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Civil Service - Executive Officer

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€27k > 49
Civil Service - Executive Officer
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€27 - 49
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Last Updated: April, 2015

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Oversees and manages the work in a section of a Government Department.

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Roseann Gilligan
Executive Officer

Roseann Gilligan is Executive Officer in the Department of Education and Skills. She holds a bachelor of International Commerce with German from NUI Galway. After returning from travelling she applied to an ad for an open competition for the position. Roseann thouroughly enjoys working within the civil service. 

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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.  
Executive Officers 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, being responsible for managing operations and, after some experience, large numbers of people and other resources; dealing directly with the public in support of services provided to them by the Civil Service.

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In recruiting Executive Officers, the Public Appointments Service are conscious of the fact that many of the most senior positions in the service may, in time, be filled by people recruited at this level. For this reason, they are looking for people who show the potential to take on high level responsibilities in the management of public services and the analysis of policy issues.

What are the competencies the public service is looking for in an Executive officer? View the Executive Officer Competency Model Here

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Recruitment of Executive Officers takes place through the Public Appointments Service - publicjobs.ie. 

The recruitment and promotion moratorium that has been place since 2009 in the public service, local authorities, non-commercial state bodies, the Garda Síochána and the Permanent Defence Forces was lifted in a targeted way under Budget 2015. 

The recruitment of 550 Public Service roles was announced in late 2014, and campaigns for Clerical Officer and Executive Officer positions have taken place to date.

The key entry level grades for graduates in the Civil Service include the Executive Officer, the Administrative Officer and the Third Secretary in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and other professional roles such as Statistician, Economist and many more.

Last Updated: January, 2015

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Organisation: Public Appointments Service
Address: Chapter House, 26/30 Abbey Street Upper, Dublin 1
Tel: (01) 858 7400 or Locall: 1890 44 9999
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Organisation: Civil and Public Service Union (CPSU)
Address: Adelaide House, 19 -20 Adelaide Rd, Dublin 2
Tel: (01) 676 5394
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