Purpose of Position

NCI is seeking experienced agency recruiters or guidance professionals who like to innovate, has a track record of achieving and exceeding expectations and a genuine passion for career development and helping students achieve their career goals.


Career Development & Employability Manager 

Reporting to:     

Career Development & Employability Manager 

Key Relationships:

  • Director of Student Services
  • Career and Opportunities Officer
  • Work Placement Supervisor
  • Registrar
  • Students
  • Deans & Faculty
  • School Co-ordinators and administrators
  • External Clients

Key Responsibilities:

You will manage a caseload of students and be involved with:

  • Designing and delivering careers classes and workshops.
  • Providing expert advice (individually, in group sessions and via webinars and other online means) in areas including career development, employability, job applications and job search strategies.  
  • Working with students to achieve their career goals – implementing the necessary interventions to make this possible and then tracking progress and reporting on same. 
  • Designing, delivering and assessing a range of interventions including online modules, employer events, careers fairs, industry panel events, mentoring programmes, career development modules that positively impact graduate outcome data. 
  • Pro-actively developing strategic employer and alumni relationships, identifying work placement opportunities for students and managing the entire recruitment process.
  • Developing a range of opportunities for students to interact and network with relevant alumni and employers.
  • Researching, writing, updating and editing career information and labour market intelligence materials.
  • Develop the capacity of the service to use technology to deliver careers education and employability initiatives.
  • Develop innovations in delivery and service in line with international best practice.

Key Attributes:

  • You will be a graduate with at least 3 years’ experience within agency recruitment or careers advisory work.
  •  Positive, enthusiastic, solution focused approach to work with the ability to self-manage and contribute positively to a team environment.
  • Track record of meeting and exceeding targets. 
  • Strong reporting abilities – the role holder will be required to report regularly on progress of all projects and activities. 
  • A keen interest in using data and impact measures to continually develop the service.
  • Proven track record of networking, building, developing and maintaining client relationships.
  • The ability to work on multiple tasks simultaneously, operate flexibly and shift focus with changing priorities and demands.
  • Excellent IT skills and a strong understanding of social media and experience of using it in recruitment.
  • First rate interpersonal and communication skills and experience including delivering presentations and report writing.  

Background to the team:

The Career Development & Employability team is an innovative and pro-active unit within National College of Ireland focused on developing student employability. The team within Careers are highly motivated and results driven and Careers Advisors come from a diverse range of backgrounds including Higher Education Careers Services, Recruitment Consultancy, Graduate Recruitment Roles, Science, Youth Work and Teaching bound by a commitment to student career development. 

Over the last number of years we have won the following national awards for our work on employability:

  • 2021 - Education Awards - Winner-- Career Impact Strategy 
  • 2020 (Highly Commended) AHECS Award for Excellence in Employability 
  • 2019 Education Awards- Winner- Career Impact Strategy 
  • 2018 (Gold) AHECS Award for Excellence in Employability 
  • 2016 (Gold) AHECS Award for Excellence in Employability 
  • 2014 (Gold) AHECS Award for Excellence in Employability 
  • 2013 (Gold) AHECS Award for Excellence in Employability


Specialist/Senior Administrator Band €37,271- €53,839

Annual Leave: 

24 days per annum


2 year fixed term contract


Hours of work will be generally 9.00am to 5.00 pm/ 10.00am to 6.00pm. A willingness to work flexibly to cover some events and activities outside of usual working hours is required. 

Application process: 

To apply please e-mail your cover letter and CV both in PDF format ONLY, quoting reference number: NCI 0981 to: recruitment-cdolan@ncirl.ie by 5:00 pm, 15th July 2022.

Note: The functions and responsibilities assigned to a Careers and Work placement Advisor  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.

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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