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Senior Finance Specialist
Location:
Dublin
Salary
€76,028 - €109,089
Type
Full-Time, Permanent
Closing Date
18/04/2024

The Senior Finance Specialist is part of the team in the Professional Development Department. As a qualified accountant they will have developed expertise practicing accountancy during their career. They will have a passion for training and developing others and imparting their knowledge and skills to enable their students and clients to develop their understanding of public sector financial governance.

The purpose of the role is to educate and develop others in subjects including financial management, public sector accounting, internal controls and assurances and financial reporting.

The role holder will work with the Director of Professional Development and wider team to develop the existing and future portfolio of professional development services  and make sure it contributes to enhancing the capabilities and expertise of personnel in public bodies and public benefit entities.

The role-holder will be responsible for managing their own work and the work of colleagues and associate resources, and growing the portfolio. The nature of the work carried out by the Professional Development Department includes delivery of professional development courses, advisory and related services including conferences, seminars, fora and networks on behalf of the Institute’s clients.

The role-holder will collaborate with other Specialists across the Professional Development Department, the Senior Public Service Department and OneLearning to ensure an holistic, coherent, relevant and evolving portfolio of services are available to the Institute’s clients.

 The key duties and responsibilities of the role are as follows:

Strategic Planning and Implementation

  • In conjunction with the Director of Professional Development, design the strategic plan for the finance service stream, to set the direction for the business over a multi-year horizon
  • Monitor progress against plan, taking remedial action as required and identifying opportunities to increase revenue through development of new programmes and services, and expansion of existing programmes and services.
  • Initiate and develop services to respond to the challenges and opportunities facing finance and assurance personnel in public bodies and public benefit entities
  • Stakeholder Engagement: Engage with clients and partners to identify needs and learning and development and advisory solutions. Develop solutions that will meet client needs, promote the IPA brand, and deliver long-term value for the IPA.
  • Work collaboratively with other Professional Development and IPA colleagues across the Institute on the design and delivery of programmes and services.

Business Development

  • Client Relationship Management and Business Development: Build and manage client relationships across the public sector, along with relationships with key stakeholders.
  • Develop responses to client requests, both from direct requests and in collaboration with the Marketing and Promotion Manager.
  • Develop and maintain relevant contacts in Ireland and abroad.
  • Professional Development Best Practices: Regularly research and integrate best practices into the portfolio of services. Stay updated with changes in policies, regulations, and technology affecting the public service and contribute to the Institute’s thought leadership. Keep abreast of emerging trends and proactively engage with the sector to build strong relationships with clients.
  • Thought Leadership: Contribute to the ongoing development of the Institute’s reputation for thought leadership in professional development, financial governance and relevant service domains through publications, speaking engagements and other events.

Training and delivery

  • Curriculum Development: Lead the team on the design and develop professional development solutions that reflect the current trends and requirements in public sector financial governance.
  • Convene and deliver training and development programmes, seminars, conferences, fora (including both face-to-face and on-line delivery) and events, taking responsibility for the content and delivery of programmes by the Team
  • Manage the conference and event portfolio for the business stream with regular reviews to identify new opportunities to support the IPA’s brand and strengthen relationships for further business in this area.
  • Manage the quality review process and plan, reviewing evaluation and feedback gathered from programmes. Co-ordinate the team to collect and analyse feedback from participants to continuously improve training quality. Manage the process of implementation of assessment tools to evaluate the effectiveness of training programs.

Management

  • Responsible for the line management of professional and administrative staff within the Team including recruitment (in conjunction with the Director), training, motivating, and performance review for all staff. Overseeing all staffing matters including leave arrangements, cover for day-to-day and additional events, facilitating a positive team environment for staff. Ensure all staff in the Team adhere to IPA policy and procedures.
  • Management of Associate Trainers including the engagement process, overseeing content and delivery of material by Associate Lecturers, performance evaluation and contract management.
  • Financial Management: Assist the Director of Professional Development with the financial management of the business stream as required, specifically in relation to the preparation and review of annual plans and budgets. Monitor income spend against plan and highlight any areas of risk, providing recommendations to address these.
  • Reporting and Documentation: Ensure that accurate records of training sessions, participant progress, and program evaluations are maintained in the Team. Prepare reports for the Director and Executive Leadership Team on progress against plan, operational activities, issues and resolutions, new developments.

