The Royal Irish Academy: The Royal Irish Academy/Acadamh Ríoga na hÉireann is a publicly funded institution established for the promotion of learning in the sciences and humanities throughout Ireland. The Academy was founded by Royal Charter in 1785. Membership is by election and is open to people who have attained distinction in scholarship as evidenced by their published work. At its inception the Academy had 88 members; now there are over 460, divided almost equally between the sciences and the humanities and social sciences. The Academy maintains a network of committees representing specialist disciplines; through these committees it represents Irish scholarship internationally. The Academy’s home is Academy House, a historic building in the centre of Dublin, which houses a library of international importance, provides a forum for academic conferences and accommodates the great majority of the Academy’s administrative, library and research staff.

The Digital Repository of Ireland: The Digital Repository of Ireland is an interactive trusted digital repository for contemporary and historical, social and cultural data held by Irish institutions. DRI works with common data and metadata standards, formats, access rights, and research tools, and it will consolidate and make accessible social sciences, arts and cultural data, collections and audio-visual archives. This is an exciting project with a national mandate and a cross-disciplinary, energetic team.

DRI funded partners are the Royal Irish Academy (RIA, lead institute), National University of Ireland Maynooth (NUIM), Trinity College Dublin (TCD), Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT), National University of Ireland Galway (NUIG), and National College of Art and Design (NCAD). DRI is partnering with cultural institutions such as the National Archives of Ireland and the National Library of Ireland, and is supported by a network of cultural, public and social data institutions, and industry partners. The project is funded by the Irish Government’s PRTLI Cycle 5 for €5.2M over four years, and started in September 2011.

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The DAH Programme: The Digital Arts and Humanities PhD is a collaborative program between five of Ireland’s most exciting and diverse academic institutions: the National University of Ireland Galway, the National University of Ireland Maynooth, The Royal Irish Academy, Trinity College Dublin, and University College Cork. The program provides students with the opportunity to become pioneers in an exciting, emerging and innovative virtual academic landscape. Research and scholarship conducted on the program will create the foundations for new disciplinary and technological approaches for the arts, humanities, and industry.

The Position: The Academy is seeking applications to fill a 16 month fixed term contract position as Knowledge Transfer Manager on the DAH programme. The successful candidate will join the DRI team and be responsible for developing and delivering outreach, educational and skills training events on behalf of the DRI/RIA for the DAH programme. The Knowledge Transfer manager will also maintain the website and social media presence for the DAH programme, and liaise with other partners in the DAH consortium on collaborations. This contract is funded from the DAH grant allocated to the RIA.

Reporting to the DRI Manager of Education and Outreach, the Knowledge Transfer Manager will be responsible for:
•Working closely with the DRI Manager of Education and Outreach on a day to day basis
•Designing and delivering skills-based workshops, training modules and master classes in various areas relevant to the digital humanities, including but not limited to data preservation, data preparation, data visualisation, linked data. These training programmes will be targeted at DAH students, but should also be designed for a broad range of stakeholders including academia, cultural and public bodies, with varying incumbent skill levels.
•Organising public outreach events, including their administration, budgeting, planning and delivery.
•Creating online educational content, such as instructional videos, captures of workshops, talks, and other events.
•Managing the operation and ongoing population of the DAH website.
•Managing the active social media dissemination and electronic communications of the DAH including blogs, Twitter, Facebook, press releases, newsletters, etc
•Maintaining a register of all project publicity and metrics describing the impact of DAH
•Maintaining a database of parties interested in working with and learning about the project
•Ensuring the DAH’s public profile is established and grown for a broad audience, including academics, cultural institutions, industry, learners of all levels including schools, and the wider public
•Actively seeking synergies, alignments and opportunities for leveraged resources with the DRI project
•Acting as an external contact point for DAH and dealing with enquiries about the project
•Assisting in writing grant and funding proposals.
•Any other duties as assigned.

Qualifications and Experience: The successful candidate will be a self-motivated graduate with an excellent command of English. Candidates must have:
•A PhD in a relevant area, or an equivalent level of work experience
•Skills and expertise in some aspects of digital humanities or digital arts
•Designed and delivered lecture or training modules or skills workshops to mixed-ability classes
•Excellent oral and written communications skills, with the ability and confidence to engage with project partners and stakeholders clearly and professionally
•Proven ability in social media, website management, presentations and electronic communications
•Proven ability in a dissemination, communications or outreach role
•Evidence of strong organisational and self-motivational skills
•Experience of event or workshop organisation
•Experience of working in a fast-paced environment and to deadlines
•Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to operate flexibly as a member of this cross-disciplinary team.

Salary: The salary scale applicable is the Post Doctoral Researcher Level 2

€37,750 to €46,255 p.a. (8 points) Non New Entrant scale
€33,975 to €41,630 p.a. (8 points) New Entrant

Candidates should note that entry point will be in line with Government pay policy. The rate of remuneration may be adjusted from time to time in line with Government pay policy. Salary is payable on the 15th of each month. PRSI is payable at the A1 rate.
Hours of Work: The normal hours of work are 37 hours per week as follows:-
Monday to Thursday 9.00 a.m. to 5.30 p.m with one hour for lunch
Friday 9:15 a.m. to 5:00 p.m with 45 minutes for lunch
Hours of work may be adjusted from time to time in line with government policy. Overtime is not paid in respect of excess attendance which, should it arise, is discharged by time-off in lieu at times agreed in advance with the Director

Leave: The annual leave entitlement is twenty-five days per annum, pro-rata for shorter periods and part time working. Entitlement to leave for Public Holidays is in accordance with the terms of the Organisation of Working Time Act 1997. There is a requirement to take up to four days annual leave where the Academy is closed at Easter and Christmas. Annual Leave may be changed in line with government policy.

Medical: Staff shall, if required, and at the expense of the Academy, submit to a medical examination by a registered medical practitioner nominated by the Academy and shall authorise such medical practitioner to disclose and to discuss with the Academy the results of the examination and the matters which arise from it so that the Academy can ascertain any matters that they consider might impair a staff member from properly discharging his/her duties.

Pension: Details of the appropriate pension scheme will be provided upon determination of appointee’s status.
Pension-Related Deduction: This appointment is subject to the pension-related deduction in accordance with the Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest Act 2009.

Completed applications consisting of one electronic copy (with all documents contained in one MS Word file/PDF) must be submitted by e-mail to in the order as set out below:-
1.A statement demonstrating how you meet the requirements for the post.
2.A curriculum vitae summarising your qualifications and relevant experience

Applicants will be shortlisted on the basis of information provided in their application.
Closing date: The closing date for applications is Wednesday, 7th May 2014 at 5pm. Late applications will not be considered. We anticipate interviews taking place on Monday, 19th May 2014.
The Royal Irish Academy is an equal opportunities employer

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