Open Competition: Learning & Development Specialist (Higher Executive Officer)

The Probation Service is an executive agency within the Department of Justice. We play an important role in helping to reduce the level of crime and to increase public safety by working with offenders to help change their behaviour and make good the harm done by crime. We are the lead agency in the assessment and management of offenders in our community.

The Probation Service is holding an open competition for the appointment of Learning & Development Specialist (Higher Executive Officer).

Location: Haymarket, Smithfield, Dublin 7

Closing date: 5pm, Friday 16 February 2024


To apply, please submit a current CV (of not more than 2 pages) and a cover letter of no more than 1 page outlining your experience relevant to the role to [email protected]. The email should be entitled "HEO L&D – candidates name".


The Role

The Learning and Development Specialist will work as part of the Learning and Organisational Development Unit in the Probation Service. As part of the brief, the successful candidate will work closely with colleagues from across the organisation to prioritise the learning and professional development opportunities for all staff grades at both an individual level and at a team level.  Through innovation, the Learning & Development Specialist will have the opportunity to develop e-learning and asynchronous programmes to ensure the organisation has the right people with the right skills, capability and capacity to confidently deliver effective probation services to those referred by the courts and subject to imprisonment / detention. 


Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Develop, plan and provide learning and development initiatives for the Probation Service and relevant stakeholders in line with strategy, organisational development, and employee needs.
  • Conduct Training Needs Analysis across the organisation identifying training needs and developing plans in place to address the gaps ensuring all statutory and required training needs are met.
  • Contribute to the accreditation and endorsement process for training and education programmes.
  • Work in collaboration and consultation with the senior management and line managers to ensure training need assessments are conducted regularly and meet the operational needs of the organisation.
  • Work collaboratively with stakeholders to ensure programmes are meeting overall organisation needs.
  • Manage learning and development projects and processes as appropriate.
  • Contribute to and develop the strategic planning process for learning and development.
  • Support continuous professional development plans for Probation Service staff.
  • Review and evaluate learning and development interventions to continuously improve and ensure quality of content and delivery.
  • Design and deliver training and learning content that is accessible and representative for both neuro diverse and neuro typical learners
  • Work with education and programme providers and other relevant stakeholders in relation to learning and development.
  • Design and deliver ‘Train the Trainer’ programmes as appropriate and provide feedback to trainers delivering instructor-led programmes and onsite train-the-trainer sessions.
  • Contribute to research in learning and development.
  • Design and deliver training as appropriate and produce learning materials as required.
  • Design and deliver effective learning and development and information workshops for Line Managers.
  • Support the continuous improvement of learning and development programmes by keeping updated with best practices, new trends and developments in the area of Learning and adult education.
  • Provide regular reports on activity and qualitative information of service planning, design evaluation and delivery  and other matters as required Manage procurement process as required
  • Ensure efficient administration in area of responsibility.
  • Undertake necessary personal up-skilling to enhance learning and development.


Key Benefits of Role

  • Competitive compensation: the salary scale for this post is €53,955 - €67,951
  • Access to Civil Service Wellbeing and Employee Assistance Programme
  • Access to the Single Public Service Pension Scheme
  • Blended Working Policy
  • Access to other employee schemes such as Cycle to Work, Tax Saver Commuter Schemes, Career Break Scheme in the Civil Service, Flu Vaccinations at Work, etc.
  • Family Friendly Work Policies


For further details about this open competition, please see the information booklet:


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