The Charities Regulator (Jobs)

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The Charities Regulator is Ireland’s national statutory regulator for charitable organisations. The Charities Regulator is an independent authority and was established on 16 October 2014 under the Charities Act 2009.

The key functions of the Regulator are to establish and maintain a public register of charitable organisations operating in Ireland and ensure their compliance with the Charities Acts.

The Regulator also engages in the provision of services to charities including the authorising of appointments of new charitable trustees, the framing of schemes of incorporation, authorisation of Cy-Près schemes and disposition of lands held upon charitable trusts.

We are currently recruiting for 3 positions:

  • Legal Advisor (Regulation and Charity Services)
  • Business Manager Corporate Affairs
  • Communications Manager

 

Legal Advisor (Regulation and Charity Services)

Fixed Term Contract 25 Hours P/W Maternity Cover

 

Role Overview

Reporting to the Director of Regulation, the successful candidate will have responsibility for supervising the day to day work of the Authority’s Charity Services team and for the provision of clear and accurate legal advice to the Authority, the CEO and other Heads of functions on regulatory matters, assisting the Authority’s Legal Advisor (Corporate Affairs) where required and carrying out such other duties as may be assigned from time to time.

This description of the role is intended as a basic guide to the scope and responsibilities of the position; it is subject to ongoing review and will evolve in line with the work and the organisational development of the Charities Regulator.

All successful candidates will be required to undergo Garda Vetting.

Responsibilities include:

  • Providing the staff of the Authority, management, the CEO and the Authority, as applicable, with high quality legal and related advice and analyses, tailored to the needs of the Charities Regulator, on matters pertaining to the Regulation and Charity Services functions of the Charities Regulator;
  • Supervising the Authority’s Charity Services team to ensure that matters submitted to the Authority relating to charity services are actioned in a timely manner;
  • Analysing and presenting matters for consideration of Authority Committees in particular the Charity Services Committee and providing clear and concise advice on related matters;
  • Acting as the primary point of contact for the provision of legal advice to the Authority and Heads of functions on matters relating to charity services, registration, reporting, compliance and enforcement where required;
  • Supporting the CEO, the Director of Regulation and Heads of functions in order to ensure the highest standards are met by the Charities Regulator in carrying out its functions under the Charities Acts;
  • Assisting with and, where appropriate, leading on litigation involving the Authority and providing written updates to the Director of Regulation, management and the CEO during the course of any litigation;
  • Participating in the preparation of responses to appeals and Judicial Review cases including liaising with senior management and external legal advisors and attending at hearings;
  • Reporting to the Director of Regulation and the CEO, as appropriate, on the progress and resolution of legal issues;
  • Assisting the Director of Regulation in ensuring that the delivery of legal services is within budget by actively controlling the costs associated with external legal advisors;
  • Providing legal advice in relation to Charities Acts and associated legislation;
  • Working collaboratively as part of the regulatory management team to identify solutions to legal issues and contributing to the development of regulatory strategies;
  • Supporting the Director of Regulation to prioritise objectives and to ensure that the strategic and operational goals of the Regulation team and the wider organisation are met;
  • Working with the Legal Advisor (Corporate Affairs) on addressing legal issues that have relevance to the wider organisation in an effective and timely manner;
  • Providing legal training and information for Authority staff to increase awareness of legal risks;
  • Preparing and contributing to documentation, reports and website content, as appropriate;
  • Liaising with external stakeholders, including other regulatory agencies and Government Departments, on legal issues of relevance to the Charities Regulator as required.

Qualifications and Experience

Essential

  • Practicing solicitor or barrister with 3 years+ post qualification experience.
  • Experience in respect of charities law, the law of trusts and administrative law.
  • Experience of supervising or managing a team.
  • Experience of advising company boards or boards of other organisations on legal issues.
  • Experience in assisting with the conduct of litigation particularly in the District Court and High Court.
  • Knowledge of MS Office applications and document management systems.

Desirable

Experience or knowledge of public service organisations and the governance and regulatory framework within which they operate.

How to Apply:

All candidates should submit their CV and Cover Letter to Vicki Lavin vlavin@sigmar.ie in order to be considered for the role of Legal Advisor Fixed Term Contract Maternity Cover.

Only CV’s and covers letters submitted to Vicki Lavin will be accepted into the campaign. CV’s and cover letters will not be accepted after the closing time and date.

 

Closing Date:

Your CV and Cover Letter must be submitted on the online application portal by the 10th of October 2017 by 5pm exactly. Applications will not be accepted after this time.

Business Manager Corporate Affairs

Reporting to the Head of Corporate Affairs, the successful candidate will be responsible for leading on a number corporate performance improvement activities and projects. Working with your colleagues in Corporate Affairs you will develop and drive improvement in business processes and you will act as a role model for business planning and tracking, corporate governance, quality and risk management.

 

This description of the role is intended as a basic guide to the scope and responsibilities of the position; it is subject to ongoing review and will evolve in line with the work of and the organisational development of the Charities Regulator.

 

The Successful candidates will be required to undergo Garda Vetting.

