Applications Sought - Nomination for Consideration for Appointment to potential whole-time position on An Bord Pleanala

The National Disability Authority has been advised by the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government that there may be a vacancy among ordinary members of An Bord Pleanála to be filled later this year and has been asked to nominate two candidates for consideration by the Minister for appointment to this vacancy should it arise. This is a full time senior level post, based in Marlborough Street, Dublin 1 for a period of 5 years. The National Disability Authority (NDA) is required to respond to the Department forwarding CVs and letters of consent from two selected nominees no later than the statutory deadline of Friday, 29 November 2013. Nomination by the National Disability Authority will not necessarily lead to appointment to the Bord.P>

The National Disability Authority therefore invites applications from eligible candidates to be received in our offices at 25 Clyde Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4 no later than 4pm on Friday 15 November 2013. Applications can also be emailed to Bernadette Vella or National Disability Authority. All applications should include:

  • Letter indicating why you should be considered for appointment
  • CV setting out educational background, career history and information on relevant experience
  • Letter of consent to being nominated to the Department should your application be successful

Please note that applications will be considered by the National Disability Authority and a shortlist will be selected for interviews to take place in the NDA offices on 21 November 2013 only. You are therefore required to ensure you would be available for interview on that date should your application be shortlisted.Please note that applications received after the deadline will not be considered. Two candidates will then be nominated by the National Disability Authority to the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government for their consideration for the vacancy due to arise.

If you are interested in applying for consideration please ensure to read all relevant materials including National Disability Authority specified requirements for consideration, Part VI of the Planning and Development Acts 2000 - 2010 and the Code of Conduct for Board members, Employees and Certain other Persons, June 2011.

Specific competences and attributes set out by the Department for all appointees

  • Be of the highest integrity and independence
  • Be able to make difficult decisions, with significant consequences
    have a good understanding of planning, its nature, objectives and place in public policy in Ireland
  • Have knowledge of, and be able to apply, planning and environmental law including case law and regulations (including building, fire and waste regulations)
  • Be able to assimilate large volumes of information from documents and drawings speedily and effectively
  • Perform effectively under pressure
  • Have high analytical, presentation and advocacy skills in order to convey
    the essential issues of cases to board meetings
  • Have good interactive and judgmental skills in order to facilitate sound decision-making by the Board when sitting on cases
  • Have the ability to weigh-up, balance and adjudicate between complex arguments put forward by opposing parties
  • Have a good knowledge of, and be able to apply good Corporate Governance requirements including staying up to date with current requirements and issues

In addition, the person or persons selected by the National Disability Authority for consideration must be able to demonstrate they understand in what ways planning and design of the built environment can affect the capacity of people with disabilities to live an independent life and to participate in employment, social and community life as equal citizens. Details of the National Disabiilty Authority's work in the areas of disability and universal design can be accessed on our websites see National Disability Authority and Centre for Excellence in Universal Design