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Head of Education & Public Engagment

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Head of Education & Public Engagment

POSTED:November 12, 2021
LOCATION:Dublin City University
CLOSES:November 24, 2021
Duration:3 years
Reports to:Head of Research Strategy and Integratio
Closing Date:November 24, 2021

Role Profile

Based on substantial growth in the scale of the centre and its activities, ADAPT is seeking to appoint a Head of Education & Public Engagement (EPE) to develop and deliver a focussed strategic vision for the EPE activities of the Centre, and ensure performance against the strategy and operational plans arising from that vision. The Head of EPE will be responsible for devising a strategy to incorporate researchers and academics from four new geographically-dispersed higher education institutions. Providing opportunities for so many additional people to participate in the ADAPT EPE programme will require a significant step up in EPE activities at the Centre, as well as an accompanying substantial increase in resources required to enable it. This senior management position has primary responsibility for this strategic function (EPE) in one of SFI’s largest multi- institutional research centres.

The ambition of ADAPT extends beyond the phase II endpoint; with a vision to grow the centre to be an internationally recognised centre of excellence for AI Driven Digital Content Technology. Education and Public Engagement is a key pillar of ADAPT’s role in ‘future-proofing Ireland’ and ADAPT is committed to embedding engaged research practices in order to maximise the societal impact of its work. The Head of EPE will ensure delivery of an innovative and impactful EPE strategy designed to build a strong pipeline of talented STEM problem solvers for Ireland, and to foster scientific engagement with the public. They will oversee and strategically manage ADAPT’s EPE programme of deeper engagement of citizens and civil society through engaged research to achieve the ambitious targets set by SFI. The role will also be responsible for mass light-touch public engagement initiatives to inform the public about ADAPT and its scientific impact on Irish society. The Head of EPE will also catalyze ADAPT researchers to adopt “upstream” public engagement practices in order to maximise the societal impact of ADAPT research. Meeting these new demands and delivering on our vision, requires a step change in responsibility and increased leadership within the Education & Public Engagement team with greater emphasis on development and execution of our EPE strategy and assuming a critical role in leadership of the ADAPT centre. This includes providing leadership of the EPE Programme not just within the ADAPT core team but also to our 85+ academic investigators, 8 institutional partners and national and international agency stakeholders to ensure an appropriate level of engagement, influencing of decisions and continuous improvement of activities.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Head of Education & Public Engagement has senior management responsibility for devising and driving the ADAPT Centre’s strategy for Education and Public Engagement liaison with ADAPT’s CEO/Director, Associate Directors and lead PI’s. The post holder will review, investigate and respond to Education and Public Engagement opportunities, and apply expert knowledge of the ADAPT Centre research agenda and strategic awareness to identify funding opportunities to support Education and Engagement programmes. The post requires the ability to build and maintain relationships at the highest levels.

Reporting to the Head of Research Strategy and Integration, the Head of Education & Public Engagement will guide the ADAPT Centre Education and Public Engagement activities across the eight university ADAPT partnership and approximately 400 researchers, academics and professional staff.

Strategic Leadership

  • Guide the development and implementation of strategies to engage ADAPT stakeholders effectively to ensure the ADAPT EPE programme is achieving maximum reach and impact across all levels of
  • Develop, implement and continuously review a strategy to diversify funding for ADAPT Education & Engagement activities, targeting national, international and industry funding sources to support targeted ADAPT Education and Engagement programmes including engaged research
  • Have overall responsibility for the strategic development, implementation and continuous review of the Education and Engagement Programme of
  • Develop, implement and continuously review a strategic vision for ADAPT “inreach” in the form of multidisciplinary training and development programmes on behalf of ADAPT members
  • Have responsibility for achieving ADAPT Key Performance and Management Indicators (KPIs) related to EPE Establish and review key strategic priorities and translating them into a comprehensive strategic plan to enable ADAPT to reach its ambitious EPE KPIs and targets for SFI
  • Develop, implement and continuously review a strategy for strong Industry involvement and collaboration in ADAPT Public Engagement
  • Establish a   strategic  plan   for    expanding   EPE  activities,  increasing   impact   and attracting/competitively winning additional funding to achieve its aims
  • Highlight the platform and scientific research that maximises the dialogue between scientists and public audiences concerning ADAPT related research areas
  • Manage the relationship with the funding body (SFI) EPE executive and oversee reporting of EPE

Take managerial responsibility for presenting the EPE function at international reviews, national forums and international networking events to highlight ADAPT EPE success.