 

Responsibilities include:

  • Deliver and manage transformation programmes and projects to time, cost and quality KPI’s;
  • Identify, establish and oversee various value adding multidisciplinary projects;
  • Pro-actively anticipate project risks and issues and ensure adequate mitigation plans are in place to ensure effective delivery;
  • Create innovative methods and practices to fit operational team and cultural needs, and contribute to thought leadership;
  • Provide business case development capability and provide subject matter insight to corporate proposals;
  • Driving improvements in business processes, you will serve as a role model for Corporate Governance, Quality and Risk Management and ensure that project teams understand and comply with our corporate project guidelines and support business objectives;
  • Assist in business process mapping and improvement, using principles of Lean management, Six Sigma and Quality Management Systems (ISO 9001, Excellence Through People);
  • Enhance existing corporate business reporting, processes and communications tools;
  • Develop and proactively manage organisational wide performance management process;
  • Carry out procurement activities related to projects.

 

Qualifications and Experience

Essential

  • Primary degree in Business Management, Economics or equivalent;
  • At least 6 years’ experience in a similar project management position within industry or government organisation;
  • Experience of managing transformation programmes, providing advice and guidance on programmes;
  • Experience in procurement for goods and services in public sector.
  • Demonstrate strong collaborative working practices across multiple stakeholders;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills including experience in documenting business cases, project scope and reviews;
  • Demonstrate advanced planning and problem solving capabilities;
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and programmes simultaneously;
  • Practical knowledge of project management and programme governance;
  • Proven experience in business process development/ improvement;
  • Prince2, PMP or equivalent certification.

 

Desirable

  • Knowledge of ISO 9000 and Lean Management techniques.
  • Practical experience of dynamic Excel reporting and data visualisation tools;
  • Experience or knowledge of public service organisations and the governance and regulatory framework within which they operate.

 

 

How to Apply:

All candidates should submit their CV and Cover Letter to Vicki Lavin vlavin@sigmar.ie in order to be considered for the role of Business Manager – Corporate Affairs HEO Higher

Only CV’s and covers letters submitted to Vicki Lavin will be accepted into the campaign. CV’s and cover letters will not be accepted after the closing time and date.

Communications Manager

Reporting to the Head of Communication and Stakeholder Engagement, the successful candidate will be responsible for leading on strategic communications and public affairs matters, and will work to enhance the reputation of the Charities Regulator by communicating the activities of the Authority in an accurate, timely and effective manner.

 

Communications and Stakeholder Engagement is a critical area for Charities Regulator in light of its role as an independent regulatory body. Strong regulation requires the trust and confidence of its stakeholders.  The Communications Manager will play a central part in identifying key areas of improvement for the Charities Regulator through the communications function.  There will be a requirement to produce materials in a plain English style and maintain a strong customer service ethos throughout the organisation.

 

This description of the role is intended as a basic guide to the scope and responsibilities of the position; it is subject to ongoing review and will evolve in line with the work of and the organisational development of the Charities Regulator.

 

The successful candidate will be required to undergo Garda Vetting.

 

Responsibilities include:

  • Assist in the implementation of the Charities Regulator’s communications strategy and plans;
  • Manage a small team which is responsible for communications and engagement with a broad range of stakeholders;
  • Manage a consistent and strategic approach to staff communications and engagement in line with industry best practice;
  • Manage media relations, parliamentary engagements and public affairs on behalf of the Charities Regulator;
  • Drafting and editing press releases, documents and reports, and managing them through to publication;
  • Managing and coordinating stakeholder engagement activities;
  • Website management;
  • Managing and developing the Charities Regulator’s social media platforms and output;
  • Working in collaboration with Corporate Affairs to effectively manage Service Level Agreements and contracts with external service providers;
  • Working in collaboration with Corporate Affairs support the management of budget and resources for the Communications function;
  • Assist in the management of public consultation processes.

 

Qualifications and Experience

Essential

  • Minimum of five years’ experience in a communications role;
  • Excellent communication skills across all mediums and a proven track record of successfully delivering projects on time;
  • Previous experience in people management is essential;
  • Experience of working on projects which require liaising with a variety of stakeholders from across an organisation;
  • Strong creative, planning, and organizational skills;
  • Experience of developing and managing budgets;
  • Ability to build rapport and influence across all levels of the organisation and with external stakeholders;
  • Flexible and adaptable working style – ability to respond effectively to emerging / unexpected needs;
  • Strong copy writing and editing skills;
  • Experience of managing and developing social media platforms;
  • Full clean driving license

 

Desirable

  • A degree or in communications/journalism/public relations;
  • A focus on self-development, seeking feedback and opportunities for growth to help carry out the specific requirements of the role;
  • Experience or knowledge of public service organisations and the governance and regulatory framework within which they operate.

 

Competition Process

 

How to Apply:

All candidates should submit their CV and Cover Letter to Vicki Lavin vlavin@sigmar.ie

Only CV’s and covers letters submitted to Vicki Lavin will be accepted into the campaign. CV’s and cover letters will not be accepted after the closing time and date.

 

Closing Date:

Your CV and Cover Letter must be submitted on the online application portal by the 2nd of October 2017 by 5pm exactly. Applications will not be accepted after this time.

 

 

 

For more information please contact Vicki Lavin on 01 4744653 or email vlavin@sigmar.ie