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CoAction – Appointment of Chief Executive

CoAction – Appointment of Chief Executive

Background to the Organisation

Founded in 1974 by a group of parents and friends, CoAction West Cork is a community based organization and a designated HSE service provider for children and adults with a disability and/or autism in West Cork.

It is our Vision to support each person to develop their own unique personal gifts, strengths and talents and to live the life that they choose for themselves within their own local community. We believe passionately in a diverse society where difference is celebrated and everyone can enjoy the opportunities that society has to offer. We recognize that each person may require additional supports at different stages in life and we strive to work with each individual to provide appropriate supports in an empowering framework that focuses on and promotes ability.

The post holder will be assigned responsibility and accountability for the provision of services consistent with the services of the division to which they are appointed


Outline of the Position

The Chief Executive reports to Chairperson of the Board of Directors of CoAction and is based in Bantry.

The CEO is responsible for leading the development and execution of CoActions long term strategy with a view to ensuring we are providing the best possible service to the people we are supporting. The CEO is ultimately responsible for all day to day management decisions, and for implementing the organisations long and short term plans. The CEO has overall responsibility in conjunction with the Board to maintain and develop best practice in relation to our service provision, quality systems, staff performance, financial management, programme design and delivery, person centered service planning and promotion of the company to stakeholders.


Principal Duties and Responsibilities

Under the direction of the Board of Directors the CEO will be responsible for the services assigned to him/her within the Community Health Organisation (CHO) area.  The post holder will:

Lead the services provided by CoAction West Cork to ensure that they are Person Centred, based on current best practice and in keeping with; CoAction’s Policies, Staff Handbook, Five Year Plan and Quality system; Health and Safety Regulations and Government Health Strategy.

  • Lead change and innovation in line with the agreed strategic objectives of the organisation and lead the Management Team in delivering the Change Agenda with positive effect throughout CoAction
  • Ensure each service complies with relevant National Disability standards, HSE New Directions Policy and Standards, and CoAction policies.
  • Attend branch meetings, Board meetings, and sub-committee meetings as required and provide monthly reports to the Board and to sub-committees of the Board of Directors. Provide other reports to the Board as requested. Work with sub-committees and working parties as required.
  • Work with the Finance Department on Budget Preparation and sign off, and have oversight and involvement with Management Accounts, Insurance, and all Service Costings.
  • Ensure capital projects are tendered for, and managed in line with the policy of the Board.
  • To ensure each service complies with HSE Policy on Safeguarding Vulnerable Persons at Risk of Abuse.
  • To ensure the continuous evaluation and adaptation of each service in accordance with the needs of each individual supported.
  • To ensure compliance with HSE Service Level Arrangements/requests.
  • Ensure that the organisation is represented on relevant HSE Committees, National Federation, and other relevant bodies.
  • To promote the company image in the most positive manner to service users, staff, parents, stakeholders and the general public.
  • Attend seminars, conferences etc. at the request of the organisation.
  • Adhere to the organisation’s mission, ethos, company policies and procedures.
  • Be fully familiar with the terms of the Safety Health and Welfare at Work Act, as it effects services.
  • Work with the Board of Directors and all relevant personnel to ensure that all branches are equipped to carry out their role as outlined in the branch handbook and are effective in doing so.
  • Manage the resources, including staff under his/her control within agreed parameters and prepare service plans, estimates and budgetary reports pertaining to his/her area as required.
  • Put in place appropriate measures for the evaluation and review of all aspects of the services for which he/she is responsible and to monitor performance and take appropriate action to deal with variances.
  • Provide the necessary leadership and direction to ensure that the overall purpose and objectives of strategic and service plans are understood by staff within area of responsibility in order to secure their active participation in the delivery of high quality, efficient and cost-effective services.
  • Support & lead as appropriate, the assessment and evaluation of local needs against service delivery and the determination of priorities and the development of services to meet them, including the re-orientation of existing services where appropriate.
  • Ensure that agreed standards for service delivery are established and maintained in the interests of providing a quality service.
  • Contribute to human resource planning & management.
  • Contribute to positive employer/employee engagement.
  • Contribute to financial planning and management.
  • Ensure that HSE policies & statutory obligations are fulfilled in relation to the provision of care and in relation to staff management.
  • Negotiate and maintain contracts for the supply of services to and from non HSE agencies in line with HSE policies and regulations.
  • Establish and maintain good relationships with primary care contractors, voluntary organisations and other agencies and to raise awareness of and commitment to the policies and objectives of the HSE services for which he/she is responsible.
  • Have a working knowledge of the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) Standards as they apply to the area of responsibility for example, National Standards for Safer Better Healthcare, HIQA standards for residential services for older people/disability services, National Standards for the Prevention and Control of Healthcare Associated Infections, Hygiene Standards etc. and comply with associated HSE protocols for implementing and maintaining these standards as appropriate to the role.
  • Lead the delivery of a safe and quality service in the assigned area of responsibility.
  • Put systems in place to ensure all relevant legislation and policies and procedures for the assigned area of responsibility are adhered to.
  • Support, promote and actively participate in sustainable energy, water and waste initiatives to create a more sustainable, low carbon and efficient health service.
  • Will hold statutory roles in accordance with the Health Act and Mental Health Act as required.
  • The CEO will be assigned responsibilities for specified service areas and may be asked to contribute as required to national processes and policy development.


