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Director, RCN Northern Ireland

Director, RCN Northern Ireland

Belfast, 35 hours, Permanent

£124,935 - £138,075 per annum (dependent on experience)

Ref: RCN01867

At the Royal College of Nursing, we’re an optimistic organisation. And we’ve got good reason to be. We all share the same voice when it comes to changing the shape of the health policies of the future. And as the largest trade union of nursing staff and students in the UK – with close to half a million members – all we can see are the infinite possibilities for a brighter future. Join us and you will too.

We're accredited with Investors in People Gold Standard. Our people are our greatest asset, and we want people who can contribute to our purpose in line with our values.

We are currently going through a period of great change; and with that change comes significant ambition and exciting opportunity.

Our nurses deserve the very best of champions. Nurses work on the front line of patient care. And those same nurses will feel better with you in this role. Because they’ll have an expert strategist, strong-willed leader, and champion of nursing behind them. As a member of the Executive Team with accountability for Northern Ireland, you will be responsible for developing, contributing and implementing the RCNs strategic direction determined by Council.

As our Director for Northern Ireland, you’ll work with the relevant UK leads and provide leadership in Northern Ireland on the delivery of quality assurance, business development and agility on all aspects of professional nursing expertise and trade union service.

You’ll be speaking for and supporting our members and providing professional resources to the wider Nursing community.

It's a job full of possibilities. You will be the negotiator who works with politicians, policy makers and employers to improve terms, conditions and governmental policies; and the ambassador who sets local and national care agendas. By improving education and standards you will strengthen the Nurses role and respect for the profession.

The ability to foster strong professional relationships and encourage close collaboration between departments is at the heart of this leadership role.

You’ll need significant experience of leadership at a senior management level and a current and active NMC registration. You’ll need to understand today’s challenges for nurses and have the gravitas to foster strong relationships, and the drive to make sure our nurses’ voices are heard.

To succeed at the Royal College of Nursing, all you need to do is think bigger, better, and brighter. And with an attitude like that, anything’s possible.

What we offer you

We expect you to look after our members. And we expect you to be rewarded for it. Our pay is highly competitive with annual leave up to 32 days plus bank holidays. We offer an impressive range of benefits, a broad range of learning development opportunities and an award-winning health and wellbeing programme.

Balancing work and life commitments is important to us as an organisation. We are a diverse organisation and understand everyone has different needs. Many of our employees enjoy flexible working enabling them to deliver results whilst having a good work life balance. We offer generous maternity, adoption, paternity, and shared parental leave packages.

As a result of our response to the COVID-19 pandemic we’re trialling blended office and home working to empower our people to do their best work recognising that, to give our best, we must be able to balance the demands of work and home.

Our selection process

Please submit a supporting statement demonstrating how you meet the criteria for this role. You may not be shortlisted if you don’t.

We want your experience applying for a job with us to be the best it can be. We’re having to be more flexible about how we hold interviews and assessments, most of which are held by video call. If you foresee any problems with accessing a computer, webcam, or internet connection for this, please do let us know in your supporting statement.

As a proud member of the Disability Confident employer scheme we actively encourage applications from people with disabilities.

Contact details

For more information or to arrange an informal discussion about the role, please contact Danielle Boyle, EA to the Chief Executive and General Secretary at

For more information on the Recruitment & Selection process, please contact

Closing date: 17 July 2022.

If we receive many applications after a week of advertising, this vacancy may close earlier.

Assessment & interview date: To be confirmed.

Director, RCN Northern Ireland

Royal College of Nursing
Belfast, UK
£124,935 - £138,075 per annum (dependent on experience)

Published on 30 Jun 2022

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