About Us

Charity Careers Ireland is an easy-to-use Jobs Board that advertises a wide range of roles throughout Ireland, in the not for profit sector.

Charity Careers Ireland.  Great Jobs. In Ireland.  For not for profit organisations. It’s as simple as that!

Who We Are

We provide a very easy to use and highly searchable jobsboard which lets candidates find great roles, and not for profit organisations find great people


About Us

Mary O’Kennedy, Director, Charity Careers Ireland.

Mary has almost 20 years’ experience of working in and consulting to the not- for-profit  sector.  She established  O’Kennedy  Consulting in  2002,  which provides  organisational development and philanthropy services across the charitable sector. Mary was Founding Chair of Fundraising Ireland, (now merged with ICTR to create Charities Institute Ireland). In 2013, she was presented with the National Award for Outstanding Contribution to Fundraising and was also short- listed for an IMAGE Business Women of the Year Award.

In 2014, she co-founded Charity Careers Ireland, a recruitment company focused on sourcing the best candidates for the Irish not-for-profit sector and in 2017 she and Bruce acquired and relaunched Creative Careers, which provides recruitment support across the arts and cultural world.

In her capacity  as  Director of both O’Kennedy Consulting and Charity Careers Ireland, she  has extensive experience in dealing with the Boards and SMTs across a diverse group of organisations in the charitable sector and has a clear focus on bringing the right people and solutions to fit the specific cause.


Bruce Tait, Director

Bruce has worked in the voluntary sector for over 25 years and has recently been named as a Fellow of the Institute of Fundraising. Following roles as Director of Fundraising and Chief Executive at several national charities, Bruce joined with Mary O’Kennedy to launch Charity Careers Ireland and help charities throughout Ireland find and recruit great staff.

Bruce is a former Chair of the Institute of Fundraising Scotland and a Trustee of  Scottish Outdoor Education Centres and Falkirk Football Community Foundation.


Laura Patten, Head of Recruitment

Laura joined CCI in 2015 after returning home from working overseas in Spain and South Korea. She previously gained significant experience in dealing with clients and customers in a variety of roles across the commercial sector.

As Head of Recruitment, Laura is involved in all aspects of the services that we offer including social media management, job description and information pack development, and coordinating interviews, however, her main focus is on account management, client engagement, and sourcing, screening and shortlisting candidates.

Since joining CCI Laura has successfully recruited staff for a variety of positions within the not for profit sector including CEOs, Heads of Development, Heads of Fundraising & Communications, Communications Managers, Community Fundraisers, Marketing Officers, Corporate Services Managers and Advocacy Managers. She has led successful recruitment campaigns for several Irish charities and not-for-profits including the Asthma Society of Ireland, Age Action, Glasnevin Trust, the Irish Cancer Society, Make-A-Wish Ireland, SVP, and Acquired Brain Injury Ireland.


Lucy Murphy, Recruitment Manager

Lucy joined CCI in 2019. She has extensive experience coaching communication and presentation skills at both a professional level and as part of the not-for-profit sector, having worked across Ireland and the UK with educational charities, public speaking organisations and universities.

Lucy leads recruitment processes as well as being across all aspects of the business operations, client relations, database management, and job description and information pack development. She has led successful recruitment campaigns for several Irish charities and not-for-profits including AHEAD, Fishamble: The New Play Company, ChildVision, The Marie Keating Foundation and 221+ Patient Support Group.

Lucy is certified in Recruitment Practice by the Employment and Recruitment Federation.