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Vacancy: Programme Manager

16 September 2022

Applications are invited for the position of Programme Manager based at the Royal Irish Academy (RIA). Closing date for applications is 7 October 2022.

Department: Policy and International Relations
Contract type: Fixed term
Duration: One year
Reports to: Head of Policy and International Relations


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

To support the development and delivery of the policy and international relations strategy and work programme. This role requires strong research, analytical, planning and communication skills, an ability to write concisely and effectively and to communicate clearly and enthusiastically with internal and external stakeholders.

You will be a self-starter, enjoy working across a diverse range of projects, be able to build and manage relationships with a wide range of groups, have an eye for detail and demonstrate a positive, proactive and common sense approach to deadlines and delivery.  

In this role you will work with members of the Royal Irish Academy and staff colleagues as well as external stakeholders, including representatives from across the political, academic, business, media, public and third-level sectors.

Key accountabilities

Working closely with and reporting to the Head of Policy and International Relations, your key responsibilities will be to:

  • Drafting policy positions, rapporteur reports and responses to consultation documents
  • Provide secretariat support to RIA policy committees and working groups, including the Policy Oversight Group and the Culture and Heritage Working Group
  • Build and maintain a network of key national and international contacts
  • To ensure dissemination of research insights and effective messaging to colleagues and external stakeholders
  • Organise scientific, policy and public events including discussion forums, workshops and roundtables
  • Manage the Academy’s membership of and participation in global academic networks and international discipline unions 
  • Contribute to timely and accurate reporting to the Policy Oversight Group, Academic Board, RIA Executive Committee and RIA Council
  • Contribute to the unit’s social media posts and communication of activities

Person specification

Essential qualifications

  • A relevant third-level degree or equivalent qualification, preferably in social policy or public affairs
  • Relevant experience in similar policy or research roles
  • Experience in writing policy submissions, policy papers, consultation responses and briefing documents
  • Experience of disseminating research outcomes through conference presentations or similar events, or in any form of publication/report
  • Demonstrate a high level of oral and written communication skills with evidence of an ability to engage and communicate effectively with a wide range of stakeholders
  • Ability to establish a network of key external contacts and develop effective working relationships with them
  • Strong organisational, project management and IT skills
  • The ability to be resourceful, enthusiastic and quick thinking with the ability to perform effectively under pressure
  • Ability to work autonomously as part of a small team and to know when to take initiative
  • Ability to work across multiple projects
  • A minimum of two years’ research, public policy or advocacy work experience

Desirable qualifications

  • Hold a postgraduate qualification
  • Have a good knowledge of higher education issues and the policy environment on the island of Ireland
  • Display an understanding of the workings of the Irish Government and Northern Ireland Executive
  • Experience in delivery of online events and webinars (using MS Teams, Zoom, etc.)

Further Information

Salary: Salary is on the Programme Manager Scale: €37,568 – €49,111. 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.

The role will occasionally require national and international travel, and attendance at events and activities outside of normal business hours. 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 consisting of one electronic copy (with all documents contained in one Word document) must be submitted to in the order as set out below:

  • A brief cover letter demonstrating how you meet the qualifications and experience for the position (max. 500 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: 7 October 2022. Late applications will not be considered.

It is anticipated that interviews will be held week commencing 17 October 2022.

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

The Royal Irish Academy is an equal opportunities employer

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