The Board, which comprises 11 members and a Chairperson, represents a diverse range of backgrounds, experience and expertise. The Chairperson will have a legal background. The Board must also include a psychiatric professional. Other than the ex-officio members, the membership of the Board will represent community interests generally and may include persons with experience of medical, legal, psychology, psychiatry, education, policing, prisons and probation matters relevant to the criminal justice area.
There is currently one vacancy. A further vacancy will arise in February 2017, which will be filled by a psychiatric professional, and three further vacancies will arise in July 2017, including the position of the Chairperson. Members serve in a part-time capacity. The term of appointment is for three years. Members may be re-appointed by the Minister for another term in accordance with the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform Guidelines on Appointments to State Boards.
Expressions of interest in serving as a member are sought from suitable persons with competence, experience and an interest in this area. Candidates must be of good character and will be subject to Garda vetting prior to appointment. Candidates will be required to contribute effectively to the work of the Parole Board. This will involve the ability to collaborate and work effectively and cohesively as a member of the Board. Candidates should possess:
– Excellent judgement and analytical skills with the proven capacity for independent assessment of complex issues and decision making;
– Excellent communication and interpersonal skills;
– Knowledge of the wider societal issues impacting on the criminal justice environment including those in relation to the rehabilitation of offenders and victim’s rights;
– Ability to work effectively as part of a team;
– Relevant professional experience.
Candidates applying for the position of Chairperson should also possess:
– Legal qualifications including but not limited to being a practising Solicitor or Barrister or retired Judge
– Excellent organisational, management and leadership skills.
Applicants applying for the position of Chairperson should indicate if they wish to be considered for an appointment as an ordinary Board member in the alternative.
Members of the Board are required to devote at least two days per month (one for the Parole Board meeting and one for interviews with prisoners/applicants) to the role and may be required for more depending on the number of interviews to be carried out.
Please find details on how to apply in the Information Booklet below.
Closing Date for Submission of Expressions of Interest
23rd January 2017