General

  • Continuous Professional Development: Actively participate in professional development opportunities to enhance personal training skills and sector-specific knowledge. Develop and maintain a record of expertise in financial governance and practice.
  • Participate as part of the extended senior management team in Institute-wide matters.
  • Input as required into the IPA Governance Forum, including the Pensions Forum.
  • Other Duties: Undertake such other duties as may be assigned from time to time by the Director General or Director of Professional Development. Deputise for the Director of Professional Development on a range of topics as required.

 General Conditions

This position will be filled on a permanent, contract or secondment basis.  While the position is Dublin based a considerable amount of our work is delivered in client organisations throughout Ireland and abroad on occasions.  Members of the staff of the Institute may be required to attend meetings and other functions on occasions outside normal working hours.

Essential Requirements

Character

Each candidate must demonstrate commitment to the following values of the IPA:

  • Integrity;
  • Client-Centred and Responsive;
  • Openness and Accountability;
  • Trust and Respect;
  • Innovation and Learning;
  • Research-Led;
  • Practice-Led.

 Health

Each candidate shall be in a state of health such as would indicate a reasonable prospect of ability to render regular and efficient service.

 Person Specification – Essential Criteria in Bold

 Qualifications:

  • Recognised professional accountancy (ACCA/ICAI/CIMA/CIPFA) qualification and/or similar 3rd level qualification, at Masters level or equivalent,
  • Additional professional qualifications in training and development are highly desirable.

 Experience:

  • Seven to ten years’ post-qualification experience at the appropriate level.
  • Experience in developing key stakeholder relationships and building business opportunities.
  • Experience in carrying out consultancy style reviews and drafting of related reports
  • Evidence of managing of projects in a complex multi-stakeholder environment.
  • Evidenced experience of presenting to groups and/or public speaking

Knowledge:

  • Evidenced technical knowledge in more than one of the following areas:
    • Financial Governance and Financial Management
    • Public Sector Accounting and Reporting
    • Audit and assurance arrangements
    • Governance, including risk management and strategy
  • An understanding of the role and objectives of the Institute.
  • Knowledge of the Irish local government system (desirable)
  • Proficient in using virtual delivery technologies such as Zoom and MS Teams.
  • Familiarity with e-learning platforms and tools such as Moodle, Slido or other Learning Management Systems.
  • Expert user knowledge of MS Office, Adobe and Integra Finance Systems is desirable.

 Skills:

  • Strong management and leadership skills, problem solving, commercial acumen and project management skills at an appropriate level in an Irish higher education, commercial or public sector organisation.
  • Excellent presentation and communication skills, with well-developed skills in collaborative working and report/proposal writing.
  • Well-honed interpersonal skills with experience of working with multi-disciplinary teams across diverse stakeholder groups
  • Ability to design professional development solutions to address complex client requirements.
  • Ability to manage a diverse workload and competing demands.
  • Excellent training and facilitation skills including presentation and communication skills.
  • Excellent client relationship management skills.
  • Strong organisational and planning abilities.
  • Strong research, analytical and writing skills.
  • Ability to analyse data and participant feedback to improve training effectiveness.
  • Creative problem-solving skills and adaptability.
  • Ability to facilitate effectively, to engage with large and small audiences, and to manage group dynamics.

Personal Attributes:

  • High level of integrity and professionalism.
  • Passionate about public service and capability development.
  • Approachable, with the ability to build rapport with a diverse range of participants and clients.
  • Committed to lifelong learning and professional growth.
  • Adaptable to diverse groups and learning environments.
  • Willingness to travel within Ireland for training delivery.
  • Fluent in English, with proficiency in Irish being an advantage.

How to apply

All applications by way of cover letter and CV should be emailed directly to mail to ipa@consciatalent.com no later than 1pm on 18th April 2024.  Please note, applications can only be considered where CV’s are accompanied by a cover letter, detailing how you meet the criteria for the role.

