Job Vacancy – Communications and Outreach Officer CLOSED

The Discovery Programme: Centre for Archaeology Innovation Ireland is seeking to fill the post of Communications and Outreach Officer.

Nature of Employment: This is a full-time permanent appointment (subject to successful completion of a six months probationary period and satisfactory performance in post).

Salary: In the region of at €38,884.00-€40,763.00 per annum (pro rata) (Point 4-5 Executive Officer Standard Scale 66240(2), with annual increments on that scale on satisfactory performance in post)

Current Location: Merchants House, Merchants Quay, D08 K3KD, Ireland.

Reporting to: Chief Executive Officer or their nominee

The Role

The key activities in respect of the post of Communications and Outreach Officer are set out below:

  • To plan, develop and deliver an agreed annual programme of Communications and Outreach activities and events for the Discovery Programme, with key partners and stakeholders as appropriate;
  • To develop and maintain key partnerships with State agencies; sectoral stakeholders and local communities; local, regional and national media, for the provision of information and maximise publicity about the work of the Discovery Programme;
  • To maintain and update resources on-line, including management of the Discovery Programme’s website, social media platforms and digital communications;
  • To contribute to and engage with the Discovery Programme Board and Staff in the development of new outreach opportunities, including a lead role in the development of creative materials and resources such as educational resources, information graphics and publications;
  • Provide public engagement and outreach expertise, knowledge, and specialist input into all Discovery Programme projects;
  • To organise, co-ordinate and support the delivery of key engagement events such as conferences, seminars, workshops and training events;
  • To manage the provision of bilingual resources for the Discovery Programme;
  • To manage the Discovery Programme’s publication schedule, including the collation and production of the Discovery Programme’s Annual Report;
  • To support the Board and Chief Executive Officer in the development of partnerships with key sectoral stakeholders to stimulate debate on Irish archaeology and related subjects;
  • Manage requests made to the Discovery Programme for information and materials for research, including liaison with external bodies regarding potential reuse and exchange of data
  • To support the Discovery Programme’s Board, Communications Committee and Chief Executive Officer in the provision of key communications metrics to assess the reach and impact of the organisation and its outreach activities;
  • Any other duties as may be reasonably required from time to time in respect of this post.

The post holder will be expected to conduct their duties to assist in the progression and delivery of the overall objectives of the Discovery Programme, within time and budgetary constraints. This will include representing the Discovery Programme at meetings and events around Ireland, and occasionally attending meetings and events outside of Ireland. From time to time the post-holder may be required to work additional hours as may be reasonable and necessary for the proper performance of their duties, subject to the limits set down in statute and the flexible working arrangements of the Discovery Programme Staff Handbook.

The Person

The Discovery Programme is seeking an individual who is highly motivated, focused upon results while at the same time respecting and following instruction and processes that relate to their work. We are looking for someone who has:

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills;
  • Excellent practical skills in the delivery of Communications and Outreach activities;
  • Strong organisation and time management skills.
  • Sound academic and professional knowledge about Communications and Outreach involving archaeology, including a good working knowledge of:
    – archaeology found on the island of Ireland, and
    – the work of the Discovery Programme and its role in archaeological research on the island of Ireland and with international partners;
  • Demonstration of successful project completion;
  • Accuracy and attention to detail essential;
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work well with others including a wide range of audiences that include specialist practitioners and general interest groups;
  • Ability to prioritise work load; and
  • Flexibility and adaptability in the context of remote or blended working arrangements

How to Apply

Applications must be made by submitting an email, with the title of the position entered into the subject field of the email, to Attached to that email, applicants must include Application Form COM_2023_004, along with

  • A short cover letter / personal statement, no more than 500 words 12pt single spaced text, outlining why you wish to be considered for this post and why you believe your skills, experience and values meet the requirements of the position.
  • A comprehensive CV detailed as relevant to the position but to be no more than three pages in length. The first page of the CV should include a summary biography. (NB: Please ensure that your CV does not include any personal information that is not relevant to the post being applied for.)
  • Completion of the information fields set out on the application form

Completed Applications to be received no later than 12 noon Wednesday 23 August 2023
Expected employment start date: Preferably no later than 31 October 2023


Candidate Information Pack

Application Form