Candidate Profile – Eligibility

Applicants will have:

  • Significant health sector management experience which should include financial and staff management.
  • Proven ability in developing and implementing plans at a strategic and operational level.
  • A track record of delivering significant change in a complex multi stakeholder environment, as relevant to this role.
  • Experience in the delivery of a safe and quality service through multi-disciplinary and cross sectoral working.
  • The requisite knowledge and ability (including a high standard of suitability and management ability) for the proper discharge of the duties of the office.
  • A candidate for and any person holding the office must be fully competent and capable of undertaking the duties attached to the office and be in a state of health such as would indicate a reasonable prospect of ability to render regular and efficient service.
  • Each candidate for and any person holding the office must be of good character.
  • Candidates must be under 65 years of age on the first day of the month in which the latest date for receiving completed application forms for the office occurs.


Candidate Profile – Professional Skills, Competence and Knowledge

  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience in managing at a senior level in a similar environment.
  • 3rd Level Management/Leadership Qualification.
  • Knowledge of the role of community health services in the broader health service structure and its relationship with external agencies.
  • Detailed knowledge of the issues, developments and current thinking on best practice in relation to healthcare delivery and reform.
  • Knowledge and experience in relation to operations and project management.
  • Understanding of regulation, including HIQA and standards that apply to services delivered in the community.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the performance systems needed to manage in community health services.
  • Experience of managing a range of service supports.
  • Experience of managing effective interdisciplinary service and supports.
  • Leadership skills with the ability to adjust style and approach to maximise team and individual performance.
  • The skills to motivate others in the empowerment of the individuals being supported.
  • Ability to work effectively in partnership with a wide range of stakeholders.
  • Understanding of and commitment to the promotion of diversity, choice and equal opportunities.
  • Excellent IT & Report Writing skills.
  • Effective organisational and time management skills.
  • High level of Commercial acumen/Financial Management.
  • The requisite knowledge and ability (including a high standard of suitability and management ability) for the proper discharge of the duties of the office.


Candidate Profile – Operational Excellence – Managing and Delivering Results

  • A proven ability to prioritise, organise and schedule a wide variety of tasks and to manage competing demands and tight deadlines while consistently maintaining high standards and positive working relationships.
  • Strong evidence of excellent planning and implementation of programmes of work.
  • A capacity to negotiate and then ensure delivery on objectives.
  • Strong focus on achieving high standards of excellence and measurement of performance.
  • Track record in effective planning and management of resources and financial budgets.
  • Track record in managing change.
  • Promote accountability and transparency in the administration of the service.
  • A proven commitment to delivering a safe and quality service.
  • Experience of adopting systems and approaches in line with good practice and external regulation.


Candidate Profile – Critical Analysis and Decision Making 

  • The ability to rapidly assimilate and analyse complex information; considering the impact of decisions before taking action and anticipating challenges.
  • Have the ability to consider the range of options available, involve other parties at the appropriate time and level to make balanced and timely decisions.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and application of evidence based decision making practices and methodologies.
  • Experience of leading Projects to completion within defined time-frames and budget.


Candidate Profile – Leadership and Direction/Influencing to achieve 

  • Capacity to lead, organise and motivate teams to the confident delivery of excellent services and service outcomes.
  • Effective leadership in a challenging and busy environment including a track record of innovation / improvements.
  • Significant experience in supervision, appraisal and professional development of staff with the ability to motivate others and form good working relationships.
  • The capacity for management responsibility and demonstration of initiative, including decision making.
  • Demonstrate team building and management skills including the ability to work collaboratively with multi-disciplinary/ multi-sectoral team members.
  • Promote change and continuously strive to improve the quality and efficiency of all aspects of the change agenda.


Candidate Profile – Building and Maintaining Relationships – Communication 

  • Excellent interpersonal and communications skills to facilitate work with a wide range of individuals and groups.
  • A track record of building and maintaining key internal and external relationships in achieving organisational goals.
  • The ability to lead, direct and influence multiple stakeholders and ensure buy-in to plans and their implementation.
  • An ability to influence and negotiate effectively in furthering the objectives of the role.
  • Keep the CoAction Board fully informed of all Key Metrics


Candidate Profile – Personal Commitment and Motivation 

  • Be driven by the values, aims and ethos of the organisation.
  • Demonstrate a service centred approach to provision of health and personal social services.
  • Be capable of coping with competing demands without a diminution in performance.
  • Maintain a calm and controlled style across all situations.
  • Take responsibility for their own health, well-being and work-life balance.
  • Demonstrate flexibility and perseverance.


For further information on this role, please contact Conor Harty at Harty Search & Selection;

Office – 061-414533