Clarecare: Chief Executive Officer

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Organisation Name: Clarecare
Location: Based in Ennis
Number of Positions: 1
Weekly Working Hours: Full-time
Application Closing Date: 24th May 2019

About the Organisation

Celebrating 50 years of service to the people of Clare, Clarecare is a voluntary organisation employing over 400 staff, operating on a yearly budget in excess of €9 million, and providing a range of people centred Social Services to individuals and families in County Clare.

About the Role

Clarecare is seeking a candidate to undertake the position of Chief Executive Officer. This role is critical to the current and future success of the organisation.
The ideal candidate will establish effective relationships with new and existing partners to ensure that Clarecare’s organisational and strategic objectives are met as well as ensuring that the right resources are in place within the Service to attain such objectives.

Experience & Qualifications


  • Minimum 5 years’ general management experience in a similar sized organisation, with excellent leadership qualities and clear business acumen, allowing for continued growth and development of Clarecare services
  • Proven experience of leading and developing a management team in a similar sized organisation
  • Experience of leading, implementing and managing change in an organisation resulting in enhanced financial stability and further efficiencies and effectiveness
  • Third Level qualification in Management, Business, Finance, Human Resources, or relevant discipline
  • Excellent communication, negotiating and problem-solving skills with a high-level understanding of business financials
  • High level of drive and determination — a can do attitude!
  • Financially and commercially astute
  • Be proactive with excellent communication, negotiation, problem solving and decision-making skills
  • Ability to prioritise work and meet deadlines
  • Experience of liaising with services on behalf of clients in a professional capacity
  • Experienced in planning and implementing projects
  • Have the ability to plan and manage own workload, and reflect on practice within Clarecare
  • Displays good judgment and confident decision-maker;
  • Proven experience of leading, developing and executing a business strategy resulting in achievement of organisational objectives
  • Proven experience of relationship development, with a strong business acumen
  • Up to date knowledge of corporate governance
  • Ability to embrace change, drive innovation and encourage best practice
  • Ability to be creative and bring innovation that exceeds expectations; desire to provide a working environment which encourages self- development, empowerment and personal growth
  • Ability to stay calm under pressure and use your own initiative; approachable and open to others views
  • Well-developed IT skills — MS Office, databases, completion of Tenders/SLA documents (both paper and online)
  • Ability to maintain professional boundaries with all staff, clients and agencies
  • Ability to work as part of a team and to use one’s own initiative
  • Ability to maintain the principles of confidentiality in all areas of work.
  • A positive ‘fit to work’ medical; and satisfactory Garda vetting
  • Two positive written references, from your current or latest employer, adequate insurance to cover the use of own car in travelling for work and to indemnify Clarecare in respect of this


  • Previous experience of the Not-For-Profit Sector in Ireland
  • Experience of working with statutory bodies like the HSE, TUSLA, DEASP, etc.
  • Ability to demonstrate understanding of issues/dilemmas which may arise for vulnerable people
  • Experience of working with a Board of Directors
  • Familiarity of working within a regulated environment; a knowledge of the philosophy and ethos of Clarecare


General Duties

  • Working closely with the Management Team and the CE Scheme Supervisor, be accountable to and report to the Chairperson and Board of Directors of Clarecare
  • To ensure the organisation’s adherence to Clarecare’s policies and procedures
  • To ensure the organisation’s adherence to best practice in record keeping; to fulfil the administrative responsibilities of the post
  • To be an integral member of Management and the wider Clarecare structure
  • To support the work of staff, volunteers, students and others involved in Clarecare
  • To attend professional supervision in line with best practice
  • To maintain professional boundaries in all areas of work
  • To perform such other duties appropriate to the office as may be assigned to you by the Chairperson/Board of Directors of Clarecare or designate

Specific Responsibilities:

The Board

  • Work with the Chairperson and Board of Directors to ensure all planned activities are completed within an agreed timescale
  • Provide bi-monthly reports on the financial situation and activities of the organisation to the Board as required, e.g. Management Accounts, Safeguarding Report, C.E. Scheme update


  • Develop and implement Internal Controls to ensure Clarecare operates to the highest standard and its policies & procedures are implemented and operational in line with compliance standards of the Charities Regulator, Revenue, and any/all other statutory bodies with whom Clarecare has a Service Level Agreement
  • Conduct an Annual Review of Clarecare’s Governance and ensuring compliance with the Charities Governance Code, and Fundraising and Lobbying regulations
  • Ensure the requirements of the Compliance Units of the HSE, TUSLA, DEASP and other statutory bodies are satisfied in a timely manner;


  • Lead the development of an annual and strategic plan to ensure that Clarecare’s business model is “fit for purpose” and sustainable into the future. Ensure plans are implemented and followed through. Oversee the monitoring of such plans. Any plans need to include the values of the organisation and acknowledge diversity across the services and the people Clarecare work with
  • Oversee service planning for each Sector with the relevant Sector Manager, to ensure it is in line with the strategic plan and within budgets
  • Provide a clear vision for staff to ensure that all elements of the organisation are clear on their purpose/role and accountabilities
  • Ensure that there is a system of collecting and collating data to inform the strategic plan and ensure that decisions are based on the analysis of facts and a review of the potential impact on other sectors within the organisation
  • Work with the Board and Management Team to implement and review agreed strategies in line with Clarecare’s ethos, mission and strategic plan
  • Ensure adequate resources (financial and staffing) are in place to execute agreed strategic plans
  • Represent Clarecare in strategic committees nationally, regionally and locally;


  • Lead and support the Senior Management Team, ensuring there are clear roles/areas of responsibility/accountability resulting in the effective and efficient operation of Clarecare
  • Be responsible for the overall management of the Community Employment Scheme


  • Working with the relevant Service Manager and Management Accountant, be responsible for the preparation, compilation and timely submission of all Funding Applications
  • In co-operation with the relevant Service Manager and Management Accountant, sign off on all Service Level Agreements involving Clarecare’s finance and budgetary performance;
  • Plan staffing resources in a timely and effective manner with the Admin/HR Manager and relevant Service Manager, to ensure that all Clarecare services are appropriately staffed in line with individual Service Level Agreements, employment best practice, and within budget;

This job description is intended as a summary of the primary responsibilities and qualifications for this position. The job description is not intended as inclusive of all duties an individual in this position might be asked to perform or that may be required to do either now or in the future.


The salary for this position is based on the Local Health Officer (HSE) scale, with the agreed point on the scale commensurate with experience.

Application Process:

If you would like to apply for the role please email a cover letter and copy of your CV to
Closing date for application is 5pm on Friday 24th May 2019.

Clarecare is an Equal Opportunities Employer.

For any further queries please email


Ennis, Co Clare

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