Breeding & Acquisition Coordinator


Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland’s (AADI) mission is to change the world for children with autism. Founded in 2010, AADI is a national charitable organisation which trains and places highly skilled assistance and companion dogs to provide safety to children in public places or act as a constant companion to the child with autism in their home environment. AADI’s dogs open up a whole new world of opportunity and possibility for children with autism and their families. 

AADI is now seeking a Breeding & Acquisition Coordinator to join our passionate operations team. The Breeding & Acquisition Coordinator will lead and develop the charity’s breeding programme to achieve excellence for the charity in these areas.  

The Role:
The successful candidate will be based at our Head Quarters in Little Island, Cork. They will spend their time developing and growing the charity’s breeding programme and will be in charge of the purchasing of external bred puppies

You will ensure that suitable puppies are bred and successfully progressed through early socialisation in line with the targets and quality requirements set by the charity.  This will be achieved by developing best practice approaches to breeding, dog supply and puppy development. You will understand and communicate effectively with a range of charity volunteers and will facilitate effective communication with other teams across the charity.

The role has a national remit and regular travel will be required within Ireland and Europe  in order to visit breeders and collect and deliver puppies.


  • Selecting suitable dogs to become part of AADI’s breeding programme.
  • Sourcing and selecting puppies from external breeders that are suitable for placement into our puppy training programme.
  • Planning the development of the breeding programme
  • Planning mating schedules of dogs on the breeding programme to ensure a steady supply of puppies to meet agreed supply targets.
  • The successful applicant will have the ability to plan and implement best practice approaches to breeding, dog supply and puppy development. 
  • You will require current and relevant knowledge of: dog supply matters including the analysis of breed traits; appropriate early puppy training methods and requirements; and the process of ensuring that high quality puppies are bred and socialised for the charity. 
  • You will have the ability to communicate effectively and appropriately with a wide range of people both inside and outside the charity. 
  • You will provide practical support on puppy development matters to volunteers and staff within the organisation ensuring that the methods and standards required by the charity are upheld at all times. 
  • You will also enable the charity’s work to develop by positively embracing and facilitating change.

Experience Required:

  • A minimum of 2+ years puppy training & development with relevant canine behaviour qualifications would be a distinct advantage.
  • A working knowledge of different breeding lines and an in-depth knowledge of dog breeding.
  • A good understanding of puppy development, in particular within the nest.
  • Knowledge of dog care and welfare, dog training and behaviour.
  • Effective communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Full clean, Irish driving licence (company van will be provided)

Hours: Full-Time (37.5hrs) Contract terms: Permanent
Location: Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland HQ, Little Island, Cork.
Salary scale for role: €35,000-€40,000

Closing date : Friday 23rd July 2021.  Interviews will take place in Cork.  Please submit your cover letter and CV to

For more information on this role please contact Nuala on

Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland is an Equal Opportunities Employer