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Chief Executive Officer

Irish Local Development NetworkNationwide€82,000 - €96,000 per yearFull-time

The Role Reporting to the Chairperson of the Board of ILDN, the Chief Executive Officer will take responsibility for the strategic & operational management of the Network. This is a hands-on role leading a small team of dedicated staff where driving decisions & empowering people at all levels will be required. This is an exciting opportunity for someone passionate about improving outcomes for communities experiencing many challenges and those who are most at risk of poverty and social exclusion.

External Relationships & Policy Responsibilities: • Establishing and maintaining national strategic relationships and profile with statutory bodies, NGO organisations, research bodies and academia. • Maintain and enhance the national profile of the local development partnership model by maintaining and building strategic alliances with key Government Departments and statutory bodies as well as EU, international bodies, and networks. • Ensuring that the quality programme and service initiatives delivered by ILDN member companies achieves national and local visibility. • Representing and promoting ILDN on appropriate European/national/regional/county fora to ensure transfer of knowledge, learning, and influencing of policy to achieve long-term increased social inclusion. • Monitor public policy debates and develop and coordinate responses. • Draft position papers as they relate to the members and in response to public policy. • Supporting innovation amongst member companies. • Work with members to create new initiatives in the areas of Local and Community Development, Social Inclusion, support services for the unemployed and other programmes funded from Government Departments. • Communicating the ethos, values, and integrated community development approach of the ILDN to multiple stakeholders. • Initiating, developing, and maintaining collaborative relationships with key agencies and funders and working to identify and develop new opportunities for ILDN. • Acting as an advocate for ILDN member interests. • Preparation and delivery of ongoing promotion and publicity of the activities carried out by ILDN and its members. • Represent the ILDN in the media as directed by the Board of ILDN.

Governance & Strategic Management Responsibilities: • Oversight and implementation of ILDNs Strategic Plan. • Communicating and building commitment to the Network’s strategic direction among internal and external stakeholders. • Ensuring that all policies, practices, and procedures are in compliance with legislative and regulatory requirements. • Taking overall responsibility for the fiscal activities of the Network including budgeting, reporting and audit. • Working with the Board to enable it to fulfil its governance functions and facilitate optimum performance by the Board and its Committees. • Developing and maintaining a focus to ensure the achievement of the network’s overall Strategy, and to engage the Board and Staff in agreed planning processes. • Taking all reasonable steps to ensure ILDN is in full compliance with the Company Registration Office, the Data Commissioner, and other regulatory bodies. Operational Management Responsibilities: • Overall responsibility for the day-to-day operational management of ILDN. • Providing general oversight of all ILDN activities and managing the day-to-day operations in ways consistent with its values, strategic goals, and performance targets, to ensure a smoothly functioning and efficient organisation. • Support member organisations in their interaction with Government Departments concerning programmes. • Leading and motivating the staff resources of ILDN. • Implement all procedures, processes, audit, and funder requirements as required for the good governance of ILDN. • Providing comprehensive reports on the activities of ILDN, to the Board and Funders, quantifying outcomes and impacts against plans. • Facilitating the meetings and activities of the Board of Directors and its sub-structures. • Ensuring mechanisms are in place to encourage and improve member engagement. Financial Management Responsibilities: • Working to sustain existing funding and sourcing new opportunities for funding to progress the goals and objectives of ILDN. • Take overall responsibility for the fiscal activities of the Network including budgeting, reporting and audit. • Provide regular financial reporting to the Board and funders in conjunction with the Finance Committee and quantifying outcomes and impacts against plans. • Developing and maintaining systems of internal controls to ensure financial compliance and robust procurement and risk management processes are in place. • Ensuring with the Team that annual targets, budgets, and key performance indicators are met. Staff and Organisational Development Responsibilities: • Recruit, induct, appraise, manage, and motivate staff members. • In conjunction with the HR committee, oversee the development and implementation of effective and efficient HR policies and procedures in line with best practice and employment legislation. • Providing regular problem-solving support and mentorship to staff members to generate optimum performance. • Identifying training and development needs of Board and staff members. Salary: €82,000 to €96,000 8-point scale, starting point DOE

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