Clare County Council

Clare County Council/ Comhairle Contae an Chláir is the authority responsible for Local Government in County Clare. The corporate headquarters are located at Áras Contae an Chláir, New Road, Ennis and there are four Municipal Districts (Ennis, Shannon, Killaloe, and West Clare) which are supported through area offices in Ennis, Scarriff, Shannon, Ennistymon and Kilrush. There are 28 elected members, approximately 990 staff and an annual operating budget of €153 million in 2023.

Clare County Council provides a diverse range of services across a large geographic area. Key services areas include planning, Local Enterprise Office, community development, transportation, motor tax, water, environment, emergency services along with housing, libraries and sports & amenities, property management, derelict sites, and vacant homes. These operations are supported by internal services which include ICT, corporate, finance and human resource functions.

There is a diverse demographic across urban and rural communities with tourism bringing seasonal changes in population and activity in the county. The Shannon estuary, Shannon Airport, industrial zones and geographic location between larger urban areas, coupled with the unique landscape and heritage add to the diversity of activity in the County. Local democracy is strengthened through the Municipal Districts and changes in legislation and regulation have placed greater emphasis on the role of the Local Authority in driving economic activity, ensuring accountability, accessibility and innovation while placing the customer and the community to the fore of service delivery.

Senior Planner

This is a senior management role. Managers at this level work within defined parameters relevant to the position, in accordance with the Clare County Council’s vision and objectives. The Senior Planner will be required to work closely with the Director of Services and elected Councillors to deliver the full range of services and implement local policy decisions.

Senior Planner positions are multi-faceted and may include the following key service areas within the Local Authority: Development Management, Planning Enforcement, Economic Development, Forward Planning and Sustainable Development, Community interaction/development.

The successful candidate will:

  • hold a qualification in Planning (at least level 8 on the National Framework of Qualifications);
  • have at least eight years satisfactory relevant experience in planning;
  • possess a high standard of technical training and expertise;
  • possess a high standard of administrative and strategic management experience.
  • have satisfactory knowledge of public service organisation or the ability to acquire same

Further details of the role are available in the Candidate Information Booklet.

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: 3p.m. Thursday, 14th September 2023.

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