Director: Branding, Communications & Strategy Implementation (Grade 4)

Reporting to: Executive Director, Transformation

Office: SOLAS

Location: Block 1, Castleforbes House, Castleforbes Road, Dublin 1.

Tenure: Permanent

Reference: 274


SOLAS (An tSeirbhís Oideachais Leanúnaigh agus Scileanna), the Further Education and Training Authority of Ireland was established on 27 October 2013. Its mission is to fund, co-ordinate and monitor a range of Further Education and Training (FET) provision to support economic and social wellbeing, while simultaneously playing its part in influencing and supporting the development of a FET sector that is more responsive to the needs of learners and employers. Set out in the Education and Training Act, 2013.

SOLAS is an agency of the newly formed Department of Higher Education, Innovation and Science. It works in close collaboration with Education and Training Boards (ETBs) on provision of high-quality further education and training, equipping learners with relevant skills and knowledge, providing a pipeline of talent into employment and to the Irish economy and society. Working with sister agencies, SOLAS leads actions in key policy and strategy documents including the most recent Further Education and Training (FET) Strategy 2020 – 2024, the evaluation of the National Youthreach Programmes (2019), the National Skills Strategy 2025 and others.

The Role:

The Branding, Communications and Strategy Implementation Director will be an integral part of the senior leadership team, reporting directly to the Executive Director, Transformation. The Transformation Division is responsible for the implementation of the Future of FET, using strong evidence-based strategies, performance management, stakeholder influence and clear communications to drive required change in further education and training.

The successful candidate will play a major role in the implementation of the SOLAS FET Strategy, the delivery of a project management office approach (PMO) in SOLAS, a supporting role in the development of the FET College of the Future and raising the profile of FET through effective branding and communication strategies and campaigns. This role also acts as secretariat to the SOLAS Board.

S/he will be an innovative individual with leadership experience in a complex organisation, with the capacity to influence change across the FET system, lead the development and establishment of high quality branding, communication and implementation approaches, as the FET sector grows its contribution to Ireland’s economic and social well-being. S/he will also possess the technical and personal competencies required to lead, manage and support people and brand change in an organisational context.

This role will offer a unique opportunity to be part of the senior team in an established Public Service Agency with a substantial sphere of influence across the FET sector and within further education and training provision in Ireland. SOLAS is an agency with substantial accountability in educational funding and a remit to help develop the knowledge and skills necessary to meet national and global economic challenges.

This is a permanent position for which the salary scale ranges from €87,325 to €107,399 per annum (inclusive of two long service increments) for a 37-hour week. Starting pay will be at the minimum point of the scale as per Government Circular E100/8/82. Exceptional circumstances may apply for candidates with current service in the Civil/Public service.

Applications must be made by submitting a comprehensive Curriculum Vitae showing your relevant achievements and experience in your career to date.

A short letter of application or personal statement (no more than 2 pages) should accompany your CV, outlining why you wish to be considered for the post and where you believe your skills and experience meet the requirements of the post of Director of Branding, Communications and Strategy Implementation.

Applications must be submitted through with the relevant documentation attached quoting reference number 274 by Monday 21st September 2020 at 5pm

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SOLAS is an equal opportunities employer. Canvassing will disqualify.