 

€43,132; €45,242; €47,351; €49,462; €51,570; €53,677; €55,789; (LSI) €56,889

The successful candidate will be placed on the scale based on experience and qualifications

Funded by: The Health Service Executive 

Contract: Contract of Indefinite Duration


Job Summary

The Senior Training and Development Officer – (Personal Development) is a senior member of the staff team. She/he provides those working within and through SHEP with professional leadership in the field of personal development, guaranteeing that the Project’s activities are both safe and in accordance with best practice.  She oversees the development and delivery of a range of high quality courses in personal development, both through the Project’s Core Training Programme.  She/he also ensures that the Project has a sustained capacity to deliver such programmes through the ongoing training, support and professional supervision of trainers.

 Specific responsibilities

The Senior Training and Development Officer (Full-time) will:

  1. Support the strategic development of SHEP PD training in line with the Project’s Development Plan.
  1. Support and supervise a small team of two part-time Training and Development Officers (PD)
  1. Liaise with and support SHEP trainers delivering foundation, intermediate and advanced courses relating to personal development in the SHEP Training Programme and arrange in-service training as appropriate.
  1. Support the identification, induction, orientation and training of new SHEP Trainers
  1. Support the training of new SHEP Community Tutors, including:
  • Oversee all aspects of Specialised Tutor Training Programme.
  • Arrange additional tutor training courses, according to demand.
  • Oversee all aspects of apprenticeships for SHEP Trained Community Tutors.
  1. With support from TDOs to oversee the promotion and delivery of  SHEP PD Foundation level Training Programmes in Cork, Kerry and Limerick.
  1. Oversee the promotion and delivery of  intermediate level SHEP PD Training Programmes, including but not limited to:
  • Continuing Personal Development
  • Facilitation Training
  1. Arrange and oversee an On-going Development Programme.
  1. Arrange and oversee  customised SHEP’s External Training Programme (PD/Facilitation).
  1. Support the acquisition of grant funding and other resources to support the SHEP PD training programme.
  1. Network with outside bodies and agencies, especially in connection with its work in personal development training
  1. Develop and refine course curricula for  SHEP Training courses, building on the results of ongoing participant evaluations and the requirements of best practice.
  1. Support  Training and Development Services structures (including the Advisory Group meetings and TDS Team meetings).
  1. Arrange and support SHEP Facilitator Gatherings, as appropriate.
  1. Support Policy Development relating to Training and Development Services.
  1. Update relevant promotional material and relevant sections of website.
  1. Write references on request for participants in core training courses and for trainers.

This job description will be subject to regular review through the Project’s system of Personal Professional Review.


Person Specifications 

  • A professional qualification in psychotherapy.
  • Full accreditation from either the Irish Association for Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy or the Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (or equivalent in terms of the number of supervised hours of post-training experience). 
  • A minimum of five years’ relevant experience. 
  • A Bachelor’s (ideally Master’s) degree in a social or humanities discipline (or equivalent in terms of awareness developed through personal pursuit of knowledge).
  • Substantial professional experience of facilitating developmental group-work and structured experiential training. 
  • Substantial involvement as a participant in personal and social development training.
  • A sound grasp of theoretical positions in the field of personal development.
  • Proven experience of effectively organising and coordinating a multifaceted programme.
  • A capacity to develop and design course curricula in relation to specific learning objectives.
  • A commitment to the values and ethos of SHEP (including  that personal and social transformation are interconnected; that many of the problems which compromise human wellbeing are amenable to change; and that individual freedom must be in balance with the requirements of social and environmental justice.)   
  • Ability to engage with all people  from all backgrounds in a manner which is warm, respectful and trustworthy. 
  • Proven experience of ability to work in a collaborative and mutually supportive way with colleagues and others.
  • A capacity for active listening and clear, assertive communication.
  • A capacity for analytical thinking and strategic planning.
  • A willingness to respond flexibly to the changing needs of the Project and its clients.
  • An ability to represent and act as an agent for the Project, both in relation to its work in personal development training and in relation to its wider programme.  
  • An ability to provide professional leadership through training and supervision, and  to provide encouragement and support to SHEP Community Tutors and Facilitators.
  • A capacity to operate as a consultant or mentor, helping other actors to structure their thinking in relation to personal development training.
  • Proven experience in producing clear, well-presented written documentation.  (N.B. – The STDO-(PD) will need to be competent in the use of a computer for word-processing and ideally will have experience of  data-management programmes).
  • A willingness to travel to as appropriate throughout the work region (N.B. – The STDO-(PD) must have access to a car, have a full and current driver’s licence and up-to-date third-party insurance cover). 
  • A willingness to undertake evening and weekend work as required