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Legal and Public Affairs Manager


Dublin 7Dublin


Irish Penal Reform Trust

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Irish Penal Reform Trust: Legal and Public Affairs Manager (Part-Time)

Irish Penal Reform Trust

IPRT Legal and Public Affairs Manager

Applications are now invited for the new role of Legal and Public Affairs Manager with the Irish Penal Reform Trust (IPRT). This is a senior role within the IPRT team, with responsibility for devising and implementing our Legal and Public Affairs Programme, working to ensure lasting penal policy reform is embedded in law and practice. It is an opportunity to work in a small impactful organisation, driven by a shared passion for social justice, equality and human rights. The successful applicant will also fulfil the role of deputy director within the team. The closing date for applications is 12 noon on Friday 24th July 2020. Full details are available as an attachment below.

About IPRT

The Irish Penal Reform Trust (IPRT) is Ireland’s leading non-governmental organisation campaigning for human rights and best practice in the penal system, and for progressive penal policy in which prison is a sanction of last resort. Our work is underscored by our strong commitment to combating social injustice. We have a track record of achieving big impact for a small organisation. We do this through a combination of research, advocacy, engagement, public affairs, events and working in alliance.

About the Role

IPRT has secured dedicated funding for an exciting new Legal and Public Affairs Programme, with clear deliverable outputs and objectives. The Legal and Public Affairs Manager will be responsible for development and delivery of the programme, with the goal of bringing about lasting reforms embedded in law and policy. The successful applicant will also carry deputy director functions, including deputising in the Executive Director’s absence.

IPRT promotes a penal model that prioritises rehabilitation over punishment, building safer and more equal communities. Our Legal and Public Affairs Programme goals are to inform and influence legislation, policy and public debate to break cycles of disadvantage and imprisonment. The programme has three primary areas of work: i) Influencing law and informing debate through published research on sentencing, deterrence, diversion and non-custodial alternatives; ii) direct engagement with criminal justice and social policy leaders and legislators; and iii) engaging with our legal system to facilitate innovative and more effective approaches.

This position is part-time (4-day week) for a fixed-term contract of 3 years. Full details, including role description and person specification are available below.

IPRT is an equal opportunities employer, and we welcome applications from people with criminal records. We don’t ask for information about convictions during the recruitment process.

The closing date for applications is 12 noon on Friday 24th July 2020.

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to interview; it is envisaged interviews will take place Thursday 30th July 2020.


Permanent / Part-time

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