Programme Director – Ballymun Initiative for Third-Level Education – Dublin

Programme Director Role
The person in this position is responsible for the leadership and strategic development of BITE and for ensuring the day-to-day operational management is carried out in a professional, effective and efficient manner.
The post holder will be responsible for management of all staff, including teaching staff, directly and indirectly as well as volunteers, and will be responsible for the general direction and management of the work of BITE.
The post holder will have excellent communication skills and take responsibility for specific programme activities and ensure appropriate measures for evaluation and programme measurement are included.
Candidates for the post of Programme Director should be dynamic and innovative, with an ability to work on their own initiative under the direction of the Board of Management.

Key Responsibilities
Lead, develop and implement all aspects of Ballymun Initiative for Third Level Education, which promotes educational achievement and progression to third level options.
Provide direct support to students at second and third level to encourage educational achievement. This includes delivery, co-ordination and administration of range of programme supports and scholarship schemes.
Advise and inform students and their parents on supports available to them when progressing to further and higher education.
Ensure management of BITE office efficiently and effectively at a day-to-day operational level, including that appropriate policies and procedures are in place.
Manage all employees and volunteers working for BITE including recruitment, performance management, professional development and exit.
Liaise with local schools, education providers, University Access Services, local agencies both statutory and voluntary, Department of Education and Skills and various other agencies and groups as required.
Identify, generate and pursue opportunities to enable BITE to extend its range of programmes.
Co-ordinate and lead a process for strategic development of BITE, identifying and proposing new areas of development for consideration by BITE’s Board of Management as appropriate.
Advise and support the Board of Management about current and emerging issues of interest and concern to BITE’s mission. To work with the Chairperson of the Board to schedule and attend an annual set of Board and sub-group meetings and maters arising.
Develop and monitor budgets and financial procedures (payroll & accounts packages), ensuring the organisation is managed in a financially accountable manner both in accordance with the law and also best practice.
Develop and maintain funding streams and make submissions for funding to statutory and other agencies to ensure the continuing capacity of BITE to respond to emerging needs.
Ensure that all legal and financial responsibilities are fulfilled in a timely manner.
Ensure compliance with the best practice guidelines recommended by the Governance Code for Community and Voluntary groups and filing of annual return to the Charities Regulatory Authority.
Production of Annual Report and progress/ evaluation reports for various funders as requested.
Production of programme activity promotional material.
Update and maintenance of BITE website and social media accounts.
Performing other duties relevant to the objectives of BITE as may be assigned by the Board of Management.
Person Specification
The person appointed will be dynamic, innovative and well-organised with experience of working in education and or a relevant field.

The experience and skills required for this post include:
A third level qualification in a relevant discipline.
Excellent communication skills (both oral and written).
Excellent interpersonal skills.
Capacity to develop a positive relationship with young people participating in programme activities.
Experience of education programme co-ordination and administration or similar.
Capacity to plan, prioritise and manage multiple demands.
Experience of managing staff and volunteers.
Experience of working independently and with smalls teams.
Experience of administering budgets and fundraising.
An understanding of the barriers to higher education progression for students from disadvantaged areas.
Strong empathy for the ethos and goals of the organisation.

Experience in student welfare and/or school community links.
Have access to a car and poses a clean driver’s license.
Salary Scale: Available on request.

Please send your CV and application letter, outlining your suitability for this role, to by Thursday 26th May 12pm.

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