Position Profile

NCI's Careers Department is seeking someone who is motivated to work with us as we continue to develop the department in line with best practice in Ireland and internationally.

Position: Careers & Work Placement Advisor 
Supervisor: Careers Officer

Purpose of Position:

The NCI Career Development and Employability team is student centred, fast paced and continuously seeking to further develop and improve the way in which we serve our students.

As a team we seek to ensure that the service we offer our students is engaging, effective and innovative and we have won national AHECS Awards for Employability in 2018, 2016, 2014, 2013 and 2012. We also won the NCI Presidents Award for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning in both 2012 and 2016. We have built an excellent record for graduate employment and won the Education Award for Career Impact Strategy in 2019.

We are seeking a Careers & Work Placement Advisor to join our team. Someone who is motivated to work with us as we continue to develop the department in line with best practice in Ireland and internationally.

This busy role will involve:

  • Managing a student caseload and providing engaging, high impact and effective career support, guidance, events and initiatives to support both the employability and recruitability of both students and recent graduates.
  • Sourcing accredited placements for a caseload of students.
  • Working innovatively with students and recent graduates in offering professional, high impact careers advice, information and guidance via workshops, short sessions, in-depth guidance interviews, in person, webinars, online, by telephone, email etc.
  • Designing and delivering a comprehensive series of workshops both in person to students and utilising blended learning approaches across a number of programmes. These classes may include but are not limited to areas including career planning and progression, self-efficacy, networking, the hidden jobs market, employability, job search strategies, CVs, applications and interviews.
  • Providing expert advice, information and support to students in relation to career development, career transition and employability on both a one to one and group basis.
  • Proactively ensuring students engage with the careers service– responding flexibly to changing student requirements.
  • Identify prospective organisations with recruitment opportunities for NCI students (work placements, internships and graduate roles) and facilitating same. /li>
  • Actively engaging with employers, sector bodies and other stakeholders, developing collaborative relationships and raising the profile of NCI students and the institution.
  • Acting as an interface between employers and academic programme staff to promote mutually beneficial relationships, including sourcing of potential student project and internship opportunities
  • Providing a programme of employer events, skills sessions for students to enhance their employability e.g. careers fairs, networking opportunities, employer presentations skills sessions and mentoring opportunities.
  • Compiling and sharing student experiences such as key learnings, and student & employer recommendations, or endorsements, regarding their work experience
  • Promoting and evaluating careers-related events, activities and job advertisements.
  • Logging all information and activity on an in house CRM system and providing annual reports on caseloads.
  • Proactively managing and analysing data in relation to FDRs and creating reports for both internal and external view
  • Assisting with programme promotion, including designing written materials, attending events and open days etc.
  • Working collaboratively with all relevant departments and Schools in NCI.
  • Keeping abreast of research and literature relating to career development, employability, and work-related learning and keeping up-to-date with labour market trends trends, recruitment procedures visa regulations and opportunities.
  • Engage with AHECS task groups.
  • Take active responsibility for own professional development and be proactive in engaging in relevant training.
  • Become the service expert for supports for students with a disability

Key Attributes

We need someone who is passionate about career development, who enjoys hard work and will naturally go the extra mile for students to ensure they have every opportunity to achieve their career goals, someone who is self-motivated and takes pride in doing something well.

  • Adaptable and creative with a passion to continuously improve employability services.
  • Proven track record of meeting and exceeding targets within agency recruitment or experienced guidance professional with a track record of working successfully in a results focused environment
  • Strong reporting skills – Interest in and ability to produce a range of reports e.g. First Destination Reports, KPIs, annual reports and analysis.
  • Solution focused with the ability to work on multiple tasks simultaneously, operate flexibly and shift focus with changing priorities and demands.
  • Genuine interest in and ability to engage in targeted business development.
  • Experienced in networking, building, developing and maintaining client / candidate/ student relationships.
  • Excellent communication skills including an interest in preparing online resources to reach a broad cohort of students using a variety of channels including social media.
  • Experienced in researching, preparing and delivering effective and engaging presentations.
  • Excellent IT skills and a strong understanding of social media and experience of using it in recruitment.

Salary: Dependant on experience but in the range of €36,540 -€52,783

Annual Leave: 24 days per annum

Contract: Permanent full-time

Hours: 9am -5pm A willingness to work flexibly to cover events and activities outside of usual working hours is essential.

The successful applicant will 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, quoting reference number: NCI 0846 to: recruitment-cdolan@ncirl.ie by 5:00 pm, Shortlisting will take place of applications received by 4th October 2019 and would continue to be reviewed on a weekly basis until the positions are filled. Interviews will be conducted during Oct 2019.

Note: The functions and responsibilities assigned to the Careers & Work Placement Advisor 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.

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
Email: Niamh.Scannell@ncirl.ie

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.