Vacancy – Assistant General Secretary: Legal, Industrial Relations and Equality Section

A vacancy has arisen for the position of Assistant General Secretary (AGS) in the INTO’s Legal, Industrial Relations and Equality Section due to a retirement, the election of a new Deputy General Secretary/General Treasurer and subsequent internal re-organisation.

The successful candidate will form part of the INTO senior management team comprising the General Secretary, the Deputy General Secretary and Assistant General Secretaries. The successful candidate will have a high-level strategic role in managing the affairs of the organisation, subject to the directions and overall management of the General Secretary. The successful candidate will be expected to progress INTO policy and objectives on trade union and professional matters. They will be accountable to the General Secretary in accordance with INTO policy and the organisation’s Rules and Constitution.

The post involves a wide range of senior management responsibilities to ensure the successful delivery of INTO policy and objectives at individual, team and organisation level.

Initial duties will involve:

  • Management of the Legal, Industrial Relations and Equality Section.
  • Developing, progressing and communicating INTO policy and objectives on trade union and professional matters within the INTO and externally with relevant stakeholders and other parties through promoting and maintaining constructive relations.
  • Negotiating and liaising with the Department of Education (DE) and management bodies and other relevant agencies on procedures and policies on behalf of the INTO.
  • Promoting and progressing equality issues in accordance with the directions of the General Secretary and in concert with the INTO Equality Committee who advise the CEC.
  • Advising the organisation on legislation, relevant procedures and DE circulars.
  • Supporting the CEC in their representative role including attendance at and contributing to CEC meetings as required.

The successful candidate will have:

  • A strong academic background and appropriate professional experience at a senior level.
  • A thorough understanding of the INTO’s role and objectives and the external environment in which the organisation operates
  • Significant experience and a proven track record in negotiating and handling complex industrial relation’s issues and casework
  • Demonstrable leadership experience and the ability to manage and develop a team of people to deliver a reliable and quality service for INTO members

The successful appointee will enter into a detailed contract of employment with the INTO and their place of work will be INTO Head Office, Parnell Square, Dublin.

A letter of application and curriculum vitae together with the names and contact details of two referees, should be submitted by email no later than 5pm Friday, 12 February to Bernie McHale, Senior Official, HR

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