This competition is for the appointment of a Director of Co. Wexford Education Centre. The Director will report to the Management Committee of Co. Wexford Education Centre. S/he will be contracted on a secondment basis to Co. Wexford Education Centre, where appropriate.
2. Job Description for post of Director
The Director is responsible for the development and implementation of strategies to support continuing professional development in Teacher Education in primary and post-primary schools in his/her Education Centre catchment area and region.
The Director is also required to respond to local, regional and national professional development priorities.
The Director will advise and support the Management Committee in setting priorities for the development and management of a programme of work for the Centre.
The Director is responsible for the day-to-day management and administration of the Education Centre, which includes planning for the most effective deployment of staff and resources and the corporate governance requirements of the Centre. The Director is also responsible for the development of effective working arrangements with partner services and organisations.
The Director is an ex officio member of the Education Centre Management Committee.
Duties will include:
• planning for the identification of local school community needs and devising appropriate response strategies including the design and delivery of training and development programmes for teachers and the wider school community at a local level
• supporting schools in the community in the development of effective practice with regard to the continuing professional development of teachers.
• devising strategies for the development of good relationships with schools and their communities
• developing effective partnership and consultative arrangements with the Department of Education and Skills in the development and implementation of national and local programmes of Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
• working collaboratively with other services and organisations to provide professional development opportunities for teachers, parents and other members of the school community
• cooperating, networking and collaborating with other relevant bodies e.g. Teaching Council, Colleges of Education, Universities and other third level institutes, Teacher Professional Networks/Learning communities, NCCA and other external agencies, as appropriate.
• promoting the role of the Centre as a resource providing educational support to the local school/education community
• advising and reporting to the Management Committee on all aspects of the Centre’s operations
• acting as Secretary to the Management Committee
• leading team meetings and organising professional development opportunities.
• implementing arrangements to ensure good governance in the Centre including effective financial management and budgeting arrangements; the implementation of appropriate internal financial controls and audit arrangements; adherence to value for money policies and other statutory and public sector requirements
• complying with reporting requirements of the Department of Education and Skills
• managing Centre staff
• the responsibilities of the Director of Co. Wexford Education Centre may vary in accordance with emerging needs and priorities.
3. Range of knowledge, experience and skills required
The ideal candidate will possess a range of competencies and skills to support the role, in particular:
• excellent leadership, management and organisational skills and a proven track record in leadership and innovation
• excellent interpersonal and communication skills
• an extensive range of teaching experience with a very good understanding of the operation of schools and relevant legislation
• indepth knowledge of the curriculum at primary and post-primary levels
• the ability to generate enthusiasm, to motivate and to innovate
• a clear vision of the role and work of an Education Centre and of the Network of Education Centres
• excellent planning and coordination skills including knowledge and experience of data collection, budgeting, financial reporting, report writing etc
• proven capacity to work independently and as part of a team
• excellent ICT skills and capability to manage and promote effective adoption of ICT as a teaching and learning resource
• flexibility to meet the needs of the Centre, including a willingness to engage in travel and/or evening and weekend work as necessary
The successful candidate will be required to have their own means of transport and to possess and retain a full driving licence. Public sector travel and subsistence rates will apply.
Competence in and willingness to work through Irish is desirable.
Each Candidate must:
• Be a fully qualified Primary or Post Primary teacher
• Be fully registered with the Teaching Council
Each Candidate must also:
• Hold a full time recognised post in a recognised Primary or Post Primary school with a minimum of five years teaching experience.
• Be on secondment from a full time recognised post in a recognised Primary or Post Primary school
• Be currently working with the Department of Education & Skills as an Inspector.
Candidates should also note the following:
• The appointment is subject to the sanction of the Minister for Education and Skills. No definitive offer of appointment can be made before sanction is given.
• The appointment is subject to Garda Vetting clearance.
• Persons will be appointed on a secondment basis for a term of no more than five years. The five year term will commence on 1st September 2014 (or as soon as possible thereafter) and end on 31st August 2019.
• If you are a teacher who is already on secondment then your current service on secondment will be included as part of the five year term above and therefore your five year term may end before 31st August 2019.
• In making an offer for appointment under this competition, regard may be had to the duration of contract that may be offered to a candidate.
