Purpose of Position:

The Associate Faculty member is primarily responsible for delivering module/s to a high standard, on a part-time basis to students on the BA(Hons) in Early Childhood Education and Care programme (daytime and evening delivery). The programme is delivered through blended learning, both on campus in NCI and online. The key functions are to lecture to students on assigned modules, engage in assessment setting and corrections and to contribute to curriculum development for the BA(Hons) in Early Childhood Education and Care programme.

The Centre for Education and Lifelong Learning offers a range of programmes for education and learning professionals. Our programmes are at the forefront of education and practice innovation in early childhood education, teaching for Further Education, technology enhanced teaching and learning and apprenticeships. 

For further information on the courses on offer in the Centre, outlined below, click on the following link.


The Centre for Education and Lifelong Learning is seeking Associate Faculty to deliver modules to a high standard, on a part-time basis, on the BA(Hons) in Early Childhood Education and Care programme. The programme offers both a daytime and evening delivery.   

Reporting to:

Director of the Centre for Education and Lifelong Learning 

Key Relationships:

  • Director for the Centre of Education and Lifelong Learning 
  • Programme Directors
  • Faculty in the Centre
  • Associate Faculty
  • Programme Coordinator
  • Students

Key Responsibilities:

  • Lecture to students on assigned modules within the BA(Hons) in Early Childhood Education and Care programmes and other assigned areas if required. 
  • Provide professional support to students in their learning activities.
  • Attend meetings and participate in committees appropriate to assigned programmes.
  • Preparation for teaching and all other work-related activity.
  • Set, correct, provide written feedback, and engage in second marking for examinations and projects on programmes taught.
  • Make available information as required by the NCI's management in a professional context.
  • Participate in appropriate activities necessary to the furtherance of the NCI.
  • Engage in the assessment processes of the College by setting and marking examinations and assignments and attending assessment boards and liaising with external examiners.
  • Undertake the duties of the role in accordance with the requirements of the College Quality Assurance arrangement.
  • Liaise with library re: reading materials, booklists, etc.
  • Develop new and existing course material, using new learning technology and delivery mechanisms in particular. 
Programme Development & Review
  • Assist in the development and review of existing programmes and new programmes including programmatic review. This may involve reviewing taught modules, drafting submission documents, attending meetings, promoting, implementing, and reviewing programmes.
  • Assist in the development of Early Childhood Education and Care programmes. 
  • Attend and engage in the Programme Team meetings. 
  • Meet assigned deadlines.
  • Contribute to academic and disciplinary committees as requested. 
  • Communicate with students and colleagues in a timely and professional manner.  
  • Attend and engage in the Centre of Education and Lifelong events, as appropriate. 
  • As requested, attend College functions such as various exhibitions, open days and evenings, school visits and other external events. 
  • Submit pay claims monthly for work undertaken in that month. 

Qualifications & Experience Required:

  • A Level 9 Postgraduate qualification or higher in the field of education/ECEC. 
  • Knowledge and understanding of the early childhood education and care sector.
  • Knowledge and practical experience of subject area.
  • Enthusiasm and commitment to their subject area. 
  • Lecturing experience an advantage.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, the ability to work alone and as part of a team.
  • Proficient time management and organisational skills and the capacity to exercise discernment in the assessment of teaching and learning.

Hourly rate: Associate Faculty rates

Contract: Fixed term, 1 year, part-time

National College of Ireland’s mission is to widen participation in higher education and unlock each student's potential. The College offers students the opportunity to acquire the skills and self-confidence to change their lives, contribute to a knowledge-based economy and become responsible, active citizens. 

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

Application Process:

To apply, please e-mail your cover letter and CV both in PDF format ONLY, quoting reference number: NCI 1037 to recruitment-cdolan@ncirl.ie by 5:00 pm, 26th July 2024.

Note: The functions and responsibilities assigned to an Associate Faculty member 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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