Chief Executive Officer


The Discovery Programme
63 Merrion Square
Dublin Dublin 2 , DB
53° 20' 18.7872" N, 6° 14' 57.2856" W
Dublin IE
Friday, February 1, 2013

The Discovery Programme is inviting applications for the position of Chief Executive Officer.

Closing date for applications is 1st February at 5pm and interviews will be held on 25th February 2013.

Please see the following job description for further information and contact details.

Job Title: Chief Executive Officer

Salary: €65,185

Job Location: Dublin, Ireland

Contract type: 3 year full-time, pensionable, fixed term contract (renewable). The initial probation period is 6 months.

Responsible to and for: The CEO will report directly to the Chairperson and Directorate. Along with the Chairperson he/she will be the chief representative of the organisation.

Other working relationships: The CEO will be the overall manager and co-ordinator of the staff and assets of the organisation. He/she will be the primary spokesperson and communicator for the organisation.  He/she will also be expected to foster excellent working relationships with Government/State bodies and other organisations involved in the sector.

Job summary

The Discovery Programme is a publicly funded institution for advanced research in Irish archaeology. Its sole activity is to engage in full-time archaeological and related research, in order to deepen our understanding of Ireland’s past. Other significant objectives are to communicate the results of that research, as appropriate, to scholars and the general public, and to promote the introduction of new technologies and techniques into Irish archaeology.  The Chief Executive shall have overall responsibility for advising the Directorate and Council, helping the two bodies to arrive at informed decisions and overseeing their implementation. The CEO shall develop and manage strategic plans and work programmes for the Discovery Programme.

Job content

-The CEO will steer the institution to be a leader in advanced archaeological research.

-The CEO will identify and secure additional funding sources, business opportunities and collaborations in order to deliver projects as efficiently as possible.

-The CEO shall ensure the effective management of the Discovery Programme including the staff, human resource and financial functions. He/she will be the chief accounting officer and Company Secretary for the organisation.

-He/she will be the general manager of the day-to-day business of the Discovery Programme.

-He/she will be responsible for planning, monitoring and managing internal projects, departments and administrative systems.

-He/she will lead and coordinate project planning – including future research, progress reporting and troubleshooting and will be responsible for keeping the Chairperson and Directorate informed of key issues.

-He/she will be responsible for ensuring that all budgetary and legal requirements are complied with.

-He/she will be responsible for drafting all official policy documents, the annual report and media communications.


Person Specification

Qualifications: A higher degree in archaeology or an appropriate sector/discipline is essential.


-Experience of management within a research environment.

-Experience in organising and leading project teams.

-Proven ability to work effectively with senior management.

-Knowledge of current philanthropic trends and proven ability to fundraise.

-Experience of managing projects/programmes which operate at a range of scales from local to international.

-A proven research publication record and experience of the research publication process.

Knowledge & skills:

-An understanding of current and future research methods within archaeology.

-Strong presentation skills with the ability to articulate clearly on behalf of the company

-Ability to impart information clearly and concisely in verbal and visual form, using all available channels, both formal and informal and to actively listen to responses.

-Ability to manage business and collaborative relationships and engage in direct cultivation of major prospects (individuals, corporations and foundations).

-Knowledge of current legislation regulating the sector.

-Knowledge of Microsoft Office Applications (PowerPoint, Excel, Word, Outlook)

Personal qualities & professional expertise:

-Influencing/Leadership: The presence, gravitas and capacity to persuade others of the need for change and the ability to make positive changes in professional practice.

-The capacity, with credibility, to convince and encourage all stakeholders to adopt an effective approach in the management and resolution of issues.

-The capacity to project manage and deliver results, with the ability to lead, motivate and direct staff and work in a team environment.-

-The capacity to advocate strongly for the organisation and communicate with clarity the value of archaeological research to society.

-Strategic Thinking: The ability to link long-term visions and concerns to contemporary issues and priorities.


Further Information

Contact: Anthony Corns

The Discovery Programme, 63 Merrion Square, Dublin 2, Ireland

Tel:  +353 1 639 3039

Fax: +353 1 639 3710



Closing date for applications 01 February 13 at 17:00 GMT

Interviews will take place on 25 February 13 

Institution or Company offering position: 
The Discovery Programme
Contact Name: 
Aoife Kane
+353 1 639 3039