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Position:                             Coding Tutor – Early Learning Initiative

Job Code:                           NCI0754

Reporting to:                     Stretch to Learn Programme Coordinator

                                            Director of the Early Learning Initiative

Purpose of Position:       To deliver the Early Learning Initiative’s Afterschools Coding Club

Key Relationships:         

§  Stretch to Learn Coordinator

§  Director of the Early Learning Initiative

§  Early Learning Initiative team

§  National College of Ireland

§  Primary schools and afterschools

§  Volunteers

About the project:

The ELI Afterschool Coding Club is a community-based computer coding club, aimed at children aged 9-12 years old. This programme is an introduction for children to learn basic programming, electronics and robotics through fun and challenging learning experiences.

The Early Learning Initiative was awarded funding from corporate partner, Science Foundation Ireland (SFI), to encourage children to develop a positive attitude to STEM subjects, such as mathematics and computer technologies, that would continue to benefit them in second and third level education.

Key Responsibilities:

The tutor will facilitate the coding programme in afterschools with the support of afterschool staff and volunteer mentors. The role of the tutor is to provide the children with opportunities to learn about basic programming, electronics and robotics through an introduction to basic programming with ‘Scratch’ and ‘Makeblock’ software, games and activities. The tutor is responsible for:

§  Facilitating all the sessions of the coding programme in afterschool services

§  Taking the lead during sessions and liaising with afterschool staff to ensure the running of the coding programme

§  Supervising volunteer mentors during sessions to ensure children receive additional support

§  Organising the learning environment and materials

§  Engaging with parents in order to achieve the aims of the project and promoting parental involvement throughout the project

§  To follow up non-attendance of participants and identify any supports required for participants to attend

§  Attending meetings as required.

§  Working with children according to best practice in a child-centred way

§  Being vigilant in monitoring and responding to incidents of non-accidental injury, suspected child abuse, or developmental delay in line with ‘Children’s First’, the National Child Protection Guidelines

§  Negotiating, liaising and supporting the ELI evaluation process

§  Any other duties as assigned by the Stretch to Learn Programme Coordinator and Director of ELI


Skills and Experience Required:

 § Third level qualification in relevant computer studies or IT-related subject

§  Familiarity with software ‘Scratch’ or ‘Makeblock’.

§  Experience in working with children and families

§  Ability to deal effectively with a wide range of college personnel, community stakeholders and other outside individuals/organisations

§  Proven capacity to work independently and as part of a team in a cross disciplinary, integrated team, sharing roles and responsibilities

§  Good time management, administrative and organisational skills

§  Excellent behaviour management skills

Salary:                  Associate Faculty: Lecturing QQI Level 1-5 Base rate €52.84 per hour

Contract:              Fixed-term (10 weeks) part-time – subject to ongoing funding

Hours:                  2 hours contact time per week. Associate Faculty rate includes time for preparation and delivery.

Application Process: To apply, please e-mail your cover letter and CV, quoting title of position: Coding Tutor – Early Learning Initiative to: recruitment@ncirl.ie by 5pm on Friday, 23rd February 2018.

The successful candidates will be subject to Garda vetting and must not hold any convictions under the Sex Offenders Act 2001.


The functions and responsibilities assigned to the Coding Tutor – Early Learning Initiative, are based on the current stated role and objective of the College. These functions and responsibilities may alter in line with any change in the role and objectives of the NCI.

National College of Ireland is an equal opportunities employer.


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