Purpose of Position:

The Academic Partnerships Manager will be the key College contract manager for programmes designed and delivered with partner institutions/organisations at a national, European and international level.

The post holder will be the main institutional lead for supporting NCIs evolving portfolio of opportunities and programmes within the Erasmus + programme and European Union funded initiatives with European partners. They will provide guidance to NCI’s Executive; faculty, and professional service staff, to enable us to meet contractual obligations for existing and proposed future partnership opportunities. This will include support to NCI Executive and academic leadership for NCI’s existing national partnerships including our P-TECH (Pathways in Technology); Apprenticeship and Department of Social Protection (DSP) programmes. 

They will also support for our programmes delivered with academic partners in China. In addition, this post will work within the Academic Operations Team, and provide high level administrative support to the leadership of NCIs Centre for Education and Lifelong Learning (CELL). This will include support for our CELL faculty and staff within the NCI Teaching Enhancement and Digital Learning Team. 

Reporting to:

Senior Academic Operations Manager

Key Relationships:

Internal to NCI:

  • CELL Director
  • Registrar
  • Executive Group Members
  • Academic Faculty and Programme Directors
  • Teaching Enhancement and Digital Learning Team Members
  • Academic Operations Team Members
  • International Team
  • Student Registry Services Team
  • Marketing and Recruitment Teams
  • Quality and Institutional Effectiveness Team

External to NCI:

  • Partner institutions (nationally, Internationally and through Erasmus+ / EU projects)
  • P-TECH Steering Group and national partners including the City of Dublin ETB
  • Officers from Government Departments including: the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science; The National Tertiary Office, SOLAS, and the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth; and the Department of Social Protection.

Key Responsibilities: 

  • Provide contractual management support for existing and new academic partnerships with academic institutions and/or government partners nationally, at a European level, and internationally.
  • Be the lead manager supporting the growth of NCIs Erasmus+ and EU funded partnership opportunities.
  • Provide operational management support to the Senior Academic Operations Manager and the Centre for Education and Lifelong Learning Leadership (CELL) Team, with a focus on ensuring operational effectiveness, consistency, scalability and sustainability for learners, partners, and programmes.
  • Provide support for teaching excellence through the NCI Teaching Enhancement and Digital Learning Unit that sits within CELL.
  • Contribute proactively to the success of NCI’s policies, processes, services and structures to meet the evolving and contractual needs of our programmes and partners.
  • Supporting the Senior Academic Operations Manager to deliver proportionate, timely and sustainable solutions in line with the identified NCI needs and priorities. 

Selection criteria: 

  • A minimum of 5 years’ experience working with academic and/or government partners in Ireland; through Erasmus+, and/or internationally.
  • A minimum of 5 years’ experience of operational, contract and/or programme management.
  • Proven ability to establish good working relationships with staff at all levels of an organisation both internally and externally.
  • Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills, with the ability to manage diverse stakeholders.
  • Experience in making informed decisions that align with the company’s strategic objectives and ethical standards.
  • Evaluate and implement process improvements to enhance efficiency and compliance.
  • Demonstrates an enthusiastic and positive approach and a strong sense of commitment to work both as an individual and as a member of a team.

Permanent, full time contract


Manager Band (€53,836 - €74,028)

Annual Leave: 

27 Days per annum pro rata

To Apply:

Please apply with a CV and cover letter both in PDF format ONLY, quoting reference number: NCI 1034 to: recruitment-cdolan@ncirl.ie by 5:00 pm, 5th July 2024

Note: The functions and responsibilities assigned to Academic Partnerships Manager 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 College.

The successful applicant will be subject to Garda Vetting and must not have any convictions under the Sex Offenders Act 2001.

The Importance of Confidentiality

We would like to assure you that protecting confidentiality is our number one priority. You can expect that all enquires, applications and all aspects of the proceedings are treated as strictly confidential and are not disclosed to anyone, outside those directly involved in that aspect of the process.

Candidates' Obligations

In submitting a completed Curriculum Vitae and supporting documentation, candidates are declaring:

  • That all the particulars furnished in their application are true and correct without omission and that they are aware of the qualifications and particulars for this position.
  • That to the best of their knowledge that there is nothing in relation to their conduct, character or personal background of any nature that would adversely affect the position of trust in which they would be placed by virtue of this appointment.
  • Their irrevocable consent to NCI making such enquiries as deemed necessary in respect of their suitability for the post in respect of which their application is made.
  • Their acceptance and confirmation of the entitlement of NCI, as appropriate to, reject their application, or to terminate their employment (in the event of a contract of employment having been entered into on foot of this competition) if they have omitted to furnish NCI with any information relevant to their application or their continued employment or where they have made any false statement or misrepresentation relevant to this application or their continuing employment with the College. #

Candidates should note that they may be required to submit documentary evidence in support of any particulars given by them in their application for the post.

Data Protection Acts 1988 to 2018 and the Freedom of Information Acts 1997 to 2014 as amended

Data collected for the purposes of recruitment activities

NCI conducts recruitment processes to fill vacancies within the college. When applying for these competitions applicants are asked to submit a range of documents, e.g., a completed application form, CV and/or a personal statement or cover letter. For the purposes of recruitment activities, we will not collect any personal data that we do not need to assess your candidature for a role with us.

Legal Basis for Processing

NCI ’s legal basis for the processing of this data is a combination of individual consent, contractual necessity and legal obligations.

Withdrawal of Consent

Applicants can withdraw their consent for the processing of their personal data at any time by notifying the College. It is important to note that withdrawal of consent prior to the completion of the process will be considered as a withdrawal of the application.

What we do with your data

People who are directly employed by NCI and are based in Ireland process all the personal data collected for both recruitment and HR purposes.


HR draft up the shortlisting documents and provide the initial screening to determine if a person meets the essential criteria of the competition. A shortlisting panel is generally made up of two senior grade staff members from the relevant department for which the role is being recruited.

Sharing of your data

Where you have been successfully shortlisted for a post, each interview panel member will be furnished with a copy of the relevant information of those who will be attending interview in order that they can review applications in advance of the interview process. All such information will be returned to NCI and shredded following the competition process. Some of the interview panel will be external interviewers, who are not employees of NCI but are engaged for the purpose and are strictly subject to the rules and policies of the College.


Applicants can request and receive access to their data at any time and can request and receive a copy of this data, in electronic/transferable format.


Applicants can request the data held be erased. In this case, the application for a position is considered withdrawn.


Applicants can have any incorrect information corrected.

Objection / Withdraw

Applications can object to this information being processed and/or can request to withdraw from the application process


Applicants can make a complaint to our internal Information Governance and Data Protection Officer

NCI Information Governance and Data Protection Officer

National College of Ireland, Mayor Street, IFSC, Dublin 1

Tel (Direct): + 353 1 4498 523 ; Tel (Reception): + 353 1 4498 500

And/or make a complaint to the relevant authority

Data Protection Commission, 21 Fitzwilliam Square South, Dublin 2, D02 RD28

Tel: +353 (0) 761 104 800

National College of Ireland is an equal opportunities employer and is a Member of the Athena SWAN Charter. NCI is committed to serving our diverse community and welcomes applications from underrepresented groups.

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