Purpose of Position:

To assist in providing vision, team leadership and management of ELI with responsibility for the ELI’s Dublin’s Inner City, NEIC and ABC Programmes

Reporting to:

Director of Early Learning Initiative

Key Relationships: 

  • Director of the Early Learning Initiative.
  • Early Learning Initiative team.
  • National College of Ireland
  • ELI Advisory Committee and its subcommittees
  • ABC Steering Group and members of ABC consortium
  • Stakeholders in the local community, including parents, children and practitioners

Key Responsibilities: 

  • Assist in providing vision, team leadership and management of ELI
  • Support the development and implementation of NCI’s Institutional Strategy and ELI’s 2020-25 strategy and annual operational plans 
  • Responsibility for ELI’s local Dublin Inner City programmes, including the NEIC and ABC Programmes 
  • Support ELI’s fundraising, grant applications, donor relationships and volunteering programmes with specific responsibility for Dublin’s Inner City, NEIC and ABC 
  • Responsibility for the overall operational and administrative functions of ELI,  in collaboration with the National Assistant Director and relevant NCI’s Departments, including 
  • Recruitment and employment practices 
  • IT requirements, including phones, CRM, laptops etc. 
  • Finance, including budgets and for managing and accounting for income and expenditure within the NCI/Early Learning Initiative framework and the requirements of the EU, Tusla and other funders
  • Facilities – office space, health and safety etc.
  • Marketing re: communications, social media etc.
  • Governance – reporting and accountability to NCI’s Governing Body, Academic Council, ELI Advisory Committees and Subcommittees
  • Chair consortium, working groups, team and programme meetings 
  • Build positive supportive relationships with ELI’s partners in Dublin’s Inner City, including community, statutory, government, EU, voluntary and community stakeholders
  • Develop and support effective partnerships with other organisations working locally and elsewhere in the early intervention and prevention, education and community development fields
  • Deputise for Director and National Assistant Director, when they are not available
  • Develop organisational capacity within ELI to support programme research, creativity, innovation and enterprise.
  • Liaise with other Schools and Departments within the college on behalf of ELI
  • Maintain fully compliant governance and organisational procedures.
  • Any other duties as assigned by the ELI Director

Skills and Experience required:

  • Recognised third level qualification
  • Sufficient breadth or depth of practical non-profit management experience
  • Knowledge and understanding of the Irish policy, early intervention and prevention, education, community and charity sectors
  • Relevant experience of working with children, young people, families and statutory agencies,  
  • Ability to develop, implement and evaluate effective and relevant organisational strategies, including innovative ideas and approaches
  • Excellent communication skills, including the ability to interact with a range of stake holders, including community and corporate stakeholders and other outside individuals/organisations
  • Team player with the ability to work in a cross disciplinary, integrated team, sharing roles and responsibilities
  • An energetic, confident and pro-active individual with excellent written, verbal and inter-personal communication skills with the ability to work independently and show initiative
  • Excellent IT skills with high proficiency in Excel, Word, PowerPoint, CRM systems, databases and social media 
  • High level of productivity and self-direction with a planned and systematic approach to the organisation of work
  • Results oriented with the ability to produce results under tight deadlines and with meticulous attention to detail
  • Flexible approach to work as evening and weekend work may be required
  • Excellent leadership, administrative and organisational skills


€53,836 - €74,028 Manager Salary Band


Fixed term contract, Full Time

Application Process:

To apply, please e-mail your cover letter and CV, quoting reference number: NCI 1034 to: recruitment-cdolan@ncirl.ie by 5:00 pm, Friday 5th of May 2023. 

National College of Ireland is an equal opportunities employer.


The functions and responsibilities assigned to the Assistant Director 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 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.

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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