Executive Director (Strategy & Knowledge), SOLAS

On application
15 September 2017
06 October 2017
Position / level
Contract Type
Full Time

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR (Strategy & Knowledge), SOLAS

SOLAS is the Further Education and Training (FET) Authority in Ireland tasked with funding, co-ordinating and monitoring the provision of FET programmes to over 300,000 beneficiaries annually. The Action Plan for Education, launched by the Minister for Education & Skills in 2016, has a central ambition that Ireland will have the best education and training system. The SOLAS Corporate Plan 2017 - 2019 sets out how FET will contribute to this ambition.

SOLAS is seeking to appoint a new Executive Director (Strategy & Knowledge), which is one of three Executive Director posts within the organisation.

Reporting to the Chief Executive this is a senior management role. You will lead a team circa 60 staff through three Directors and be ultimately responsible for Strategy, Research & Evaluation; Further Education and Training (FET) planning & investment and Active Inclusion, within SOLAS’ structure.

You will be expected to take a lead on the future development of FET strategy, develop the evaluation, research and reporting on FET provision and drive on the strategy of active inclusion for all FET learners. In order to do this, you must be an individual with exceptional management skills, someone with the ability to lead highly-skilled and motivated teams and be able to demonstrate previous experience of developing and leveraging complex, multi-layered and influential stakeholder relationships.

Previous experience of working in a national role would be an advantage and the ability to demonstrate high level influencing skills is a must. You will have shown evidence of successfully adapting, leading and managing change in a previous role and must also have a clear understanding of how to successfully commission and leverage research both quantitative and qualitative.

For more information, including an applicant pack, please contact Mike McDonagh, Director at Hays on 01 571 0010 or michael.mcdonagh2@hays.com 

Closing date for applications is Friday 6th October. Applications must be made by emailing a CV and cover letter to Mike McDonagh.

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