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    Local Government Specialist
    Location:
    Dublin
    Salary
    €63,290 - €97,385
    Type
    Full-Time Permanent
    Closing Date
    18/04/2024

    Overview:        

    The Local Government Specialist will be responsible for managing, delivering and facilitating professional development programmes and advisory services for personnel across the local government sector. This role involves designing, delivering, co-ordinating, managing and evaluating professional development programmes and advisory services that enhance the skills, knowledge, and effectiveness of local government staff at all levels and in various capacities.

    Job Function

    The key duties and responsibilities of the role are as follows:

     Training, Advisory and Delivery

    • Convene and deliver training and development programmes, seminars, conferences (including both face-to-face and on-line delivery) and events as well as providing advisory and related services for the local government sector.
    • Lead and deliver open training programmes and services in the Institute of Public Administration and also deliver programmes and services in client organisations, both in-person and virtually.
    • Contribute to the delivery (including both face-to-face and on-line delivery) and management of key local government accredited programmes.
    • Work collaboratively with other Professional Development colleagues and with specialist colleagues across the Institute on the design and delivery of programmes and services.
    • Curriculum Development and Implementation: Design and develop professional development solutions that reflect the current trends and requirements in local government operations. Ensure the curriculum is engaging, practical, and aligned with national standards. This includes staying abreast of the latest trends and changes in public sector governance and policy.
    • Professional Development Delivery: Organise, manage and conduct professional development events including trainings, workshops, fora and seminars for local government employees at various levels. Utilise a range of teaching methodologies to cater to diverse learning styles.
    • Evaluation and Feedback: Implement assessment tools to evaluate the effectiveness of training programs. Collect and analyse feedback from participants to continuously improve training quality.
    • Reporting and Documentation: Maintain accurate records of training sessions, participant progress, and program evaluations. Prepare reports for management highlighting the impact and outcomes of training initiatives.

    Business Development

    • Stakeholder Engagement: Collaborate with local government clients, key stakeholders and IPA colleagues and associates to understand client requirements, emerging trends and proactively engage with the sector to build strong relationships with clients.
    • Conferences and Fora: Organise relevant conferences for the sector and liaise with the relevant government departments and state agencies in this regard.
    • Manage the Local Government Housing Forum.
    • Professional Development Best Practices: Regularly research and integrate best practices into the Local Government Unit’s portfolio of services. Stay updated with changes in policies, regulations, and technology affecting local government and contribute to the Institute’s thought leadership.

    General

    1. Continuous Professional Development: Actively participate in professional development opportunities to enhance personal training skills and sector-specific knowledge.
    2. Engage professionally with administrative staff who support the work of the Local Government Unit and those in the wider institute who support service delivery (e.g. ICT, facilities)
    3. Support the Head of Unit or Director of Professional Development in the formulation of budgets for the business stream and monitoring progress
    4. Other Duties: Undertake such other duties as may be assigned from time to time. Assist as required with administrative and other development work in the Local Authority unit and wider IPA.

    Character

    Each candidate must demonstrate commitment to the following values of the IPA:

    • Integrity;
    • Client-Centred and Responsive;
    • Openness and Accountability;
    • Trust and Respect;
    • Innovation and Learning;
    • Research-Led;
    • Practice-Led.

     Health

    Each candidate shall be in a state of health such as would indicate a reasonable prospect of ability to render regular and efficient service.

    Person Specification – Essential Criteria in bold.

    Qualifications:

    • Master’s level postgraduate degree (or equivalent) in Education, Training, Public Administration, Public Policy, Governance, or a related field (essential)
    • Additional professional qualifications in training and development are highly desirable.

    Experience:

    • 4-5 years’ experience at the appropriate level and in a training, Learning & Development or education role, preferably within the public sector (essential).
    • Experience in curriculum development and delivery (essential).
    • Experience in the Irish local government system (desirable).

