Competition to appoint Chair and Directors to the Board of NI Museums Council

Date published: 08 October 2020

A competition to appoint a new Chair and Directors to the Board of the NI Museums Council (NIMC) has been launched.

Competition to appoint Chair and Directors to the Board of NI Museums Council
Competition to appoint Chair and Directors to the Board of NI Museums Council

This is an open competition and applications are welcome from a wide range of people with an interest in public service.

Applications from women, ethnic minorities, young people and people with disabilities are particularly welcome.

NIMC covers a range of local museums such as the Armagh County Museum and the Linen Hall Library in Belfast and encourages a dynamic, inclusive and sustainable museum sector. Through initiatives such as the ‘Reimagine, Remake, Replay’ and ‘Dementia Friendly Museums’ projects, as well as its various grant programmes, the Council seeks to widen its outreach and enable new audiences to enjoy and engage with museums.

All applications for appointment are considered strictly on merit. The closing date for applications is 12 noon on Monday 26 October 2020. A Guaranteed Interview Scheme (GIS) will be used. The aim of the GIS is to provide applicants with a disability the opportunity to demonstrate their abilities beyond the initial application stage.

Further information, including an application pack, can be obtained at NI Direct or by e-mailing Public Appointments.

You can also contact the Department on the following: Telephone: 028 9081 9417, Text Relay Service: 18001 028 9081 9417.                            

Notes to editors: 

1. This is a competition to appoint a Chair and Directors to the Board of the Northern Ireland Museums Council. The appointments are all for a term of up to three years from 1 January 2021, with the final decision resting with the Minister for Communities.

2. The Chair and the Director positions are unpaid. However travel and subsistence allowances are payable in line with NI Civil Service rates. The time commitment for the Chair is approximately 12-14 days per year and a Director is likely to require the equivalent of at least four days and no more than eight days per year.

3. The appointments are made in accordance with the Code of Practice for Ministerial Public Appointments in NI in accordance with the requirement of the Commissioner for Public Appointments NI. All appointments are based on merit and political activity plays no part in the selection process. However, the Commissioner for Public Appointments for Northern Ireland requires the political activity of appointees to be published.

4. The Department for Communities is committed to the principle of public appointments based on merit with independent assessment, openness and transparency of process. The Department is committed to equality of opportunity and welcomes applications from all suitably qualified people irrespective of religious belief, gender, disability, ethnic origin, political opinion, age, marital status, sexual orientation or whether or not they have dependents. The Department particularly welcomes applications from women, young people, people from an ethnic minority and people with a disability for these positions as these groups are currently under-represented at Board level across NI.

5. Media enquiries to DfC Press Office on 028 9082 3516 or email: Press Office.

6. The Executive Information Service operates an out of hours service for media enquiries between 1800hrs and 0800hrs Monday to Friday and at weekends and public holidays. The Duty Press Officer can be contacted on 028 9037 8110.

7. Follow the Department on Twitter @CommunitiesNI

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