Chairperson and four Community Members of the board of the new Education Authority.

The Department of Education invites applications for a Chairperson and four Community Members to the board of the Education Authority

The Northern Ireland Executive has agreed to the creation of the Education Authority (EA) to replace the five existing Education and Library Boards (ELBs) and their Staff Commission.  The EA will be responsible for ensuring that efficient and effective primary and secondary education and educational services are available to meet the needs of children and young people and for ensuring the provision of efficient and effective youth services.  It will have a budget of approximately £1.5 billion and will be N.I.’s biggest employer with over 39,000 people.

Membership of the EA will also consist of Political Members and representatives of the interests of Transferors of controlled schools and Trustees of maintained schools.
These posts are filled directly through nominations from the respective nominating organisations.

Eligibility, Skills and Experience

The Department of Education (DE) is committed to the principle of public appointments based on merit with independent assessment, openness and transparency of process.  DE is also committed to providing equality of opportunity for all applicants and to improving diversity and eradicating under-representation on the boards of its Arm’s Length Bodies.  Applications are welcomed from all backgrounds regardless of religious belief, gender, disability, ethnic origin, political opinion, age, marital status, sexual orientation, or whether or not you have dependents.  Applications are particularly welcome from women, people under 30 years of age, members of ethnic minorities and people with disabilities.  All candidates will be expected to have high standards of probity and integrity and the final decison on appointments will rest with the Education Minister.

The role of the Chair is to lead the EA through a period of significant change.  He or she needs to bring their judgement to bear on all strategic issues, in particular performance and governance.  The role of the Members is to support the Chair in setting the strategic direction of the organisation in line with DE policy and to ensure it is effective, accountable and provides value for money.

Further details of the roles and full selection criteria are set out in the application pack.

Term of Appointment, Time Commitment and Remuneration

It is anticipated that the Chair and Member appointments will be effective from 1 April 2015.  The term of appointment for both Chair and Members will be four years following which they may be eligible for re-appointment.  The time commitment for Chair will be 3 days per week and for Members up to 5 days per month.  The annual remuneration for the Chair will be a minimum of £50,000 and a maximum of £60,000 and will be subject to negotiation within this range.  Members will receive £8,800 per annum.

Closing date:

The closing date for applications is 5pm on Friday 21 November 2014.  Late applications will not be considered unless there are extenuating circumstances.  CVs, letters, additional pages or any other supplementary material will not be accepted in place of or in addition to the completed application form.

Application details can be found at:

http://www.deni.gov.uk/appointment_of_chair_and_community__members_to_board_of_education_authority