Deputy Chief Electoral Officer

Job reference: 1833DCEO

Job function/discipline: Deputy Chief Electoral Officer

Basic salary: £52,026 – £55,685 per annum

Closing date: 12pm on the 6th June 2022

Reports To:                         Chief Electoral Officer

Organisation:                    Electoral Office for Northern Ireland (EONI)

Base:                                     St Anne’s House, Belfast

Duration:                             Full-time, permanent contract


Summary of Job:

The senior team of the Northern Ireland Electoral Office currently consists of the Chief Electoral Officer and Heads of Function in the areas of Electoral Services, Business Support, Finance and Logistics and Data Services. The Chief Electoral Officer role is a fixed term contract which has recently been renewed until 2026.

In order to allow the organisation to continue to progress it has been identified that there is a need for a new role, that of a Deputy Chief Electoral Officer, to work closely with the Chief Electoral Officer and the wider Electoral Office team.

The Deputy Chief Electoral Officer will take on immediate line management responsibility for the senior team to allow the Chief Electoral Officer to be more outwardly focused and they will have a particular focus on reviewing the Electoral Office’s governance arrangements and continually improving its systems and processes with a particular focus on increasing productivity through the use of data analytics.

To be successful in this role the post holder will have strong political awareness, excellent judgement and people skills, have experience in project management and analysing business processes, and an aptitude for developing organisations through providing digital solutions.

 Essential Criteria

  • A minimum of 3 years’ experience gained in the last 6 years at middle to senior management level 1. (1 Defined as being a minimum of DP or Grade 7 and above in NICS grading equivalency terms).
  • Demonstrable experience of coaching and developing a team of staff in different functional areas.
  • Excellent working knowledge of corporate governance and identification of risk.
  • Previous experience of interpreting data analytics to seize opportunities to improve business performance.

If you have any queries about this role please contact Gerry May at Forde May Consulting Ltd Phone: 028 9062 8877 or email jobs@fordemayconsulting.com quoting ref no 1833DCEO.  Application forms and packs can be made available in a range of accessible formats on request. Candidates with a disability that require assistance will be facilitated upon request.

Completed application forms must be received no later than Monday 6th June at 12pm.

Final interviews will be held w/c 20th June 2022.

EONI is committed to equality of opportunity and welcomes applications from suitably qualified candidates irrespective of religious belief, gender, disability, race, political opinion, age, marital status, sexual orientation, or whether or not they have dependants. All applications will be considered strictly on the basis of merit.

EONI Final DCEO Application Form_May 2022

EONI Final Deputy Chief Electoral Officer Applicant Information Booklet – 2022