Our Board is expanding to recruit 5 new non-Executive Directors


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, the Beara Peninsula and the North West Cork region of Duhallow.

KDYS is a registered charity and operates in accordance with the Charity Regulator guidance. KDYS is Governance Code Compliant and was awarded Triple Lock status in January 2024.

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 2026 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 2026 we are now planning to strengthen our Board with governance, management and internal coordination.

KYDS is recruiting an additional FOUR new Non-Executive Directors and are seeking a suitable person to take on the role of Chairperson. We are interested in hearing from interested applicants with one or more the following skills:

  • Legal
  • Marketing and PR
  • Governance and Risk
  • Community Youth and Family Support skills
  • Volunteer/service user representation
  • Fundraising and social enterprise
  • Human Resources.

New Board members will also be expected to Chair or participate in subcommittees of the Board as required.


Previous board experience is desirable.

Willingness to work with the KDYS Youth Advisory Group and to take the wishes and views of young people in line with our commitment to youth participation is also a priority for KDYS Board members.

Candidates with local knowledge, previous Board experience and a background working with young people and in the voluntary sector are preferred.

Our goal is to maintain our current 50/50 gender balance.


The Board meets 9 times per year. Most of these meetings are virtual, the others are held in Killarney or Tralee Co. Kerry. The Board meets in person at least twice a year.

KDYS Board may also call single item/specific purpose meetings and working groups on occasion as needed.

KDYS will provide new Board members induction training and on-going 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. In accordance with Regulatory requirements this role is not remunerated. Necessary and vouched expenses are reimbursed following approval by the Board Chairperson.


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

Applications will close on   Friday 23rd August 2024.­­­­­­­­­­­­­­

Please note: KDYS will be appointing a new Chairperson in the near future. Prospective Directors are welcome to indicate an interest in this role in their application.