KDYS are seeking interested individuals who would like to give of their knowledge, skills and experience to support the work of the organisation in providing quality and progressive services to the young people of Kerry, their families and communities.



Founded in 1971, KDYS is a voluntary youth work organisation providing a range of programmes and services to young people and communities across the entire county of Kerry.

Our vision is for all young people to be valued and supported to achieve their full potential as participating members of the community.

Our mission is that KDYS is a community-based youth work organisation committed to serving all young people in a safe, fun and positive environment, through the provision of youth spaces, services, mentoring, training and ongoing opportunities for their holistic development, and by advocating for their needs.

Our goals for 2023 to 2025 are:

  • Support young people in Kerry to achieve their full potential
  • Provide targeted and integrated supports to meet the needs of young people in Kerry and their families
  • Be recognised as a centre of excellence for youth work
  • Establish ourselves as an independent young person-centred charity
  • Strengthen our governance, management and internal coordination
  • Be an organisation that enables staff and volunteers to deliver and develop



In line with our goals for 2023 to 2025 we are now planning to strengthen our board with governance, management and internal coordination.

KYDS is recruiting an additional SEVEN new Non-Executive Directors, with any one the following skills:

  • Accountancy and Finance
  • Marketing and PR
  • Human resources
  • Legal
  • Community Youth and Family support skills
  • Fundraising and social enterprise

New board members will also be expected to chair or participate in subcommittee of the board.

Previous board experience is desirable but not essential.

Candidates with local knowledge, experience of working with young people and in the voluntary sector are preferred. Our goal is that at least four will be female candidates.



The Board meets 9 times per year. Most of these meetings are virtual the others are held in Killarney, Co. Kerry; the board meets in Killarney at least once per year.

KDYS will provide new board members induction training and ongoing board development.

The term of office is three years with an option to be reappointed for a second and third term.

This is a trustee role and KYDS is a charity, in compliance with Regulatory requirements this role is not remunerated, but expenses are reimbursed following approval by the Board Chair.


Please email a brief CV and cover letter to the following email address: boardrecruitment@kdys.ie