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DRI is Hiring: Programme Manager

Maternity Cover post

9-month Specific Purpose Contract

The Programme Manager is an important role at the DRI with the following key responsibilities:

  • Working closely with the DRI Director in the day-to-day running, project planning, scheduling and administration of the DRI and DRI partner projects (the DRI programme).
  • Preparing financial and project reports on all aspects of the DRI programme projects for funding bodies, Auditors, and other bodies as required in accordance with GDPR guidelines and internal policies.
  • Supporting the budgeting and maintenance of the programme’s financial records, invoices, and payments, as required within the role level remit.
  • Working to, and co-ordinating with various governance boards including the DRI  Board.
  • Membership of a number of key programme committees and taskforces 
  • Managing and supporting various DRI events including education and outreach activities.
  • Assisting with DRI website and social media, as arises.
  • Preparing and organising project meetings; drafting minutes and agendas and undertaking follow-up action as required.
  • Administration of the central partner document management system and DRI Google Drive.
  • Leading the Membership Administration process, which includes: 1) Assisting in the development of the DRI membership base (e.g. meetings with potential members, letter campaigns); 2) Coordinating and continuing to develop the communications strategy to attract and maintain members; 3) Serving as a liaison point for existing and potential members to assess needs and ensure they are being met; 4) Coordinating sign up, and billing, and administrative maintenance of new members. 


  • A degree or equivalent qualification in a relevant discipline.
  • A minimum of one year’s experience in Project Management. 
  • Experience managing budgets with a preference for multiple budget lines and experience with research project funding.
  • Demonstrable financial/accounts management experience in a similar realm.
  • Strong IT skills including Windows/Outlook/MS Word, PowerPoint and Project. Fluency in Excel is essential.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills (oral and written) with an excellent command of English.
  • Excellent organisational skills with experience of working in a fast-paced environment and to deadlines. 


  • Project Management certification (eg Prince2, PMP, PgMP).
  • Experience in event management.
  • Experience working with exchequer-funded projects.

Length of post: This posting is to cover a period of maternity leave. It will therefore be for a period of 9 months with the possibility of a limited extension. 

Salary: The salary scale is a seven-point scale, from €35,976 - €47,181 per annum.  Candidates should note that entry will be at the minimum of the scale in accordance with the Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest Act 2013 and therefore will not be subject to negotiation. The rate of remuneration may be adjusted from time to time in line with Government pay policy.  

To apply: Completed applications consisting of one electronic copy (with both documents below contained in one PDF file) must be submitted by e-mail to in the order as set out below:-

  • A brief cover letter demonstrating how you meet the criteria for the position which must include relevant experience managing budgets, including accounting and reporting plus your current excel skill level.
  • A curriculum vitae summarising your qualifications and relevant experience (max 5 pages)

Closing date: The closing date for applications is 22nd November 2019. Late applications will not be considered. We anticipate holding interviews week commencing 2nd December 2019.

More information via the Royal Irish Academy website.

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