Programme Director, Grade 4 (4 year fixed term) FET College of the Future ref no:401

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 appoint a Programme Director on a four-year fixed term contract within the Transformation Division to drive the delivery of the FET College of the Future through capital investment and wider reform across ETBs. The postholder will have direct responsibility for FET capital development and funding, including prioritisation and progression of specific capital projects; sectoral targets for the climate action agenda; supporting ETBs in the development of FET estates strategies; and supporting associated capital, staffing, structure provision reform across ETBs via an external change management network.

This is a four year fixed term position for which the salary scale ranges from €91,609 to €113,313 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.

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 must be submitted through quoting reference number 401.

The closing date is Wednesday, 6th July 2022 at 5pm.

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SOLAS is an equal opportunities employer.  Canvassing will disqualify.