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Vacancy: Training and Engagement Manager

18 November 2022

Applications are invited for the position of Training and Engagement Manager at the Digital Repository of Ireland (DRI). Closing date for applications is 11 December 2022.

Department: Digital Repository of Ireland (DRI)
Contract type: Permanent
Reports to: Director, Digital Repository of Ireland
Responsible for: DRI’s program on education, training, user engagement and outreach


The Academy is seeking applications for the position of Training and Engagement Manager at the Digital Repository of Ireland (DRI), based at the Royal Irish Academy (RIA). The Training and Engagement Manager is a central role at the DRI, responsible for managing and delivering training and engagement, and working closely with a range of DRI staff and stakeholders.  

The DRI is a national infrastructure for preserving and providing access to Ireland’s social and cultural digital data. A certified trustworthy digital repository for the arts, humanities and social sciences, 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:

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Key purpose of role

As part of the DRI’s core staff, the Training and Engagement Manager has the responsibility for delivering and continually developing DRI’s skills and training programme, building and engaging the DRI end-user base (i.e. students, researchers and the general public), managing DRI’s publications, managing the DRI’s outreach programme of educational events, and supporting the digital preservation and access work of DRI’s members. The position is based at the Digital Repository of Ireland at the Royal Irish Academy.

Key accountabilities

The Training and Engagement Manager is responsible for:


Regularly assessing, updating and delivering the DRI Training Programme, which includes:

  • Actively understanding membership and broader stakeholder requirements in terms of training to enable members to deposit quality collections in line with internal workflows and organisational policy
  • Delivering lectures/workshops/seminars to a range of members with varying skill levels
  • Assisting members with frequently asked questions and issues related to collection preparation (e.g. structure, metadata, file types)
  • Designing, publishing and promoting training resources, such as videos and open educational resources


  • Creating and executing a plan to identify, target and build DRI’s end-user base (e.g. integrating DRI content into third-level research programs, government services, school curriculum design and other institutions)
  • Managing the administration, budgeting, planning, promotion, delivery and evaluation of a programme of educational events that address contemporary debates/challenges/issues in digital archiving, preservation and data sharing.
  • Evaluating the training and engagement programmes, maintaining metrics to track feedback and uptake, and reporting on these
  • Developing collaborations and partnerships between DRI and relevant organisations, networks and stakeholders in Ireland to build DRI’s designated community and audiences
  • Managing DRI’s publications, including reports, guidelines, policies and articles from conception to publication
  • Creating and circulating website and social media content relevant to the remit of the role
  • Actively contributing to grant and funding proposals
  • Any other duties as assigned

Essential qualifications

  • A postgrad degree in a relevant area, or advanced experience in an education and outreach/knowledge transfer position
  • Demonstrable teaching experience, including curriculum design and delivery, at third level, continuing education or similar
  • Experience working in higher education institutions and research performing organisations or memory institutions/the cultural heritage sector
  • Outstanding oral and written communications skills, with the ability and confidence to engage stakeholders
  • Proven ability to operate social media channels, create website content, presentations and electronic communications
  • Experience organising events, from planning through design to delivery
  • Evidence of strong organisational and self-motivational skills working to deadlines in a fast-paced environment

Desirable qualifications

  • 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 and Open Science infrastructures
  • Experience with the Drupal content management framework
  • Experience with Adobe Illustrator, InDesign or similar graphic design software

Further information

Salary: Salary is on the Admin Officer Scale at €39,195 to €51,090 (Effective 1st December 2022). 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 registe

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: 11th December 2022 Late applications will not be considered.

It is anticipated that interviews will be held on 12th or 13th December 2022.

Please note: Interviews will use competency-based questions.

The Royal Irish Academy is an equal opportunities employer

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