Communications Officer - Housing Agency

Applications are being sought from the Housing Agency to fill the post of Communications Officer, on a two year fixed term contract.

Company Housing Agency
Location 53 Mount Street Upper, Dublin 2
Apply by 29 August 2018
Position / Title Communications Officer
Contract Type Two year fixed term contract
How To Apply
  • Applications should be submitted via email to Turn on Javascript!
  • Each applicant should submit a covering letter outlining the reasons they believe they are suitable for this role, and a completed Housing Agency Application Form. Applicants will be short-listed based on the information supplied
  • The application form is available on the Agency website at www.housingagency.ie
  • Incomplete or late applications will not be accepted.

Should the person recommended for appointment decline, or having accepted the position relinquish it or if any additional vacancy arises, the Agency may, at its discretion, select and recommend another person for appointment on the results of the selection process.

Background and Role Summary

The Housing Agency is a statutory body established under the aegis of the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government. The Agency provides Local Authorities and Approved Housing Bodies (AHBs) with high quality advice and support on the delivery of housing and housing services. We provide a broad range of services including: 

  • Housing Supply and Mortgage Support Services
  • Housing Regulation
  • Research Services
  • Procurement and Projects
  • Shared and Centralised Services

Further information on the Housing Agency is available at www.housingagency.ie.

Applications are now sought to fill the post of Communications Officer, on a two year fixed term contract.  The Housing Agency is in the process of developing a new Communications Strategy, and this role will include the delivering of the strategy through the duties outlined below.   The duties of the post are to come under the general direction and control of the Chief Executive Officer or Director who may from time to time determine, such appropriate duties as required by the Housing Agency.  The post will require out of core hours from time to time.

Main Duties  

  • Implementation of the Agency’s Communications Strategy and Plan
  • Media monitoring and analysis 

  • Media liaison support to the Agency, through co-ordination of material and reply to day 
to day media queries, and drafting of press releases 

  • Brand management for all communications 

  • Manage the content and production of literature and information materials for the Agency 


  • Expand the range of digital communication tools used by the Agency, including social and digital media, in a cost-effective way 

  • Develop and maintain the Agency’s website
  • Prepare and issue eNewsletter updates to stakeholders (local authorities, approved housing bodies, department officials, academics) on the Agency’s work 

  • Prepare the Annual Report and other communication literature and presentations about 
the role and function of the Agency 

  • Event Management 

  • Provide communications support for Agency events (conferences, seminars etc), as required 

  • Assist with internal communications (CEO updates, organising staff briefings) 

  • Provide information to the public 

  • Undertake other specific functions as required by the Housing Agency from time to time.
  • Measurement and evaluation of key Agency Activities 

  • Budget Management 


Specialist Skills – Essential

  • Have a relevant 3rd Level qualification in Communications, Public Relations, Political Science, Marketing or other relevant field
  • A minimum of three years’ experience in a similar role

Competencies required 

  • Communication Skills – communicates in a fluent, logical, clear and convincing manner, verbally and in writing
  • Delivery of Results – manages and progresses multiple projects and work activities successfully
  • Decision Making – takes account of any broader issues and related implications when making decisions
  • Interpersonal Skills – builds and maintains relationships with key stakeholders to promote and advance the aims of the Housing Agency
  • Specialist Knowledge – knowledge of media, media relations and internal communications along with an understanding of the various audiences and key stakeholders of the Agency.

Salary Scale  

€48,209 - €49.962 - €51,716 - €53,473 - €55,231 – €56,986 - €58,744 - €60,492 – €62,255 - €64,006

LSI 1 - €66,025

LSI 2 - €67,014

New entrants will be appointed on the first point of the scale in line with government policy.  Different terms and conditions may apply if immediately before appointment you are a currently serving civil/public servant.

Closing date: WEDNESDAY, 29th AUGUST 2018 AT 12.00 NOON

Application Procedure

  • Applications should be submitted via email to Turn on Javascript!
  • Each applicant should submit a covering letter outlining the reasons they believe they are suitable for this role, and a completed Housing Agency Application Form. Applicants will be short-listed based on the information supplied
  • The application form is available on the Agency website at www.housingagency.ie
  • Incomplete or late applications will not be accepted.

Should the person recommended for appointment decline, or having accepted the position relinquish it or if any additional vacancy arises, the Agency may, at its discretion, select and recommend another person for appointment on the results of the selection process.


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