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300 Executive Officer jobs available to school leavers and grads

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300 Executive Officer jobs available to school leavers and grads


Friday, December 16, 2016 




300 Executive Officer jobs available to school leavers and grads

The Public Appointments Service today (Friday) announces up to 300 new job opportunities for school leavers and graduates with the launch of a competition for Executive Officer roles in the Civil Service.

The vacancies exist in the many Departments and Offices all over the country.

The Irish Civil Service is well on its way through a programme of renewal, and is very keen to encourage applications from people interested in a career which offers an opportunity to serve the citizens of Ireland in developing and delivering services, with great job satisfaction, good terms and conditions, and excellent opportunities for learning and development.

A separate ‘interdepartmental’ promotion competition is also now underway for serving civil servants seeking promotion to the role of Executive Officer.

Appointment to a job in the Civil Service is based entirely on merit, and is grounded in competency-based recruitment processes to ensure merit-based, transparent selection and appointment at all levels.

The Executive Officer competition, which is now live on www.publicjobs.ie, includes a Specialist Irish Language Stream. Candidates who are fluent in the Irish language and who fulfil all other eligibility criteria may be considered for vacancies which may arise from this stream.

Executive Officers are engaged in critical analysis of proposals and reports and in examining the more complex, non-routine cases on which decisions are required. They are involved in a wide range of roles and activities including: researching and drafting proposals relating to policy issues and legislation; acting as junior managers in Government departments; responsibilities for managing operations and, after some experience, large numbers of people and other resources and dealing directly with the public in support of services provided to them by the Civil Service.

Executive Officers are employed in all Government departments and offices all around the country, covering a wide range of functional responsibilities. The Executive Officer grade is the entry level to junior management in the Civil Service. In addition to Executive Officer vacancies, opportunities may also arise within the Houses of the Oireachtas Service to fill vacancies at Junior Clerk (Executive Officer) level.

For more information, please log on to www.publicjobs.ie.