Purpose of Position:

The purpose of the Digital Learning Designer is to support the capabilities of NCI to use digital technology to enhance programme delivery and to enable staff and students use technology to support learning.

This role will involve:

  • Providing training, support and advice to NCI faculty and staff on the effective use of digital technologies to enhance teaching, learning and assessment. 
  • Enabling the operational goals and outcomes in the area of remit of the Digital Learning Sub-Committee  
  • Enabling the strategic goals as outlined in NCI’s Academic Strategy (available) and Institutional Strategy (when published)

Reporting to:

Director, Centre for Education and Lifelong Learning

Key relationships:

  • Chair of the Digital Learning Sub-Committee of the LTA Committee
  • Vice President Academic Affairs and Research
  • Deans and Vice-Deans of School of Business, School of Computing
  • Programme Director for Teaching Enhancement 
  • Director ICT Services
  • Registrar
  • Director of Quality and Institutional Effectiveness
  • NCI Faculty
  • Schools’ Office 

Key responsibilities:

  • Providing advice, support and training to faculty on the effective use of digital tools in teaching, learning and assessment through scheduled consultations, ‘drop-in clinics’ and short workshops. 
  • Working with the Chair of the Digital Learning Sub-Committee of the LTA Committee to achieve the goals and outcomes set out in the committee’s terms of reference.
  • Working with the Director of Centre for Education and Lifelong Learning to achieve institutional goals related to the digital delivery of teaching, learning and assessment.
  • Be a change champion within the organisation, showcasing exemplary learning design practice and being an advocate for strategies such as fully online, interactive and blended learning experiences.
  • Lead digital learning design workshops across the institution.
  • Produce and disseminate guidelines, papers and reviews in support of assessment practice innovation.
  • Managing and moderating online Teaching Enhancement community spaces and resource hubs. 
  • Contribute to new programme development and revalidation teams.
  • Evaluating new digital tools and technologies for use in teaching, learning and assessment. 
  • Foster and develop teaching communities of practice to enhance professional development and share insights in the area of digital learning design and innovation.
  • Represent NCI and participate in meetings and events, both internal and external, relevant to the role. 
  • Any other tasks as assigned by the Director of Centre for Education and Lifelong Learning

Key attributes:

  • Relevant third level qualification at Level 9 or equivalent in experience.
  • An interest in and mastery of pedagogy for learning design particularly in the context of the impact and potential of digital technology in higher education contexts.
  • Proven experience in advising, supporting and training others in the selection and use of digital tools to support teaching, learning and assessment, preferably in a higher education context.
  • Demonstrable knowledge, skill and competence in a range of educational technologies (virtual learning environments, virtual classroom and web conferencing technologies, e-portfolio platforms, authoring tools, multimedia applications, mobile apps and social media)
  • Strong communications skills (written, oral and presentation), with the ability to demonstrate tools and explain technical issues clearly and confidently.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to collaborate with colleagues and to work independently as required.
  • Good time management and organisational skills, with the ability to work simultaneously on multiple task streams and adhere to deadlines.
  • Keen professional interest in educational technology and a commitment to continuous professional learning in this domain.

Salary: Manager Band €53,836 - €74,028

Contract: Permanent

Application Process:

*Applications are invited by internal candidates (i.e. current employees of NCI)

To apply, please e-mail your cover letter and CV, quoting reference number: NCI 0960 to: recruitment-cdolan@ncirl.ie by 5:00 pm, Monday 17th January 2022. 

National College of Ireland is an equal opportunities employer.

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.

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.

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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