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Vice-Dean, Postgraduate Studies & Research – School of Business

Reporting to:

Dean of the School of Business

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Purpose of Position:

This is a senior academic appointment. The Vice-Dean, Postgraduate Studies & Research will be responsible for the management of all full-time and part-time postgraduate programmes and supporting the implementation of the College Research strategy within their School.

Key Relationships:

  • Dean of School;
  • Vice President Academic & Research;
  • Vice Dean Undergraduate Studies
  • Director QASS;
  • Registrar and Faculty attached to Postgraduate programmes.

    Key Responsibilities:
    Academic Oversight and Planning:
  • Lead, manage and oversee the day-to-day operations for postgraduate programmes within the School.
  • Support faculty with regard to setting and achieving their individual research agendas.
  • Work to identify external opportunities related to research funding and to strategic target these where appropriate through a collaborative approach with faculty.
  • Promote the suite of offerings of the School of Business Postgraduate programmes both nationally and internationally.
  • Seek to position the School for external accreditation and contribute towards the ranking of both programmes and the School.
  • Responsible for ensuring implementation of and day-to-day oversight of NCI’s QA policy and procedures for the School’s postgraduate programmes.
  • The timetabling and allocation of teaching responsibilities for the School’s postgraduate programmes in conjunction with the Dean and Vice-Dean of UG Studies
  • Undertake line management responsibilities (as agreed with the Dean of School) for permanent and associate faculty engaged in teaching the School’s postgraduate programmes.
  • Oversee the dissertation process within the School of Business for all Level 9 student dissertations and act as internal second marker for all such works.
  • Ensure that the views of postgraduate students within the School are appropriately acted upon.
  • Work collaboratively with other internal Schools and Departments.
  • Attend and contribute to Academic Council.
  • Attend and contribute to Academic Operations.

  • Actively participate in the development of a College Research Strategy and lead its implementation at School level.
  • In conjunction with the Dean of School and Vice President identify, agree and source streams of research funding in fulfilment of the institutional research plan.
  • Oversee and co-ordinate all School research activities including funding bids, publications, papers and theses in accordance with procedures and as required by the College Research Office.
  • Provide oversight for the quality of all level 9 and 10 theses to ensure continuous improvement of the standard of research being produced.
  • Work with faculty in the School to develop individual research strategies and action plans.
  • Liaise with the Vice President on research matters.
  • Represent the School and take an active role on the College Research Committee.

    Key Attributes:
    Include the following capabilities:
  • A PhD qualification.
  • A credible publication record in internationally recognised peer-reviewed journals.
  • A proven track record of academic leadership to include, but not limited to, curriculum development, innovation in learning and teaching and quality assurance processes.
  • Clear understanding of the demands on a modern School of Business (i.e. quality of provision, attractive and relevant portfolio, income generation and research).
  • Ability to contribute to the development of strategy.
  • Evidence of resource management experience.

    Salary: €71,164 - €93,798 (Senior Lecturer salary scale)
    Annual Leave: 31 days per annum pro rata
    Contract: Specific Purpose Contract to cover maternity leave (expected duration of up to 1 year)
    Hours: Full time 35 hours per week
  • Application Process: To apply, please e-mail your cover letter and CV, quoting reference number: NCI0628 to: recruitment@ncirl.ie by 5pm, Friday 22nd May 2015. The successful applicant will be subject to Garda Vetting and must not have any convictions under the Sex Offenders Act 2001.
  • Note:
    The functions and responsibilities assigned to the Vice-Dean, Postgraduate Studies & Research – School of Business are based on the current stated position and objectives of the College. These functions and responsibilities may alter in line with any change in the role and objectives of the NCI to be agreed by way of amendment to the Job Description.
    National College of Ireland is an equal opportunities employer.

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