Appointment of members to the Council for Catholic Maintained Schools (CCMS) and its Diocesan Education Committees (DECs)

The Department of Education (DE) has launched a public appointments competition to appoint four members to the CCMS Council along with four members to the Derry DEC and two members to each of the Armagh and Down and Connor DECs.

CCMS is a DE sponsored non-departmental public body, and is responsible for developing and promoting, in conjunction with the Trustees of Catholic maintained schools, quality education within the Catholic maintained sector. CCMS DECs are committees of CCMS which have responsibility for the Catholic maintained school sector. DECs provide advice to the CCMS Council regarding its policies and implementation and exercise many of the Council’s operational and representational responsibilities.  The member’s role is to contribute to the development of the CCMS’s strategy; ensuring that it is consistent with the Minister’s priorities and DE aims and objectives; to challenge and work for consensus in the decision making processes of the Council; and contribute to the work associated with the discharge of CCMS’s statutory functions.

The appointments are for up to four years, with the first term of appointment ending in November 2024 - to align with the appointment term of current members.

The posts are not remunerated; however members may claim travel and other expenses necessarily incurred while carrying out their CCMS/DEC duties.

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.

How to Apply

An application pack is available by contacting DE as follows:



Telephone:       (028) 9127 9461 or 9127 7684

By writing to:   Education Governance Team, Department of Education, 5th Floor, Rathgael House, 43 Balloo Road, Rathgill, Bangor, BT19 7PR.

If you require an application pack in a different format e.g. large print please contact us.

The closing date for receipt of applications is 4pm on Thursday 21 January 2021. 

CVs and late applications will not be accepted. Interviews are expected to be held during the period 8 – 19 March 2021.

The Department is committed to providing equality of opportunity and welcomes applications regardless of gender, age, marital status, disability, religion, ethnic origin, political opinion, sexual orientation or whether or not you have dependants. Applications are particularly welcome from women, people under 30 years of age, members of ethnic minorities and people with disabilities. 

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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