    Knowledge:

    • An understanding of the role and objectives of the Institute.
    • Familiarity with the latest trends in professional development within the public sector in general and local government in particular.
    • In-depth understanding of local government operations and challenges is desirable.
    • Proficient in using virtual delivery technologies such as Zoom and MS Teams.
    • Familiarity with e-learning platforms and tools such as Moodle, Sli.do or other Learning Management Systems.

     Skills:

    • Excellent training and facilitation skills including presentation and communication skills.
    • Excellent client relationship management skills.
    • Strong organisational and planning abilities.
    • Strong research, analytical and writing skills.
    • Ability to analyse data and participant feedback to improve training effectiveness.
    • Creative problem-solving skills and adaptability.
    • Ability to facilitate effectively, to engage with large and small audiences, and to manage group dynamics.
    • Ability to work on own initiative and work as part of a diverse team, and manage a diverse workload and competing demands

     Essential Personal Attributes:

    • High level of integrity and professionalism.
    • Passionate about public service and capability development.
    • Approachable, with the ability to build rapport with a diverse range of participants and clients.
    • Committed to lifelong learning and professional growth.
    • Adaptable to diverse groups and learning environments.
    • Willingness to travel within Ireland for training delivery.
    • Fluent in English, with proficiency in Irish being an advantage.

    How to apply

     All applications by way of cover letter and CV should be emailed directly to mail to ipa@consciatalent.com no later than 1pm on 18th April 2024. Please note, applications can only be considered where CV’s are accompanied by a cover letter, detailing how you meet the criteria for the role.

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      Senior Lecturer/Coordinator Leadership, Governance, Strategic Management
      Location:
      Dublin
      Salary
      €76,028 - €109,089
      Type
      Full-Time, Permanent
      Closing Date
      18/04/2024

      Job Function:Job Function:  The Whitaker School of Government and Management delivers academic programmes and qualifications that advance the understanding, standard and practice of public administration and public policy. The Senior Lecturer/Co-ordinator will work as part of a dedicated team, to lead, lecture on and contribute to the delivery, development, administration, promotion and evaluation of the Institute’s educational programmes including programmes delivered via e-learning platforms.

      Principal Duties

      Teaching

      1. Manage and lecture on programmes in areas such as leadership, governance and strategic management, in-person and on-line, on the Institute’s daytime, evening and weekend postgraduate, undergraduate and international programmes.
      2. Lead and develop areas of expertise such as leadership, governance and strategic management and design cognate courses and programmes up to NFQ Level 10.
      3. Set and correct examinations and assignments, deal with external examiners and assist with the administration of examinations.
      4. Supervise and correct postgraduate student dissertations, including NFQ Level 9 Masters and Level 10 doctoral work.
      5. Write and revise IPA distance education bespoke texts and prepare e-learning materials.
      6. Ensure a high standard of educational experience and deal with student feedback and queries, and make recommendations for improvements or enhancements that address student feedback at programme or School level.

      Research

      1. Conduct research in relevant areas of expertise in line with an agreed research plan appropriate to the Institute’s strategic direction.
      2. Disseminate research and scholarly outcomes through peer reviewed publication, presentation at conferences, preparation of professional reports or other appropriate means.
      3. Foster links with other institutions and funding bodies which will benefit both research and teaching in the IPA.

      Programme Coordination and other Administrative Duties

      1. Manage and co-ordinate the teaching and assessment duties of lecturers and associate lecturers including inputs from staff from other IPA divisions; liaise with course coordinators, fellow lecturers, editorial manager and Registrar’s Office on programme administration.
      2. Co-ordinate classes, seminars and associated virtual learning platforms, taking responsibility for scheduling, content and communication.
      3. Take responsibility for the development and implementation of Quality Assurance processes and mechanisms at programme, School and Institute level as required.
      4. Participate in faculty meetings; lead faculty working groups conducting educational research and other projects; and contribute to conferrings, other internal and external meetings and the annual cycle of programme promotion and marketing.
      5. Undertake such other duties as may be assigned from time to time.

       Essential Requirements

       Character

      Each candidate must demonstrate commitment to the following values of the IPA:

      • Integrity;
      • Client-Centred and Responsive;
      • Openness and Accountability;
      • Trust and Respect;
      • Innovation and Learning;
      • Research-Led;
      • Practice-Led.

