The National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education is currently seeking applications for the following:

Communications Officer - 6 Month Secondment

The National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning was established to enhance teaching and learning in Irish Higher Education through: advocacy, connecting excellent practice, collaboration, innovation and the mobilisation of expertise throughout the entire higher education system in Ireland. In addition, it aims to find efficient ways of maximising teaching and learning excellence by focusing the energy and expertise of the sector on specific, agreed enhancement themes – with a view to addressing challenges of collective importance to the sector.

With a refreshed focus on a strong approach to effective communications across a diverse group of networks and stakeholders, the National Forum is pleased to invite applications for a Communications Officer who, within a focused time frame, will work with the Director of the National Forum (Dr Terry Maguire) and on behalf of the Board to engage with a range of complex and diverse communications activities necessary for the National Forum’s work.

Key tasks and activities will include:

  • The development of a comprehensive communications strategy for the National Forum to promote its mission, work and activities.
  • The creation and implementation of a social media plan, through which the National Forum can inform Senior Management, higher education staff, students and the broader community of its role and services in timely, efficient but also imaginative ways. Content generation and monitoring will be a feature of this social media work.
  • The organisation, management and promotion of three high profile National Forum events:
    • The Professional Development celebration event (September 2017)
    • The National Forum’s flagship teaching and learning Summit (December 2017)
    • The National Learning Impact Awards Ceremony (December 2017).
  • Collaboration with the National Forum team to review and develop the National Forum website ( and its publications.

Applications for the position of communications officer are now invited. The position is open to all communications staff from the higher education sector or other public bodies with substantial experience and a proven track record in communications strategy development and implementation, event management, publication and digital marketing.

The position will be filled on the basis of a secondment arrangement for a time frame of 6 months. (Note: the cost of salary, associated employer costs of superannuation, employee and employer PRSI payments etc., will be paid by the National Forum to the successful applicant’s host institution/public body).

Further information for applicants is available at

Informal enquiries regarding the post may be directed to:

Dr Terry Maguire, Director of the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. Email:

Please send CV, with cover letter outlining your suitability for this post to: Director, National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, c/o 19, Dawson Street, Dublin 2.

Deadline for receipt of applications is Friday, 30th June 2017, 12noon. No late applications will be considered.

Assistance from recruitment agencies is not required at this time.