Corporate Employee Relations Advisor – Grade VII **Updated Criteria**

 Salary:  See Description for Details
Other   Permanent
Closing Date: 08/03/2021 Closing Time: 12:00
Recruitment start: 11/02/2021


Job Summary

The Child and Family Agency was established on 1st January 2014 and is responsible for improving wellbeing and outcomes for children. It represents the most comprehensive reform of services for the development, welfare and protection of children and the support of families ever undertaken in Ireland. It is an ambitious move which brings together some 4,000 staff who were previously employed within Children and Family Services of the Health Service Executive, the National Educational Welfare Board and the Family Support Agency.


The Child and Family Agency has responsibility for the following range of services:

  • Child Welfare and Protection Services, including family support services
  • Family Resource Centres and associated national programmes
  • Early years (pre-school) Inspection Services
  • Educational Welfare responsibilities including School completion programmes and Home School Liaison
  • Domestic, sexual and gender based violence services
  • Services related to the psychological welfare of children
  • Adoption & Alternative Care


Further information is available on www.tusla.ie

Corporate Employee Relations Services in TUSLA responds to the wider National Service Developments in the Agency. The Grade VII ER Advisor post will support Corporate Employee Relations, in its development of policy and its strategic work. The post holder will provide direct support to the Corporate Employee Relations Management Team and also provides Employee Relations support and guidance to the Agency’s National, Corporate & Regional HR Services in the delivery of an advisory service, in line with legislation, government policy and best practice in Employee Relations.

Job Objectives

Main Duties and Responsibilities:


The position of Grade VII Employee Relations Advisor, will encompass both management and administrative responsibilities which include the following;


  • Provide a high level of support to the Corporate Employee Relations Management Team.
  • Provide a high level of ER support and advice to National, Corporate and Regional HR.
  • Lead out on the development, implementation and management of a Corporate Employee Relations Advisory Service.  Provide expert ER advice on the Agency’s policies, procedures and employment legislation.  Complex employment matters will be referred to the ER management team for consideration, and the issuing of policy directions, required. 
  • Lead and contribute to strategic / operational projects and initiatives to include a Toolkit of Corporate ER standardised template documents and communications etc.
  • Conduct research and ensure the Agency’s compliance with appropriate standards, employment law and support current and up-to-date advice in line with Legislation, Policy and relevant Case Law.
  • Collate and compile ER statistical data in order to compile information on trends in relation to employment matters, to support the Agency and all relevant stakeholders  for the purpose of making evidence based  business decisions.
  • Participate on Working Groups, where appropriate.
  • Initiate and lead out on quality improvement projects.
  • Supervise and provide development support to the ER Department’s administrative team and ensure an effective service is maintained.
  • Provide cover for the Corporate Employee Relations Managers as required.
  • Assess and analyse compliance with relevant National and EU legislative obligations.
  • Maintain own knowledge of relevant regulations and legislation e.g. HSE Financial Regulations, Health & Safety legislation, Employment legislation and Case Law etc.
  • Pursue continuous professional development in order to develop management expertise and professional knowledge.
  • Contribute to the development and review of HR policies and procedures.
  • Deal with and advise on industrial relations matters and support a harmonious employee relations climate through a partnership approach.
  • Initiate continuous ER improvement and quality assurance across the Agency.
  • Collaborate with other organisations to develop good practice in the management of ER across the Agency and manage the relationship with shared service providers in accordance with the Memorandum of Understanding.

Education and Training

  • Participate in mandatory training programmes.
  • Pursue continuous professional development in order to develop professional knowledge and keep updated with current and relevant HR legislation.
  • Identify educational and training needs of the administrative team.

Health & Safety

  • Comply with and contribute to the development of policies, procedures, guidelines and safe professional practice and adhere to relevant legislation, regulations and standards.
  • Have a working knowledge of the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) Standards as they apply to the service for example National Standards for Child Protection and Care and comply with associated Tusla – Child and Family Agency protocols for implementing and maintaining these standards as appropriate to the role.
  • To support, promote and actively participate in sustainable energy, water and waste initiatives to create a more sustainable, low carbon and efficient health service.

The above Job Description is not intended to be a comprehensive list of all duties involved and consequently, the post holder may be required to perform other duties as appropriate to the post which may be assigned to him/her from time to time and to contribute to the development of the post while in office. 

Skills Required

Applicants must by the closing date of application have the following:

  • Candidates must be in employment with Tusla – Child and Family Agency, the HSE or within other statutory health agencies, or a body which provides services on behalf of the HSE under Section 38 of the Health Act 2004 or within a body that provides services on behalf of Tusla under Section 56 or Section 59 of the Child and Family Act 2013.
  • Have at least 2 years’ administrative experience in a designated office within the services mentioned above.

  • A minimum of 2 years’ experience working in Human Resources and/or Employee Relations relevant to the role to include excellent knowledge of employment legislation, HR policies/procedures and a proven ability to manage and deliver effective HR/ER strategies.
  • Experience of managing staff and supporting the professional development of staff to deliver a high quality service.
  • A proven record of delivering change, working in a complex environment through strong interpersonal and communication abilities.
  • Experience of achieving results through engagement with multiple internal and external stakeholders and competing demands as relevant to the role.
  • Have the requisite knowledge and 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.

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