Vacancy: Alumni and Communications Officer

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About ICOS
ICOS is an independent, not-for-profit organisation advocating for the rights of international students in Ireland, and promoting good policy and high standards for international education in Irish higher education. ICOS also administers the Ireland Fellows Programme on behalf of the Department of Foreign Affairs (the “Programme”).

About the Role
The Alumni & Communications Officer will form a part of ICOS’ Programme Team, providing support in ICOS’ delivery of its commitments to the Ireland Fellows Programme. This is a professional and dedicated team supporting students from participating countries at master’s level who have been awarded fellowships due to their academic excellence, future leadership potential and their dedication to advancing Sustainable Development Goals in their home countries. As the Programme expands in terms of size and the scope of its activities, ICOS is seeking to recruit a new Alumni & Communications Officer to the team.

Person Specification
The ideal candidate will have:

  • A minimum 2-3 years’ relevant work experience
  • Experience managing social media accounts and campaigns.
  • Experience using website content management systems.
  • Experience working on the development of digital communications strategies.
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills.
  • Excellent IT skills, including experience of Mailchimp as well as photo and video editing programmes.
  • Experience working with people from diverse cultural backgrounds.
  • Knowledge of the higher education sector in Ireland and globally.
  • The ability to work on own initiative as part of a team.
  • An interest in social justice and human rights.

Include, but are not limited to:

  • Developing, coordinating and evaluating programmes and projects to promote alumni relations and continued engagement with Ireland and the Ireland Fellows Programme.
  • Fostering and coordinating the development of local alumni chapters in coordination with participating embassies of Ireland.
  • Developing, sustaining and strengthening existing alumni chapters which focus on maintaining connections with Ireland.
  • Assisting with the planning and coordination of events, both online and in person, and developing content for events.
  • Collaborating with management to develop and implement an effective communications strategy for the Ireland Fellows Programme.
  • Managing communications output to fellows in Ireland and applicants to the Ireland Fellows Programme – writing, editing, building and issuing email campaigns and messages.
  • Writing, editing and distributing content that communicates the Ireland Fellows Programme’s activities.
  • Establishing and developing a social media presence for the Ireland Fellows Programme.
  • Maintaining the Ireland Fellows Programme website and assisting with website projects.

The successful applicant will also be expected to actively contribute to the broader ICOS team and, on occasion, provide administrative support for other activities as required.

The following are essential criteria for the post:

  • A minimum of 2-3 years’ relevant work experience.
  • Strong organisation and time management skills.
  • Experience managing social media accounts and campaigns.
  • Experience using website content management systems.
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills.
  • The ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines.
  • Highly proficient in Microsoft Office applications, including Outlook, Excel and Word
  • Experience using Mailchimp as well as photo and video editing programmes.

The following are highly desirable criteria for this post:

  • A third-level qualification in a relevant area.
  • Work experience in the community/voluntary sector and/or the higher education sector.
  • Experience with digital communications strategies.
  • Previous work experience with an alumni programme and/or in a membership organisation.
  • Experience working with people from diverse cultural backgrounds.
  • Knowledge/experience of international development work, Ireland’s international development policy and the Sustainable Development Goals.

Salary & Terms
The position is offered on an initial 3-year contract, which may be extended, subject to funding. The role will be based at our office in Dublin, with flexibility offered for remote working. Attendance at the office will be required for at least part of each week (subject to public health advice).

The rate of annual salary for this role is in the range of €33,000 to €37,000 for a 35-hour week, depending on experience.

Other benefits include flexible working, 22 days’ annual leave and a further 3 days off during the Christmas period. Access to ICOS’ pension and health insurance schemes is available after the completion of a probationary period of 6 months.

Closing date for receipt of applications is midnight on Sunday, 26 September with interviews of shortlisted candidates anticipated on the week of 11 October. Interviews will take place remotely via Zoom.

Applications must include a CV and a cover letter outlining your motivation and relevant experience, and should be emailed to Ms. Laura Harmon, Executive Director –

Informal enquiries may be made to ICOS at +353 83 1621274 and candidates should note that canvassing will disqualify.

ICOS is an equal opportunities employer.

Further information for candidates:

Irish Council for International Students

Ireland Fellows Programme

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