Career Opportunities

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Croí is a not-for-profit foundation established in 1985 and currently has a team of 30 staff. Our people (including staff, volunteers, interns and students) are what make Croí an award-winning organisation. Croí is engaged in a wide variety of work including patient care, training and education, prevention & rehabilitation, family support, research, awareness and health promotion. Employing the best staff is key to providing the highest standard of service and care to our patients. If you would like to work in a caring, energetic and professional environment, and possess the skills and attributes to make a difference, then we would like to hear from you.

Current Career Opportunities with Croí:  


Executive Director - National Institute for Preventive Cardiology

Position and Background

The National Institute for Preventive Cardiology (NIPC) was established by Croí, the west of Ireland Cardiac Foundation and functions as an entity within the Croí Heart and Stroke Centre, Galway and is affiliated to NUI Galway. The Institute aims to operate at a number of levels, namely; providing Education and Training excellence in the prevention and control of heart disease, stroke, diabetes and obesity; developing & testing Innovation in Cardiovascular Care Delivery; enabling Implementation Excellence in preventive healthcare; and driving vital Cardiovascular Research in disease prevention and rehabilitation. The vision is to provide transformational leadership in behavior and lifestyle change to reduce the impact of chronic disease.

We are seeking to appoint an Executive Director of the National Institute for Preventive Cardiology who will provide strategic and operational leadership of the Institute. This is an exciting opportunity for an individual who is passionate about preventive healthcare and the attainment of optimal health and wellbeing. Ideally, we are seeking someone who has a knowledge of the cardiovascular health sector. The successful candidate will be employed by Croi, supported by the Advisory Council of the Institute and the Research, Education and Medical Directors of Croi. The post is funded through grant support from the HSE’s Health and Wellbeing Division and aims to contribute to the Healthy Ireland Framework by driving innovative research and education programmes and delivering a high-quality research output that is internationally recognised in the prevention and control of heart disease, stroke, diabetes and obesity.

Primary Roles and Responsibilities

  • Provide leadership in the development and delivery of the Institute’s strategic plan.
  • Lead the Institute in developing a national and international reputation for education & training excellence and innovation in preventive cardiovascular healthcare.
  • Develop strategic relationships which can deliver a sustainable funding model to ensure that the Institute can deliver to its strategic vision and has a viable and progressive future
  • Identify research and education opportunities; develop collaborative relationships & partnerships; attract funding and drive research output from a research programme which is is strategically aligned to and contributes to the Healthy Ireland Framework. As such this position is required to work closely with the HSE Health and Wellbeing Division
  • Provide leadership and management of the Institute’s  research, education and training output


  • Relevant leadership and senior management experience in a similar organisation, ideally within the healthcare and or education & training sector.
  • Demonstrated experience in establishing and fostering strategic relationships & alliances, especially within an academic or research environment.
  • Demonstrated success in attracting research investment and evidence of excellent business and human resources management. Ideally we are seeking someone with an entrepreneurial flair who has the capacity to establish a sustainable funding model for the Institute.
  • Strong research experience and/or a proven ability to manage a diverse research programme
  • Excellent, presentation, communication and negotiation skills.
  • A team player who can inspire others and lead the Institute as a national voice for preventive healthcare.

Interested Candidates should submit their CV with cover letter to by Friday 28th of October.

Programme Manager

Cardiovascular Disease Prevention

Croí is a registered Irish Heart & Stroke Charity based in Galway. Its mission is to prevent cardiovascular disease, save lives and promote recovery and wellbeing. Over the past decade, Croí have developed an expertise in cardiovascular disease prevention, early detection and intervention which has achieved national recognition through a variety of healthcare and innovation awards.

The Croí Heart & Stroke Centre in Galway is the only centre of its kind in Europe – a centre dedicated to the prevention of, and recovery from cardiovascular disease. The centre has a multidisciplinary health team of specialist nurses, dieticians, physiotherapists and exercise specialists, all trained in CVD prevention and rehabilitation. This team delivers a range of evidence based risk factor management programmes to individuals who self-refer or who are referred by their GP or hospital physician across the areas of heart disease, stroke, diabetes and obesity. In 2015, over 11,279 individuals participated in these community based structured programmes all of which are funded through charitable fundraising and philanthropy.

Primary Role

We are seeking to recruit a Programme Manager to provide operational leadership across a wide range of cardiovascular prevention and education programmes. This is an exciting opportunity for an individual who is passionate about prevention and improving the cardiovascular health and well-being of the population. The post holder will manage a multidisciplinary team of nurses, dieticians, physiotherapists, physical activity specialists and will be based at the newly established Croí Heart & Stroke Centre in Newcastle, Galway.

Principle Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provide operational management across 17 different health and lifestyle programmes, ensuring programmes are delivered to a high quality, in line with the organisations vision and mission.
  • Provide leadership in developing patient self-management programmes across the areas of stroke, hypertension, obesity and heart disease.
  • Be pro-active in developing collaborative relationships and partnerships with academic institutions, industry and the HSE with the aim of establishing sustainable funding models to ensure the delivery of programmes in line with Croí’s overall strategic direction.
  • Manage the auditing of programmes, providing comprehensive reporting on progress and outcomes to key stakeholders and funding partners.
  • Provide leadership and management to a multidisciplinary team, promoting effective team work and inspiring staff to achieve excellence in service delivery.
  • Participate in research, ensuring programme outcomes are disseminated through various educational forums.

Eligibility Criteria

The post holder must have:

  • Significant experience in programme management ideally in the area of healthcare including cardiovascular disease or chronic disease management.
  • Excellent planning and organisational skills with an aptitude for effective time management, budget management, problem solving, project planning, delivery and execution.
  • The capacity to lead, organise and work collaboratively with a multi-disciplinary team in striving for excellence in service delivery, development and achieving key performance outputs.
  • Proficient knowledge of current developments in cardiology, stroke, obesity and type 2 diabetes, with a particular emphasis on chronic disease prevention.
  • Demonstrated experience of building and maintaining collaborative relationships with multiple stakeholders
  • Excellent communication, presentation, negotiation and interpersonal skills.
  • A commitment to quality measurable through audit and research
  • A health care professional background is desirable


This appointment will be made as a fixed term contract for 1 year.  Salary will be commensurate with experience.

Applicants must be available to commence employment immediately.

To apply, please send your CV with a cover letter to before Friday 28th of October 2016.

This job profile will be subject to review in accordance with service developments and is neither restrictive nor definitive, but rather a guide to the general range of duties required.

Other Opportunities 

There are numerous volunteer opportunities for people that wish to lend some free time to support our work. Our volunteers are a vital part of our organisation and enable us to provide a high quality service in the most cost effective manner. Our volunteers come from a variety of backgrounds and help us in many different ways. They include post-graduates, medics, business professionals, athletes and community representatives.

If you would like to assist Croí as a volunteer, intern or unpaid placement, please Complete our Volunteer Form

or contact us on:

Tel: 091-544310




Croí is a registered Irish heart & stroke charity dedicated to the fight against heart disease and stroke, with a special focus on the West of Ireland. 

Our Mission is to 'Prevent Disease, Save Lives, Promote Recovery and Wellbeing'

The charity is totally funded through the proceeds of fundraising events, voluntary contributions and philanthropy.
Charity Number: CHY7500

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