• The person appointed will be seconded for an initial period of one school year, subject to satisfactory completion of a 3 month probationary period.
• A person’s secondment is subject to annual renewal and to Board of Management or Department of Education & Skills approval.
• A person appointed to the post of Director must meet and comply with DES requirements for secondments.
• The contract will provide for on-going performance review
• Health, sick leave and general work record must be satisfactory
• The successful candidate will be required to work exclusively for the Education Centre and may not take on other employments for the period of their contract without the appropriate approval.
5. Appointment and Remuneration
An offer of appointment will only be made where there is considered to be at least one suitable candidate for the post. The successful candidate will be appointed for a five year term which is renewable on an annual basis and is subject to satisfactory performance and compliance with Department of Education and Skills secondment requirements where appropriate. The five year term commences on a date to be determined but as soon as possible after 1st September 2014. The contract for the post must be signed by the successful applicant prior to taking up the post and in the event that the candidate does not sign the contract it will be deemed that they are no longer interested in the post and it will be offered to the next most suitable candidate on the panel.
Where the successful applicant is an existing teacher or a teacher currently on secondment, he/she will retain their existing teacher’s salary along with an allowance equivalent to the 10th point of the post primary principal’s allowance scale. If an applicant is already in receipt of a point beyond the 10th point of the post primary principal’s allowance, he/she should note that they will not be allowed to retain this in a personal capacity on appointment. If the successful candidate is a serving civil servant, no secondment allowance will be payable.
A successful candidate must be available to take up the post on the date determined by the Management Committee. It is a matter for the successful candidate to secure the agreement of his/her school authority/Board of Management or other employer, to be released to take up the post. The successful applicant will be bound by the terms of the two secondment circulars as issued by the Department of Education and Skills, subject to the provision above which imposes a five year maximum tenure and which is not reflected in the Circulars – Circular 11/02 (Primary Secondments) and Circular 107/06 (Post-Primary Secondments).
6. Selection Procedure
A selection committee will be established for the post. The selection committee will comprise of nominees of the Management Committee of the Education Centre and nominees of the Department of Education and Skills.
The onus is on all applicants to make themselves available on the dates specified, if invited to attend for interview, and to make whatever arrangements are necessary to ensure that they receive communications sent to them at the address specified on their application form. Candidates will be responsible for all expenses they incur in connection with their application and interview. Candidates should note that shortlisting may apply. Candidates should note that canvassing will disqualify.
The successful applicant will be selected by way of a structured interview process, which will be based on key competencies, and a short presentation.
The competencies will include:
Leadership (vision, influencing skills, team building capacity, communication)
Reasoning Skills/ Judgement (analytical thinking, conceptual thinking, decision-making)
Knowledge (Understanding of current education system issues, knowledge of teacher education, the Education Centre Network and the wider Education Sector)
Planning/Work Organisation (setting priorities and targets, monitoring and control skills)
Management (budgeting and financial accountability, administration within the school context and outside the school context, resources, staff)
Candidates should assess their suitability in terms of their experience (career and other) to date and the skills/abilities they possess. They will be asked to provide examples of their experience under each competency in order to demonstrate their suitability for the post.
Each candidate will be required to make a short presentation, of a maximum of five minutes duration, based on his/her vision for Co. Wexford Education Centre in the future. The presentation should be made orally without the use of technical aids.
Co. Wexford Education Centre (CWEC) is one of a National Network of 30 such Centres and provides support for teachers and others involved in education in Co Wexford, South Wicklow and parts of Co. Carlow. This region has approximately 175 schools, both Primary and Post Primary with over 2,500 teachers. It is part-financed by the Department of Education and Skills (DES) and by contract work undertaken by the Centre.
The Centre is managed by a Committee elected annually at the Centre's AGM. Day-to-day management and administration are the responsibility of the Director and staff.
Local teachers and other local groups use the Centre for meetings, presentations and discussions. The facilities are also available for hire.
The Full-time Centre was established in 1998. The Centre’s mission statement:
“To work with teachers, parents, management and all partners in education to develop and strengthen teaching and learning capacity so as to maximise children’s opportunities to achieve their full potential”.