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Working at the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland


Current Job Vacancies

Position:    Chief Executive
Level:           Grade 5
Salary:         £74,912- £84,122
Hours:         37 per week
Location:    Belfast
Contract:   Permanent
Closing date: 12 noon on Friday 30 September 2022

For further information and to apply for this post go to

Do you have the skills and leadership qualities needed to be the next Chief Executive of the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland?

The Equality Commission for Northern Ireland is looking for an exceptional leader to be its new Chief Executive. This person will work alongside the Board of Commissioners as we help to create a more equal Northern Ireland, ultimately making a difference and improving the lives of everyone living here.

Geraldine McGaheyAs Northern Ireland’s equality body, established by the Northern Ireland Act 1998, we have a central role in the architecture of the protections against unlawful discrimination and the promotion of equality of opportunity. 

The Commission is an independent, expert and trusted public body. It has an important remit with a range of powers and duties.

As Chief Executive and Accounting Officer, you will be responsible for the success of the Commission, its management, and its day-to-day operations. You will be leading an organisation with an exceptional record, where good governance underpins all we do. An organisation that is highly regarded for its expertise, where staff are committed, motivated and experts in their respective fields. 

The new Chief Executive must share our passion and drive for promoting equality of opportunity for everyone in Northern Ireland and for building good relations across our society.

As Chief Executive, you will be a dynamic and impactful leader with a focus on outcomes and a proven record of working collaboratively, building strong and mutually beneficial relationships with all stakeholders. 

If you care deeply about an equal Northern Ireland, we would welcome your application. 

Further information is available online at

Good luck! 
Geraldine McGahey OBE 
Chief Commissioner

Making a difference!

Our staff are committed to building equality for all in Northern Ireland.  Seeing that they make a difference to the lives of real people is the main reason why people work for us.

Just the job!

The work we do is challenging, varied and interesting.  We offer a range of job roles from advice-giving to enforcement, all of them involve working with, and for, people. These roles include working in policy, research, legal, advice-giving, training, media relations, marketing, administration, human resources, finance and IT. 

A great place to work!

The Equality Commission promotes a friendly and flexible work environment, with a strong commitment to staff training, professional development and employee satisfaction.


The Commission offers an excellent range of employee benefits including contributory pension, cycle to work and car parking schemes, season commuter ticket loans, learning and development opportunities, childcare vouchers and a range of flexible working options. We are based in central Belfast and easily accessed by by bus, car and rail.

Equality of Opportunity

The Equality Commission is striving to ensure that all sections of the community have fair and equal access to employment in the Commission irrespective of age, disability, marital status, gender, race, religious or political belief or sexual orientation and whether or not applicants have dependents.

At present, members of the Protestant community are under-represented and consequently applicants from members of this community would be particularly welcome.

We are committed to the employment and career development of disabled people. All applicants with a disability who meet the essential requirements for these posts will be shortlisted. We also provide reasonable adjustments for applicant with disabilities.

Privacy and Data Protection

The Equality Commission is committed to respecting and protecting your information. We comply with data protection law and principles. Read our privacy policy

Further information

If you require further information or assistance please contact Human Resources on 02890500625 or email

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