ReCreate Ireland: Chief Executive Officer

ReCreate is an award winning, dynamic Social Enterprise with a mission to inspire curiosity, creativity, care for the environment, and one another. We believe in the transformative power of curiosity and its role in shaping the future of Ireland. As we embark on an exciting new phase, we are searching for an impactful CEO.

Having recently completed an organisational review which will see us focus on the value of Curiosity and its key role within the areas of Creativity, Environmental Sustainability and Social Inclusion, we are looking for someone with both strategic vision and operational excellence to drive this ambitious goal and create a measurable and sustainable impact in all areas for the benefit of the Environment and the Circular Economy.

Working with a small team and reporting to ReCreate Ireland’s Board of Directors, the role requires a flexible and solution focussed attitude to develop business objectives and extend the impact of ReCreate Ireland to become a leader in the area of Creative Re-Use, and enable the delivery of projects that meet the objectives of the organisation and drive funding initiatives to support the organisation’s mission.

POSITION: Chief Executive Officer

REPORTS TO: The ReCreate Chair and Board

CONTRACT: Permanent and fulltime with a 6-month trial period

LOCATION: Our office is based at Ballymount in Dublin.

MODEL OF WORKING: Office based with flexibility to work from home one day per week

Job Purpose

The CEO is key to the promotion of the Mission, Aims and Values of the organisation and is responsible for driving ReCreate’s funding strategy and building relationships with relevant politicians, media, government and statutory bodies, voluntary organisations, private businesses and other external stakeholders. The CEO’s role is to communicate ReCreate’s unique proposition and to continue to build ReCreate’s positive profile in the media through a proactive PR, Communications and Social Media strategy. They will be required to maintain a positive image with the public regarding the organisation and it is especially important to maintain a strong reputation with individuals and businesses that contribute to the organisation on a regular basis.

The CEO assumes lead responsibility for all operational aspects of the organisation, including day to day management affairs, operational budget, staff issues and needs, compliance, quality control, member relations, database management and developing management teams. The CEO plays a key role in motivating and engaging staff, Tus workers and volunteers.


The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) must demonstrate leadership in the social enterprise towards the realisation of ReCreate’s mission and goals. The CEO is the key strategist in providing expert business and organisational advice. Working closely with the Board, the CEO is responsible for the development of the organisation’s strategic and operational plans and policies and for leading their implementation.

In addition, the CEO will be member-driven and focused. ReCreate’s membership is critical to the success of the organisation and will be required to lead on Membership Strategy and on occasion, be a point of contact for members where necessary. The CEO is required to develop new strategies and plans for scaling the enterprise over the next number of years.

Collaboration and engagement

With the Board, develop the organisation’s strategy and operational plans and lead their implementation.

Articulate a clear strategic vision. Be viewed by people inside and outside the organisation as a highly effective and motivating leader.

Build the income streams and reserves of the organisation, ensuring sustainable income and the financial viability of the social enterprise as it grows and scales up over the coming years.

Continue to enhance and develop ReCreate public profile. Influence key stakeholders and develop and maintain good relationships with political representatives, public bodies and private sector agencies as well as influencers in the sector and the general public.

Keep abreast of developments in the fields of Creative and Sustainable Reuse, Education, Inclusion/ Disability rights, and best practice both nationally and internationally. Adjust leadership style to meet the demands and requirements of different situations and groups.

Administration and Reporting

  • Maintain efficient and effective administrative and information systems.
  • Work to monthly and annual work goals and targets as developed by the Board.
  • Work with the Board to ensure that the organisation’s statutory and regulatory duties are observed.
  • Facilitate the meetings of the Board of Directors and support the Chair in further developing the Board and its role.
  • Develop strong relationship with the Board.
  • Support and service the Board providing them with timely, relevant, and transparent information.
  • Oversee the financial control function to enable the delivery of quality financial reporting and effective cost control.
  • Formulate the annual budget, ensuring monthly financial management information is provided to the Board.
  • Monitor performance against budget and, where necessary, take corrective action.
  • Ensure that an appropriate risk management policy is in place.
  • Ensure the effective management of employee relationships and compliance with employment and equality legislation and accepted good practice.
  • Play a key role in driving membership strategy and ensuring that annual membership targets are achieved.

Education and Qualifications

The ideal candidate will have a 3rd Level Qualification in Business, Management or Communications, with a qualification in Sustainability or Environmental Studies an advantage. Consideration will also be given to applicants who demonstrate relevant practical experience in the sector, or equally relevant experience operating at a senior level within the not-for-profit/social enterprise sector or a business environment.

Successful strategic and day to day operations management skills.

Established and proven financial acumen and human resources skills.

Proven ability to establish, develop and maintain networks.

Skills and Experience

  • Ability to analyse, explain and draw logical conclusions based on complex data.
  • Strong business, marketing and financial management acumen.
  • Ability to quickly perceive implications and make sound judgements and recommendations.
  • Leadership skills to teach and guide others to think clearly and critically.
  • The need to constantly work to find the most effective ways to achieve intended results.
  • Perseverance in the drive for results even when faced with difficulties and setbacks.
  • Confidence in negotiation with strong client management skills.
  • Ability to accept difficult goals and assignments and deliver results.
  • An ability to be creative, innovative and resourceful.
  • Have strong effective communication skills.
  • The ideal candidate will be self- driven, results oriented with a positive outlook and a clear focus on delivering quality and results.
  • A natural forward planner with highly developed time management ability, who critically assesses own performance.

Personal Attributes and Qualities

  • Dependable and flexible
  • Strategic, creative, and analytical
  • Able to identify potential problems and develop appropriate business solutions.
  • Good judgement, skilled in constructive and critical thinking.
  • High levels of personal motivation, self-management, and attention to detail.

Terms and Conditions

Employer: ReCreate Ireland

Location: The main place of work is our office in Ballymount, with an option of a one-day
work from home hybrid model.

Contract type: This is a fulltime, permanent position, reporting to the ReCreate Chair. The contract is subject to funding, and the probationary period is six months.

Salary: Salary is in the range of €65k commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Hours of Work: 39 hour working week. The position will also require participation in some meetings/events in the evenings and at weekends.

Application Process

To apply, please submit an up-to-date CV and letter of application via email for the attention of The Chair, to with the name of the role in the subject line.

The cover letter should address the essential requirements and convey the applicant’s understanding of this role. The CV should be no more than three pages long. Shortlisting of candidates may apply and will be based on the job description and person specification.

Candidates may be asked for further information or to undertake other tasks to assist in the assessment process. ReCreate strives to be an Equal Opportunities Employer. Learn more about us at