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Vacancy: DRI Membership Manager

11 January 2023

Applications are invited for the position of Membership Manager at the Digital Repository of Ireland (DRI). Closing date for applications is 8 February 2023.

Department: Digital Repository of Ireland
Contract type: One-year fixed-term
Reports to: Director, Digital Repository of Ireland


The Royal Irish Academy is seeking applications for the position of Membership Manager at the Digital Repository of Ireland (DRI). The Membership Manager is a central role at the DRI, responsible for managing DRI’s membership programme and responding to member needs. This is a one-year special purpose contract with the possibility of extension based on organisational requirements.

The DRI is a certified trustworthy digital repository for the arts, humanities and social sciences, and is a national infrastructure for preserving and providing access to Ireland’s social and cultural digital data. DRI also operates as a community hub for policy, advocacy, training and best practice in digital preservation, digital archiving, FAIR data management and Open Science. DRI is headquartered at the Royal Irish Academy. See:

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

Key purpose of role

Since the Digital Repository of Ireland (DRI) launched its membership model in 2018, 46 organisations/institutions have joined, making the management of member relations key to DRI’s operations and deliverables. The Membership Manager is tasked with providing support to members, identifying potential new members or areas for growth, managing membership administration and building capacity in DRI’s membership offerings. The successful candidate will be an organised, self-motivated individual who communicates well with DRI’s membership organisations, which are drawn from higher education, culture and government. Based at the Royal Irish Academy, the Membership Manager will collaborate closely with DRI’s cross-disciplinary, distributed staff who are based at the Royal Irish Academy, Trinity College Dublin and Maynooth University.

Key accountabilities

  • Serve as the liaison for DRI’s current and potential members, guiding new members from application through invoicing to announcement
  • Build a membership database/customer relationship management system to monitor member engagement and deposits, and report on requirements and membership development
  • Work with members to assess their current needs, plan for future needs (technical, archival, educational, policy) and liaise with appropriate DRI staff to meet those needs
  • Liaise with the DRI Training and Engagement Manager to identify training needs and materials and assist with training
  • Chair DRI’s membership taskforce, setting meetings, monitoring action items, providing reports and/or discussion points to the Director or DRI staff meeting as appropriate
  • Organise member events (e.g. Members’ Forum, coffee mornings)
  • Contribute to DRI taskforces, reports, project proposals and other DRI duties as assigned

Essential qualifications

  • Degree in an area relevant to DRI’s remit, e.g. humanities, social sciences, information, librarianship/archival studies, data management or equivalent
  • Significant demonstrable experience working in the higher education or cultural sector, ideally in a research or research support role
  • Skills and expertise in one or more of the following areas: digital preservation, digital repositories, archives or libraries, digital humanities or digital social sciences, digital cultural heritage, research data management, metadata
  • Evidence of skills in landscape analysis and strategic planning
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, with evidence of experience in stakeholder engagement
  • Experience in organising events, from planning through design to delivery

Desirable qualifications

  • Postgraduate degree and/or experience in academia as a researcher, lecturer or research librarian/archivist
  • Demonstrable experience working with members in a membership-based organisation
  • Experience in an outreach or engagement role
  • Experience of developing and providing training on specific topics at the level required

Further Information

Salary: Salary is on the AES Scale €48,710 - €64,713. Candidates should note that entry will be at the minimum of the scale and the rate of remuneration may be adjusted from time to time in line with government pay policy. Candidates should note that different pay and conditions may apply if, immediately prior to appointment, the appointee is a serving civil or public servant.

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 hybrid 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 is a requirement to take up to four days annual leave where the Academy is closed at Easter and Christmas.

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 must be submitted electronically to and consist of:

  • A brief cover letter demonstrating how you meet the qualifications and experience for the position (max. 2 pages)
  • A curriculum vitae summarising your qualifications and relevant experience

Documents must be submitted in Word or PDF, and submissions that combine letter and CV into a single file are preferred.

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: 8th February 2023 Late applications will not be considered.

It is anticipated that interviews will be held week commencing week 13th February 2023.

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