Vacancy: Industry Education Liaison Consultant

Thursday, March 4th, 2021

Screen Skills Ireland (SSI), the skills development unit within Screen Ireland, has responsibility for investing in people and skills development for the screen sectors in Ireland, through the design, development and delivery of industry-focused skills development initiatives encompassing film, TV, animation, games and VFX, for all roles from new entrants to company leaders. Screen Skills Ireland also supports the sector through Funding Schemes that leverage and empower organisations and professionals, including schemes for Stakeholders, Mentoring, and Bursaries. Screen Skills Ireland oversees the skills development requirements linked to the Section 481 film tax credit; carries out research and data gathering to identify the skills needs of the industry; and disseminates reports that are relevant to the screen sector in Ireland.

Industry Education Liaison Consultant Role

We wish to engage an Industry Education Liaison Consultant who will focus primarily on developing and growing links between SSI, the screen sector and education and training providers at all levels.  This will be a part-time contract position and is envisaged as 2 or 3 days per week for a 6-9 month period between April-December 2021. The Industry Education Liaison Consultant should have knowledge of the screen sector as well as knowledge of the education landscape in Ireland, especially at second and third level.

The role will consist of the following:

  • Developing and growing links between SSI, the screen sector and education and training providers at all levels, especially at second and third level.
  • Promoting careers, opportunities, and access routes in the screen sector to those participating in second and third level education, including liaising with Career Guidance organisations.
  • Liaising with key industry stakeholders like Screen Producers Ireland, Animation Ireland, Industry Guilds, VFXAI, IMIRT and key education organisations like SOLAS, the HEA, Skillnet Ireland and regional skills forum managers on the development and future growth of the screen industries.
  • Completing Funding Applications, spearheading Curriculum Development and Validation of new Screen Sector Programmes at third level, including engagement in relation to Springboard+, the Human Capital Initiative and the National Training Fund.
  • Identifying skills gaps at graduate level across the screen sector and developing bridging programmes and initiatives to address skills gaps.
  • Liaising with the third level sector on interventions to assist students be industry ready to include placement opportunities.
  • Work closely and maintain a high level of communication with the Manager and the SSI team to achieve the objectives of the organisation in relation to links between the screen industry and the education.
  • This list is not exhaustive and might be complemented by reasonable and related additional tasks.

Requirements – Qualifications, Skills and Experience

  • The Industry Education Liaison Consultant should have knowledge and experience of the screen sector as well as knowledge and experience of the education landscape in Ireland, especially at second and third level.
  • Experience in programme/curriculum development and/or delivery.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • A forward thinker and ideas generator.
  • A track record of project delivery.
  • Strong Attention to Detail.
  • Ability to Work Without Supervision.
  • Excellent Time Management Skills.
  • Strong Organisation and Record Keeping Skills.
  • Bachelors degree in a related discipline or relevant experience supplemented with equivalent qualification.
  • Online/virtual platform experience (for example Zoom, MS TEAMS).

Application Process

Interested applicants are invited to forward a detailed CV that highlights relevant experience and a covering letter in strict confidence to by Monday 22nd March. Please use ‘Industry Education Liaison Vacancy’ in the subject lie of your email. As part of your application, you should set out your skills and experience to meet the requirements of the position.

This part-time contract will run over a 6-9 month period, remunerated at €250 per day (up to a maximum of 120 days). The successful candidate will not be exclusive to SSI but will be required to abide by the Screen Ireland Code of Conduct and Conflicts of Interest rules. The successful candidate must be available to start immediately.​ This position is directly responsible to the SSI Manager and is based in Dublin, though some occasional travel may be required (once government directive allows for this). Due to government guidelines related to COVID-19 the role will be a remote working role initially until COVID-19 related restrictions are lifted.

Screen Ireland is an equal opportunities employer. Screen Ireland is under the aegis of the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media.