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The Royal Irish Academy is a predominantly publicly funded institution established for the promotion of learning in the sciences and humanities across the island of Ireland. The Academy’s latest strategic plan for 2019–23 is available here: https://www.ria.ie/strategic-plan.

Department: Programmes and Engagement
Contract type: Fixed term
Duration: Five years
Reports to: Head of Programmes and Engagement

Key purpose of role

To work alongside the Senior Communications and Public Affairs Manager to proactively build the profile of the RIA and promote our work to key stakeholders and the wider public.

Key accountabilities

The Communications and Engagement Manager responsibilities are:

  • Monitor the Academy’s media and provide quarterly reports on media communications and social media activities
  • Schedule and curate the content of the Academy’s social media channels to maximise reach and engagement with audiences
  • Manage the production of monthly newsletters and other ad hoc promotional material as required
  • Organise and deliver the Academy’s Discourse programme, including evening events
  • Manage and deliver the Academy’s annual Gold Medal awards
  • Support the Academy’s endowment / donations / Corporate Friends activities
  • Manage monthly communication meetings and provide communications advice and support to Academy-wide activities as required
  • Other duties that may be assigned from time to by the Head of Programmes and Engagement and Executive Director

Note: To qualify candidates must be eligible by the date of any job offer. This job description is a guide to broad areas of responsibility and accountability and should not be regarded as a comprehensive listing. The job description may be subject to review in the view of new structures and / or the changing needs of the Academy.

Person specification

Essential qualifications

  • A third level degree or equivalent qualification, preferably Public Relations, Communications, Marketing, Social Media, Journalism or other relevant areas
  • A minimum of three years’ relevant experience
  • The ability to build and maintain relationships with key stakeholders
  • Experience of working in cross-functional teams
  • Strong writing, editing, proofing and oral communication skills
  • Strong IT and digital marketing skills with knowledge of latest social media trends
  • Strong organisational, project, event and time management skills
  • The ability to manage and deliver on a suite of projects from inception to completion
  • The ability to be resourceful, enthusiastic, quick thinking and to perform well under pressure

Desirable qualifications

  • A postgraduate degree in a relevant area
  • Previous experience of working in a membership organisation and/or within the higher education sector
  • Working knowledge of the Irish language

Further Information

Salary: Salary is on the Admin Officer / Programme Manager Scale €42,273 – €54,625.

Hours of Work: The normal hours of work are 35 hours per week.

Overtime is not paid in respect of excess attendance which, should it arise, is discharged by time off in lieu at times agreed in advance with the Executive Director.

This role is suitable for blended working.

Leave: The annual leave entitlement is 25 days per annum, pro-rata for shorter periods. Entitlement to leave for public holidays is in accordance with the terms of the Organisation of Working Time Act 1997. There may be a requirement to take up to four days annual leave where the Academy is closed at Christmas.

Employee Benefits:

Examples of some of our current employee benefits include:

  • Generous annual leave entitlement
  • Family friendly policies
  • Blended working policy
  • Availability of an optical benefit scheme
  • Availability of a cycle to work scheme
  • A range of learning and developmental opportunities
  • Sick leave scheme
  • Paid maternity, adoptive and paternity leave
  • Automatically entered into a pension scheme
  • Employee assistance programme

Medical: Staff shall, if required, and at the expense of the Academy, submit to a medical examination by a registered medical practitioner nominated by the Academy and shall authorise such medical practitioner to disclose and to discuss with the Academy the results of the examination and the matters which arise from it so that the Academy can ascertain any matters that they consider might impair a staff member from properly discharging his/her duties.

Pension: Details of the appropriate pension scheme will be provided upon determination of appointee’s status.

Permanent Pension contribution: This appointment is subject to the Additional Superannuation Contribution (ASC) effective from 1 January 2019.

Application Process

Completed applications consisting of one electronic copy (with all documents contained in one Word document) must be submitted to recruitment@ria.ie in the order as set out below:

  • A brief cover letter demonstrating how you meet the qualifications and experience for the position (max. 700 words)
  • A curriculum vitae summarising your qualifications and relevant experience (max. 4 pages)

Applicants will be shortlisted based on information provided in their application.

Please note: failure to fulfil the application requisites will deem the application invalid.

Closing date: 26.07.2024. Late applications will not be considered.

It is anticipated that interviews will be held week commencing 12.08.2024.

Please note this interview will include competency-based interview questions.

Candidates should note that panels may be formed from which future positions may be filled.

The Royal Irish Academy will not be responsible for refunding any expenses incurred by Candidates.

The Royal Irish Academy is an equal opportunities employer.