EPE Programme integration, implementation and governance

  • Cultivate a pervasive culture of engaged research across Drive development of guidelines and training for methodologies and best practice to facilitate engaged research endeavours with relevant (targeted) communities.
  • Develop strong and productive relationships with internal and external collaborators and
  • Foster links with key personnel in Science Foundation Ireland and other Science Foundation Ireland Research Centres to appropriately leverage Science Foundation Ireland centred or multi-group Education and Engagement activities for maximum impact under the Science Foundation Ireland Discover
  • Allocate and oversee budgets for Education and Public Engagement
  • Act as a key member of the ADAPT EPE Committee


EPE Programme Societal Impact

  • Increase the Centre’s international impact by showcasing its EPE activities to other countries and by offering its online education resources internationally
  • Steer an EPE Programme of activities that will inform STEM research by giving ADAPT researchers greater insight into the Irish public’s views on the possible impacts, opportunities, risks and benefits of digital engagement innovations on their lives and society
  • Drive impact of ADAPT EPE programme nationally and Utilise the results from Citizen Think-Ins to inform national policy so that issues on societal implications of emergent technology are taken into consideration when formulating legislation.
  • Oversee the evaluation of the ADAPT EPE programme using external evaluation consultants and best-practice mixed-methods evaluation for major
  • Ensure ADAPT researchers, EPE staff and partners publish evaluation reports and share insights at international workshops and conferences in the fields of Education, STEM and Public
  • Work in conjunction with the Executive Director of Commercialisation and Design & Innovation Manager to identify opportunities for internal and external engagement with particular focus on the dissemination of research results to a wider public

Team Leadership

  • Manage a team of professionals, academics, researchers in the execution of ADAPT EPE

Qualifications and Experience Essential Criteria

  • The post-holder must hold a postgraduate degree and have substantial (5-10 years) relevant work experience in a senior public engagement role in a technology environment, ideally within an academic or research setting.
  • The candidate must be able to demonstrate an ability to guide and work with high-performing, cross-functional and cross-disciplinary teams within Higher Education or a similar complex, hierarchical business environment. Knowledge of Engaged Research methodologies is a distinct advantage.

Desirable Criteria

  • The post-holder must have significant senior leadership experience. They should be capable of managing and prioritising a varied and substantial workload. The Head of Education & Public Engagement must be flexible and possess an ability to work effectively as part of a wider team while also taking clear responsibility for this important function and specific EPE team within the Centre. The post-holder is expected to develop and maintain strong working relationships between and among the various ADAPT Centre research teams and operations groups across eight partner universities, as well as building strong external relationships at the highest level. They must be able to work directly with the Head of Research Strategy & Integration, Centre CEO/Director and Associate Directors in building a long-term vision for Education & Engagement in ADAPT.

The successful candidate must have:

  • Proven senior management experience in delivering impactful education and public engagement and/or stakeholder outreach strategies, as well as knowledge of the digital content
  • A track record in EPE leadership, including publishing on EPE theory and
  • Strong leadership style and the ability to influence individuals at all
  • Proven ability to negotiate access to resources in a matrix-type organisation and a track record of winning competitive
  • Evidence of translating the EPE vision into a set of instruments, and to implement, evaluate and review the resulting
  • Demonstrable experience in organising public engagement/outreach events and
  • Evidence of success in securing competitive funding leading to the establishment of team based research activity
  • Experience of producing and delivering executive reporting for stakeholders across all levels, including at international
  • Experience in building up and managing a team of EPE
  • Demonstrable ability to decide on the appropriate action, issue directives and monitor subsequent Use dynamic and measured judgment where appropriate.
  • Solid track record for developing internal and external relationships across all
  • Direct experience of guiding and managing


Informal Enquiries in relation to this role should be directed to: 

  • Professor Andy Way, Deputy Director, ADAPT. 
  • Phone + 353 (0)1 700 5074 
  • Email: 
  • Please do not send applications to this email address, instead apply as described below. 


Application Procedure: 

  • Application forms are available from the DCU Current Vacancies website at 
  • (external applicants) 
  • Applications should be submitted by e-mail with your completed application form to 

Please clearly state the role that you are applying for in your application and email subject line: Job Ref #RF1595 Head of Education and Public Engagement 


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