November 5, 2020 – Dublin, Ireland-based Sigmar Recruitment is seeking a chief executive officer for the Irish Men’s Shed Association (IMSA), a charity that supports the development of Ireland’s network of over 450 men’s sheds. Men’s sheds are grassroots, member-focused spaces which offer men a pressure-free environment in which to share skills, make friends and connect with their communities. Roger Duffy, marketing recruitment manager, is spearheading the assignment for the firm.
The IMSA CEO operates in a fast-paced environment, managing a team which includes some of the foremost men’s sheds experts, said Sigmar Recruitment. The association is recognized, along with the Australian Men’s Sheds Association, as the leading global authority on men’s sheds. It is frequently called upon to assist and advise sheds and associations from around the world and has played a key role in seeding men’s sheds movements in Iceland, Denmark, Kenya and beyond.
“The CEO enjoys the satisfaction of sparking real and lasting social change in communities throughout the country, helping to reduce social isolation and integrate men into their neighborhoods,” said the search firm. “In addition, the value of the association’s health and well-being initiative Sheds for Life has been recognized by the Irish government, the United Nations and major research institutions as a hugely health-enhancing intervention for hard-to-reach men.”
Shaping the Organization
The new CEO will have an opportunity to shape the future of one of Ireland’s most dynamic and beloved charities, said Sigmar Recruitment, as well as leaving a legacy of transformational change throughout Ireland and beyond.
Reporting to the chair of the IMSA board of directors, the CEO will be expected to provide leadership and stewardship in promoting men’s health and well-being so that the association’s services, supports and activities are planned, developed and delivered in accordance with the organization’s mission, vision and values.
The CEO must work with members of the IMSA board and sub-groups, representatives of men’s sheds nationally and internationally as well as staff and volunteers, shed participants, local communities or groups, educational institutions, policy makers, media personnel and statutory and voluntary funders.
The leader is charged with managing the organization, including IMSA’s strategic work program, promotional strategy and human and financial resources under the direction of the board. The individual must also assist and advise the board to enable it to fulfil its function (i.e. achieving it’s aims, objectives, the provision of leadership and formulation of policy.) In addition, the CEO will monitor developments in the external environment which impact on the work of the organization, ensuring the membership is well informed and briefed, among other responsibilities.
Candidates should have an understanding of key issues affecting men’s health and well-being development in Ireland, said the search firm. They must also have significant leadership experience including the management and reporting of state funding.
Excellent leadership, interpersonal, communication and teamwork skills are required for the role, said Sigmar Recruitment. Prospects should have the ability to influence key decision makers and represent the association’s stakeholders. They must also have the ability and commitment to working within the aims and values of the association. The role requires flexible hours and travel throughout Ireland and elsewhere.
A master’s degree in business or governance and or the equivalent in disciplines relevant to the job is required. Candidates must also have a proven record of achievement at senior level, in a position with a similar range of responsibilities that demonstrates the necessary vision and leadership in strategic planning and people management.
The Irish Men’s Sheds Association, established in 2011, has overseen the rapid growth of men’s sheds in Ireland, which now holds the highest per-capita concentration of men’s sheds in the world. IMSA has been named as one of Ireland’s Sustainable Development Goals Champions for 2019/2020, as well as winning the European Citizens’ Prize in 2018.
Sigmar Recruitment, established in 2002, is an Irish recruitment services firm comprised of 14 specialist divisions covering the entire recruitment process and managed service spectrum. It employs over 150 industry specialists across its offices in Dublin, Cork, Galway, Athlone and Tralee. The firm’s consultants recruit for temporary, permanent and contract positions across the following areas: accountancy, banking and financial services, construction and property, engineering and manufacturing, HR, insurance, IT, legal, life sciences, marketing, multilingual, office support, public sector, sales and supply chain.
Mr. Duffy spent the early part of his career in the specialized media and business-to-business marketing sectors before moving into recruitment. Drawing on his 20 years’ experience in media and marketing, his core specialties include commercial, marketing and general management appointments at board level for listed and multinational organizations through to small and medium-sized enterprises, family businesses and start-ups in all business sectors across Ireland and Europe.
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