Appointment of a Deputy Chief Commissioner

Belfast (County)
Remuneration will be in the range of £61,152 - £64,779
21 Sep 2020
09 Oct 2020
Contract Type
Full Time
Job Level

Appointment of a Deputy Chief Commissioner

The Department of Justice (DoJ) is seeking to appoint a Deputy Chief Commissioner to The Planning and Water Appeals Commissions (PACWAC).

The Planning Appeals Commission and Water Appeals Commission are Tribunal Non-Departmental Public Bodies sponsored by the DoJ and are administratively supported by the Northern Ireland Courts and Tribunals Service. They have a range of statutory functions relating to planning and environmental matters.

The Deputy Chief Commissioner is one of the most senior sources of professional expertise in the Commissions. The post holder must lead, direct and fully understand the work of the Commissions. The post requires strong decision making skills and a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of planning policy and legislation as it is applied within a tribunal context. It is a highly pressurised role which requires personal commitment and drive for the achievement of results.

This is a full-time, permanent appointment.

The Commissions are currently located at Park House, Belfast and it is the normal office location for the Deputy Chief Commissioner.

Remuneration will be in the range of £61,152 - £64,779 (currently under review) per annum. The Deputy Chief Commissioner also receives a 5% responsibility allowance.

This competition may be used to fill this vacancy should it arise again in the next 12 months.

For more detailed information on the position, the selection criteria and how to apply, please go to

Alternatively you can request an application pack by contacting:

HRConnect, PO Box 1089, The Metro Building, 6-9 Donegall Square South, Belfast, BT1 9EW. Telephone: 0800 1 300 330.Email:

All requests must include your name, address and reference number IRC258751.

The material will also be made available, on request, in alternative formats such as Braille, large print, audio etc.  All reasonable adjustments will be made to accommodate the needs of applicants/candidates with a disability. 

Completed application forms must be returned to arrive not later than 12:00 noon (UK time) on Friday 9th October 2020.

It is anticipated that interviews will be held in Belfast on the 24th and 25th November 2020.

Equality of Opportunity: The Department is committed to the principle of appointments based on merit with independent assessment, openness and transparency of process. The Department is also committed to equality of opportunity and welcomes applications from all suitably qualified applicants irrespective of religious belief, gender, race, political opinion, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or whether or not they have dependants.

We particularly welcome applications from men, people with a disability, those from ethnic minorities and those from a Protestant community background as these groupings are currently under-represented within the Commission.