ADVERT ID 146811

Programme Delivery Manager


CONNECT Centre, Trinity College Dublin

Dunlop Oriel House
Trinity College Dublin


Other Education
Date Posted:
Wed Feb 17 2021 13:29:25
Application Closing Date:
Mon Mar 8 2021
Commencement Date:
Mon Apr 19 2021
Status of Post:
Number of Vacancies:


Programme Delivery Manager
Academy of the Near Future ( is a collaboration between Dublin City Council and CONNECT - the world leading Science Foundation Ireland Research Centre for Future Networks and Communications in Trinity College Dublin.

Academy of the Near Future aims to introduce students and upskillers to the technologies at the heart of smart cities. It aims to empower citizens from all backgrounds to become engaged actors in the development of urban spaces, as technology continues to transform how we live and work in our cities.

“Visioneers” is a specific education module of Academy of the Near Future which will focus on delivering workshops to Transition Year students around Ireland. It will also involve a national competition and the development of top-class online resources. Visioneers will increase awareness and deepen understanding of connectivity and Internet of Things (IoT) technology, and promote STEM careers.

We are now seeking a Programme Delivery Manager with excellent facilitation skills to support the delivery of this “Visioneers” module and support the further development of the
Academy of the Near Future.

Academy of the Near Future has emerged from Smart Docklands - a world-class smart city testbed in the heart of Dublin’s Docklands supported by Dublin City Council and CONNECT
(through its ENABLE research programme).

Established in 2018, Smart Docklands facilitates and enables the testing and trialling of smart city solutions in the Docklands area of Dublin city by identifying real local challenges and working with diverse stakeholders to come up with lasting solutions. Through collaborative effort, the mission is to transform the city and improve the lives of those who live and work there.

Standard Duties and Responsibilities of the Post:
• Lead the facilitation of a programme of workshops and events, in-person and remotely, including hands-on technical modules using sensor technologies
• Travel to venues around the country for programme activities (subject to COVID-19 restrictions)
• Work collaboratively with the Academy of the Near Future programme team and student advisory board to understand the desired outcomes of the programme and use design thinking methodologies to design and deliver an experience that achieves
those outcomes.
• Contribute to the design and content for workshops.
• Support the design and delivery of sprints to develop ideas co-designed with students and other groups.
• Support post-event follow up, and the creation and delivery of high-quality outputs in a timely fashion.
• Implement robust evaluation methodologies to support evidence-based impact claims.
• Build relationships with partners with the potential to support the programme.
• Other duties to support Academy of the Near Future.

Person Specification:
Qualification (essential): Third-level qualification
Qualifications (desirable): Qualification in education, science communication, public engagement, and/or STEM.

Knowledge & Experience:
• Proven experience of working with technology and teenage audiences, including group facilitation and workshop delivery
• A keen interest in innovation, design and how technology, and how it is shaping the future of our cities

Skills & Competencies:
• Familiarity with sensor technologies
• Must be able to work independently, deliver quality output in a fast-paced environment
• Outstanding communications skills, and a proven ability to communicate with diverse audiences at an individual and group level
• Strong interpersonal skills, coupled with an ability to work effectively with colleagues in team setting and on own initiative
• Excellent organisational and management skills with proven ability to work autonomously, set goals and meet challenging targets and deadlines in a changing and challenging environment
• A high level of commitment to the role, with a results-focused attitude
• Excellent IT skills across a wide range of technologies and services (MS Office, social media, etc.)

Application Procedure
Applicants should submit a full Curriculum Vitae with a Cover Letter (1 x A4 page), including the names and contact details of 2 referees (including email addresses), to:-
Dr Andrew O’Connell, Education & Public Engagement Manager, CONNECT Centre

Please note: Candidates who do not address the application requirements above in their cover letter and CV will not be considered at the short list stage.

Funding Information:
The post is co-funded by the CONNECT research centre and Dublin City Council. CONNECT is funded under the Science Foundation Ireland research centres programme, and is co-funded under the European Regional Development Fund. Visioneers is funded by the Science Foundation Ireland.


  • Letter of Application

  • Referees (name, role, contact no.)

  • CV (Unbound/Slide Binder)

Applications may be submitted by

  • Email


Apply To:
Dr Andrew O’Connell,
Education & Public Engagement Manager,
CONNECT Centre, Trinity College Dublin.
Postal District:
Dublin 2