*** Closed for applications***

Education Project Manager (Full-time)

Dublin, Ireland

Reporting to:

Chief Executive Officer

Responsible to:

Chief Executive Officer

Job Purpose:

There are nearly 6,000 children and young people in care in Ireland. The children in care with whom EPIC works often highlight the stigma which surrounds the care system, and the associated societal prejudice they encounter. This leads to many children experiencing a strong sense of isolation and marginalisation. Coupled with trauma, reduced family support and additional social stressors, this can impact on their ability to thrive and achieve their full potential.

EPIC’s Youth Council and the children in our advocacy service have long identified schools as the appropriate target for awareness raising activities to address these issues. Schools are the one place where children in care mix daily with their peers, and where the support of adult professionals can improve a child’s care journey. However, during a research consultation delivered by EPIC in April 2022, teachers and guidance counsellors reported that they often feel that they lack the knowledge, skills, and capacity to engage their pupils on care issues, despite their willingness to do so.

In partnership with the Tusla Education Support Service, EPIC is seeking a Project Manager to work with us: to raise awareness on the situation of care-experienced children in schools; increase collaboration between professionals in the care and education sectors; build the capacity and knowledge of teachers to support children in care; and engage the Department of Education on the situation of children in care in schools.

Key responsibilities

  • Plan and implement a one-year Education Project to achieve the objectives outlined in the Job purpose.
  • Develop and maintain key relationships with relevant policy and decision makers in the education sector, specifically the Department of Education, the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth, the NCCA and Boards of Management and teachers in Pilot Schools.
  • Establish and Chair a Project Oversight Committee with key stakeholders to inform and champion the project.
  • Oversee the development of child-led resources designed for teachers and delivered by Kid’s Own, based on the lived experiences of children and young people, and informed by national and international resources practice.
  • Deliver political and policy analysis in relation to the situation of children and young people in care in schools, and maintain an overview of the external political, economic, and social environment which impacts on care experienced children and young people at primary and secondary level.

Additional Responsibilities

  • Prepare policy briefings, submissions and presentations to highlight the situation of children in care in schools, based on national research and data.
  • Work closely with EPIC’s Communications Manager to identify and provide key messages to raise awareness of children in care at school level and build positive visibility of the project.
  • Organise and manage events to support EPIC’s education project objectives, including seminars and roundtables, in collaboration with Tusla.
  • Represent EPIC in education research and policy meetings, working groups and consultations, as appropriate.
  • Ensure compliance with project management and donor reporting requirements, implementing the project on time, and within budget.

Desirable Skills and Experience

  • At least 10 years’ experience at senior level in the education sector; demonstrable ability to manage projects.
  • Excellent knowledge of Irish education policy and the education sector, and a track record of influencing related stakeholders.
  • Strong conceptual and analytical skills, and ability to think strategically and creatively.
  • Excellent communication and written skills.
  • Ability to prioritise, plan, organise and deliver in a busy NGO setting, on time and in budget.
  • Strong inter-personal skills, child-centred focus, and ability to work flexibly as part of a hard-working team, while also able to take initiative and work under pressure with limited supervision.
  • Knowledge of children in care and the Irish protection and welfare system desirable.

Attitude

  • Commitment to the values, vision and mission of EPIC.
  • Motivated and proactive
  • Flexibility and adaptability

Please note:

EPIC, Empowering People in Care believes in the value of a diverse workforce and encourages applications from people from all ethnic, cultural, religious, and social backgrounds: in particular, Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic and LGBTIQ+ people. We are trying to build a more diverse and representative workplace and environment.

 

This role will be flexible in line with EPIC’s current hybrid working model – requiring some office-based work and some remote work – within the working hours of the organisation.

 

It is envisaged that the post-holder will be flexible in using their own initiative to develop the role in line with the objectives and mission of EPIC.  The job description attached does not define all responsibilities within the role but offers a detailed overview of the role.

 

The post holder will also undertake training on Children First (Tusla e-learning programme) and abide at all times by this and by EPIC’s policies on child protection and welfare.

Terms:

This is a fixed-term contract for one year. It is a full-time post (35 hours per week), with a two-month probationary period. Annual leave entitlement of 25 day per annum. Participation in the company pension scheme is matched by a 5% Employer contribution, commencing on completion of the probationary period.

All roles within EPIC are subject to Garda Vetting.

Closing Date for applications:  14th November 2022

Salary: Approximately €60,000 per annum commensurate with experience.

 

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