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17 Feb 2017

Full-Time Director

TASC – Posted by admin Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland


Job Description


TASC is a think tank dedicated to developing policies and solutions based on evidence-based research and analysis on economic inequality, working nationally and internationally, in partnership with other organisations, to build momentum for change.

TASC is looking to appoint an experienced and dynamic Director who will lead the organisation through the next exciting phase of its development. TASC has recently secured significant multi-annual funding from The Atlantic Philanthropies, which will enable the organisation to successfully implement its forthcoming strategic plan.

Role and Responsibilities of the Director

The Director has the following responsibilities, and is accountable to the Board for:

Internal Leadership

  • Implementing, monitoring and updating TASC’s strategic plan and developing operational plans;
  • Proposing research priorities on economic inequality to the Board and developing research strategies to advance TASC’s vision and mission;
  • Advising the Board on the relevant macro environment and its implications for TASC’s policy direction;
  • With the Chair, enabling the Board to meet its governance responsibilities;
  • Building and managing a structure to support the effective implementation of the organisation’s strategy and ensuring that the appropriate systems and processes are in place to support staff to carry out their functions effectively;
  • Overseeing the development of a strategic approach to the performance management and development of staff to build a high performance culture;
  • Promoting and modelling TASC’s values in action, and creating an environment where staff feel valued and have the opportunity to do meaningful work and contribute to the development and improvement of the organisation.

External Leadership and Representation

  • Leading TASC in influencing public policy change leading to greater economic equality;
  • Communicating TASC’s vision and analysis to external stakeholders and constituencies, continually building relationships with relevant organisations and groups, and advocating the organisation’s positions and perspectives on economic inequality to civil society organisations, politicians, the general public and the media;
  • Promoting TASC by consistently representing the organisation, its mission and programmes to external stakeholders, and seeking beneficial collaboration with similar bodies in Ireland and abroad;
  • Maintaining and developing strong relationships with TASC’s main funders and collaborators.

Managing TASC’s Resources

  • Developing annual operational plan and budget, for approval by the Board;
  • Monitoring and evaluating the performance of TASC on an ongoing basis and taking corrective action as required;
  • Providing leadership, motivation and direction to the staff and fostering a positive collegiate and empowering culture in the organisation;
  • Creating an environment of continued improvement and innovation;
  • Implementing best practice HR policies and procedures within TASC in line with relevant legislation;
  • Overseeing the resources and finances of the organisation, ensuring proper financial governance, and reporting and managing the organisation’s resources within budget guidelines so as to ensure the best use of funds;
  • Ensuring that TASC complies with all statutory and other appropriate regulations, and working with the Board to put appropriate internal controls and measures in place to ensure effective governance;
  • Overseeing TASC’s fundraising planning and implementation, including identifying resource requirements, researching funding sources, establishing strategies to approach funders, submitting proposals, and administering fundraising records and documentation;
  • Ensuring the effective management of risk through the development and management of a risk register, establishing procedures to mitigate key risk and developing a crisis management plan;
  • Participating in Board meetings and meetings of Board sub-committees as required;
  • Undertaking all other relevant ascribed responsibilities.

Requirements for the Post

Candidates for the post of Director should demonstrate:

  • Significant senior leadership and strategic management experience;
  • A track record of successful delivery at a senior level in socio-economic research;
  • Experience of successfully operating at management and board level;
  • A track record which demonstrates the ability to lead, plan and deliver transformational change, including the capacity to engage staff and drive performance improvement;
  • A proven ability to build excellent working relationships with a diverse range of stakeholders and to work in partnership with other organisations;
  • An ability to effectively manage resources and to oversee effective financial management and corporate governance systems;
  • A track record of informing public policy change;
  • Knowledge of the fundraising environment;
  • Flexibility, adaptability and openness to working effectively in a changing environment;
  • Excellent communication, influencing and negotiation skills, and an ability to communicate effectively with a variety of stakeholders, including the media, in relation to complex issues;
  • Strong analytical skills and the ability to evaluate complex information to identify solutions and make effective decisions;
  • A high level of commitment and resilience, and an ability to deal with the competing demands and challenges of this role, including the flexibility and willingness to deal with issues outside of normal office hours.

Essential Experience

A postgraduate qualification (preferably PhD) in a relevant field.


A competitive salary package reflecting the skills and experience required for the post is on offer.


This is a full-time post and is being offered for a period of four years in the first instance.

How to Apply

Applications should be submitted by email to Closing date for applications is 5pm, Friday 24 February 2017. For further information visit the TASC website TASC is an equal opportunities employer.

Job Categories: Management. Job Types: Full-Time.

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