IUA Policy and Research Officer – Closed

The Irish Universities Association (IUA) is the representative organisation for the seven Irish

Universities. The IUA is the voice of the university sector and is committed to:

  • clearly and publicly articulating the importance and value of university education
  • acting as an advocate for the university system
  • providing effective liaison and dialogue with the State and its agencies
  • ensuring the system is resourced and prepared for the challenges of the future
  • developing sectoral policies and strategies
  • maximising the contribution of higher education in all its dimensions to society and the economy.

The organisation hosts important shared services in researcher mobility, widening participation, the development of engaged teaching and research and internationalisation. The IUA now wish to expand their team and invites applications for two Policy and Research Officer Positions. These are very exciting opportunities to contribute to the universities’ growing impact on Ireland’s economic social and cultural environment.

Role Purpose

To support the senior management team in the co-ordination and progression of sectoral policies and initiatives, in policy formulation, research, and drafting and in the servicing of sectoral groups and committees.

Reports to:

Two roles available, one reporting to the Director of Finance, the second to the Director of Learning & Teaching and Academic Affairs.

Key Responsibilities

  • Research and investigation of key policy initiatives in accordance with IUA priorities
  • One position will primarily support the finance and governance-related areas; the second the learning, teaching and academic affairs area
  • Supporting the IUA Director in developing, co-ordinating and implementing key sectoral projects and initiatives
  • Developing sectoral position/policy papers, briefing papers and submissions for review by the Director
  • Supporting strategic public affairs and policy positioning initiatives by the IUA
  • Providing relevant policy statements and material for use in IUA communications and advocacy activity
  • Servicing requirements of key standing groups and committees
  • Undertaking statistical analysis of national and international data and compiling comparisons and reports
  • Researching best practice in university governance and organizational management and producing position papers for consideration by relevant groups
  • Liaising with member institutions or third-party organisations as required
  • Supporting the relevant Director with any other tasks as required from time to time

Key Attributes

  • A graduate with two or three years relevant experience
  • Academic credentials in one or more of the following disciplines: finance, economics, politics, communications or other relevant disciplines
  • Strong numeracy skills and a data analytics capacity
  • Strong proficiency in Microsoft excel
  • Strong policy and research skills
  • Excellent writing and analytical skills
  • Excellent communications skills
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Good inter-personal skills
  • Ability to work on own initiative and to be flexible and adaptable
  • Interest or background in Higher education would be an advantage

Contract Details

The position is offered on a full-time basis on a two-year fixed term contract, and subject to a period of probation and meeting on-going performance requirements. A competitive salary commensurate with experience will be offered. The positions may require occasional travel within Ireland, and potentially abroad.

A secondment arrangement for existing public-sector employees may be possible, subject to concluding an appropriate agreement between the IUA and the candidate’s current employer.


Job spec pdf: Policy-Research-Officer-IUA_May-18.pdf (439 downloads)


Please forward a detailed CV and cover letter, demonstrating the competencies and experience listed above, by post or email by Friday 25th May 2018 to:

Jennifer Cleary, HR Manager, IUA, 48 Merrion Square, Dublin 2                                                                  

E-mail: jennifer.cleary@iua.ie  Tel:  (01) 676 4948

Applications submitted by or through third parties, including recruitment agencies, will be rejected.

The IUA is an equal opportunities employer