Governance and Assessment Manager – Housing Agency

Main Duties
Oversee and manage the programme of assessments of AHBs, ensuring a consistent, fair and a comprehensive approach to assessments is in place in order to formally assess an AHB against the standards and requirements of the Regulatory Framework.
Produce annual Regulatory Assessment Reports for individual AHBs.
Manage engagement and intervention with AHBs as appropriate, providing the appropriate regulatory response to a range of problems impacting on AHBs’ compliance with standards, and work with the team to ensure appropriate investigation and intervention actions are taken to reach effective resolutions.
Further develop the risk based framework to inform the assessment and engagement programme with AHBs.
Project manage the delivery of a variety of projects; including development of a governance framework and standards for the Sector.
Manage and lead a small multi-disciplinary team.
Promote regulation of the Sector with key stakeholders and take a lead role in consulting both informally and formally with the AHB sector and other stakeholders to support further development of the Regulatory Framework.
Act as a senior operational interface between the Regulation Office and AHBs, ensuring that key regulatory issues, in particular those related to governance concerns, reach a positive conclusion and that in turn social housing assets are protected.
Support the on-going development of the Regulation Office and the further development of the Regulatory Framework.
Deputise for the Head of Regulation as and when required.
Identify and report on issues to the Head of Regulation and the interim Regulatory Committee.
Such other duties as maybe assigned from time to time.

Essential Criteria
Detailed understanding and an applied track record of the principles of good corporate governance and associated constitutional issues.
Detailed understanding and applied track record of the principles of regulation, compliance, risk management and of the business planning issues facing voluntary organisations.
Excellent oral and written communication skills effective for a wide range of audiences with particular expertise in report writing.
Ability to analyse and appraise a large amount of data and documentation and report in concise and effective language.
Experience of managing relationships at senior/Board/Executive levels with authority and credibility.
Proven track record of drafting advice and/or regulation policy based on an evidence base.
Strong analytical evaluation skills, with ability to exercise sound professional judgment and reach conclusions.
Strong management skills with a proven ability to motivate staff and lead a team to deliver.
Capacity to continually strive to improve service and performance and be able to adjust to a changing and fast moving environment.
Good organisational and administrative skills with ability to prioritise and manage tight deadlines and competing workloads.
Ability to build positive working relationships with colleagues and stakeholders;
Excellent computer skills are required, specifically in MS Office Suite.
Desirable Criteria

A degree (Level 8 of the NFQ) or equivalent in a relevant field such as governance, risk management, assurance, regulation or compliance disciplines would be advantageous.
Experience of working in Regulation, Governance or Compliance.
Experience of critically analysing business plans and producing reports and making recommendations.
Experience of green-field operations of implementing procedures and frameworks in this context.
Competencies required

Management & Delivery of Results
Takes responsibility and is accountable for the delivery of agreed objectives.
Successfully manages a range of different projects and work activities at the same time.
Structures and organises their own and others work effectively.
Is logical and pragmatic in approach, delivering the best possible results with the resources available.
Delegates work effectively, providing clear information and evidence as to what is required.
Proactively identifies areas for improvement and develops practical suggestions for their implementation.
Practices and promotes a strong focus on delivering high quality customer service, for internal and external customers.

Analysis and Decision Making
Gathers and analyses information from relevant sources, whether financial, numerical, or otherwise, weighing up a range of critical factors.
Takes account of any broader issues and related implications when making decisions.
Uses previous knowledge and experience in order to guide decisions.
Makes sound decisions with a well-reasoned rationale and stands by these decisions.
Puts forward solutions to address problems.

Interpersonal & Communication Skills
Builds and maintains relationships with key stakeholders to ensure the development of the regulatory framework.
Acts as an effective link between staff and senior management.
Encourages open and constructive discussions around work issues.
Projects conviction, gaining buy-in by outlining relevant information and selling the benefits.
Treats others with diplomacy, tact, courtesy and respect, even in challenging circumstances.
Presents information clearly, concisely and confidently when speaking and in writing.
Team Leadership

Works with the team to facilitate high performance, developing clear and realistic objectives any addressing and performance issues if they arise.
Strives to develop and implement new ways of working effectively to meet objectives.
Leads the team by example, coaching and supporting individuals as required.
Places high importance on staff development, training and maximising skills and capacity of the team.
Specialist Knowledge

Has high level of competency and experience in Governance, Compliance, Assurance and Regulatory Frameworks
Has a clear understanding of the roles, objectives and targets of self and team and how they fit into the work of the Office and Organisation and effectively communicates this to others.
Focuses on self-development, striving to improve performance.
Closing date: WEDNESDAY, 3RD MAY, 2017 at 5.00pm

Salary Scale
€48,013 – €49,187 – €50,559 – €51,935 – €53,313 – €54,541 – €55,800 – €57,020 – €58,235
1st LSI €60,322
2nd LSI €62,418

New entrants will be appointed on the first point of the scale in line with government policy. Different terms and conditions may apply if immediately before appointment you are a currently serving civil/public servant.

Application Procedure
Applications should be submitted via email to
Each applicant should submit a covering letter clearly indicating the position that they are applying for, highlighting their relevant key skills, and include a completed application form.
The application form is available on the Agency website at
Incomplete or late applications will not be accepted.
Should the person recommended for appointment decline, or having accepted the position relinquish it or if any additional vacancy arises, the Agency may, at its discretion, select and recommend another person for appointment on the results of the selection process.

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