Career opportunity: Head of Human Resources

Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) is the state agency responsible for the protection, management and conservation of Ireland’s inland fisheries and sea angling resources. The organisation was formed on July 1st 2010 following the amalgamation of the Central and seven Regional Fisheries Boards into a single national agency. Ireland has over 74,000 kilometres of rivers and streams and 128,000 hectares of lakes all of which fall under the jurisdiction of IFI.

IFI is currently seeking a Head of Human Resources to be based in Citywest, Dublin.

The Head of Human Resources is a member of the senior management team which is responsible for the achievement of all business objectives as determined by the Board, and as outlined in the organisations corporate and annual business plans. He/she is responsible for all matters associated with the overall management and development of the Human Resources Function. The person appointed will be responsible for implementation oversight of all cross functional strategic change and modernisation programmes. He/she will also be responsible for the organisations obligations related to corporate governance, complaints, data protection, freedom of information (FOI) and Access to Information on the Environment (AIE) requests.

The Job
Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer, the Head of Human Resources is responsible for the management and direction of the Human Resources Division, for the achievement of functional targets and business objectives, for the strategic development and management of key areas to support IFI in achieving its strategic corporate goals. This includes management of its human resource assets, organisational development/optimisation through the identification and implementation of progressive people orientated development policies.

This position requires an enabler of change, who will be responsible for the leadership of the strategic Human Resources function within IFI and the implementation of a diverse range of HR programmes. These will include the alignment of our people to a changing operating model, building leadership capability, identification of talent, creation of succession plans and enhancement of employee engagement levels.

Key Focus:

Human  Resources - Strategic

  • Ensure that organisational change initiatives are in line with business objectives and IFI’s corporate vision and mission.
    • Provide oversight and high level management of the implementation of same.
  • Develop a new organisational operational structure designed to deliver long term strategic objectives particularly in the area of a changing operational culture.
    • Design plans to successfully achieve implementation of same.
    • Design relevant stakeholder communication plans and implement same.
    • Foster a change culture within the organisation.
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of IFI Strategy.
  • Proactively lead the Human Resources Division’s contribution to ensure that IFI is effective, efficient, relevant and responsive to the needs of its stakeholders.
  • Oversee IFI’s corporate governance programme in the areas of data protection, FOI and AIE requests.
  • Manage IFI’s complaints procedure.

Human Resources - Operational

  • Contribute, as a member of the Senior Management Team, to the development and implementation of IFI’s strategy and its supporting mechanisms.
  • Lead, motivate and manage the Human Resources Division in the delivery of excellent standards of Human Resource management and support services.
  • Identify opportunity for and source additional exchequer and non-exchequer funding as it applies to the Human Resources Division.
  • Ensure compliance with all Department of Finance, Revenue Commissioner and C&AG regulations and other relevant legislation as it applies to the Human Resources Division.
  • Oversee the monitoring, testing, and reporting on, the organisation’s Risk Management and Corporate Governance systems including compliance with The Code of Practice for the Governance of State Bodies as it applies to the Human Resources Division.
  • Develop, co-ordinate and oversee the implementation of IFI Human Resource strategy.
  • Advise and lead the Senior Management Team in the development of Human Resources systems and solutions that respond effectively to the organisation’s opportunities and challenges in the provision of services to the public and other stakeholders.
  • Interact with IFI’s Board and committees as required to deliver on the strategic priorities assigned.
  • Ensure that the assets and reputation of the organisation are properly protected and that the functions of the Head of Human Resources are discharged in accordance with legislation.
  • Represent IFI as required and liaise with relevant external bodies, agencies and organisations.
  • Ensure a cost conscious approach is taken to the management of budgets and in the delivery of services throughout the Human Resources Division.
  • Perform such other duties as may be assigned from time to time by the CEO or his/her nominee.

Essential Requirements:


A practical and pragmatic HR practitioner with a track record of influencing and operating at a senior level, delivering a professional, results focused HR service in a unionised environment, combined with experience of negotiating the complexities of transformational change.

  • Substantial previous experience in a relevant senior position, including relevant strategic experience and responsibility at board or senior management level. 
  • Proven track record in the areas of organisational development, change management, leadership development and talent management.
  • Excellent influencing, negotiating and networking skills as required; operating to the most senior levels.
  • Facility for building constructive relationships with key parties both internally and externally.
  • Track record of delivering against strategic goals.


  • A track record of significant achievement and delivery at a senior managerial level in a large and complex services environment.
  • Considerable experience in the development and implementation of relevant ICT Human Resources systems and e-business solutions.
  • Professional in approach, team oriented, consultative and decisive. Displays leadership qualities.
  • Track record of delivering against annual business plans and in budgetary development and management.


  • Record of continuous development and innovation in career to date.
  • Highest standards of professional integrity.
  • High standards in written and verbal presentation.
  • A self- starter possessing the necessary interpersonal skills and ability to lead complex management teams and take responsibility for outputs and outcomes.
  • Record of academic achievement to include a recognised professional qualification or equivalent in Human Resources.
  • High level of computer literacy.
  • Can meet the travel requirements of the post. Prepared to work outside of normal hours as necessary.
  • Full driving licence valid in the state.


The salary scale for the position is at the level of Principal Officer (Standard) as applies in the inland fisheries service, and is set by Government who are advised by the Review Body on Higher Remuneration in the Public Sector:
€72,826, €77,354 €80,878 €84,202 €87,503 €90,831 €93,634 €96,542(LSI1) €99,446(LSI2) (Appointment will normally be made at the 1st point on this scale)


A contributory pension scheme is in place.

Standards in Public Office:

The Head of Human Resources shall comply fully with the relevant provisions of the Ethics in Public Office Acts 1995 and 2001.


Appointment to this position is on a permanent basis


Please note that applicants will be short listed for interview on the basis of information supplied in their cover letter and CV.
Applications should be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
The closing date for receipt of applications is 5pm Tuesday 1st August 2017

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IFI is an Equal Opportunities Employer