Senior Support and Development Officer Positions

Senior Support and Development Officer, Youth
2 Year Fixed Term Contract

Reporting to: Manager, Programmes Support and Development Team

Job Purpose: To ensure the successful implementation of the Erasmus+ Youth programme. Support the implementation of the Léargas Strategic Plan through European cooperation in the Youth sector and foster opportunities for the discussion of Policy. Promote the value and potential of international working to client groups and support the development of project ideas that respond to their needs. To develop, implement and manage the promotion, selection, reporting, evaluation,
and dissemination elements of the relevant programme life cycles.

Pay Grade: Equivalent to Civil Service HEO STANDARD SCALE (PPC) €49,845

Léargas manage national and international exchange programmes in education, youth and community work,
and vocational education and training. These exchanges connect people in different communities
and countries and bring an international dimension to the work of organisations across Ireland. We are the
National Agency for Erasmus+ in Adult Education, School Education, VET and Youth, and the European
Solidarity Corps (volunteering and solidarity). Léargas is a not-for-profit organisation (CHY 8317), wholly owned
by the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science

Roles and Responsibilities:
• Be the lead staff member for the Youth field in Léargas, overseeing the promotion, selection,
reporting, evaluation, and dissemination of the new Erasmus+ programme actions 2021.
• Act as the key liaison with management on the youth programme, reporting on progress against
targets.
• Work with the team to facilitate high performance, leading by example and providing coaching to
support team members.
• Apply appropriate systems/processes to enable quality checking of all activities and outputs.
• Take responsibility and be accountable for the delivery of agreed objectives.
• Keep up to date with Policy developments and research at National and European level in the youth
field.
• Engage with and contribute to relevant policy initiatives and consultations, through quality evidence based practice.
• Liaise with colleagues working on youth sector calls and provide guidance to them in meeting targets
and deadlines. Participate in the evaluation, selection, and notification process.
• Build and maintain effective strategic relationships with relevant organisations in the statutory,
voluntary and community sectors to drive quality applications to Erasmus+ programme, with
particular focus on the youth sector.
• Lead on initiatives that support and enhance links between practice and policy and overall quality
provision.
• Provide ongoing support and guidance to strategic stakeholders, policy makers and project
beneficiaries through the delivery of external facing meetings, seminars, and other events.
• Contribute to organisational learning through sharing of information and experience with colleagues.
• Take personal responsibility for your personal and professional learning and development including
active involvement in the Léargas Performance Management and Development System.

Person Specification
• At least two years’ experience of leading a team and/or a programme area within a fast-paced work
environment.
• Knowledge and experience of the Youth and community sector in Ireland including knowledge of
policy development in this field at National and European level.
• Qualification(s) in relevant subject area or field(s) (e.g., adult education, youth work, education, VET).
• Experience in training and facilitation in the fields of education, training or youth is essential.
• Understanding of formal and non-formal learning and a strong working knowledge of the application
of both is preferable.
• Excellent interpersonal and communication skills including presentation and group facilitation skills.
• Experience of managing significant budgets and/or grant funding.
• Ability to work to concrete deadlines and meet targets.
• Ability to work independently and interdependently in a high functioning, values-based team.
• Ability to delegate and identify areas for improvement. Develop practical suggestions for their
implementation.
• Experience working in an international and intercultural environment.
• Demonstrate high levels of problem-solving skills and can manage complexity and diversity
while prioritising competing demands.
• Flexible and willing to adapt, positively contributing to the implementation of change.
• Ability to build strategic links with a broad spectrum of organisations.
• Demonstrate in depth understanding and working knowledge of project management and evidence of
its practice.
• Exceptional analytical and evaluation skills, ability to make clear judgements and recommendations
based on content and criteria.
• Excellent writing and reporting skills.
• Excellent IT Skills.

Key competencies required
• Personal effectiveness
• Leadership
• Organisation and planning
• Analytical and conceptual thinking
• Critical analysis
• Networking and influencing
• Interpersonal understanding

General requirements of all Léargas staff
We expect our people to show leadership, exceptional organisational and planning skills, and to be analytical
and conceptual thinkers with excellent IT, networking and influencing skills. We expect excellent interpersonal
and communication skills, including presentation skills, combined with an ability to fit within a team that works
to support the vision and mission of Léargas.

Application process
Send your CV and expression of interest to recruit@leargas.ie to reach us no later than 5pm on 22 September 2021. Interviews will take place week commencing 27 September 2021.
We work 35 hours per week in a flexible environment and will be implementing a blended weekly work arrangement (home/office) later in 2021.

Léargas is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from people with disabilities.

