Purpose of Position:

The purpose of the role is to support and develop this programme, act as an academic and placement lead, besides being a Programme Director on the programmes.

In 2016 the college started offering the BA (Hons) in Early Childhood Education. The programme has run as an evening programme since its inception. 

At the 2020 revalidation, the (renamed) BA (Hons) in Early Childhood Education & Care was repositioned as both a daytime and an evening delivery programme.

Since September 2021, a first intake was made for the fulltime/daytime strand. Both strands are fully aligned and recognised as a professional qualification by the Department of Education (DE) & Department of Children, Equality, Diversity Inclusion and Youth (DCEDIY). 

This role will involve building relationships and collaboration within the ECE&C environments and Further Education sectors.

Reporting to:              

Director, Centre for Education and Lifelong Learning

Teaching Responsibilities:

  • Actively participate in CELL ‘s teaching, assessment and project supervision activities.
  • Attend committees and programme meetings appropriate to the Centre’s  programmes.
  • Engage in the assessment processes of the College including setting and marking examinations and assignments and attending assessment boards and liaising with external examiners.

Programme Development:

  • Assist in the development of existing and new programmes. This may involve drafting submission documents, writing new modules and/or revising existing ones, liaising with the validating bodies, promoting, implementing, and reviewing complete programmes.

Practice Research & Innovation:

  • Carry out research and innovation activities relevant to College activities, consistently publishing findings in peer-reviewed high impact journals and reputable international conferences and fostering foreground knowledge activities such as innovation disclosures, patents, software development.
  • Pursue funded research projects, consultancy endeavours, and development work as appropriate.
  • Actively participate in the conception and development of project proposals aligned with CELL’s research interests to attract external research and innovation funds from external entities.


  • Act as programme director for programmes in consultation with the Director CELL.
  • Contribute to academic and disciplinary committees as requested. 
  • Represent the College at exhibitions, open days, and other external events. 
  • Undertake the duties of the role in accordance with the requirements of the College Quality Assurance arrangement.
  • Carry out administrative and other duties as deemed necessary by the Director of CELL.
  • Commitment to the mission, vision and values of National College of Ireland

Key Requirements: 

The appointee will be expert in Early Childhood Education with experience and expertise, including teaching and research experience. 

An adequate blend of early childhood education, understanding of Irish ECE&C legislation and regulatory frameworks, early childhood educators' personal and professional development, and specific pedagogies for early childhood education are among the requirements.

  • Excellent teaching and practice skills
  • An active research track in ECE& C
  • PhD qualification in Early Childhood Education or be on-track to PhD
  • Experience of teaching and placement supervision in Higher Education or Further Education 
  • Knowledge of the sector (Irish policies and practices) 
  • Ability to prepare course material and programme documentation 
  • Ability to work flexible hours including evenings and weekends
  • Ability to build relationships and collaborate with other members of CELL
  • Adherence to professional standards of teaching practice. 


Academic II Band €53,836 - €80,759

Annual Leave: 

34 days per annum


Permanent Whole Time


This role will require evening and weekend work as well as travel to supervise students in placement settings

The successful applicant will be subject to Garda Vetting and must not have any convictions under the Sex Offenders Act 2001.

National College of Ireland’s mission is to widen participation in higher education and unlock each student's potential. The College offers students the opportunity to acquire the skills and self-confidence to change their lives, contribute to a knowledge based economy and become responsible, active citizens. 

Application Process:

To apply please e-mail your cover letter and CV both in PDF format ONLY, quoting reference number: NCI 0988 to: recruitment@ncirl.ie by 5:00 pm, 19th July 2022.

Further details of our ECE programmes are to be found at www.ncirl.ie

Note: The functions and responsibilities assigned to the Lecturer Early Childhood Education) 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 NCI

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.

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