Purpose of Position:

This is a senior academic appointment. The Vice-Dean, Postgraduate Studies will be responsible for the management of all full-time and part-time postgraduate programmes and supporting the implementation of the College academic strategy within their School.

Reporting to: 

Dean, School of Business

Key Relationships: 

  • Dean, School of Business;
  • Vice President Academic & Research;
  • Vice Dean Postgraduate Studies, School of Computing
  • Director QIE
  • Registrar
  • Director of Learning & Teaching
  • Director of International Development
  • Director of Marketing
  • Senior Academic Operations Manager 
  • Faculty attached to Postgraduate Programmes
  • Vice Dean Undergraduate Studies

Key Responsibilities:

Academic Oversight and Planning:

  • Undertake the day to day operational management responsibilities of the School of Business for all postgraduate related activities as agreed with the Dean of School
  • Undertake management responsibilities (as agreed with the Dean of School) for permanent and associate faculty engaged in teaching the School’s postgraduate programmes
  • The timetabling and allocation of teaching responsibilities for the School’s postgraduate programmes in conjunction with the Dean and Vice-Dean of Undergraduate Studies
  • Fulfil the role of Subject leadership through the provision of general academic oversight across all Level 9 programmes and modules. This involves leading and advancing learning & teaching in postgraduate subject areas of the School
  • Responsible for ensuring implementation of and day-to-day oversight of NCI’s QA policy and procedures for the School’s postgraduate programmes
  • Will manage staff and conduct staff appraisals in line with college policy
  • Will work with the relevant professional bodies associated with the portfolio of School programmes
  • Will lead and manage relevant programme development and revalidation at Level 9 to ensure a relevant and industry focused portfolio of Business programmes that are current and in demand.
  • Lead, manage and oversee the day-to-day operations for postgraduate programmes within the School
  • Ensure that the views of postgraduate students within the School are appropriately acted upon
  • Assist the Dean in the establishment and ongoing development of the School of Business industry advisory board 
  • Work collaboratively with other internal Schools and Departments
  • Play a leading role in the development and management of international collaborations and partnerships
  • Will take a leadership role on programme accreditations – notably AACSB accreditation
  • Attend and contribute to Academic Council and Academic Operations.


  • Actively participate in the advancement of the College’s Research Strategy and lead its implementation at School level.
  • In conjunction with the Dean of School and Vice President identify, agree and source streams of research funding in fulfilment of the institutional research plan.
  • Oversee and co-ordinate all School research activities including funding bids, conference attendance budgets, publications, papers and theses in accordance with procedures and as required by the College Research Office.
  • Provide oversight for the quality of all level 9 and 10 theses to ensure continuous improvement of the standard of research being produced.
  • Liaise with the Vice President on research matters.
  • Represent the School and take an active role on the College Research Committee.
  • Manage the dissertation process for all level 9 students undertaking taught masters
  • Work with faculty in the School to develop individual research strategies and action plans.

Key Attributes:

It is expected that the successful candidate will have the following capabilities:

  • A PhD qualification is essential
  • Evidence of subject expertise in a business discipline
  • Evidence of research output and a personal research strategy – publications in peer review journals at a level commensurate with a senior academic role and/or research funding awards
  • Evidence of success in innovation in learning, teaching and the curriculum
  • Evidence of leadership and management in an academic environment
  • Clear understanding of the demands on a modern School of Business (i.e. quality of provision, attractive and relevant portfolio, income generation, accreditations and research)
  • Ability to contribute to the development of School and College strategy
  • Evidence of resource management
  • Commercial acumen
  • A willingness to travel

Senior Academic & Managerial salary band €70,400-€99,394

Annual Leave: 

34 days per annum




Full-time, 35 hours per week

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 1023 to: recruitment@ncirl.ie by 5:00 pm, Friday 17th February 2023.

Note: The functions and responsibilities assigned to a Vice-Dean, Postgraduate Studies – School of Business  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 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.

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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.

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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.


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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.

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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

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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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