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Vacancy: Programme Manager, Policy and International Relations

20 October 2020

The Academy is seeking applications to fill the position of Programme Manager, Policy and International Relations who will support the unit in delivering on an agreed series of focused collaborations over the defined 18-month period.

The Policy and International Relations Department

We manage the central process through which the Academy and its members provide independent, timely and authoritative scientific advice to Irish, European and international decision makers on a range of issues. We undertake primary policy research including regular surveys of the academic community, north and south.   Through our participation in international academic networks and work with sister academies globally, we ensure that the voice of Irish science contributes to future policy and practice development.

Reporting Line

The Programme Manager will report to the Head of Policy and International Relations.

Key Purpose of Role

The Programme Manager will work with the policy and international relations team to deliver an agreed series of focused initiatives in support of enhanced collaborations and engagement between the Ireland-UK higher education and research and innovation ecosystems.

This work will specifically support the work of the Academy’s Higher Education Futures Working Group, related initiatives arising from the Academy’s Covid-19 activities, and the Academy’s programme of activities with the UK’s national and devolved academies. 

The Programme Manager will also be responsible for supporting the development of a ‘Young Academy’ (Early Career Researcher Academy). This will involve supporting the working group that will develop proposals in this area, researching experience of establishing Young Academies in other jurisdictions, and assisting in any other tasks relevant to the establishment of the Young Academy

The specific duties will include:

  • Taking ownership of the planning and delivery of the activities arising from his/her allocated sub-groups of the Higher Education Futures Working Group
  • Regular and timely communications with team members on activities they are leading on
  • Drafting minutes and actions notes of meetings
  • Actioning agreed items from sub-groups
  • Identification and liaison with external stakeholders including consultation activities
  • Planning and delivery of workshops/webinars/roundtables/background papers as necessary
  • Liaising with relevant Academy officers, sub-groups Chairs, and members in the delivery of his/her work programme as necessary
  • Undertaking background research and write-up of briefing papers as necessary
  • Research and preparatory work as requested by the Academy’s Executive Secretary in support of the development of the Young Academy initiative
  • Working with the Head of Policy and International Relations and the Senior Programme Manager to support the delivery of the programme of work associated with the Celtic Academies Alliance initiative
  • Other activities relevant to the Academy’s UK-Ireland activities as these arise
  • Responsibility for updating the web pages and social media presence of the Higher Education Futures Working Group and Celtic Academies Alliance
  • Other work as may be assigned by the role line manager within the scope of the role.

Person specification:

Essential criteria

  • A third level degree in a relevant discipline
  • Ability to represent the Academy in a professional and highly competent manner
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with ability to build a strong rapport with colleagues within internal Academy units and with external stakeholders
  • Self-motivated with a genuine interest in the proposed programme of work
  • High level of accuracy and attention to detail
  • Strong presentation, negotiation and writing skills including report writing and minute taking
  • Ability to support and work across multiple tasks and activities
  • Excellent MS Office skills (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and experience with MS Teams
  • Willing and capable of adapting to changing priorities and deadlines
  • Positive attitude and approach to working with teammates and with a diversity of stakeholders across multiple lines of activity
  • Access to excellent broadband to enable working from home plus a suitable space to work from home in line with the Academy’s Remote Working Policy.

Desirable criteria

  • Experience in delivering webinars using MS Teams or a similar platform
  • Experience in communication and public affairs
  • Experience in and knowledge of the higher education and research and innovation sectors in Ireland and the UK and/or Europe.

Salary: The salary range for this position is €36,696-€48,125. The starting salary shall be on the 1st incremental point on the scale. 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: -

Currently staff are working remotely due to the Covid 19 Pandemic.

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.

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 2 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 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 Programme Manager
  • A curriculum vitae summarising your qualifications and relevant experience (max. 3 pages)

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

Closing date:  The closing date for applications is 12 noon on 02 November 2020. Late applications will not be considered. 

The Royal Irish Academy is an equal opportunities employer.

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