The Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth (DCEDIY) deals with policy and service developments relating to a number of very important groups in society. It also works on issues relating to some of our most vulnerable groups including children at risk, children in care of the State, and other vulnerable, minority and disadvantaged groups.
Reporting to the Secretary General, this significant leadership role in the Department has overall responsibility for the Child Policy and Tusla Governance Division. The division is responsible for policy, legislative developments, operational standards and performance relating to child welfare and protection, alternative care and children's rights. It has responsibility for Departmental governance oversight and development of Tusla/ The Child and Family Agency and Oberstown Children Detention Campus.
The Division also has responsibility for parenting support, prevention and early intervention initiatives, interagency working and leading on cross-cutting innovations to support outcomes for children, young people, families and communities as well as the development of the next national policy framework for children and young people. In addition, the Division leads on international matters relating to the department and in the implementation of Ireland’s response to the EU Child Guarantee to address child poverty.
The successful candidate will have:
- A proven track record in policy analysis and policy development in a complex area where Government policy envisages substantial further service improvement and change;
- Adaptability and flexibility, with a capacity to find innovative solutions in a complex policy and legislative environment;
- Excellent interpersonal, networking and influencing skills, with a demonstrated ability to lead and co-ordinate cross-cutting action across Departments and agencies and a proactive NGO sector of advocates and providers;
- Experience in the areas of law, legislation and jurisprudence with a capacity to deal with relevant national, EU and international law issues;
- Proven experience in agency governance and performance oversight of multiple agencies and groups;
- A strong commitment to promoting improved outcomes for children.
This is a Top Level Appointments Committee (TLAC) position.
The closing date for receipt of completed applications is 3pm on Thursday 9 February 2023.
If you feel you would benefit from a confidential discussion about this role, please contact Sandra Cairns on email@example.com
They are committed to a policy of equal opportunity and encourage applications under all nine grounds of the Employment Equality Act.
For More information and how to apply, visit: Assistant Secretary