Chief Operations Officer

Salary: €52,000 – €55,000 (pro-rata for 4-day week)

Location: Hybrid/Dublin 2. There is a lot of flexibility for working from home, but candidates must be flexible to travel to Dublin as required for meetings and site-based activities

Contract type: Three-year contract with a view to a permanent position, depending on funding.


The Sustainable Water Network (SWAN) is an umbrella network of twenty five of Ireland’s leading environmental non-governmental organisations (eNGOs) working together to protect Ireland’s waters by participating in the implementation of the EU Water Framework Directive (WFD), Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) and other water-related legislation. SWAN has both national and local members, representing a vast range of specialist and local knowledge and expertise in all areas of Ireland’s aquatic environment.


SWAN is in the process of expanding and is now looking for an experienced Chief Operations Officer to join its passionate team.

This is a newly created senior management position, operating at a strategic level directly with the CEO, overseeing the day-to-day operations and administration functions of SWAN, ensuring robust policies, internal systems, and practices. The successful candidate will work closely with the CEO, staff, and the Board, and play a lead role in the development and implementation of organisational workplans, policies and practices in accordance with SWAN’s overall strategy.

To take on this important role, we are seeking candidates with significant management experience including responsibility for HR and finance, and a thorough understanding of governance, regulatory compliance, and operational standards for not-for-profit organisations.

Key responsibilities will include:

  • Implementing and expanding operational processes and procedures 
  • Driving and maximising efficiencies using technology in all areas of the organisation 
  • Building and maintaining strong relationships with all staff 
  • Ensuring compliance with all regulatory and legal requirements and best practice guidelines for charities 
  • Facilities management

If you’re an adaptable, solutions-focused senior operations professional with a genuine interest in and commitment to SWAN’s mission, a positive disposition, and a can-do attitude, we’d love to hear from you!


Please email recruitment@cciexecutivesearch.ie for the full job description, candidate information pack, and application details for this role. Please use ‘SWAN – Chief Operations Officer’ as the subject of your email. 

The recruitment campaign for the role of Chief Operations Officer is being managed exclusively on behalf of SWAN by non-profit specialist recruitment consultancy CCI Executive Search. 

It is CCI’s policy to ensure that as much accommodation as possible is carried out to facilitate the participation of individuals with special needs in the recruitment process and in the workplace. If you require any specific accommodations, please let us know. 

Deadline for applications: 12pm (noon) on Monday 22nd January 2024