WAM Project Officer

Job Ref: AHEAD
Type: AHEAD logo
Location: AHEAD offices are located within the UCD Smurfit Business School campus in Blackrock, Co. Dublin, however, due to the current Covid-19 restrictions and in line with public health guidelines, it is expected the person appointed will work from home initially.
Salary: Available on Request
Closing Date: No Longer Accepting Applications

Full Description


AHEAD is an independent non-profit organisation working to create inclusive environments in education and employment for people with disabilities. The main focus of its work is further education and training, higher education and graduate employment.

AHEAD provides information to students and graduates with disabilities, teachers, guidance counsellors and parents on disability issues in education. It undertakes national research relating to the inclusion of students with disabilities, contribute to national policy forums and provide professional development opportunities to develop the capacity of staff in FET and higher education to be more inclusive.

Willing Able Mentoring (WAM) is a work placement programme run by AHEAD which aims to promote access to the labour market for graduates with disabilities and build the capacity of employers to integrate disability into the mainstream workplace. This is done through encouraging employers to create internships for graduates with disabilities and facilitating the placement of those graduates.

AHEAD is now recruiting a WAM Project Officer to join its team.


The WAM Project Officer will participate in a diverse range of activities including engaging with students and graduates with disabilities, supporting employers in the recruitment for WAM placements by carrying out workplace needs assessments of graduates with disabilities, organising employer training events both on and offline, and contributing to and developing best practice guidelines for inclusive recruitment.

The successful candidate will be highly organised, good at planning, and working as part of a team as well as on their own initiative and have the ability to communicate messages effectively in a variety of contexts. You should have good IT skills including database management (Excel), word processing and associated report formatting, and, ideally, knowledge of content management systems such as Mailchimp and WordPress.

If you’re a team-player with a genuine interest in AHEAD’s mission of creating inclusive environments in employment for people with disabilities, strong organisational skills, and the ability to build relationships with a variety of stakeholders, we’d love to hear from you!


Please email [email protected] for the full job description, candidate information pack, and application details for this role. Please use the job title and name of the organisation you’re interested in as the subject of your email.

The recruitment campaign for the role of WAM Project Officer is being managed exclusively on behalf of AHEAD by non-profit specialist recruitment consultancy CCI Executive Search. AHEAD is an equal opportunities employer. Applications from people from diverse backgrounds are welcome and AHEAD will provide reasonable accommodations for candidates with disabilities where appropriate, as identified through its needs assessment process. Closing Date: 3 pm on Thursday, 3rd of June 2021