Head of Human Resources
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Institute of Public Administration

The Institute of Public Administration (IPA) is Ireland’s leading public sector learning and development agency and is the premier provider of training and education to the Irish public service. It plays a key role in fostering the development of best practice in public service management and provides an informed forum for discussion and debate on public service issues. It also provides the public service with innovative thinking and analysis through its research, conference and publications capacity. The IPA is a provider of accredited education as a recognised college of the National University of Ireland.

The Role

Reporting to the Director General, the Head of Human Resources will have responsibility for operational human resources management, ensuring that the function delivers a service that supports delivery of the IPA’s Strategy. They will also provide leadership in ensuring the IPA meets the objective of developing best practice in public administration and public management, in addition to creating high-performing, motivated, cross-functional teams of staff.


Key Responsibilities

The successful candidate will be responsible for, but not limited to, the following:

  • Managing all operational aspects of the HR Function, while driving continuous improvement and quality assurance across HR services
  • Ensuring that current HR policies reflect all relevant legislation, and that the IPA has a suite of HR policies reflective of its commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
  • Providing advice and guidance on the application of HR policies and best practice
  • Providing expertise on the interpretation of government circulars and ensuring that all actions that need to be taken on foot of circulars are taken in a timely manner
  • Ensuring that all reporting requirements to the Government Department are met and information delivered is accurate
  • Ensuring that operational processes and procedures are clearly documented
  • Collaborating to ensure the delivery of new innovative initiatives and projects that will be aligned to the IPA’s Strategy Implementation Plan
  • Promoting HR as a trusted business partner and centre of expertise
  • Embedding an organisational culture that supports high performance and which contributes to overall organisational effectiveness
  • Promoting and developing the use of key metrics to support key business decisions by senior management

Further Information

For further information and to apply for this role visit www.mazars.ie/executiverecruitment

All enquiries relating to this role should be directed to the Executive Recruitment Team by email to execrecruit@mazars.ie or by telephone on +353 (1) 449 4400.


Applications are to be submitted via the online portal available at www.mazars.ie/executiverecruitment and must include:

  1. A cover letter (max 2 A4 pages) outlining why you wish to be considered for the post and where you believe your skills and experience meet the requirements of the position of Head of HR
  2. A comprehensive CV clearly showing your relevant qualifications, achievements and experience in your career to date


Mazars will be managing all aspects of this recruitment project on behalf of the IPA

No enquiries or canvassing should be made directly to IPA

Deadline for applications: Thursday 3rd August at 12pm noon.

The IPA is an equal opportunities employer with a strong commitment to diversity, inclusion and equality at all levels of the organisation.


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The Person

The individual appointed will manage all operational aspects of the HR Function, while providing leadership and driving continuous improvement and quality assurance across HR services. They will have proven experience of embedding an organisational culture that supports high performance and which contributes to overall organisational effectiveness and a clear understanding of all relevant legislation and best practices.


Essential Requirements

The successful candidate must be able to demonstrate evidence of:

  • A minimum of five years’ experience working in a similar senior role with responsibility for Human Resources
  • An awareness and understanding of current best practices, trends or new developments in HR Management, and strong working knowledge of Irish Employment law
  • Proven working knowledge of Civil and Public Service HR/Employment Circulars, guidelines and policies
  • A proven track record of HR operation experience within the Public Service
  • Previous people management experience, effectively supervising and/or line managing others to deliver on organisational objectives
  • Excellent interpersonal and communications skills including an ability to engage and liaise effectively with both internal and external stakeholders, representing the organisation, and building and maintaining healthy, effective and mutually respectful business relationships

Desirable Requirements

The successful candidate should also be able to demonstrate evidence of:

  • An appropriate qualification in a relevant HRM, People Management or business discipline
  • Evidence of CIPD membership
  • Proven ability to juggle a number of projects at the same time and meet deadlines in a timely manner
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