Appointment of a Chairperson to the Board of the Education Authority (EA)

The Department of Education (DE) has launched a public appointments competition to appoint a Chairperson to the Board of the Education Authority (EA).

The EA is a non-departmental body sponsored by the Department of Education. The EA is responsible for ensuring that efficient and effective pre-school, primary and secondary education and sufficient schools and educational services are delivered equitably across NI, are available to meet the needs of children and young persons and for ensuring the provision of efficient and effective youth services.  The role involves ensuring that the EA’s policies and actions support the NI Executive’s Programme for Government targets and the strategic policies of the Minister of Education, and that the EA’s affairs are conducted with regularity and probity and deliver value for money.

The appointment is for four years with an annual remuneration of between £50,000 and £60,000, and will be subject to negotiation within this range (plus relevant travel expenses).

Further details on the selection criteria, the role responsibilities and time commitment are set out in the Information Booklet which is part of the application pack.

An application pack is available to download below or can be obtained from the Department in the following ways:

Telephone:              (028) 9127 9461/7684


Website:                  Public Appointment Opportunties

In writing to:           Education Governance Team,

                                 Department of Education,

                                 5th Floor,

                                 Rathgael House,       

                                 43 Balloo Road,



                                 BT19 7PR


Application Packs can be made available in a different format e.g. large print. Requests for documents in alternative format can be made by contacting the Department as above. 

The closing date for receipt of completed applications is: 4.00pm on Thursday 10 September 2020.

Application pack Contents letter

Equal opportunities monitoring form

Application Form

Information Booklet

Probity & Conflicts of interest – Guidance for candidates

Criteria Based Selection – Guidance Note

Guidance on Conflict of interest, Integrity & how to raise a complaint

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