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Sonas is looking for a new CEO…

In Ireland Sonas is the largest provider of frontline services to women and children experiencing domestic violence. Sonas is an exceptionally well-run and well-regarded organisation where it is known. But many still are not aware of the work we do and the lives we change. Whilst continuing to run our ongoing and challenging operations, at this stage of our development, we are particularly interested in broadening and deepening our reach and impact.

This is a significant and high-profile role requiring a capable and influential leader with an inspiring and engaging style. You will be experienced in successfully leading organisations with significant and complex social care operations, whist also being able to have an external focus. Wherever you are now, you will be as accomplished at inspiring teams to give their best as you are at putting organisations firmly on the map.

Role Purpose:

  • The role is to ensure that our charity delivers its current plan, while also working with a dedicated Board of Trustees to develop a new strategy to shape our future for 2021-2024 and beyond.
  • Provide leadership to the staff of Sonas in the implementation of Board approved strategy and the development and enhancement of the charity’s services for our users.
  • Act as the public advocate for Sonas and represent the interests of the women and children that we serve.
  • Delivery of an aligned organisation, with effective communications, staff development and high-profile engagement with our stakeholders and the community.

The Chief Executive will act within the policy framework and financial and other limits set by the Board and by the company’s Constitution.

With a mature style, you will also be capable of overseeing the financial management of our organisation and will bring a keen eye for detail in this regard. We are passionate about improving the lives of the women and children we serve and are offering a fantastic opportunity for someone who shares our vision to join a talented team and create lasting impact.

Our CEO is responsible for the overall development, progress and vision of the charity, working with the Chairperson and Trustees. Reporting to Trustees, the Chief Executive manages the Senior Management Team and is responsible for the effective and efficient use of resources to meet the charity’s strategic objectives and promote its wider mission.

Key Requirements for the Position:

Core competencies will include operational expertise ideally within a similar setting, experience in setting and managing within budgets, strategic thinking, knowledge of corporate governance, commercial acumen, proven leadership skills coupled with the ability to develop and nurture key stakeholder relationships at the highest levels.

Experience of similar service organisations is desirable.

How To Apply:

Informal enquiries to: Sean O’Driscoll, Athrú Consultancy Limited

Tel: +353 (0)1 4061924/0872202045 or Email:

Interested candidates should contact the recruitment consultant who can provide the role specification.   Applicants should send a cover letter outlining their suitability for the role and a full Curriculum Vita to the email address above.  Interviews will take place for the post before the end of November 2020.


Closing date for applications: Thursday 12th November 2020.