As part of the announced education focused inspections by the DES, a number of vacancies have arisen for the role of Early Years Inspector at the Department of Education and Skills (DES).
As a member of the Inspectorate, your work will include:
>Participating in the conduct of surveys on the quality of educational provision in early years settings participating in the Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) Scheme and in-depth studies of related aspects of the education system
>Advising practitioners and settings on the promotion and achievement of excellence in the areas of setting management, teaching and learning, the effective use of support services, and the effective use of self-evaluation processes
>Participating in curriculum development and review processes and advising the Minister on curriculum and assessment issues generally, including the development and implementation of strategic national priorities such as the Government’s national literacy and numeracy strategy, Literacy and Numeracy for Learning and Life, etc.
>Advising the Minister on the development and implementation of educational policy, particularly in areas such as early years provision, setting improvement, leadership and management, initial and continuing education of educational professionals, special education and social inclusion issues
>Contributing to the ongoing development and evolution of the evaluative and advisory work of the Inspectorate.
Where will the posts be located?
There may be up to ten vacancies spread across the regions below. The Inspectorate operates five regional business units which are responsible for the planning and delivery of inspection and advisory services in designated geographical areas. On appointment, an Early Years Inspector will be assigned a headquarters or office base within the region to which s/he is allocated. Early Years Inspectors may be required to work in other regions in order to address business needs.
The geographical regions of the Inspectorate Division of the Department are as follows:
Region 1: North and Dublin North Region
Serving counties Dublin (Fingal), Cavan, Donegal, Leitrim, Louth, Meath, and Monaghan, and Dublin City (North)
Region 2: South East and Dublin South Region
Serving counties Dublin (South), Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown, Carlow, Kilkenny, Waterford, Wexford and, Wicklow, and Dublin City (South)
Region 3: Midlands and Dublin West Region
Serving Dublin City (West and South West) and counties Kildare, Laois, Longford, Offaly and Westmeath
Region 4: South Region
Serving Cork City and County, and counties Kerry, Limerick and Tipperary (South)
Region 5: West and Mid-West Region
Serving Limerick City and counties Clare, Galway, Mayo, Roscommon, Sligo and Tipperary (North)
Candidates must hold, on or before the closing date;
(A) An honours primary degree (Level 8, National Qualifications Framework) in Early Childhood Care and Education plus at least 5 years’ experience within early years settings (0-6 years) leading on the delivery of quality service provision
(B) An honours primary degree and a post graduate qualification (Level 8, National Qualifications Framework) which is directly relevant to the duties of this role together with at least 5 years experience within early years settings (0-6 yrs) leading on curriculum and assessment, self-evaluation frameworks, pedagogy, education policy or early years setting management issues.
Have a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the early years sector in Ireland
Have expertise in relevant areas such as early years learning and development, curriculum and assessment, self-evaluation frameworks, pedagogy, education policy and early years setting management issues
Have excellent interpersonal and communication skills and an ability to communicate effectively in oral and written English
Be approachable and sensitive in interpersonal interactions and have the ability to establish rapport with others
Be positive, open and transparent and take a calm and rational approach in your dealings with others
Strive to build effective working relationships with others and will be able to do so within the Inspectorate, the wider Department and externally
Be aware of and understand the perspective of others and consult and share knowledge and ideas with others
Your application must be submitted on the Public jobs website not later than 18 June 2015. If you do not receive an acknowledgement of receipt of your application within 24 hours of applying, please contact: Laura Breslin at 01 8587645 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
The interviews for these posts are likely to be held in July/August 2015