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Learning & Teaching Specialist


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Reporting to:

Director of Learning and Teaching 

Purpose of Position:

To provide academic and administrative support in relation to programmes and activities undertaken by the Centre for Research and Innovation in Learning and Teaching (CRILT). 
A particular focus of the role involves developing relationships with host organisations that support the student teacher practicum as Further Education Student-Teachers, Early Childhood Educators and Pastoral Care workers. It also involves supporting the growth of education programmes through on-going relationships with organisations such as Education and Training Boards, Further Education Colleges and training and education centres. These programmes may become part of the proposed new School of Humanities and Social Science

Key Relationships:

  • Director, CRILT
  • Vice-President Academic and Administrative Affairs
  • Deans of Schools
  • Programme Directors and Placement Module Owners
  • Placement Tutors
  • Teaching Fellows, Faculty and Associate Faculty
  • Registrar
  • Director QASS
  • IT Department
  • Finance Office
  • Post Graduate Students
  • Project partners
  • National and international research funding organisations
  • HR/National Vetting Unit of An Garda Síochana 

    Key Responsibilities:
  • Development and administrative oversight of the Practicum modules on postgraduate and undergraduate programmes with a teaching practicum component (such as the Postgraduate Diplomas in Learning and Teaching and Leadership & Pastoral Care and BAs in Early Childhood Education and Adult and Workforce Education).
  • Effective organisation and running of module components on LMS (Moodle) system.
  • Liaison with host institutions, Placement Tutors and students to ensure effective running of the teaching practicum and placement modules.
  • Monitoring progress during the teaching practicum and reporting progress to Programme Directors and module owners.
  • Working with the programme team on the further development of existing and new programmes with a teaching practicum component.
  • Liaise with host colleges or centres on site visits, professional events and other issues in relation to the teaching practicum.
  • Organise conferences and events to promote our programmes and build awareness of NCI in the sector.
  • Attend external meetings and network events on behalf of the programme when required.
  • Act as contact point for the prospective students for their queries on the teaching practicum component of the programme.
  • Update annually the Placement Information Booklet for the Teaching Practicum.
  • Manage processes in relation to Garda Vetting and other regulatory requirements for students applying to our programmes.

    Provide high-quality academic and administrative support for the activities of CRILT which include:
  • All aspects of the implementation of the college LTA Strategy.
  • In conjunction with other members of the Learning & Teaching team, devise and provide support and coordination for courses, workshops and seminars for faculty professional development in learning, teaching and assessment.
  • Management of on-line systems within the Centre for Research and Innovation in Learning and Teaching (CRILT), including the CRILT section on the staff portal, the CRILT Moodle, the Lime Survey and the social network accounts to support the initiatives and activities, and to share the good practices in learning, teaching, assessment, and research in the college.
  • Support applied and externally funded research projects through CRILT.
  • Support NCI’s blended learning programmes.
  • Collaborate and interact with clients, faculty, colleagues, international partners and funding agencies in support of the activities of CRILT.
  • To assist the President’s Office in the co-ordination of the applications and the judging panel meeting of the annual President’s Awards.
  • Assist in orientation and registration and conferring ceremonies as required.
  • Effective interaction with other units in the College including the Schools, Student Services, Registrar’s Office, Finance, IT and QASS.
  • Ensure that all duties within the office are performed in a professional, efficient manner.
  • Any other duties as assigned by the Line Manager.

    Key Attributes:
  • Good academic, relationship, administration and organisation skills, demonstrated through previous work experience
  • At least two years’ experience in education
  • Experience of academic support in a third level academic institution an advantage
  • Minimum degree and ideally masters’ level qualification in education or related area.
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Flexible approach to work and a “can-do” attitude
  • Ability to work independently and show initiative, and work as a team player
  • Ability to multitask and manage the conflicting priorities.
  • Experience of duties that require attention to detail and accuracy
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite and comfortable with using technology for learning and educational delivery and administration
  • Disciplined in his/her approach to the job
  • A self-driven approach with a positive outlook and clear focus on high quality and sustainability.
  • Ability to work independently and show initiative
  • The role many involve travel to placement settings so access to own transport will be desirable

    Salary: €36,000 - €52,000 (Specialist/Senior Administrator Salary Band)

    Annual Leave: 24 days per annum

    Contract: Permanent, full-time.

    Application Process: To apply, please e-mail your cover letter and CV, quoting reference number: NCI0672 to: recruitment@ncirl.ie by 5pm, Wednesday 11th May 2016. This position is open to internal applicants only.

    Note: The functions and responsibilities assigned to the Learning & Teaching Specialist are based on the current stated role and objectives 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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