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Vacancy: Membership Manager

21 October 2021

The Academy is seeking applications to fill the position of Membership Manager at the DRI (3-year fixed-term contact).

The Royal Irish Academy (RIA) 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.

The Digital Repository of Ireland (DRI) is the national trusted digital repository for Ireland's social and cultural data. The repository links 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 directly by the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science via the Higher Education Authority and the Irish Research Council. For more information see The DRI is located within the Royal Irish Academy.

Position:        Membership Manager     

Reports to:   Director, Digital Repository of Ireland

Department: Digital Repository of Ireland

Key purpose of role

Role profile:

Since the Digital Repository of Ireland (DRI) launched its membership model in 2018, 35 organisations/institutions have joined, making the function of member relations key to DRI’s operations. This new role will be a key contributor to DRI’s deliverables, providing support to members, identifying new potential members or areas for growth, managing membership administration and building capacity in DRI’s membership offerings. Reporting to the Director of DRI, the successful candidate will be an organised, self-motivated individual who communicates well with DRI’s membership organisations who 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 responsibilities 

  • 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 these needs.
  • Liaise with the DRI Education & Outreach 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

Person specification

Essential criteria

  • 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 criteria

  • 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

Salary: The salary for this position is on the AES Scale: €46,342 – €61,590. 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 37 hours per week. There is flexibility factored into the standard 7.4 hour working day, specific requirement can be agreed with your line manager. 

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.

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 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 statement, in the form of a letter, demonstrating how you meet the requirements for the position of Membership Manager at the DRI
  • A curriculum vitae summarising your qualifications and relevant experience

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

We are anticipating interviews to be held the week starting 15 November 2021.

Closing date: The closing date for applications is 5 November 2021. Late applications will not be considered

The Royal Irish Academy is an equal opportunities employer.



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