Senior Executive Planner – Westmeath County Council
Campaign ID: 2489601

The Local Government sector in Ireland is made up of 31 Local Authorities and three Regional Assemblies. Local Authorities are the closest and most accessible form of Government to citizens. They have responsibility for delivery of a wide range of services in their local area with a focus on making cities, towns, villages and countryside attractive places to live, work and invest. These services make a significant contribution to the physical, cultural, social and environmental development of communities and include housing; planning; infrastructure; environmental protection; and the provision of recreation and amenities and community infrastructure. Local Authorities also play a key role in promoting social inclusion and quality of life and in supporting economic development and enterprise at a local level. Vacancies now exist in a number of local authorities for experienced staff at Senior Executive Planner level.

Local Government faces an increasingly challenging environment within which it operates. Having delivered significant reforms of its structures and services in recent years, the need to meet increasing demands, optimise service delivery and resource deployment, maintain the highest possible standard of services, and foster innovation presents senior managers within local authorities with a challenging and rewarding role. The successful candidate will work within this overall policy context and with a focussed agenda which they will be required to lead and deliver on, as directed by the Chief Executive.

This is a great opportunity to join a Local Authority at a time of transformation and innovation. Managers at this level work within defined parameters relevant to the position, in accordance with the Local Authority’s vision and objectives as set out in its Corporate Plan.

This position is a senior position within the Planning Department reporting to the Senior Planner and/or other employee nominated by the Chief Executive. The Senior Executive Planner is responsible for managing elements of the Planning Department and providing a multiplicity of services to Local Authorities.

Local authorities serve as vibrant and innovative Planning Authorities at the heart of delivering Project Ireland 2040. The role of Senior Executive Planner in a local authority is an excellent opportunity to engage with the active delivery of strategic policy across Development Management, Forward Planning and Project Delivery and contribute to a multi-disciplinary approach to Climate Action and Sustainable Transport.

The Senior Executive Planner will be required to work closely with the Senior Management Team and Elected Members to deliver the full range of services, implement local policy decisions and deliver on strategic corporate objectives and in accordance with the general policy direction of the elected council at both full Council and Municipal District level.

Details of the essential requirement and of the role are available in the Candidate Information Booklet for this competition.

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The Public Appointments Service is committed to a policy of equal opportunity and encourage applications under all nine grounds of the Employment Equality Act.
Closing Date: 3pm Thursday 11 th April 2024.