Circle Housing Association Vacanies

Circle Voluntary Housing Senior Development Officer 

Closing Date 10th May 2019

To apply for the position applications can be Aisling Flynn via email to with CV and Cover letter.


Role: Senior Development Officer
Location: Phoenix House, Castle Street, Dublin
Reporting to: Senior Development Team Lead
Contract: Permanent Contract
Salary: €52,434 - €68,384
Grade: Grade 4
Probation: 6 months
Role: Senior Development Officer
Location: Phoenix House, Castle Street, Dublin
Reporting to: Senior Development Team Lead
Contract: Permanent Contract
Salary: €52,434 - €68,384
Grade: Grade 4
Probation: 6 months
Hours: 37.5 hours per week over 5 days
Leave: 25 days
Pension: Available after 6 months’ probation
The post requires a valid driving licence and the use of a car for business purposes. Mileage Allowance
Operates. Class 1 Insurance is required.
CVHA has been a leading provider of social housing in Ireland since 2006 and now manages and/ or
owns approx. 1,700 homes in Dublin and surrounding counties. Currently employing 30+ staff, we have an
ambitious growth programme in response to the need for more housing for those who cannot afford to
provide their own. Our vision is to make a difference by providing quality housing to those in housing
The core responsibilities of the position are to support the delivery of the annual development programme
arising particularly from the Circle VHA Development Strategy 2018 – 2020. The role will involve assisting
and leading as appropriate in the identification, assessment of new potential housing developments, and
project management of new and existing business opportunities, utilising current and evolving sectoral
funding mechanisms. The role will include project management of new developments and transactions.
The Senior Development Officer reports the Head of Development.
Main functions of the post:
Senior Development Officer Role Responsibilities:
  • To provide project and transaction management supports to the Head of Development and Senior  Management Team in the implementation of a housing development strategy as approved by the Board. This will entail liaising with relevant personnel in the Local Authority sector, with Developers, Estate Agents, Designers and Cost Consultants regarding the feasibility and progressions of housing development options.
  • To assist, and lead as appropriate, the Head of Development, with the identification of development sites and acquisition opportunities, preparing feasibility and economic appraisals for review and presentation to the Circle VHA Senior Management Team.
  • Assist, and lead as appropriate, the Development Manager or designate on stakeholder and Housing provider business relationship development and ongoing management.
  • To lead in the identification of development sites and acquisition opportunities, preparing, and managing the timely preparation of feasibility and economic appraisals for review and presentation
  • to the Circle VHA Senior Management Team.
  • Manage & support the team in the ongoing undertaking of property searches and property market  availability reviews against key provision criteria to assist in overall and specific outturn strategies, such as Expressions of Interest or Call for Proposal announcement from Strategic Partner andFunding Agencies.
  • Lead on the building and retention of up to date data and surveillance on local constituent areas, and wider market trends in relation to property costs and availability, construction price indices,funding, planning applications and Developer/NAMA led site acquisitions, development proposals and disposals
  • Conduct and lead upon acquisition, leasing, new build and turnkey schemes through ascertaining the end user profile and project parameters in consultation with Local Authorities and other key stakeholders.
  • Overseeing, monitoring and supporting the team on highly effective due diligence application,administration and project management of acquisition transactions, leasing and all new developments,
  • Providing key company representation as required in new business development opportunities and meetings with Housing Providers and Developers
  • To support team preparation in consideration of scope of work brief to consultants on given projects.
  • To conduct periodic reviews of Consultants admitted to the Circle VHA Consultant Procurement Framework and assist in development of new function framework development requirements.
  • To lead on the development of business cases for Senior Management Team, Development Sub Committee and Board consideration as appropriate.
  • Represent the Company as a liaison with the Irish Council for Social Housing, Housing Allianc and other representative bodies in attendance at meetings and workings groups as appropriate.
  • To ensure transactional and project compliance on new projects with the various statutory regulations in force, funding Scheme technical specifics and standards, DHPLG memoranda and circular provisions, and EU public procurement requirements.
  • Contributing to the effective delivery of a Quality Service through the formulation, review and proper implementation of policies and procedures and to keep abreast of changes in relevant legislation.
  • To be aware of, and act in accordance with up to date Statutory Instruments, Building and planning regulations, including Health & Safety Acts and the General Application Regulations of same.
  • To lead on monitoring and reporting on transaction/project capital expenditure, ensuring budgets are met.
  • To have management oversight of team development of project budget forecasts and timescale projections on new development initiatives.
  • To represent the Company in negotiations to approved thresholds and delegated responsibility.
  • To produce periodic Senior Management Team/Development Sub Committee/Board reports, and lead on effective team project updates and status report production and maintenance.
  • Oversee administration of records and files to a high standard, ensuring contract procedures are adhered to at all times.
  • To undertake any other occasional duties which are consistent with the responsibilities of the post as directed.
This job description is not restrictive and will be subject to periodic review.
Education and Experience Requirements
  •  Relevant 3rd level qualification and at least 6 years’ experience in a construction, development,surveying, property or housing environment is essential.
  • Sectoral experience in provision of housing accommodation under Government Housing Policy as delivered through the Housing Agencies and Local Authorities, other Approved Housing Bodies would be a distinct advantage
  • Knowledge and experience of project and transaction management principles would be a distinct advantage
  • Previous experience of leadership and management is essential.
Knowledge and Skills Requirements
  • Full Clean Driving Licence
  • Awareness of current housing policy and social issues.
  • High degree of efficiency and ability to self-direct
  • Ability to work well within a team environment
  • Knowledge of up to date building, planning and construction regulations.
  • Knowledge and experience of conveyancing processes
  • Knowledge of development processes, construction and contract procedures
  • Computer literacy with experience that includes word-processing, spreadsheets, presentation packages, e-mail, electronic schedulers and internet.


  • Circle VHA Senior Management Team
  • Circle VHA Staff Team
  • External agencies, e.g., ICSGH, DHPLG, Local authorities, Company Solicitors, Estate Agents,
  • Design Team, Cost Consultants
  • Tenants
  • The post will require travel within Leinster
Key Competencies
  • Excellent communication Skills
  • Ability to use initiative
  • Budgetary Monitoring & Control skills
  • Ability to cope under pressure
  • Time Management Skills
  • Resourceful
  • Organisational Skills
  • Negotiation Skills
  • Problem Solving Skills
  • IT Skills [Word, Excel & PowerPoint]
  • Communication Skills
  • Brand integrity
  • Willingness to work outside normal office hours on occasions such as attending lunchtime,
  • evening & weekend meetings 37.5 hours per week over 5 days