The Department of Education (DE) invites applications for appointments to the Board of the Middletown Centre for Autism (MCA).

MCA is a joint north south initiative with funding provided by the Department of Education (DE) and the Department of Education and Skills (DES) to support the promotion of excellence in the development and harmonisation of education and allied services to children and young people with autistic spectrum disorders. 

Applications are invited for the positions of Vice Chairperson and at least two Directors.

The remuneration of the Vice Chairperson is based on a daily rate of £200 and Directors £160 (plus relevant travel expenses, based upon NI Civil Service rates).

All applicants must meet three essential criteria on Demonstrating Good Governance; Strategic Decision Making; and Working with Others. In addition applicants for Vice Chairperson will also be expected to meet the following essential criteria – Strategic Leadership.

Where it is necessary to prepare a shortlist for interview, the following desirable criteria will be applied: Relevant knowledge/experience – evidence of your knowledge and experience of special education and autistic spectrum disorders.

Further details setting out the roles, term of appointment, time commitment and full selection criteria are set out in the Information Booklet which is part of the application pack.

DE is committed to the principles 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. 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.

The closing date for applications is 4pm on 9 May 2019. CVs, letters, additional pages or any other supplementary material should not be submitted in place of or in addition to the completed application form. The eligibility sift and short listing are expected to take place in mid May 2019 and interviews are expected to be held in mid June 2019.

An application pack is available by contacting DE as follows:

Telephone: (028) 9127 9461/7684 Or by writing to: Education Governance Team
Email: Department of Education
Website: 5th Floor, Rathgael House
43 Balloo Road
BT19 7PR

Application Packs can be made available in other formats eg Braille, large print.