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Closing Date: 28 September 2023

Deputy Secretary General - The Department of Justice

The Department of Justice has overall responsibility for public policy in respect of criminal justice, public safety, civil and family law, national security, immigration and data protection. The Department employs c. 2,700 people directly and has responsibility for the Justice sector, comprising 25,000 staff and a budget of over €3 billion.

The Deputy Secretary General in the Civil Justice Pillar supports and deputises for the Secretary General and is responsible for: 

      Directing a programme of reform and modernisation in civil justice, with the aim of promoting access to justice, taking forward the Government’s legislative programme and reforming civil law, meeting international obligations, and developing and advising on policy in the civil justice and immigration area generally. 

      Overseeing the development and implementation of strategic and legislative measures to promote a fair, balanced, responsive and compassionate immigration system, working closely with a wide range of Government and civil society actors. 

The successful candidate will have:

Ø  A proven record of accomplishment as a leader and senior manager, leading teams in a large or complex organisation; 

Ø  A strong track record in leadership and delivery of change, including of culture, in a complex organisation within a constantly changing and frequently pressured environment;

Ø  A proven capacity to provide sound advice to Ministers, steering a strategic direction, and understanding how the responsibilities under his/her remit impact the wider public policy and political context;

Ø  The capacity to negotiate and deliver on matters of national strategic importance and public policy and relate effectively to the political process and environment in driving Government priorities in legislation, policy and transformational change in the Justice sector; 

Ø  A track record in developing and presenting major policy options, securing political agreement to them and taking them forward; 

Ø  The ability to deal effectively at the highest level with a range of state and international bodies and with relevant interest groups and organisations.

This is a Top Level Appointments Committee (TLAC) position.

The closing date for receipt of completed applications is 3pm on Thursday 21 September, 2023.

If you feel you would benefit from a confidential discussion about this opportunity, please contact Karan Nesbitt at

We are committed to a policy of equal opportunity and encourage applications under all nine grounds of the Employment Equality Act.

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