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Education Authority commences search for a New Chief Executive

Education Authority commences search for a New Chief Executive

The Education Authority (EA) has today commenced the search for a Chief Executive to lead the organisation.

The role is currently held by Gavin Boyd, who has successfully overseen the transition from five Education and Library Boards to a regional Education Authority.

EA Chairperson Sharon O’Connor said,

“The work of EA impacts on the lives of tens of thousands of children, young people and their families every day. We deliver an extensive range of education and support services to over 1,500 schools and youth centres across Northern Ireland. 

Since the creation of EA in April 2015, we have been focused on our transition from five Education and Library Boards to a regional organisation that delivers excellent services for all across Northern Ireland.

On behalf of the Board, I wish to thank Gavin Boyd for successfully leading the Education Authority through this very challenging period as Interim Chief Executive.

EA is committed to ensuring that every child has the best opportunity to learn and to be the best that they can be. Our job is to help equip young people to succeed in life and work in the modern world.

We therefore want to appoint a Chief Executive who shares our commitment to providing excellent educational experiences, inspiring a love of learning, and delivering high quality services.

With responsibility for a £1.5bn budget and over 39,000 staff in varied educational, professional, administrative and support roles, the EA Chief Executive position is undoubtedly one of the biggest, most challenging and most exciting leadership roles across the UK and Ireland.

We are entering an exciting new phase for the organisation, as EA continues to evolve and establish itself into a forward-thinking regional organisation that delivers excellent services for the benefit of all young people across Northern Ireland for generations to come. We are looking for a Chief Executive who can continue to build and develop EA as a world class organisation.

If you feel you have the skills, qualities and experience to respond to these challenges, we would be delighted to hear from you.”

Applications are sought from individuals with significant experience of operating at the top management level in a large and complex organisation and with a track record of the successful delivery of major change.  The successful candidate will demonstrate the resilience, talent and skills to work in this demanding public facing role.  It is not an essential requirement for this experience to have been gained within the field of education.  However, it is anticipated that the successful candidate will be able to demonstrate a significant appreciation of the challenges faced by EA in successfully delivering its strategic and operational objectives in line with the policy priorities of the Department of Education.  An ability to demonstrable commitment to EA’s ethos and values is also vital.

This is a unique opportunity to lead EA as one of the largest employers in Northern Ireland and to shape the future delivery of education services for the benefit of generations to come as EA continues to develop regional services that meet the needs of all young people.

For further information on the role of EA Chief Executive, please visit quoting reference 930964.

Closing date is 9am on Monday, 5th November 2018.


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The Education and Library Boards (ELBs) were dissolved on 31 March 2015. The Education Authority was established on 01 April 2015 and is now responsible for all of the operational functions previously carried out by the five ELBs in accordance with the Education Orders.

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