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Job Vacancy: General Secretary. Closing date 12th March 2021

ICA is recruiting a General Secretary

The Irish Countrywomen’s Association is looking for a person with exceptional drive and commitment to become ICA General Secretary at this time of great challenge and change in our community. ICA is a national membership based organisation of 7,000 + women, with an emphasis on member centred governance and a clear objective to advance education and benefit the community through the cooperative effort of women coming together.  ICA promotes heritage and contemporary crafts, arts, drama, produce, Irish language and culture and much more.
A wide variety of courses take place in An Grianán ICA’s Adult Educational College in County Louth which is open to all.

To apply for this position send your CV  with a covering letter to recruitgeneralsecretary@ica.ie on or before 12th March 2021.  ICA is an equal opportunities employer. Canvassing will disqualify.

For further information, please go to www.ica.ie.

Job Title: General Secretary, ICA

Tenure: Fulltime, Five Year Fixed Term Contract 

(subject to successful completion of 9 month probationary period)

Base: Central Office, 58 Merrion Road, Dublin 4 / An Grianán

Reporting to: National President and Board of ICA

Salary: Competitive

The Irish Countrywomen’s Association (ICA) is seeking to recruit a General Secretary to assist the Board in undertaking a new phase in the development of the Association.

The ICA is a national charitable voluntary organisation founded in 1910. We are a membership based organisation of 7,000 + women with an emphasis on member centred governance, underpinned by a Constitution.

Our mission is to advance education and benefit the community through the cooperative effort of women coming together in fellowship and friendship and developing their well-being, knowledge and skills. A hallmark of the ICA’s work for over a century has been its contribution to community life, in leading the advancement of women’s roles, their rights and opportunities.

ICA is structured into Guilds (local) and Federations (counties) which are represented on the National Advisory Committee and governed by an elected Board. 

ICA Central Office provides support to the whole organisation and manages the secretariat, administrative functions and resources of the Association.

An Grianan, our college in County Louth is a lifelong learning centre for all.  

General Secretary Job Description:

The General Secretary will be accountable to the National President and the Board. The General Secretary will take primary responsibility for managing the ICA, for liaison with the National President and the Board, with external bodies, and for identifying development opportunities. The General Secretary will take responsibility for the fulfilment of the Association’s targets and objectives as set by the Board.

The General Secretary will:

  • provide leadership in the development of ICA in compliance with statutory and regulatory standards
  • provide leadership and vision to ICA and promote it to potential funders and members
  • exercise authority over the resources delegated by the Board in order to discharge responsibility for implementing the Board’s policies and strategies
  • be responsible for identifying potential funding and business opportunities to enable ICA to fulfil and expand its mission
  • manage the efficient and effective delivery of services provided by ICA  

The immediate priorities of the role are:

  1. to increase membership of ICA
  2. to explore funding opportunities
  3. compliance with the Charities Governance Code and Company Law

Principle Responsibilities, Priorities and Functions

  • to plan and manage the work of Central Office
  • to provide leadership and line management in Central Office
  • to ensure the consistent and effective development and implementation of policy/standards and support services
  • to work with the Finance Manager and other managers in  preparing annual budgets and projections for Board approval
  • to attend Board and Committee meetings as required
  • to work closely with the Board and any committees, in particular the National Advisory Committee, in strategies to develop and maintain membership
  • to identify potential sources of funding for ICA and to assist the development of business opportunities

While this job description indicates the main functions and responsibilities of the post, the General Secretary may be allocated other duties from time to time as determined by the National President and the Board.

Person Specification

Required Qualifications and Experience

  • Significant experience at a senior level in a multi-functional organisation, ideally in the voluntary sector
  • Knowledge and understanding of a membership organisation
  • Ability to work with a voluntary Board of Directors and advise on Governance and compliance obligations in line with legislation
  • Empathy with, and understanding of, and commitment to the mission of the ICA
  • Excellent interpersonal, influencing and networking skills
  • A third level degree appropriate to the role is desirable.

The ideal candidate will have :

  • a significant track record in management
  • the capacity to lead, organise and motivate staff and volunteers to function effectively
  • the required leadership and vision to lead and manage change
  • excellent spoken and written communication skills and the ability to describe complex issues in a clear and accessible fashion
  • knowledge of Employment legislation and HR obligations
  • capacity to identify funding, sponsorship and business opportunities and exploit them
  • an appreciation of and commitment to the culture, core values and mission of  the ICA

Shortlisting of candidates may apply according to the above criteria.

To apply for this position, please send Covering letter and your CV to  recruitgeneralsecretary@ica.ie   Closing date 12th March 2021

 The Irish Countrywomen’s Association

58 Merrion Road                                                                                

Ballsbridge                                                                                                     

Dublin 4

Tel: 01 6680002

www.ica.ie