Purpose of Position:
The National Hubs Network Project will help create an ecosystem from the existing 100+ hubs identified in the AEC Region, the 220+ hubs based outside the AEC, and accommodate Broadband Connection Point (BCP) and libraries that offer space (desks, meeting room, coworking space, event space etc.) to the communities they serve.
This project will promote, market and showcase the profile of the hubs both within the communities they are located in and beyond. The hubs will be promoted as a key infrastructure asset for communities, employers and employees. They will help support ambitious initiatives such as Enterprise Irelands target of supporting 10,000 co-working and incubation spaces in regional locations.
Participation in a hub network is a proven driver for hub development; it leads to increased hub occupancy and cross pollination of ideas which drives business development in communities across the region.
The creation of a hub network presents an opportunity for both rural and urban communities. These hubs act as enterprise centres, innovations spaces, co-working & hot-desking locations, and are an important part of the support system for early stage rurally-based companies and entrepreneurs to grow and develop. The creation of this network will capitalise on previous government funding and result in thriving, vibrant hub community.
The WDC employs 25 staff and has been awarded the responsibility for leading the implementation and delivery of the National Hubs Network. Reporting to the Hubs Programme Manager, the National Hubs Executive is responsible for actively contributing to the effective delivery and management of the National Hubs Network.
- Developing collaborative and productive working relationships with hubs (i.e. managers, members, clients and community leaders) and relevant external stakeholders from public, private, educational/training, community and social enterprise sectors to ensure that the Community pillar of the national hubs strategy is delivered
- Designing and leading effective interventions to increase the number and quality of connections, innovations, collaborations and partnerships among network members and other relevant national and international stakeholders
- Supporting, promoting and developing a culture of innovation, collaboration & entrepreneurship across Ireland’s Hub communities
- Engaging hubs across Ireland to engage with the new national hubs technology solution and booking system
- Identifying and informing hubs and their clients of additional sources of government and/or EU funding to support businesses and communities to maximize socio-economic growth
- Working with and connecting various stakeholders including government agencies, local authorities, business networks and community groups
- Developing the hub sector by matching existing hub types with new audiences through different value propositions that benefit, members, communities, regions
- Strategically creating and delivering marketing and communications opportunities, events and programmes to further engage and collaborate with Hubs (and their users) across the regions
- Initiating and executing creative and innovative activities, events and programmes to engage, support and develop Ireland’s emerging National Hubs Network
- Work to ensure best practice Governance practices are promoted throughout the National Hubs Network
- Supporting the delivery of those objectives set out in the National Remote Work Strategy
- Note: the functions and responsibilities initially assigned to the position are based on the current organisational requirements and may be changed from time to time. The job holder requires the flexibility to fulfil other roles and responsibilities at a similar level within the WDC.
- Have a minimum of 5 years plus proven experience in leading and developing networks, businesses and communities
- Demonstrated ability to navigate complex, stakeholder groups to deliver on objectives and engage multiple parties
- Exceptional interpersonal, communications and networking skills, adept at inspiring others to collaborate and innovate to achieve high profile, strategic objectives
- Entrepreneurial mindset and networker with knowledge of supporting and developing start up’s and SME’s with insight into funding, development and key supports available
- Proven, hands-on expertise in delivering communications, marketing and event management. Strong at PR and digital content creation
- Excellent IT, digital media, presentation, business and reporting skills
- A minimum of a degree (NFQ Level 8) qualification in a relevant discipline, Business, Communications or Social Sciences is preferred
- Proven experience of working within a fast-paced team environment in order to deliver on key, high profile strategic objectives
- Strategic, growth mindset with hand-on experience of building teams and remote communities
- General HEO competencies as per “Appendix A” below.
The post is a full-time, three-year fixed term contract, subject to a six-month probationary period.
The WDC Head Office is in Ballaghaderreen, Co. Roscommon. WDC staff are also located in Galway and Sligo. The successful candidate will be based in the Republic of Ireland and a tax resident in the state. As this role has a national remit, the successful candidate will work remotely in accordance with the WDC Remote Working policy. The successful candidate will be required to attend meetings at WDC office locations and / or hub locations throughout the country as and when required.
The successful incumbent will hold a full driving licence and have access to transport as this post will involve travel. Appropriate travelling expenses and subsistence allowances will be paid subject to WDC policy.
The salary scale for this post will be equivalent to that of the Civil Service Higher Executive Officer Standard Scale:
Personal Pension Contribution (PPC) Pay Rate: The salary for this position, with effect from 1st October 2020 is as follows: €49,845 – €51,303 – €52,756 – €54,210 – €55,669 – €57,123 – €58,578 – LSI 1 €60,679 – LSI 2 €62,776
Please note: The starting salary for the person appointed to this post will be the first point on the above scale unless the successful application has previous reckonable public sector experience.
All staff members are required to sign up to the WDC Code of Business Conduct under the code of Practice for the Governance of State Bodies.
Please submit a cover letter and CV (maximum four pages) detailing your experience, qualifications, and office location preference with any other relevant information, to firstname.lastname@example.org .
The email (with cv and cover letter) sent to email@example.com should be clearly identified with ‘National Hubs Executive’ in the subject box.
Closing date for receipt of applications is Wednesday, 4th March at 12 noon.
Format of Competition:
The admission of a candidate to the competition, or invitation to attend an interview, is not to be taken as implying that the WDC is satisfied that such person fulfils the requirements of the job.
Following the shortlisting procedure, the competition will consist of competitive interview(s) conducted by the Interview Board(s) set up by the WDC. The onus is on all applicants to make themselves available for interview on the date(s) specified by the WDC. Candidates who do not attend interview on the date and time specified in email communications to the candidate will be deemed to have withdrawn from the competition.
The Board will assess the merits of the candidates in respect of matters referred to in the job description and any other relevant, job specific criteria. Before making its final selection, the Board may recall a candidate for further questioning and request references. References will not be contacted without prior consent from the candidate.
Only candidates who reach such a standard as the Interview Board considers satisfactory in the competitive interview shall be considered for selection.
Panel: A panel may be formed by the Interview Board. Once a panel is formed, it remains in existence for 1 year and may be extended.
Confidentiality: Subject to the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2014, applications will be treated in strict confidence. All enquiries, applications and all aspects of the proceedings are treated as strictly confidential and are not disclosed to anyone, outside those directly involved in the that aspect of the process.
Communications: All communications with the candidates, including notification of results, will be via email.
Equality: The WDC is committed to a policy of equal opportunity. As a public service organisation, the WDC is strongly committed to equality of opportunity in all its employment practices.
Review / Appeals Process: WDC will consider requests for review in accordance with the provisions of the codes of practice published by the CPSA and in accordance with the Recruitment Policy of the WDC. In the first instance, candidates are open to have their query dealt with on an informal basis within five working days of the communicated decision (or if decision is related to an interim stage e.g. shortlisting, within two days). The informal process may involve a telephone conversation between the candidate and a representative of the WDC who is involved in the recruitment process.
The WDC is an equal opportunities employer
Canvassing will disqualify
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