Communications Executive – Marie Keating Foundation

The Marie Keating Foundation is recruiting a Communications Executive

The Marie Keating Foundation is a registered charity working to increase awareness and reduce the risk of cancer within all sectors of the community.  We promote early detection and the importance of a healthy lifestyle in eliminating cancer as a life threatening illness.  We provide practical support services for those affected by cancer and we work with other organisations to optimise efforts to reduce the risk.  Our ethos is “making cancer less frightening by enlightening”.

We are now seeking a Communications Executive on a one-year contract to work with the Foundation at our office in Lucan, Co Dublin.

Reporting to the Communications Manager and working directly with the Nursing Services and Fundraising teams, the role of the Communications Executive is to support the implementation of the communications strategy for the Foundation.  This is a varied and interesting role within a small team and it is a great environment to learn on the job, across all aspects of communications including; PR, social media, digital marketing, website development, events and media relations. The role will also support the fundraising team, working where needed on events and initiatives.

Full details on the role and key responsibilities are below.   

The candidate will have a relevant communications, PR or media qualification and this opportunity would be a fantastic start to a career in communications for a recent graduate. Any experience working in a similar role is desirable but not a requirement. In addition, the candidate should have an interest in the health and/or charity sector and have a positive self-starter attitude and the ability to work within a small team, juggling a diverse workload.

Interested candidates are asked to submit a CV with a covering letter outlining their suitability and send for the attention of

Jennifer Cimerman
Communications Manager
Marie Keating Foundation
Unit 9, Millbank Business Park,
Co Dublin  

Or email:

no later than Thursday, 2nd May 2019. First round Interviews for the position will take place shortly after.  

Position: Communications Executive

Contract: One year

Reports to: Communications Manager

Function: The primary function of the role is to support the implementation of the Communications Strategy for the Foundation. The Communications Executive will support the Communications Manager and wider team in helping to enhance the Foundation’s profile through all of its communications, both external and internal. A secondary function of the role is to help the fundraising team where the need arises.

The main responsibilities include:

  • Support the planning and co-ordination of the Foundation’s cancer awareness campaigns and events

  • Assist in implementing all media campaigns for the Foundation. Help work on drafting media materials, building relationships with media and helping to seek interview opportunities where they arise.

  • Develop positive relationships with the Foundation’s health experts, patients and ambassadors as spokespeople for the Foundation.

  • Assist with managing the day to day posting and scheduling on all Foundation digital channels, including website and social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn). Work on blog and written content for the website and help fact check its content to ensure accuracy and consistency.

  • Assist in working with suppliers on the writing, design and printing of all fundraising and cancer awareness collateral, including information leaflets, event advertisements, annual reports, newsletters, etc, working together with relevant Foundation team members as appropriate.

  • Assist in updating and maintaining MKF’s websites and social media posts in line with brand guidelines and social media strategy.

  • To undertake research on specific issues or topics, new initiatives or projects as requested

  • To perform any other reasonable tasks as are requested by the Communications Manager

  • To undertake general administrative tasks

  • To help with promotion and running of events as requested by the Fundraising Team

  • To draft and prepare presentations, letters, reports etc as required and to ensure that all documents and formatted as per house style. The role will involve reporting back regularly to the senior team on campaign results, issues and successes.

  • Help with assessing each communications campaign with evaluation reports as needed.

  • Work as needed to help support the Fundraising team in their events and activities, both where communications are needed or in other capacities

  • Work as needed with the Nursing Services team and the CEO to create and produce marketing materials and content; managing health campaigns to support the Foundation’s cancer services and programmes.

Skills and competencies:

  • A third level qualification in marketing; communications; media/journalism or related discipline

  • Interest in the Not-for-Profit and/or health sectors in Ireland

  • Good IT skills, including MS Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint. Ability and experience of using databases and managing content of website is desirable but not a requirement. Specific experience of Microsoft Dynamics and WordPress is an advantage.

  • Excellent written communication skills, with a fluent writing style and good knowledge and practical use of the English language

  • Excellent verbal communication and phone manner and confident in communicating with a wide range of people at all levels

  • A keen eye for detail and to ensure high standards whilst working under pressure.

  • Excellent time management and organisation skills with the ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously and to work to deadlines.

  • The ability to be a proactive self-starter and to use initiative to resolve problems and create solutions

  • Able to act with tact, diplomacy and confidentiality and deal with sensitive issues.

  • Willingness to work outside normal office hours as and when required.


The position is being offered as a full time one-year contract role with the Marie Keating Foundation.  Salary is dependent on level of experience and person specification.  The position is based at the Foundation’s offices in Lucan, Co Dublin.  Annual leave entitlement is currently 23 days per year and pro-rata for the duration of the contract.


To apply for this position you should send a CV along with cover letter no later than Thursday, May 2nd 2019.

Please mark your CV for the attention of:

Jennifer Cimerman
Communications Manager
Marie Keating Foundation,
Unit 9,
Millbank Business Park,
Co. Dublin

Tel: 01 6283726


  • Closing Date for Applications
    May 2nd 2019