       Health

      Each candidate shall be in a state of health such as would indicate a reasonable prospect of ability to render regular and efficient service.

       Person Specification, Education and Experience- Essential Criteria in bold.

      1. A doctorate level qualification specialising in an area such as Leadership, Governance, Strategic Management etc.
      2. Competence and experience (minimum 5 years) in lecturing and tutoring, in-person and on-line, supervising postgraduate dissertations, and managing and delivering academic programmes to adult learners.
      3. Capacity to pursue an agreed plan of research and publication and potential to establish a record of research and publication in the area of specialism.
      4. Experience of and a demonstrated commitment to undergraduate and postgraduate teaching, programme development and academic innovation.
      5. Excellent organisational and administrative skills.
      6. Strong computer skills and experience of using IT based presentation aids and software packages.
      7. Evidence of strong analytical and writing skills.
      8. Well-developed communication and interpersonal skills and commitment to working as part of a team as well as managing or overseeing the work of other staff.

      Demonstrated evidence of commitment to organisation-wide development and self-development

      How to apply

      All applications by way of cover letter and CV should be emailed directly to mail to ipa@consciatalent.com no later than 1pm on 18th April 2024. Please note, applications can only be considered where CV’s are accompanied by a cover letter, detailing how you meet the criteria for the role.

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        Lecturer/Coordinator Central and Local Government, Social Policy, Climate Policy
        Location:
        Dublin
        Salary
        €63,290 - €97,386
        Type
        Full-Time, Permanent
        Closing Date
        18/04/2024

        Job Function:  The Whitaker School of Government and Management delivers academic programmes and qualifications that advance the understanding, standard and practice of public administration and public policy. The Lecturer/Co-ordinator will work as part of a dedicated team, to lecture on and contribute to the delivery, development, administration, promotion and evaluation of the Institute’s educational programmes including programmes delivered via e-learning platforms.

         Principal Duties

         Teaching

        1. To lecture in Public Administration and cognate subjects such as central and local government, social policy and climate policy, in-person and on-line, on the Institute’s daytime, evening and weekend undergraduate, postgraduate and international programmes.
        2. To design courses and programmes in Public Administration and cognate subjects such as central and local government, social policy and climate policy.
        3. To set and correct examinations and assignments, deal with external examiners and assist with the administration of examinations.
        4. To supervise and correct postgraduate dissertations.
        5. To write and revise IPA distance education bespoke texts and prepare e-learning materials.
        6. To address student feedback and queries that may arise.

        Research

        1. To develop and maintain expertise in relevant subject areas, develop research links with other colleagues and institutions, and publish research appropriate to the Institute’s research requirements.

        Programme Coordination and other Administrative Duties

        1. To co-ordinate the teaching and assessment duties of relevant contributing and associate lecturers; to liaise with course coordinators, fellow lecturers, editorial manager and Registrar’s Office on programme administration.
        2. To co-ordinate, with lecturing colleagues, the scheduling, content and communication for classes, seminars and associated virtual learning platforms.
        3. To contribute to the development and implementation of Quality Assurance processes and mechanisms.
        4. To participate in faculty meetings; lead faculty working groups conducting educational research and other projects; and contribute to conferrings, other internal and external meetings and the annual cycle of programme promotion and marketing.
        5. To undertake such other duties as may be assigned from time to time.

         Essential Requirements

         Character

        Each candidate must demonstrate commitment to the following values of the IPA:

        • Integrity;
        • Client-Centred and Responsive;
        • Openness and Accountability;
        • Trust and Respect;
        • Innovation and Learning;
        • Research-Led;
        • Practice-Led.

         Health

        Each candidate shall be in a state of health such as would indicate a reasonable prospect of ability to render regular and efficient service.

         Person Specification, Education and Experience – Essential Criteria in bold.

