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Vacancy: Education and Outreach Manager Digital Repository of Ireland

30 May 2019

Digital Repository of Ireland 16-month contract with possibility of renewal.

The Royal Irish Academy

The Royal Irish Academy (Acadamh Ríoga na hÉireann) is a publicly funded institution established for the promotion of learning in the sciences and humanities throughout Ireland. The Academy was founded by Royal Charter in 1785.  The Academy is an all-island independent forum that brings together the worlds of academia, government and industry, to address issues of mutual interest, through our major outreach events and legacy projects.  Drawing on our Members’ expertise, we make a significant contribution to public debate and public policy formation on issues in science, technology and culture. We lead important national research projects, particularly in areas relating to Ireland and its heritage. In addition, the Academy represents the world of Irish learning internationally, maintains and enhances a unique globally-recognised library and is a leading academic publisher.

Digital Repository of Ireland (DRI)

Digital Repository of Ireland (DRI) is the national trusted digital repository for Ireland's social and cultural data. The repository links together and preserves both historical and contemporary data held by Irish institutions, providing a central internet access point and interactive multimedia tools. As a national e-infrastructure for the future of education and research in the humanities and social sciences, DRI is available for use by the public, students and scholars. Originally awarded €5.2M from the Higher Education Authority PRTLI Cycle 5 to build the repository and research centre, DRI is funded from 2017 by the Department of Education and Skills via the Higher Education Authority and the Irish Research Council. For more information see

The Position

The Academy is seeking applications for the position of Education and Outreach Manager, Digital Repository of Ireland. The Education and Outreach Manager is an important role in the project team, having responsibility for the external presentation and communications of DRI, DRI publicity and advocacy, developing the DRI end-user base, and leading the skills and training programme for the benefit of our stakeholders and the wider Irish digital archiving community.

Key responsibilities

  • Managing the nation-wide DRI Training Programme, from planning curriculum to delivery, to benefit a broad range of stakeholders including DRI Members, the civil service, academia, and cultural bodies with varying skill levels.
  • Organising ad-hoc education and outreach events including their administration, budgeting, planning and delivery.
  • Working closely with the DRI Director and team in the day to-day management of the DRI’s public relations strategy.
  • Identifying, targeting, and building DRI’s end-user base (e.g. integrating DRI content into, third-level research programs, government services, school curriculum design and other institutions).
  • Management of DRI activities via the DRI website (, e.g. social media, blogs, newsletters, press releases.
  • Contributing to DRI metrics reports, specifically regarding DRI’s E&O Programme. Helping to maintain DRI’s public profile for a broad audience, including academics, cultural institutions, industry, learners of all levels including schools, and the wider public.
  • Acting as an external contact point for DRI and dealing with enquiries.
  • Actively contributing to grant and funding proposals.
  • Any other duties as assigned within the scope of the role.

Essential Criteria

The successful candidate will be a self-motivated graduate with an excellent command of English. Candidates must have:

  • A post graduate qualification in a relevant discipline.
  • A minimum of three years’ experience in a same or similar position (Education and Outreach)
  • 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, open science infrastructures.
  • Designed and delivered lectures or training modules to mixed-ability classes
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills, with the ability and confidence to engage stakeholders from the research community, cultural institutions, government and the public professionally
  • Proven ability to operate social media channels, create website content, presentations and electronic communications
  • Experience organising events, from planning through to delivery
  • A highly organised and motivated self-starter with demonstrable experience working to deadlines.
  • A team player with keen interpersonal skills and the ability to operate flexibly as a member of a cross-disciplinary team.

Desirable Criteria

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


The salary range for this position is €35,358 - €46,370. The rate of remuneration may be adjusted from time to time in relation to government pay policy.

Hours of Work: The normal hours of work are 37 hours per week as follows: -

Monday to Thursday

9.00 a.m. to 5.30 p.m

with one hour for lunch


9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m

with one hour for lunch

Hours of work may be adjusted from time to time in line with government policy.  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. Some flexibility around working hours will be required in response to the varying demands of the Office.


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.


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.


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 the 1st of January 2019.

Application Process

 Completed applications consisting of one electronic copy with all documents contained in one MS Word file (not pdf) as set out below must be submitted by e-mail to in the order as set out below:

  • A (400 word) statement, in the form of a letter, demonstrating how you meet the requirements for the position of Education and Outreach Manager.
  • A curriculum vitae summarising your qualifications and relevant experience (max. 5 pages)

Applicants will be shortlisted based on information provided in their application.  Incomplete applications will not be considered.

The closing date for applications is Monday 24 June 2019, by 12 noon. Interviews are expected to take place week commencing Monday 1 July 2019.  Late applications will not be accepted

The Royal Irish Academy is an equal opportunities employer.

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