GENERAL INFORMATION Clare County Council/ Comhairle Contae an Chláir is the authority responsible for Local Government in County Clare. The corporate headquarters are located at Áras Contae an Chláir, New Road, Ennis and there are four Municipal Districts (Ennis, Shannon, Killaloe, and West Clare) which are supported through area offices in Ennis, Scarriff, Shannon, Ennistymon and Kilrush. There are 28 elected members, approximately 990 staff and an annual operating budget of €152 million in 2023.
Clare County Council provides a diverse range of services across a large geographic area. Key services areas include planning, Local Enterprise Office, community development, transportation, motor tax, water, environment, emergency services along with housing, libraries, and sports & amenities, property management, derelict sites, and vacant homes. These operations are supported by internal services which include ICT, corporate, finance and human resource functions. There is a diverse demographic across urban and rural communities with tourism bringing seasonal changes in population and activity in the county. The Shannon estuary, Shannon Airport, industrial zones, and geographic location between larger urban areas, coupled with the unique landscape and heritage add to the diversity of activity in the County. Local democracy is strengthened through the Municipal Districts and changes in legislation and regulation have placed greater emphasis on the role of the Local Authority in driving economic activity, ensuring accountability, accessibility and innovation while placing the customer and the community to the fore of service delivery.
THE COMPETITION Clare County Council is currently inviting applications from suitably qualified persons for the above competition. Clare County Council will, following the interview process, form a panel for the post of School Warden from which future relevant vacancies may be filled subject to sanction approval from the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage. Positions will be offered in order of merit as per the panel. This panel will exist for 12 months and may be extended for a further period of 6-12 months at the discretion of the Chief Executive.
JOB DESCRIPTION DUTIES The duties to be assigned include the following although this list is not exhaustive and may be reviewed from time to time as organisational needs require. The duty of a part-time/sporadic cover School Warden is to safeguard children on their way to and from school when crossing busy thoroughfares. Wardens must attend at the crossing to which they are detailed regularly and punctually. In the event of being unable to attend through sickness or any other cause, it is essential that the Line Manager be informed of the fact. On appointment, the warden will be equipped with the following articles of equipment: • A portable traffic sign, as prescribed in the Traffic Warden Regulations, 1955, to be exhibited by the Traffic Warden for the purpose of stopping traffic. • Personal protective equipment. • A form of identification signed by the council.
The person employed will be required to perform assigned duties exercising a duty of care, in the interest of safety of oneself, fellow employees and the general public, at all times in compliance with Clare County Council’s Health & Safety Management System. ESSENTIAL CRITERIA 1. Character Each candidate must be of good character. 2. Health Candidates shall be in a state of health such as would indicate a reasonable prospect of ability to render regular and efficient service. 3. Education, Training, Experience, etc. Each candidate must, on the latest date for receipt of completed application forms: • Have a good standard of education to enable them to carry out their duties efficiently. *Non-Irish Qualifications must be accompanied by a determination from Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI) to establish their comparability against the Irish National Framework of Qualifications, overseas qualifications must also be accompanied by a translation document. 4. Age Each candidate must be under 70 years of age on the latest date for receipt of completed Application Forms for the office if they are deemed not to be new entrants to the Public Service as defined by the Public Service Superannuation (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2004. However, the age restriction of 70 years does not apply to "new entrants" to the Public Service as defined by the Public Service Superannuation (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2004. 5. Citizenship: Candidates must, by the date of any job offer, be: (a) A citizen of the European Economic Area (EEA). The EEA consists of the Member States of the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, and Norway; or (b) A citizen of the United Kingdom (UK); or (c) A citizen of Switzerland pursuant to the agreement between the EU and Switzerland on the free movement of persons; or (d) A non-EEA citizen who is a spouse or child of an EEA or UK or Swiss citizen and has a stamp 4 visa; or (e) A person awarded international protection under the International Protection Act 2015, or any family member entitled to remain in the State as a result of family reunification and has a stamp 4 visa or (f) A non-EEA citizen who is a parent of a dependent child who is a citizen of, and resident in, an EEA member state or the UK or Switzerland and has a stamp 4 visa.
Salary: The salary shall be fully inclusive and shall be as determined from time to time. Holders of the post will be paid at the appropriate point on the salary scale in accordance with the relevant Department Circular. Where the appointee has been serving elsewhere in the public service in an analogous grade and pay-scale and will be moving without break to another part of the public sector at an analogous grade, the appointment may be made at the appointee’s current point of scale. The rate of remuneration may be adjusted from time to time in line with Government pay policy. Starting pay for new entrants to the sector will be at the minimum of the scale. The current salary scale applicable to the post is €18.65 per hour (October 2023). Starting salary for new entrants to the sector is €18.65 per hour.
Hours of Work & Annual Leave: Normally Wardens will be employed for five days (Monday to Friday) each week. School Wardens will not be employed during school holidays or Bank Holidays. The hours will not exceed 4 hours per day. Exact hours of work will be determined by Clare County Council prior to commencement of employment. The Council reserves the right to alter the number of hours worked each day/each week and/or the times at or the days on which the hours are to be worked. You will be given as much notice as is reasonably practicable of any change in the schedule of hours worked. Clare County Council’s holiday year runs from 1st January to 31st December. Granting of annual leave, payment for annual leave and arrangements for public holidays will be governed by the provisions of the Organisation of Working Time Act, 1997 as amended. The annual leave applicable to this post will be 8% of the hours worked in any one year.
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