Chief Executive Officer at The Discovery Programme

The Discovery Programme: Centre for Archaeology and Innovation Ireland is seeking a candidate for the post of Chief Executive Officer who will successfully lead the organisation through a time of change.

The Discovery Programme, Centre for Archaeology and Innovation Ireland is committed to a policy of equal opportunity.

3-year full-time, pensionable, fixed-term contract. The initial probation period is 6 months.

Location: 6 Mount Street Lower, Dublin, D02 T670 Ireland.

Reporting to: Chairperson, Board of the Discovery Programme.

The Discovery Programme (a company limited by guarantee) is a publicly-funded institution for advanced research in Irish archaeology. As set out in its Memorandum of Association (2015) the main objective of the company is the charitable purpose of benefiting the community by the advancement of culture, heritage and sciences and in particular by:

  • enhancing the understanding of Ireland's past through archaeological and related research in the humanities and sciences;
  • establishing and directing research programmes;
  • promoting such research; and
  • promoting the appreciation of Ireland's archaeological heritage through education and outreach programmes. 

The Discovery Programme is seeking a candidate for the post of Chief Executive Officer who will successfully lead the organisation through a time of change.  

Role and Responsibilities

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) acts as the Company Secretary and follows the duties, powers and functions laid down by the Board in accordance with Article 42(2) of the Company’s Articles of Association (2015). The CEO’s primary responsibilities are to implement corporate decisions, manage the overall operations and assets of the company, act as the principal point of communication between the Board of Directors and staff and be the public face of the company. The CEO is not a member of the Board of Directors but attends meetings at the invitation of the Board. 

Specific responsibilities will include:

  • Strategically lead the organisation, in a dynamic way in the context of heritage policy in Ireland.
  • Perform the role of Company Secretary.
  • Perform the role of Chief Accounting Officer by ensuring that all corporate governance, budgetary and legal requirements are complied with including inter alia preparation of the annual report, preparation of financial statements, risk management, and financial control procedures, including liaison with the Comptroller and Auditor General. 
  • Develop the broad strategic direction set by the Board. Advise the Board on all matters pertaining to the management and direction of the Discovery Programme and keep the Chairperson and Board informed of key issues.
  • Formulate and oversee the implementation of the annual Service Level Agreement with the Heritage Council.
  • Effective leadership, direction, management, administration and control of the Discovery Programme, in liaison with the Board, being cognisant of statutory requirements regarding inter alia data protection and health and safety.
  • Steer the Discovery Programme to be a leader in advanced archaeological research.
  • Formulate appropriate strategies and policies that support the work of the Discovery Programme, and maintain and enhance the Discovery Programme’s reputation as a centre of excellence for archaeology, while taking account of current legislation and trends both within Ireland and abroad.
  • Manage the appraisal and performance of staff.
  • Plan, monitor and manage research projects, budgets and administrative systems.
  • Lead and coordinate project planning - including future research, progress reporting and troubleshooting.
  • Draft all official policy documents, the annual report and media communications.
  • Foster effective working relationships with the Heritage Council, Government/State bodies, the higher education sector and other organisations and stakeholders, as appropriate.
  • Promote and represent the Discovery Programme publicly.
  • A higher degree (NFQ Level 9) in archaeology/heritage management or an appropriate sector/discipline is essential.
  • A qualification (NFQ Level 7/8) in management/administration is desirable.
  • Extensive relevant senior experience, including successful leadership and administration of complex multi-disciplinary research projects/works.
  • Experience of working with boards.
  • Demonstrate an ability to represent the Discovery Programme with stakeholders at a senior level.
  • Successful management of staff, both as regards archaeological matters and implementing organisational and human resource requirements.
  • Extensive experience in organising and leading project teams, managing and controlling budgets and meeting performance targets.
  • Experience of managing projects/programmes which operate at a range of scales.
  • Proven research management.
  • Demonstrate a familiarity with the state of knowledge and current research in Irish archaeology.
  • Leadership & Strategic Direction
  • Judgment & Decision Making
  • Management & Delivery of Results
  • Building Relationships & Communication
  • Specialist Knowledge, Expertise and Self Development 

Closing date for applications 3rd May

Please download the information leaflet below for full details on the role and how to apply