Navigation Policy and Support Officer Vacancy


Navigation Policy and Support Officer Vacancy

Irish Lights is currently recruiting for an experienced Navigation Policy and Support Officer. Reporting to the Navigation Services Manager (NSM), the Navigation Policy and Support Officer (NPSO) is a mid-senior role requiring excellent analytic, organisation, communication, teamwork and interpersonal skills. The role is client facing and requires someone who is comfortable liaising with stakeholders. These stakeholders include the maritime and government sectors (including fishing industry & leisure sectors, ports, harbours, county councils, government departments, wider energy sector including maritime research & development, SAR community, Irish Coastguard, UK MCA etc.) to determine their specific needs, concerns, and viewpoints, as well as delivering the key strategic messages of Irish Lights. In this regard, the role includes the opportunity to represent Irish Lights at meetings in Ireland, UK and further afield from time to time. 

A key part of the role is to review and evaluate policies and legislation, nationally and internationally, in the context of Irish Lights strategy and the Irish & UK maritime space, to determine the benefits and impact of any changes in these policies and to make specific recommendations. Existing knowledge of key policy areas for Irish Lights is advantageous, including marine, navigation, safety, planning and environment. Previous interaction with national and international organisations such as Government departments, EU, IALA, IMO is an advantage. Previous experience of the 3rd level university R&D sector is also desirable. 

In addition, the NPSO assists with preparation of Board and departmental reports, navigation assessments for Foreshore Licence/Aquaculture applications and statutory sanctions, as well as supporting ship superintendence and survey requirements. 

Five years post-primary degree experience in a relevant field is required. Previous maritime experience is desirable for not essential. The role may suit someone with a senior policy analyst, legislative or marine research/R&D background with a passion for the marine and ensuring safety for all at sea. A high level of attention to detail is required. 

The role is both rewarding and challenging, requiring a flexible approach, which is reciprocated by Irish Lights. The role involves some travel. 

Please click here to view the Candidate Briefing Pack for further information on the role and the requirements. 

The closing date for applications is close of business 24 September 2021. Please apply by sending a CV and cover letter to Human Resources at   Please view Irish Lights Job Applicant Privacy Notice on the Vacancies page.

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