Director of Services

MERC Partners
Dublin, Leinster
29 March 2019
26 April 2019
Position / level
Director, Professional
Contract Type
Full Time


Focus Ireland is a housing and homelessness charity, established in 1985 by Sr. Stanislaus Kennedy, driven by the fundamental belief that homelessness is wrong. Focus Ireland works with people who are homeless or at risk of losing their home and in 2018, it supported 15,500 people nationwide.

Focus Ireland has built an excellent reputation for quality service and housing provision, innovation, research and corporate governance leadership in the charitable sector and is a committed and strong voice for people experiencing homelessness in Ireland. MERC Partners has been retained to find an inspirational and enabling leader of Focus Ireland’s services organisation to build on the organisation’s legacy and realise its ambitions to challenge homelessness and change lives.


Reporting to the Chief Executive, the Director of Services will provide strategic leadership and operational control across the organisation’s core service areas of Family Services, Youth Homelessness, Housing First, long and short-term housing support and the provision of advice and information.

A proven leader is required with a track record, at a senior level, of achievement in strategic planning, managing teams, budgets, delivery of services and projects on time in a dynamic environment. The preferred candidate will ensure that the customer is at the forefront of service delivery, will have proven ability to motivate staff in a challenging and diverse environment and the capacity to drive and manage change successfully. An exceptional communicator, influencer and relationship builder, the appointee will champion the needs of people affected by homelessness at a time of ongoing change within the Irish economy.

Please email, attaching a curriculum vitae and quoting reference FOCUSDOS, explaining how you meet the requirements of the role as outlined above to:

John Kelly, MERC Partners, 11/12 Richview Office Park, Clonskeagh, Dublin D14N5X2.

Telephone: 01 206 6700 Email:

Closing date: 26th April 2019.

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