Gaisce –The President’s Award is a self-development programme for young people which enhances confidence and wellbeing through participation in personal, physical and community challenges.
To date, more than a quarter of a million young people across Ireland have achieved their Gaisce Award. More than 20,000 young people register with us to pursue their own Gaisce Award journey annually.
Gaisce is a direct challenge from the President of Ireland to all young people aged 14-25 to dream big and realise their potential.
Gaisce Awards are non-competitive and self-directed: participants are encouraged to choose their own activities and goals with the support of their President’s Award Leader (PAL).
There are more than 1,200 active PALs across Ireland, working or volunteering in a variety of Gaisce Award Partners (GAPs i.e., organisations that deliver the Gaisce programme). GAPs include schools and third level institutions, youth services, community organisations, sports clubs, private enterprises, as well as the prison and probation service.
There are three levels of Gaisce Award – Bronze, Silver, and Gold.
Operations and Development Team
The post holder will report to the Head of Operations and Development (subject to change) and will work primarily with staff on the Operations and Development team liaising on a day-to-day basis with a Team Leader. This team supports the delivery of the Gaisce programme, liaising and engaging with President’s Award Leaders (PALs), Gaisce Award Partners (GAPs), Gaisce participants and programme delivery partners. The team supports the delivery of Gaisce in schools, colleges, second chance education, adult education, disability groups, youth services, business, young people in youth justice programmes and many more. The team leads on several access and diversity projects supporting Global Citizenship, the Award in custody, LGBTIQA youth and young migrants. This team also delivers PAL training and other bespoke training, events and information sessions for PALs and participants.
Whilst each member of the team has well-defined core responsibilities, the team is very close knit, and we work collaboratively to ensure the overall successful achievement of Gaisce’s Strategic Plan and shared goals. In practice, this will mean the post holder connecting and collaborating with other members of the wider Gaisce team in carrying out some of their functions.
Wellbeing is also especially important to us in Gaisce, so we plan fun staff away days to see how we are doing, coffee mornings for non-work chats, and other relevant sessions to
support each other. Professional Development for staff is also a priority within the means of the organisation.
Everything we do is driven by our core values: Empowerment, Inclusion and Equality, Respect, and Excellence. We are committed to ensuring these core values are embedded across all areas of our work, and in our practice and processes. We treat all job applications equally, regardless of age, disability, gender identity or gender expression, race, ethnicity, religion/belief system, socio-economic background, or sexual orientation.