Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Manager

The college is seeking someone who will lead on college initiatives to ensure that NCI is a diverse, welcoming and inclusive college for all.

Purpose of Job

National College of Ireland is a leading higher education institute with a city centre campus in the IFSC, Dublin 1. The college is appointing an Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Manager who will lead on college initiatives to ensure that NCI is a diverse, welcoming and inclusive college for all. A key responsibility within the role is NCI’s ongoing commitment to the Athena SWAN charter and principles.

The Athena SWAN Charter was established in 2005 to encourage and recognise commitment to advancing the careers of women in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) employment in higher education and research. The charter has since expanded to recognise work undertaken in arts, humanities, social sciences, business and law (AHSSBL) and in professional and support roles, and for trans staff and students. The charter now recognises work undertaken to address gender equality more broadly, and not just barriers to progression that affect women.

The post-holder will be responsible for co-ordinating the College’s efforts to attain and retain the Athena SWAN Charter and other similar projects and accreditations. This role holder will also participate in other EDI initiatives, including NCI’s aim to become an Autism Friendly campus.

Reporting to the President of NCI, the role holder will provide progress updates to the Executive Group and Governing Body as required and will support and monitor the college’s progress in delivering and implementing its Athena Swan Gender Equality Action Plan.

Internal Relationships

  • President
  • HR Director
  • Executive Group
  • Management Group
  • Academic Operations Committee
  • Governing Body EDI sub-committee
  • EDI Champions
  • Chair of Departmental Athena SWAN SATs
  • Functional managers, directors and others (e.g. in Human Resources, Facilities, Student Services Marketing & International Development) to consult and progress actions.

External Relationships

  • NCI’s main contact for Athena SWAN (ASNCI’s main contact for Athena SWAN (AS)
  • EDI representatives in other HEIs
  • Experts in fields of promoting and implementing practices to achieve aims of Athena SWAN/EDI.

Key Responsibilities

Reporting to the President, the primary duties and responsibilities of the post are to:

  • Lead the further development of the college’s EDI processes, policies and plans.
  • Promote equality, diversity and inclusion for staff, students and others, ensuring that the college meets its EDI objectives and responsibilities.
  • Design and implement solutions to equality, diversity and inclusion challenges within the framework of relevant legislation and ensure the provision of a high standard of advice, support and delivery across the college on EDI matters.
  • Lead and support the delivery of strategic EDI Gender Equality Action Plan.
  • Develop a performance dashboard against EDI KPIs, along with reporting on progress on the college’s Athena SWAN Gender Equality Action Plan.
  • In conjunction with HR, manage and/or deliver internal staff training on EDI related skills and topics.
  • Co-ordinate, on behalf of the Chair of the Athena SWAN Steering Group, meetings and documentation for meetings of the group.
  • Have responsibility for the college’s engagement with relevant equality charters providing expert direction and advice to the Executive, Management Group, Athena Swan Departmental Self-Assessment Teams and Athena SWAN Champions, including future submissions for the college or departments.
  • Be proactive and keep up to date on developments in equality, diversity and inclusion in Higher Education and other sectors.
  • Identify, develop and apply EDI good practice.
  • Identify, collect and analyse data on staff and students from diverse internal sources.
  • Identify, collect and analyse data on staff and students from a range of external sources.
  • Lead the commissioning and implementation of staff and student surveys and relevant thematic working groups to consider and respond to feedback obtained via surveys and other means.
  • Undertake external benchmarking.
  • Devise, plan and schedule seminars, conferences and other events to communicate equality, diversity and inclusion principles to staff, students and other college stakeholders as appropriate.
  • Provide relevant, timely and accurate institutional information that supports the college in its interactions with its collaborative partners, the external community and agencies.
  • To monitor the achievement of EDI objectives and provide appropriate reports to the Governing Body, Academic Council, Executive and other committees and groups as appropriate.
  • To collate and present high-quality, self-evaluation and other reports to external stakeholders and funders as appropriate.
  • To represent the college at relevant external fora, networks, committees and projects.
  • To perform related duties as required by the President.

Candidate Profile

Qualifications & Experience Requirements
This role requires an experienced and motivated individual who is passionate about equality, with a strong work ethic, commitment to the highest professional standards, proven record of accomplishment, excellent communication and analytical skills and a team player who relishes and actively seeks new challenges.

The successful candidate will have:

  • A master's level qualification in a relevant subject area
  • Will be able to commit to the mission, vision and ethos of the college.
  • Relevant experience that includes:
    • designing and leading advances relating to diversity, inclusion and multiculturalism
    • a record of working collaboratively with colleagues at all levels to facilitate positive and collaborative processes and initiatives
    • strong interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills
    • knowledge of current legislation and good practice in EDI and its application within higher education
    • ideally, leadership experience in an academic environment or a professional services organisation.

Terms of Employment

Contract: Permanent
Salary: Circa €60,000 depending on experience
Hours: Full-time
Annual Leave: 24 days
Pension: Defined Contribution Pension Scheme

Application Process

To apply, please e-mail your cover letter and CV in PDF Format Only, quoting reference number: NCI 0821 and job title to: recruitment-cdolan@ncirl.ie by 5pm, Friday 7th June 2019.

Note: The functions and responsibilities assigned to this role 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.

Equal Opportunities Policy

National College of Ireland is an equal opportunities employer and is committed to the employment policies, procedures and practices which do not discriminate on grounds such as gender, marital status, family status, age, disability, race, religious belief, sexual orientation or membership of the traveller community.

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