Download the Job Description

 

Senior Support and Development Officer – Full Time Permanent Role

Reporting to: Manager, Programmes Support and Development Team

Job Purpose: To ensure the successful implementation of the Erasmus+ programme. Support the implementation of the Léargas Strategic Plan through European cooperation and foster opportunities for the discussion of Policy. Promote the value and potential of international working to client groups and support the development of project ideas that respond to their needs. To develop, implement and manage the promotion, selection, reporting, evaluation and
dissemination elements of the relevant programme life cycles.

Pay Grade: Equivalent to Civil Service HEO STANDARD SCALE (PPC) €49,845

Léargas manage national and international exchange programmes in education, youth and community work, and vocational education and training. These exchanges connect people in different communities and countries and bring an international dimension to the work of organisations across Ireland. We are the National Agency for Erasmus+ in Adult Education, School Education, VET and Youth, and the European Solidarity Corps (volunteering and solidarity).

Léargas is a not-for-profit organisation (CHY 8317), wholly owned by the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science

Roles and Responsibilities:
• Be a lead staff member in Léargas overseeing the promotion, selection, reporting,
evaluation, and dissemination of the new Erasmus+ programme actions 2021.
• Act as the key liaison with management on key sector areas, including Adult Education,
reporting on progress against targets.
• Work flexibly with colleagues to identify strategic opportunities, facilitate high performance
and lead by example.
• Apply appropriate systems / processes to enable quality checking of all activities and outputs.
• Take responsibility and be accountable for the delivery of agreed objectives.
• Keep up to date with Policy developments and research at National and European level,
especially in the areas of further education and training, community education and adult
education amongst others.
• Engage with and contribute to relevant policy initiatives and consultations, through quality
evidence-based practice.
• Liaise with colleagues working on calls and provide guidance to them in meeting targets and
deadlines. Participate in the evaluation, selection, and notification process.
• Build and maintain effective strategic relationships with relevant organisations in the
statutory, voluntary and community sectors to drive quality applications to Erasmus+
programme.
• Lead on initiatives that support and enhance links between practice and policy and overall
quality provision.
• Provide ongoing support and guidance to strategic stakeholders, policy makers and project
beneficiaries through the delivery of external facing meetings, seminars, and other events.
• Contribute to organisational learning through sharing of information and experience with
colleagues.
• Lead cross-team initiatives and clusters relating to programme needs, to bring about
innovation and development.
• Take personal responsibility for your personal and professional learning and development
including active involvement in the Léargas Performance Management and Development
System.

Person Specification
• At least two years’ experience of leading a team and/or a programme area within a fastpaced work environment.
• Knowledge and experience of the community sector and/or community education in Ireland
including knowledge of policy development in this field at National and European level.
• Qualification(s) in relevant subject area or field(s) (e.g., adult education, youth work,
education, VET).
• Experience in training and facilitation in the fields of education, training or youth is
essential.
• Understanding of formal and non-formal learning and a strong working knowledge of the
application of both is preferable.
• Excellent interpersonal and communication skills including presentation and group
facilitation skills.
• Experience of managing significant budgets and/or grant funding.
• Ability to work to concrete deadlines and meet targets.
• Ability to work independently and interdependently in a high functioning, values-based
team.
• Ability to delegate and identify areas for improvement. Develop practical suggestions for
their implementation.
• Experience working in an international and intercultural environment.
• Demonstrate high levels of problem-solving skills and can manage complexity and diversity
while prioritising competing demands.
• Flexible and willing to adapt, positively contributing to the implementation of change.
• Ability to build strategic links with a broad spectrum of organisations.
• Demonstrate in depth understanding and working knowledge of project management and
evidence of its practice.
• Exceptional analytical and evaluation skills, ability to make clear judgements and
recommendations based on content and criteria.
• Excellent writing and reporting and IT skills.
Key competencies required
• Personal effectiveness
• Leadership
• Organisation and planning
• Analytical and conceptual thinking
• Critical analysis
• Networking and influencing
• Interpersonal understanding

General requirements of all Léargas staff
We expect our people to show leadership, exceptional organisational and planning skills, and to be analytical
and conceptual thinkers with excellent IT, networking and influencing skills. We expect excellent interpersonal
and communication skills, including presentation skills, combined with an ability to fit within a team that works
to support the vision and mission of Léargas.

Application process
Send your CV and expression of interest to recruit@leargas.ie to reach us no later than
5pm on 29 September 2021. Interviews will take place week commencing 4 October 2021.
We work 35 hours per week in a flexible environment and will be implementing a blended weekly work
arrangement (home/office) later in 2021.

Léargas is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from people with disabilities.

Download the Job Description