Education Officer: Teachers, Schools & Youth

Job Description

The National Gallery of Ireland is Ireland’s premier art institution housing the nation’s collection of Irish and European fine art. It aims to provide an outstanding visitor experience that inspires an interest in and an appreciation of art for all.

JOB TITLE:Education Officer-Teachers, Schools & Youth

REPORTS TO:Head of Department or nominated deputy

ROLE SUMMARY:The Education Officer will play a key role as part of a team in delivering the NGI’s contribution to the Government agenda on education outlined in the Arts in Education Charter (2012), and advancing the NGI Strategic (2013-15) objective of leading the development of visual literacy and art education in Ireland. Reporting to the Head of Department s/he will develop, implement and evaluate the NGI Teachers, Schools and Youth Service onsite and offsite; devise a strategy for delivery of new ways of learning; develop youth activities & NGI; manage schools outreach; liaise with tours operation, organize training. Education Service:The Education Service supports and encourages our visitors to be educated and inspired by the works of art in the National Gallery of Ireland.

The service comprises:

  • Public Programmes;
  • Adult Programmes: Lifelong Learning & Ageing Creatively 55+;
  • Teachers, Schools & Youth Programmes;
  • Children’s and Family Activities;
  • Community Engagement, Disability & Outreach;
  • Publications, resources, facilities, training & graduate internships

Main Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Develop, implement and evaluate programmes & projects for children from pre-school to post-primary in the formal and informal education sector, within agreed budgets;
  • Develop the area of NGI and Youth; and learning materials / online learning for teachers, students and young people;
  • Work with the Tours Assistant in overseeing NGI tour administration & TY Placements;
  • Manage Schools Outreach;
  • Oversee and develop CPD training for guides, trainers, and others ensuring programmes involving children are developed and implemented in line with NGI Child Protection Policy & Guidelines and that all workers with children have completed declaration forms;
  • Contribute to Departmental publicity materials regarding teachers, schools, youth and liaise with designers / suppliers regarding provision of printed materials for specific programmes;
  • Oversee schools administration, accounts / databases;
  • Deal with enquiries relating to the NGI, collection, and education services;
  • Prepare written reports and research findings; and contribute to cross-departmental projects, promoting links with arts, education, cultural heritage organisations;
  • Provide lectures, tours, training, workshops, onsite / offsite as required;
  • Any other duties appropriate to the post as may be assigned including representing the Head of Department as requested.

Note:This job description is a guide to broad areas of responsibility and accountability and should not be regarded as a comprehensive listing. The job description may be subject to review in the light of new structures and / or the changing needs of the Gallery.


  • A third level qualification in the history of art or similar discipline;
  • Post-graduate qualification or associated qualification or H. Dip Ed;
  • Post qualification experience to include teaching in the formal education sector; and at least one year’s experience of gallery / museum education;
  • Knowledge of cultural, heritage and the arts sectors in Ireland together with current and emerging changes / trends in education, particularly art education;
  • Strong administrative skills, highly organised, ability to meet deadlines, to work under pressure, on own initiative and as part of a flexible energetic team;
  • Strong interpersonal skills & excellent verbal and written communication skills;
  • Excellent IT skills (knowledge of digital media desirable);
  • Understanding of the importance of teachers, schools and youth to NGI

Appointment: The appointment will be on a fixed-term contract basis to cover a career break, ending June 2017.

Salary:The salary will be in accordance with the Executive Officer Standard Scale (PPC), commencing at the 1st point of the scale, currently €27,464 for new entrants after 1st January, 2013.

How to Apply: Applications including a detailed CV to be accompanied by a covering letter outlining how the requirements of the post are met and giving the contact details of three referees, should be forwarded to or by post to the Human Resources Department, National Gallery of Ireland, Merrion Square West, Dublin 2. 

Please state Education Officer: Teachers, Schools & Youth on application.

Closing date for receipt of applications:The closing date for receipt of completed applications is: Thursday, 10th July 2014 at 5pm.Candidates should note that panels may be formed from which future positions may be filled.The National Gallery of Ireland is an equal opportunities employer.