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28 May 2024

NUI Vacancy: Head of Information and Communications Technology


The National University of Ireland is a federal university with four constituent universities and a number of other associated higher education institutions. At the centre of the federal university, NUI acts as a forum for the member institutions, provides services to them and their graduates and manages the central registers and archives of the university.

NUI seeks to make a distinct contribution to higher education that is valued by our member institutions and recognised by the sector as a whole. We undertake a wide range of activities in the interests of promoting scholarship and research and contributing to educational, cultural, social and economic advancement.

The ICT systems underpinning our diverse range of activities are critical to the achievement of our mission. Due to the retirement of the current post holder, NUI wishes to fill the senior position of Head of Information and Communications Technology on a permanent basis.

The role

The Head of Information and Communications Technology will be a member of the senior management team and will have the opportunity to make a creative and dynamic contribution to the implementation of NUI’s strategic plans.

Reporting to the Registrar, the person appointed will be responsible for the management of the ICT systems and the provision of ICT support across the range of activities undertaken by the university. S/he will be expected to provide leadership in enhancing and expanding the range of services provided by NUI and in increasing the effectiveness of the organisation.

The Head of ICT in NUI has a hands-on role related to the  broad scope of NUI activities. This includes the management of day-to-day ICT office-oriented support functions, the maintenance and development of the university’s graduate records and those requirements arising from NUI’s statutory duties. The Head of ICT plays a particularly important role in enabling NUI to fulfil its statutory duty of maintaining a permanent and secure register of all graduates of NUI member universities and colleges and to administer the NUI electoral constituency of Seanad Éireann. This duty includes all aspects of electoral registration, balloting, count and returning processes.

The Head of ICT manages a small team which provides the necessary support for NUI staff to meet their professional responsibilities, undertake the activities associated with their roles and provide the services on which member institutions and graduates of the University rely.

The role is a diverse one, with responsibilities falling into four main areas:

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  1. Technology management and professional input
    1. playing an active role in shaping the strategic direction of the NUI’s technology environment and capabilities (in line with published strategy)
    2. briefing the other members of the Senior Management Team on relevant ICT issues, such as ICT infrastructure development, storage capacity, disaster recovery and other ICT-related risks
    3. maintaining up-to-date knowledge of developments in information and communications technology, particularly within higher education and the Irish public service generally, and to use this knowledge to support the longer-term strategic development of NUI systems and support services
    4. managing the NUI ICT work programme and budget, producing project and budgetary proposals as part of annual planning and reporting regularly to the Registrar on progress and expenditure
    5. developing mutually beneficial relationships with Heads of IT Departments and IT Managers in NUI’s member institutions and other partner and stakeholder organisations
    6. developing and monitoring the NUI’s ICT policies and procedures and maintaining security and data protection in accordance with statutory requirements, sectoral best practice, formal agreements with other institutions and the specific needs of NUI
    7. ensuring that appropriate measures are taken to secure and backup all systems and data; developing and implementing plans, systems and measures necessary to support business continuity and ensure that NUI maintains an appropriate and dependable disaster recovery strategy.
  2. Systems development and maintenance
    1. overseeing the maintenance and further development of NUI’s IT infrastructure (the NUI network and NUI’s hardware and software operating system and database applications, currently based on the 4D development platform for business applications)
    2. ensuring that NUI’s IT and its support remain current, secure, well-managed and documented to the standard required by NUI and in line with sectoral governance requirements and best practice
    3. keeping up to date with developments relating to the NUI’s core business software to identify potential risks and opportunities relating to NUI business practices and where appropriate making recommendations for future adoption of new systems
  3. Project development and delivery
    1. ensuring the management of all ICT projects, working with external suppliers and partners as required and with relevant colleagues in NUI and its member institutions to deliver projects to required standards.
  4. Staff leadership and team management
    1. Managing the ICT team and the performance of team members, ensuring that the training and development needs of the team are identified and addressed appropriately, and that any IT training or upskilling needs of users throughout the organisation are also catered for
    2. maintaining the highest standards of ICT security and data protection, keeping up-to-date with all relevant legislation and regulation and ensuring that the ICT team and the NUI Senior Management Team are fully briefed on their legal obligations with respect to ICT usage.

Application Instructions:

Completed applications should be submitted by email to: registrar@nui.ie.

Your application must include:

  1. A completed Application form (see below);
  2. A statement indicating how, on the basis of your career to date, you meet the criteria outlined in the Job Description
  3. A Curriculum vitae.
The closing date for receipt of applications is Friday 6th September at 5.00pm.


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pdfFull details, including job description (92kb)
pdfHead of Information and Communications Technology Application Form (294kb)

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