As our organisation continues to grow and positively impact society we are now seeking to recruit a Community Manager to join our team and help us to educate, empower and inspire today’s Irish girls to become tomorrow’s strong confident and curious young women by building and maintaining our network of stakeholders, supporters and Shona Sisters.

The Shona Project is a multi-award-winning national non-profit which was launched in 2016. It is an innovative support system for young girls living in Ireland, which has already reached over 25,000 girls through its school workshops, 300,000 girls monthly through online articles and videos and most recently reaching 40,000 girls over its three-day virtual award-winning festival – SHINE Festival.

The Shona Project has gathered a huge amount of momentum and has created a movement to support the next generation of powerful and authentic young women.

The Community Manager will develop The Shona Projects’ community network whilst also supporting the fundraising efforts of the project. This is a purpose-driven job, which provides an excellent opportunity to contribute to ensuring the next generation of Irish women feel empowered and supported to achieve their potential.


The role includes:

  • Working with the CEO to develop a strategy to maximise the engagement of professional supporters who wish to play a role in the growth and impact of The Shona Project
  • Develop a mentoring and networking programme, which creates links between professional mentors and our school ambassador programme (The Shona Sisters Circle)
  • Create and maintain relationships with individuals and companies who wish to engage with The Shona Project to create impact through fundraising, pro bono support, commercial partnerships or mentorship.
  • Support the achievement of income targets across all fundraising areas, in particular developing and implementing plans to secure funding opportunities
  • Planning and managing events to grow and promote our network
  • General day-to-day admin duties in line with business requirements


The role provides access to a hugely accomplished board, as well as an extensive network of supporters, volunteers and pro-bono partners. It provides the opportunity to contribute to a rapidly growing organisation at an exciting time in its development and growth. It also offers flexible working arrangements, based on the availability and requirements of the appointee. The Shona Project is a values-driven organisation, that promotes authenticity, positivity, community and integrity.


Reports to:     CEO

Hours:            Negotiable, we are open to offering part-time, or full-time and flexible working hours for the best candidate.

Salary:           Negotiable depending on skillset, experience and working arrangements.

Location:       The Shona Project is based in Waterford, but this role is predominantly remote, with some national travel for meetings required.


Required Skills / Competencies:

  • An passion for social change and an understanding of the impact that The Shona Project can make on society
  • A proven track record in community building and/or fundraising, corporate business development or corporate account/relationship management
  • Strong interpersonal, customer service and communication skills with a demonstrable ability to influence different stakeholders
  • Excellent research skills, including identifying and monitoring potential funders
  • Excellent time management, organisational and prioritisation skills
  • A positive and resilient manner with the ability to work under pressure
  • Flexibility with work and a demonstrated commitment to teamwork
  • A self-motivated, innovative and proactive individual who relishes an opportunity to drive social impact
  • Must be willing to travel if required


This list of duties is not intended to be exhaustive, but to reflect the main duties of the position and is subject to change.  Due to the size of the organization and the nature of our client group, all staff will, from time to time, be required to do duties outside of their job description. Any other duties may be allocated from time to time consistent with the position, operational plan and strategic plan.


Application Details

Email a CV and cover letter to Gillian@shona.ie

Closing Date:  14th August 2023

Supported By

Our Pro bono Partners