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Vacancy: Chairperson

Tallaght Drug & Alcohol Task Force

Vacancy: Chairperson

Tallaght Drug & Alcohol Task Force are seeking an independent (voluntary) Chairperson for their board.

 

Tallaght Drugs and Alcohol Task Force (TDATF) is one of 14 Local Drugs Task Forces set up in March 1997.   A key function of TDATF is to assess the nature and extent of alcohol and substance misuse in the area and to coordinate responses.  Membership of TDATF includes representatives from the statutory, community, voluntary and political sectors. Through a partnership approach TDATF provides oversight for the implementation of TDATF action plans, which co-ordinate all relevant alcohol and substance misuse programmes / initiatives in the local area.

The role of TDATF Chairperson is twofold: to lead the Task Force and, to facilitate its meetings.  It is important that the chairperson carries these out in an independent manner.

Key Responsibilities include:

  • To provide leadership to the board and to ensure that the board fulfil their duties and responsibilities for the proper governance of the Task Force*
  • To Chair meetings
  • Taking responsibility for helping everyone involved in the group to work well together towards achieving the Task Force’s aims;
  • Acting as spokesperson and representing the Task Force, as appropriate; including national fora
  • Helping the Task Force to develop policies and priorities and ensuring that it continues to operate to these;
  • Helping to resolve conflict; and making emergency decisions between meetings, where necessary, in accordance with procedures agreed by the Task Force.
  • To plan meetings and develop the agenda in conjunction with the Task Force Coordinator
  • To work in context with the Operational Guidelines of the Task Force, the TDATF Strategic Plan 2017 – 2020 and the National Drug & Alcohol Strategy “Reducing Harm, Supporting Recovery”

 

A full job specification is available from Grace Hill, Task Force Coordinator at 01 464 9303 or grace.hill@sdcpartnership.ie

To apply please send a C.V and cover letter for the attention of TDATF to

By email: grace.hill@sdcpartnership

By Post:

Tallaght Drug & Alcohol Task Force, South Dublin County Partnership

Block 3, County Hall, Belgard Square North, Tallaght, Dublin 24.

Closing date: Wednesday 28th February, 5pm

 

Web: http://www.tallaghtdatf.ie/

f: https://www.facebook.com/tallaghtdrugandalcoholtaskforce

 

About the Role

 

Tallaght Drug & Alcohol Task Force: seeking a new Chairperson

About TDATF

Tallaght Drugs and Alcohol Task Force (TDATF) is one of 14 Local Drugs Task Forces set up in March 1997.   2014 marked the addition of alcohol to TDATF’s remit.  TDATF facilitates an integrated response to alcohol and substance misuse in Tallaght and Whitechurch, South County Dublin.  A key function of TDATF is to assess the nature and extent of alcohol and substance misuse in the area and to coordinate responses.  Membership of TDATF includes representatives from the statutory, community, voluntary and political sectors. Through a partnership approach TDATF provides oversight for the implementation of TDATF action plans, which co-ordinate all relevant alcohol and substance misuse programmes / initiatives in the local area.  Effective partnership is key to the effective work of TDATF

TDATF Vision & Mission

Vision: The vision of TDATF is to be the central coordinating body in Tallaght and Whitechurch advocating on behalf of individuals, families and communities in relation to alcohol and substance misuse and related harm.

Mission: Our mission is to facilitate and coordinate the effective local implementation of national alcohol and substance misuse strategies.  We do this by:

  • Empowering families, communities and individuals to proactively address alcohol and substance misuse in the home, the community and their lives.
  • Providing up to date information and education on alcohol and substances – impacts, related harm, supports and services for individuals, families and communities in Tallaght and Whitechurch areas.
  • Leading interagency work and collaboration to best support individuals, families and communities in addressing their needs in relation to alcohol and substance misuse.
  • Facilitating services in the Tallaght and Whitechurch areas to work cohesively in responding to the needs of, individuals, families and communities impacted by alcohol and substance misuse through prevention, rehabilitation and family support programmes that reflect best practice.
  • Modelling effective governance and regularly reviewing TDATF structures/performance with a view to maintaining the highest standards of best practice to service the Tallaght and Whitechurch areas.

