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Members: 22 July 2022

Job Opportunity: Data Protection Officer at Tusla

Job Opportunity: Data Protection Officer at Tusla

Tusla, the Child and Family Agency, invites applications from suitably qualified people for the role of Data Protection Officer (DPO) within its Data Protection Unit (DPU).

Tusla is responsible for a range of statutory functions including the provision of child protection, alternative care, specified regulatory services and a range of family support services in Ireland. Join Tusla for a chance to work at the forefront of public sector data protection and right to privacy compliance. This role offers the unique opportunity to help shape the landscape of data protection in a dynamic and complex environment, and to make a positive difference to child and family services in Ireland.

Working in Tusla offers structured opportunities for personal growth and career development, defined benefit pension scheme, flexible location, blended (remote) working options, equal opportunities, family friendly policies, as well as the opportunity to make a difference.

The closing date for applications is 12 midday (Irish time) on Monday, August 22, 2022. 

A bit more about the role

The DPO is responsible for the strategic and operational management of the Data Protection Unit (DPU) including the National Freedom of Information (FOI) Unit, and the governance and operational management of the GDPR Programme. The role requires an understanding of public service delivery, management of third–party risk, management and development of staff, and the wider public sector.

A broader explanation of the position and the application details are outlined in the Information Booklet, which is available on the Tusla website here.

About Tusla

The Child and Family Agency was established on January 1, 2014 and is responsible for improving wellbeing and outcomes for children. It represents the most comprehensive reform of services for the development, welfare and protection of children and the support of families ever undertaken in Ireland. It is an ambitious move which brings together some 4,000 staff who were previously employed within Children and Family Services of the Health Service Executive, the National Educational Welfare Board and the Family Support Agency.

The Child and Family Agency has responsibility for the following range of services:

  • Child Welfare and Protection Services, including family support services
  • Family Resource Centres and associated national programmes
  • Early years (pre–school) Inspection Services 
  • Educational Welfare responsibilities including School completion programmes and Home School Liaison
  • Domestic, sexual and gender based violence services 
  • Services related to the psychological welfare of children
  • Adoption and Alternative Care

Further information is available at