Chief Executive Officer

Newbridge, Kildare
On Application
26 November 2018
07 December 2018
‘Chief Executive Officer – KARE’
Position / level
Contract Type
Full Time


KARE is an innovative and progressive voluntary HSE Section 38 organization, committed to providing an individualised service based on best practice to over 400 children and adults with intellectual disabilities and their families.

Established in 1967, the organization is in existence 50 years and has developed and grown to provide a full range of high quality services in Mid/South Kildare, East Offaly, West Wicklow and North East Carlow. KARE works with each individual who uses the services to support them to develop their skills and abilities so that they can live the life of their choice.


Reporting to the Chair and Board of Directors, the Chief Executive Officer will be responsible for ensuring that the rights, needs, comfort and safety of service users are our priority. S/he will provide effective leadership and stewardship of KARE so that its supports, services and activities are planned, delivered, sustained and developed in line with the mission, vision and values of KARE.

The Chief Executive Officer will be accountable to the Board for the Corporate Governance of the organisation so that it is accountable and transparent in its dealings with funders, stakeholders and local communities. The Chief Executive Officer is supported by the Executive Management Team. There are over 400 employees and volunteers in total and a budget allocation across the regions of approximately €22 Million. Key relationships include the HSE at National and Regional levels, the National Federation of Voluntary Bodies as an Umbrella Organisation representing the interests of Service Providers as well as with the various National Bodies Representing the interests of Service Users and their families.

It is expected that applicants will have a proven track record of extensive Leadership experience at a strategic level in the disability sector; A relevant third level Health, Social Care or Professional qualification; Post Graduate qualification in Management is desirable; Experience of managing coordination and collaboration with other service organisations, agencies and HSE; Background of implementing a systemic approach to Quality Assurance and Quality Improvement.

How To Apply

Candidates should write via e-mail, in strict confidence, to our retained executive search partners, our retained executive search partners, Principal Connections, stating how they meet the above requirements, quoting ‘Chief Executive Officer – KARE’ and enclosing a detailed Curriculum Vitae and cover letter on or before 12:00 Noon on Friday 07th December 2018.

Pat O’Donnell | Mark Middleton

Principal Connections – Irish Arm of Agilium Worldwide LLC

95 Lower Baggot Street, Dublin 2


Tel: +353 (0)1 703 88 03


KARE is an Equal Opportunities Employer.

A detailed briefing prospectus including job and person specification is available on request.

Applicants must be eligible to live and work in the Republic of Ireland without restriction.

 Principal Connections is Ireland’s leading Retained Executive Search and Leadership Consulting Firm and the Irish Arm of Agilium Worldwide LLC one of the World’s largest and foremost Executive Search Organisations.


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