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Civil Service - Assistant Principal

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Civil Service - Assistant Principal
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€65 - 83 
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Last Updated: April, 2015

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A senior role that involves managing large teams, handling projects and budgets, strategic management and helping to develop government policies.

The Work header image

Assistant Principals commonly head up a specific policy development, business planning, regulatory or service delivery unit within their Department.

Specific duties and responsibilities of the Assistant Principal role include:

  • Participating in the development of national economic, social and business strategies and policies
  • Advising top management on the practical implications of key business decisions and proposals
  • Translating high-level decisions into practical programmes of action
  • Providing appellate functions where members of the public can make appeals against administrative decisions, such as in the various Ombudsman offices
  • Participating on national committees and
  • Representing the State on international organisations.

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Strategic Thinking - Contributes to the shaping of strategy and policy development in own area of responsibility, consistent with the strategies of the Department/ Government.

Contextual Awareness - Identifies and keeps up to date on key departmental, sectoral, national and international policies and economic, political and social trends that affect own role.

Analysis/ Problem Solving - The ability to rapidly assimilate information, discriminate between relevant and irrelevant information, and to see through to the core issues.You must haYo

Decision Making & Judgment - Uses sound judgment in coming to conclusions and in communicating with others.


Interpersonal Effectiveness - This area has to do with managing critical relationships and the ability to relate effectively with a diverse range of people internal and external to the department.

Communication - Makes an impact through fluent and articulate communication skills.


Planning & Managing Resources - Ensures that objectives are met by translating overall strategy into meaningful objectives that demonstrate a clear understanding of what is required and that others can relate to.

Managing & Developing People - Provides others with clear guidelines and indication of expectations. Sets high standards and monitors and supports in order to ensure delivery. Delegates wisely, inspires, motivates and challenges others to perform to their potential.

Commitment to Quality Results - Initiates and takes personal responsibility for delivering results on key work activities, even in difficult situations. Is willing to take control of situations and is visibly involved.


Flexibility & Change Orientation - Implements change taking a solution-focused and creative approach to dealing with problems. Identifies barriers to change and works to overcome them.

Initiative - Is capable of proactively identifying and implementing appropriate improvements /changes in own area of responsibility.

Full details of the specific PAS competency requirements for Assistant Principal are available here.

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Assistant Principals are recruited both internally as a progression step up through the Civil Service, and externally, through open competition via

Following the lift of the moratorium, the Civil and Public Service are recruiting at various levels. Check for current vacancies. You may register a profile on the public jobs website and set up job alerts on your profile. You will then be notified of vacancies as they arise.

Last Updated: April, 2015

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Organisation: Public Appointments Service
  Address: Chapter House, 26/30 Abbey Street Upper, Dublin 1
  Tel: (01) 858 7400 or Locall: 1890 44 9999
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Organisation: Association of Higher Public and Civil Servants (AHPCS)
  Address: Fleming's Hall, 12 Fleming's Place, Dublin 4
  Tel: (01) 668 6077
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