Innovation Strategy and Change Management

In a time of widespread change local authorities, no more than any other public body in Ireland is faced with having to examine how they deliver their services and whether current practice is the best way to deliver these services and are these services really what the public wants?

The Local Government Reform Act, 2014 provides for the necessary changes to local authority functions, structures, funding, performance and governance to achieve the overall vision of a local government system that is the main vehicle for public service delivery at local level, leads economic, social and community development and represents citizens and communities effectively and accountably.

Graduates with a relevant qualifications in and a strong interest in the areas of innovation and change management can expect to improve their competency by becoming part of an existing project team or part of a start-up project team in the local authority area tasked with examining existing business processes and implementing change where they gain a placement.

Application and Selection Process

Applicants must complete the standardised application form provided by the Local Government Management Agency (LGMA) who are organising the Graduate recruitment competition on behalf of the 31 local authorities. The form will require that all applicants provide the following information,

  • Name & contact details
  • Qualifications obtained and educational history
  • Details previous employment history (if any)
  • Confirmation of which post(s) in which local authorities in each of the 7 skills areas that you wish to apply for? Applicants will be asked to select up to and rank in order of preference a maximum of 5 local authorities in no more than 2 regions for each skills area being applied for.
  • A short text-based description of how you believe your qualification is relevant to the skills area(s) that you are applying for?
  • Complete and sign the declaration.

Once submitted applicants will be asked to undergo some or all of the following steps as part of the recruitment process,

Shortlisting of your application based on the direct relevance of your qualification to the skills area(s) you have applied for.
A competitive interview in the region(s) you have selected.
Any other tests or exercises that may be deemed appropriate.

Candidates who are successful at the interview stage will be placed on a panel from which future vacancies will be filled. The regional panels for each of the 7 skills areas will be active for 12 months with individual local authorities being able to fill any vacancies which arise post commencement up to a cut off point of 9 months.

Closing date for applications:  17th December 2020 at 3pm

Job Scheme/Locations                

Cork City Council; Cork County Council; Donegal County Council; Dublin City Council; Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council; Fingal County Council; LGMA; Limerick City & County Council, Louth County Council.

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