Interested in a career in the Housing Executive?
Updated: 04 Sep 2015
Would you like a career with:
- a leading and dynamic organisation that cares for its staff and customers?
- an award winning organisation with a reputation for fairness and equity?
- an organisation that doesn’t stand still and moves with the times?
If so, you should consider working for us. We offer varied and challenging careers across different disciplines, excellent working conditions and are committed to offering our employees a good work/life balance. We are committed to keep our employees up to speed with best working practices and developments in their area through training. We are an Equal Opportunities employer.
What we do
One of our main functions is the provision of a housing and planning service. This work requires people skilled in administration and communicating with the public. There are also opportunities in research, planning, accounting and developing private initiatives.
We employ technical staff such as architects, building surveyors, quantity surveyors, civil, mechanical and electrical engineers and computer technicians. We also employ staff with qualifications in accountancy, law, personnel management, public relations and administration.
We also have a Direct Labour Unit which employs a number of Groundspersons, Electricians, Joiners and Drivers.
Meet some of our staff
- Loma Wilson, Senior Housing Officer, Accounts
- Joel Kinghan, Audio Visual Technician
- Peter Rice, Electrical Manager Direct Labour Organisation
I began working in the Housing Executive in 1997 as a Graduate Trainee, after studying French and Spanish at Queen’s University. As a trainee I had several placements while studying a diploma in Housing Management at the University of Ulster. I now have a permanent post in Armagh District Office.
My work involves the monitoring of debt recovery, attending court for debt cases, stock control and supervision of staff as part of the management team. The organisation’s training and development programme has allowed me to attend a variety of training courses and I recently completed the British Sign Language Stage 1.
Working in the Housing Executive also enables you to participate in long-term projects. For example, I have been involved in the production of an information guide for young single parents and am presently engaged in an IT project to share information on adaptation work for persons with a disability.
I was a musician in a local band for many years. It took me a while to realise I wasn’t going to be the next Noel Gallagher. I wanted to be on the other side of the camera. I had left school at 17, going on to study at college and then spending a year in BBC Radio Ulster, as a part- time presenter.
I then signed up for a government scheme, which placed me in the Housing Executive’s Audio Visual Unit. I have worked here for the last ten years.
I work in a range of Multi-media disciplines including Digital Video Production which are used for staff training and by community groups. I also provide practical support, installing, managing and creating, stage sets and projection systems for conferences and seminars.
One of the major rewards of working in the Housing Executive has been the opportunity to work with local community groups in many of the more deprived areas of Belfast where I grew up, and in some small way, helping them to improve the environment in which they live.
Before working in the Housing Executive, I attended secondary school and got five ‘O’ Levels. I then went to a government training centre for three years and passed my electrical exams. I applied to the Housing Executive for my final year of apprenticeship. Since then I have worked my way up the Housing Executive, eventually becoming a foreman.
My day to day work involves overseeing ten electricians and plumbers and organising their work, as well as dealing with general enquiries from district offices and Headquarters.
The work is always very varied and requires a range of skills and experience. The Housing Executive offers training courses and I have achieved an ‘HNC’ in Building Services (Electrical). The course lasted 2 years with my attending 1 full day a week at BIFHE.
My work is demanding yet satisfying, especially when tenants are happy with the work that has been completed.