 

Nomination of independent chairperson

When the Task Forces were being established the Area Partnerships were asked to nominate the chairperson. Once established it was recognised that TDATF should play a central role in filling subsequent vacancies after a three year term is served.

The Role of Chairperson for Tallaght Drug & Alcohol Task Force

The chairperson’s role is twofold: firstly, to lead the Task Force and, secondly, to facilitate its meetings.  It is important that the chairperson carries these out in an independent manner.

Leading the Task Force:

The key responsibilities which arise here are:

  • To provide leadership to the board and to ensure that the board fulfil their duties and responsibilities for the proper governance of the Task Force*
  • To Chair meetings
  • Taking responsibility for helping everyone involved in the group to work well together towards achieving the Task Force’s aims;
  • Acting as spokesperson and representing the Task Force, as appropriate; including national fora in the context of the National Drug & Alcohol Strategy; “Reducing Harm, Supporting Recovery: A health-led response to drug and alcohol use in Ireland 2017 – 2025”
  • Helping the Task Force to develop policies and priorities and ensuring that it continues to operate to these;
  • Helping to resolve conflict; and making emergency decisions between meetings, where necessary, in accordance with procedures agreed by the Task Force.
  • To plan meetings and develop the agenda in conjunction with the Task Force Coordinator
  • To work in context with the Operational Guidelines of the Task Force and their Strategic Plan 2017 – 2020

*TDATF is a substructure of South Dublin County Partnership (SDCP) and all staff involved in the work of the Task Force are employed and managed by SDCP.  TDATF adheres to the organisational policies of SDCP and develops and adheres to evidence based policies which support the implementation of Task Force work, programmes and services.  We do this in line with best practice as guided by our funders.

 

Facilitating meetings:

This involves:

  • Helping members to work well together in discussing and deciding issues;
  • Encouraging all members to participate fully and ensuring that they are heard;
  • Suggesting ways of dealing with conflict and ensuring that it is not ignored;
  • Ensuring that members are aware of their responsibility to make meetings effective
  • Managing any conflicts of interest

Experience required – we are seeking a Chairperson who has:

  • Some knowledge (working knowledge preferable) of statutory, community and voluntary organisation work practices and some knowledge of the work of Drug & Alcohol Task Forces
  • An interest / passion for community development and the impacts of substance misuse within that
  • Experience of chairing meetings & dealing with conflict
  • An understanding of governance, planning and policy development
  • A track record of empathetic leadership in a community setting
  • An ability to work in partnership with multi stakeholders

Desirable Skills or Competencies

  • Demonstrate a knowledge of substance misuse related issues and their effects/influence on communities as well as individuals
  • Demonstrate some knowledge of the National Drug & Alcohol Strategy “A health-led response to drug & alcohol use in Ireland 2017 – 2025”
  • Demonstrate an understanding of interagency working
  • Computer Literacy e.g. word, email etc
  • Demonstrate good leadership skills
  • Display excellent communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to interact and network with all levels within and outside the organisation.
  • Demonstrate good decision making, problem solving and analytical skills necessary for spotting and implementing change.
  • Demonstrate ability to analyse reports

Role of Local Drugs Task Force Members

The Local Drugs Task Forces were given a key role by the Government in responding to the drug problem. Their composition reflects the need to ensure locally-based responses that complement existing or planned drug programmes and services.  In this context, the part played by individual Task Force members in representing their particular agencies or sectors is pivotal to the success of the initiative.

Commitment

The board of Tallaght Drug & Alcohol Task Force meets 7 times per year, meetings generally last 2 hours

The Executive committee of the Task Force meets 7 times per year, in advance of each Task Force meeting.  These meetings do not exceed 2 hours.

Working sub-groups of the Task Force all meet up to 7 times per year in advance of each Task Force meeting.  It is not essential for the Chairperson to attend these meetings but they may if they wish.

The Local Drug & Alcohol Chairpersons Network meets quarterly, usually in the City Centre

The Chairperson would be required to attend some special events & meetings on behalf of TDATF, on occasion.

Between meetings, review of correspondence (& response where relevant) is required, this is mostly done through email.

The working relationship between Task Force Chair and Coordinator is key to ensuring that work is carried out as appropriate, between meetings

Liaise with key stakeholders between meetings, particularly SDCP

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