Vacancies for two Officials at INTO head office

The Irish National Teachers’ Organisation (INTO) is currently recruiting two Officials on a one-year, fixed-term contract with an application closing date of June 3, 2022. The advertised job specification is below.

Job title: Official
Contract type: Fixed Term Contract (1 Year)
Department: Legal, Industrial Relations and Equality
Purpose of role: Advise, support and represent members in a wide range of employment related matters
Line manager: Assistant General Secretary/Director of Legal, Industrial Relations and Equality
Hours: Full time, 37 hours per week
Working environment: Normal place of work is Head Office, 35 Parnell Square, Dublin 1


Overview of the role

The INTO is the largest teachers’ organisation in Ireland representing the trade union and professional interests of 50,000 members in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. The Legal, Industrial Relations and Equality section provides practical support to members by way of advising on queries and representing members in a wide range of employment related matters.

The successful candidates will join a dynamic team, committed to achieving the INTO’s objectives and supporting members on legal, industrial relation and equality matters. The Officials will carry out such duties as may be assigned by the Assistant General Secretary / Director of Legal, Industrial Relations and Equality and/or Senior Official, under the overall direction of the General Secretary.

Main duties and responsibilities

  • Managing assigned casework within the section’s policies and management structures
  • Representing INTO members individually and collectively in a range of forums – including at Board of Management meetings, Teaching Council, Workplace Relations Commission, and such other forums as may be required
  • Researching, preparing, drafting and editing correspondence/emails and submissions to a very high standard
  • Advising INTO members on legal, employment and industrial relations matters including by telephone, through correspondence and at meetings
  • Representing members and/or the INTO with other agencies or organisations
  • Designing and delivering modules for INTO training
  • Maintaining an up-to-date knowledge of relevant legislation and case law affecting members’ conditions of employment and industrial relations
  • Such administrative duties – including filing – as may be necessary for effective organisation of work
  • Carrying out any such other projects, tasks and duties as may be assigned by the relevant Assistant General Secretary under the overall direction of the General Secretary.

The successful candidates will have:

  • A relevant third level qualification and a minimum of five years’ professional experience
  • A thorough understanding of current educational, legal, industrial relations and equality issues affecting members
  • A strong understanding of the INTO and its key priorities
  • Excellent work ethic, capacity to act on own initiative within overall line management structure, and a positive “can do” attitude and approach to work
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including commitment to work effectively and co-operatively in a team environment
  • Excellent oral communication skills, including the capacity to present cases effectively on behalf of INTO members and address various groups within the INTO, for example at seminars and/or union meetings
  • Excellent drafting and editing skills, including the ability to write to a very high standard
  • Strong organisational and time management skills including the capacity to manage priorities and deadlines calmly and in a competent manner
  • Project management skills to ensure that a task is taken through all necessary stages to successful completion
  • Proficient IT and research skills
  • Willingness to work flexibly including when required/requested outside of normal working hours
  • Commitment to providing a quality service to INTO members and contributing to the progress of INTO objectives, policies and services
  • Capacity and willingness to work across all departments of the office if so, assigned by the General Secretary

You are required to hold a valid full driving licence and to continue to hold such a licence during your employment with INTO. You are required to have a car available for your use on INTO business. Travel and Subsistence rates are paid in accordance with Public Service rates and conditions.

A letter of application (maximum 2 pages) and curriculum vitae, together with the names and contact details of two referees, should be submitted by email only to no later than 5pm on Friday, 3 June 2022.

Terms and conditions are available on request.