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23 July 2024

NUI Vacancy: Manager of the Registrar’s office/Chief Risk Officer


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

NUI also undertakes a wide range of activities in the interests of promoting academic distinction, scholarship and research and seeks to make a visible contribution to educational, cultural, social and economic advancement in Ireland. Under its 1908 Charter, NUI is empowered to recognise colleges of higher education and award degrees and other qualifications in those colleges. Accordingly, NUI has responsibilities in relation to the standards and quality of its awards and the associated student learning experience in all Recognised Colleges. In addition, and under the terms of the Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) Act 2012, NUI is a ‘designated awarding body’ for colleges of Higher Education that do not have degree-awarding powers of their own. Using the nomenclature of the 2012 Act, these NUI Recognised Colleges are referred to as “Linked Providers” of the University.

NUI also carries out an extensive annual programme of competitive scholarships and prizes to recognise student, and staff, academic endeavour and achievement across a wide range of disciplines in the member institutions.

NUI now invites applications for the role of Manager of the Registrar’s office/Chief Risk Officer, which is a permanent position in the University.

The role

The Manager of the Registrar’s office/Chief Risk Officer will be a key person in development of new structures and procedures in the Registrar’s office to allow NUI deliver and expand our services to constituent universities, recognised colleges and other stakeholders. The person will provide a high level of professional and proactive administrative support to the NUI Registrar.

The role is diverse and the person appointed will have responsibilities
in the following areas:

  1. Provide the secretariat for Senate, Degrees on Published Work Committee, Committee of Registrars and to provide support for other NUI Committees;
  2. Provide support for the Degrees on Published Work Committee ensuring timely processing of prima facia and 2nd stage applications and managing the workflow involved;
  3. Provide support for the committee considering NUI Honorary Degrees, support interaction with Honorary Awardees and organise the conferring ceremonies;
  4. Contribute to the organisation of NUI Lectures, Seminars or similar events;
  5. Manage the extern examiner appointments and to maintain the extern examiner database: oversee preparation and circulation of reports to recognised colleges;
  6. Undertake supervisory responsibilities in relation to the staff of the Registrar’s Office and Reception; including supervision of NUI role in relation to matriculation;
  7. Act as PA to the Registrar and provide support for the Chancellor.

In addition the person appointed will be the Risk Officer and report to the Audit and Risk Committee.

They will also be required to take on other roles in the compliance area in which training can be arranged.

Qualifications/skills required

Reporting to the Registrar, the Manager of the Registrar’s office/Chief Risk Officer will be a member of the senior management team and will be well placed to contribute to the achievement of the NUI mission and the increased effectiveness of the organisation in the next phase of its development. The post calls for in-depth knowledge and understanding of the higher education environment, highly developed management and organisational capabilities, and excellent communications and interpersonal skills. The person appointed will be highly motivated and resourceful with strong analytical abilities and problem-solving skills. They will be expected to lead staff in the areas concerned, to take responsibility for the achievement of objectives and to collaborate with colleagues in the management of projects.

The successful candidate will be required to:

  1. Hold a third level qualification (NFQ: Level 8), or equivalent international qualification;
  2. Hold a minimum of four years’ relevant experience, preferably within the education or higher education sectors;
  3. Demonstrate excellent verbal and written communication skills;
  4. Have excellent IT skills; including the use of enterprise-applications such as databases;
  5. Demonstrate a flexible approach and be self-driven, acting on own initiative;
  6. Have as proven ability to manage both organisational and operational changes and to collaborate effectively with colleagues at all levels;
  7. Show a proven aptitude to scope, plan and manage projects, with the ability to deliver successfully under demanding deadlines;
  8. Demonstrate the ability to independently research on topics of interest to NUI affairs.

The successful candidate will also ideally have:

  1. A relevant postgraduate qualification;
  2. An ability to conduct business through Irish, both verbally and written;
  3. Previous experience of Risk management and compliance/corporate governance.

Application Instructions:

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

Your application must include:

  1. A completed NUI Application form (see below);
  2. A Cover Letter (for the attention of the Registrar);
  3. A Curriculum vitae.
The closing date for receipt of applications is Monday, 21st March at 5.00pm


pdfFull details, including job description (212kb)
pdfManager of the Registrar’s office/Chief Risk Officer Application Form (3.1Mb)

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