Public appointments

The Minister for Communities is responsible for appointing individuals to the boards of many of the Department’s public bodies.

A public body is an organisation that delivers a public service, is not a government department and operates at arm’s length from Ministers.

Examples of such bodies with the Department for Communities include Libraries NI, the NI Housing Executive, Armagh Observatory and Planetarium, Historic Monuments Council and Ulster Supported Employment Ltd.

The Department is keen to encourage more people from different backgrounds, ages and communities to apply to become public appointees. It is committed to ensuring that appointments are based on merit with independent assessment, openness and transparency of process.

Current DfC vacancies

Useful information

You can find out more information on becoming a public appointee, including any other current vacancies on the nidirect website:

To find out how appointments to public bodies are regulated, the Commissioner for Public Appointments Northern Ireland website contains more information:

The All Aboard news-sheet published by The Executive Office provides information on vacancies that are expected to arise over the coming months. The latest version can be found at:

Contact DfC Public Appointments Unit

If you have any queries regarding public appointments or would like to register your interest in any upcoming vacancies please contact:


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