Manager, Grade 6 - FET College of the Future ref no:528

SOLAS, the Further Education and Training Authority of Ireland, was established on 27 October 2013 and its mission is to fund, co-ordinate and monitor a range of Further Education and Training (FET) provisions that is responsive to the needs of learners and employers. It is an agency of the recently formed Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science. SOLAS works in close collaboration with Education and Training Boards (ETBs) across Ireland on provision of high-quality further education and training, equipping learners with relevant skills and knowledge, and providing a pipeline of talent into employment and to the Irish economy and society.  

At SOLAS, we put the learner, employers and communities, which FET serves, at the heart of everything we do. 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 the People Strategy 2020-2024 and others.  

SOLAS is seeking to recruit a manager on a permanent basis for the FET College of the Future unit. The successful candidate will manage a variety of construction and property portfolio work across areas of Climate Action, Sustainability, Procurement, and Digitalisation work within the FET College of the Future Unit. Working closely with the Unit Director and management team, this person will manage the development of the unit’s Climate Action and Sustainability remits, which directly align with devolving the Government’s Climate Action Plan and Public Sector Climate Action Mandate, including Decarbonisation, across the FET Sector. 

The role-holder will be responsible for liaising with relevant stakeholders in DFHERIS, across the sector, and more broadly across the Public Sector and enterprise in the provision of leadership in relation to the sector’s Climate Action response. The SOLAS FET CotF have particular responsibilities in the area of Estate Management and Development as part of the ‘enabling theme’ of Capital Infrastructure from the Future FET: Transforming Learning Strategy. These duties align closely with the built environment and transport aspects of the Climate Action Plan, in particular, and management of this remit is a key part of this role.  

This is a permanent position for which the salary scale ranges from €78,239 to €102,374 per annum (inclusive of two long service increments) for a 35-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.  

SOLAS offers an excellent benefit package including a contributory pension scheme and the opportunity for further training and development.  

Applications, using the SOLAS Application Form, quoting reference number 528, should be e-mailed to recruitment@solas.ie.  

The closing date for completed application forms is 5pm, Tuesday, 18 June 2024.  

528 Role Specification 

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A Blended Working policy is in place and an arrangement is available to request with this role, a minimum requirement of 2 days per week in the office (Castleforbes House, Dublin 1). One of the days being the SOLAS Anchor Day - Wednesday.  

Please note that as a public sector employee, you must reside in the Irish jurisdiction to avail of blended working, and in accordance with Department Public Expenditure and Reform (DPER) requirements, you must be available to attend in person if and when required.  

SOLAS is an equal opportunities employer. Canvassing will disqualify.