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Parliamentary Affairs Manager

Central Bank of Ireland
Dublin, Ireland
Posted 8 days ago Hybrid Permanent Salary Scales

The Central Bank of Ireland serves the public interest by safeguarding monetary and financial stability and by working to ensure that the financial system operates in the best interests of consumers and the wider economy.

We currently have a vacancy for a Parliamentary Affairs Manager on a contract of indefinite duration, in Communications Division. This role is aligned with the Bank Professional 2 grade and the BP2 salary scale applies. Please click here for further information on our salary scales.

It is important to us that our people have flexibility in their role and we will shortly transition to a hybrid working model where they can balance their time between working from home and our office.

The purpose of the role is to be responsible for overseeing the Central Bank’s parliamentary affairs as part of the Bank’s strategy and is aligned to the Open and Engaged theme to ensure effective parliamentary engagement. The individual will provide strategic advice, guidance and will report to the Bank’s senior management on parliamentary affairs, political engagement, party political activity, relevant Dáil and Seanad activity, and potential issues management. They will support the Head of Division - Communications in order to ensure the ongoing enhancement and maintenance of the Bank's reputation, and the public understanding of its decisions.

Responsibilities:

  • Provide leadership and development of the team through effective direction, delegation, performance management and coaching to ensure all staff members can achieve the required performance standards and meet their own job enrichment / development objectives.
  • Lead the governance of parliamentary affairs and procedures within COMM so the organisation is prepared to meet its public accountability requirements. Act as an escalation point for responses to the Department of Finance on Parliamentary Questions, and for responses to Oireachtas Committees and public representatives to ensure high quality responses are issued.
  • Lead, coach and support the development of the team in preparing strategies and query responses, in order to ensure accurate and timely replies that serve to ultimately protect the reputation of the Central Bank.
  • Lead the work on parliamentary hearings, managing a matrix team to prepare senior Central Bank staff for appearances at Oireachtas Committees. This includes preparation of relevant strategies, developing key messages and planning media events, seminars and briefings; oversight of the briefing process to ensure accuracy and relevance; while internally ensuring coordination across COMM as required. Advise, coach and prepare Divisional and senior management for parliamentary engagements to ensure the Bank’s engagements reflect well on the Central Bank and are consistent with the stated objectives.
  • Build and maintain effective relationships with key political stakeholders, so the organisation is well informed, meets its public accountability requirements and presents a positive and accurate understanding of the Central Bank.
  • Approve relevant PQ responses and briefings and act as spokesperson for the organisation to ensure consistency of messaging.
  • Represent the Bank at relevant ECB fora, and international regulatory meetings.
  • Lead the public outreach team, in line with the Bank’s Open & Engaged strategy, to deliver comprehensive and impactful events and engagements in key locations up and down the country.

 Requirements:

  • Degree/ relevant experience in banking, economics, journalism, public relations, public affairs, political engagement or corporate communications.
  • Five years of parliamentary affairs experience including engaging directly with political stakeholders.
  • Understanding of the domestic and international media and parliamentary system
  • Understanding of the work of the Central Bank, the Eurosystem, and of the financial and economic landscape
  • Experience in developing and implementing political communications strategies
  • Excellent written and verbal skills and an ability to formulate responses/ and produce content quickly
  • Influencing skills: experience of advising and challenging senior management
  • Experience managing and developing a team in a fast-paced and high volume environment
  • Ability to react quickly to changes and manage many tasks simultaneously
  • Networking skills
  • Ability to deal with multiple stakeholders.

We know it's our people who make the Central Bank special and we are focused on creating a diverse, inclusive, fulfilling and progressive work environment. We encourage applications from candidates with different backgrounds, experiences and perspectives as it strengthens us, as individuals and as an organisation.  We are committed to positively supporting candidates with disabilities. If we can make any reasonable accommodations for you in the recruitment process in order to give you the opportunity to perform to your best, please let us know. Any information that you provide will be used only for the purposes of providing relevant support and will have no bearing on how your application will be viewed.  

Application Details: 
Closing Date: 05/07/2022

To apply, please complete the application form attached (via the “apply” link). This allows you to tell us why you are the best fit for us. Before starting your application you will be asked to create a profile with us, this will allow you to track and review your application throughout the process. Click "register" to create a profile and complete the application process.


Once your application has been successfully submitted you will receive an automatic email from us acknowledging receipt. If you do not receive this auto-acknowledgement, please contact recruitment@Centralbank.ie

The Central Bank pension scheme mirrors the rules of the civil service pension scheme. Therefore if you are in receipt of civil/public service pension, abatement may apply to your current pension.  Details of the appropriate pension scheme will be provided upon determination of the appointee’s status.

Cuirfear fáilte roimh chomhfhreagras í nGaeilge.
The Central Bank of Ireland is an equal opportunities employer

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