        1. A post-graduate qualification at Masters level and preferably above in Public Administration and cognate subjects such as Central and Local Government, Social Policy and Climate Policy.
        2. Competence and experience (minimum 2 years) in lecturing and tutoring, in-person and on-line, supervising postgraduate dissertations, and managing and delivering academic programmes to adult learners.
        3. Capacity to pursue an agreed plan of research and publication.
        4. Strong organisational and administrative skills.
        5. Proficiency in computer skills and experience of using IT based presentation aids and software packages.
        6. Evidence of strong analytical and writing skills.
        7. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
        8. Ability to work as part of a team and foster collegiality.

        Commitment to Institute-wide development and self-development.

        How to apply

        All applications by way of cover letter and CV should be emailed directly to mail to ipa@consciatalent.com no later than 1pm on 18th April 2024. Please note, applications can only be considered where CV’s are accompanied by a cover letter, detailing how you meet the criteria for the role.

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          Lecturer/Coordinator Human Resource Management, Change Management, Project & Systems Management
          Location:
          Dublin
          Salary
          €63,290 - €97,386
          Type
          Full-Time, Permanent
          Closing Date
          18/04/2024

          Job Function:  The Whitaker School of Government and Management delivers academic programmes and qualifications that advance the understanding, standard and practice of public administration and public policy. The Lecturer/Co-ordinator will work as part of a dedicated team, to lecture on and contribute to the delivery, development, administration, promotion and evaluation of the Institute’s educational programmes including programmes delivered via e-learning platforms.

           Principal Duties

          Teaching

          1. To lecture in Public Administration and cognate subjects such as human resource management, change management, project & systems management, in-person and on-line, on the Institute’s daytime, evening and weekend undergraduate, postgraduate and international programmes.
          2. To design courses and programmes in Public Administration and cognate subjects such as central and local government, social policy and climate policy.
          3. To set and correct examinations and assignments, deal with external examiners and assist with the administration of examinations.
          4. To supervise and correct postgraduate dissertations.
          5. To write and revise IPA distance education bespoke texts and prepare e-learning materials.
          6. To address student feedback and queries that may arise.

          Research

          1. To develop and maintain expertise in relevant subject areas, develop research links with other colleagues and institutions, and publish research appropriate to the Institute’s research requirements.

          Programme Coordination and other Administrative Duties

          1. To co-ordinate the teaching and assessment duties of relevant contributing and associate lecturers; to liaise with course coordinators, fellow lecturers, editorial manager and Registrar’s Office on programme administration.
          2. To co-ordinate, with lecturing colleagues, the scheduling, content and communication for classes, seminars and associated virtual learning platforms.
          3. To contribute to the development and implementation of Quality Assurance processes and mechanisms.
          4. To participate in faculty meetings; lead faculty working groups conducting educational research and other projects; and contribute to conferrings, other internal and external meetings and the annual cycle of programme promotion and marketing.
          5. To undertake such other duties as may be assigned from time to time.

           Essential Requirements

           Character

          Each candidate must demonstrate commitment to the following values of the IPA:

          • Integrity;
          • Client-Centred and Responsive;
          • Openness and Accountability;
          • Trust and Respect;
          • Innovation and Learning;
          • Research-Led;
          • Practice-Led.

           Health

          Each candidate shall be in a state of health such as would indicate a reasonable prospect of ability to render regular and efficient service.

           Person Specification, Education and Experience – Essential Criteria in bold.

          1. A post-graduate qualification at Masters level and preferably above in Public Administration and cognate subjects such as Human Resource Management, Change Management, Project & Systems Management Competence and experience (minimum 2 years) in lecturing and tutoring, in-person and on-line, supervising postgraduate dissertations, and managing and delivering academic programmes to adult learners.
          2. Capacity to pursue an agreed plan of research and publication.
          3. Strong organisational and administrative skills.
          4. Proficiency in computer skills and experience of using IT based presentation aids and software packages.
          5. Evidence of strong analytical and writing skills.
          6. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
          7. Ability to work as part of a team and foster collegiality.

          Commitment to Institute-wide development and self-development.

          How to apply

          All applications by way of cover letter and CV should be emailed directly to mail to ipa@consciatalent.com no later than 1pm on 18th April 2024. Please note, applications can only be considered where CV’s are accompanied by a cover letter, detailing how you meet the criteria for the role.

           

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