Chair of the Design and Crafts Council Ireland

The Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation is holding a competition for the purpose of recommending a person as Chair of the Design and Crafts Council Ireland.

The Chair is a key position and requires certain competencies both to promote the business development of the craft sector as a creator of local and regional employment and to promote the development of the design sector and the utilisation of design in Irish businesses as a source of differentiation, innovation and competitiveness.

• Leadership of a board of directors through a period of strategic and operational change
• Experience and knowledge of Irish and international business development with good commercial acumen;
• Proven experience in areas of strategy, performance, accountability and people engagement;
• Excellent communication and stakeholder management skills including consensus building and influencing, the ability to develop constructive relationships with all relevant stakeholders and to listen sensitively to the views of others both inside and outside the Board;
• An objective approach to decision making;
• Ability to ensure that the Board guides, challenges and supports the CEO and executive management team to deliver upon the organisation’s strategy;
• Understanding and knowledge of the role of a national agency;
• Experience of best practice governance and compliance practices.

• That applicants have legal and regulatory skills/experience relevant to an organisation such as Design & Crafts Council Ireland;
• Understanding and appreciation of the role of design in business development and innovation;
• Ecommerce experience;
• Ability to work with other enterprise and educational agencies in the development of the craft and design sectors in Ireland for the benefit of enterprise;

How to Apply:
Applications to be made by submitting a Curriculum Vitae and short cover letter or a personal statement which clearly specifies how your particular background and experience meets the requirements of the position as details above.
Please include the names and contact details of two people who can be contacted to provide a reference as to your suitability for the position. Referees will not be contacted without your prior consent.
Applications to be sent by email to on or before 3pm on Monday, 30th November 2020.


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