Public Affairs Advisor - Trinity College Dublin

Public affairs is gaining significant importance and prominence in how Trinity communicates and helps us to build better relationships with our stakeholders.

The role-holder will play a key role in engaging with policy makers, civil servants, politicians and other key stakeholders to manage the University’s reputation, promote our strategic developments and ensure that the strengths, expertise and impact of both research and science-focused educational provision are understood by decision makers.

Company Trinity College Dublin
Location College Green, Dublin 2
Apply by 26 August 2019
Position / Title Public Affairs Advisor
Department Public Affairs and Communications
Reporting to Director of Public Affairs & Communications
Direct Reports Tom Molloy, Director of Public Affairs & Communications
Contract Type 3 Year
How To Apply

All applications must be submitted through e-recruitment at

Applications must be submitted before 12pm, 26th August

JOB ROLE: Context:

You will be responsible for the delivery of new and existing public affairs initiatives, working with staff across the unit and various departments across the University.

You will also be a key member of the wider Public Affairs and Communications team, supporting the unit’s mission and strategies to build and maintain Trinity’s brand, image and reputation.


  1. Research, monitor, analyse and evaluate the political and policy landscape to inform the University’s public affairs strategy.

Prepare clear and concise briefings, reports and other written materials for internal and external audiences, tailoring the content and delivery to communicate, influence and inform recipients.

  1. Manage projects and initiatives that support the public affairs strategy, primarily on the Grand Canal Innovation District (TTEC) project in conjunction with the Chief Innovation and Enterprise Officer; and the E3 Foundry and Brexit-related affairs.
  2. Build and maintain a positive profile of Trinity with key stakeholders, opinion formers and influencers such as politicians, civil servants, staff in local authorities and regulatory bodies.
  3. Monitor the activities of both Houses of the Oireachtas and other relevant bodies and organisations including EU institutions.

Read parliamentary publications and printed transcripts, monitor other activities such as debates, questions, committee enquiries, statements, reports, regulations and legislation.

Attend Oireachtas committee hearings, party conferences and other events to source information, build networks and increase the university’s profile.

  1. Research, forecast and evaluate the effects of public policy on Trinity using public sources, political intelligence and personal contacts.

Provide analysis of activities of government departments, political parties, local government, think-tanks, pressure groups, non-governmental organisations (NGOs).

Prepare submissions on behalf of the Director to government consultations on a diverse range of topics relating to the University.

  1. Manage public affairs stakeholders’ lists, contact information and records of correspondence with public affairs and stakeholders contacts.



  • Broad substantial relevant experience demonstrating general knowledge of research in a policy or public affairs environment.
  • Experience in a series of progressively more demanding, relevant work in a similar role such as Oireachtas Researcher, Public Affairs Officer, Policy Advisor, Communications Officer, or Policy Analyst.
  • Experience (in government) of conducting detailed research and analysis demonstrating evidence of conveying complex policy issues in a clear and compelling way to a range of audiences.
  • Experience working in EU institutions and the ability to speak a second European language to a native or business-competent level of fluency is an advantage.
  • Experience of working/responding independently and dealing with unforeseen problems and circumstances
  • A sound understanding of the role of universities and their contributions to society and a keen interest in higher education activities.
  • Comprehensive knowledge and strong interest and enthusiasm in politics, current affairs and policy issues as well as a good understanding of how government works and the policy making process.
  • Clear understanding of the standards and regulations required for the conduct and output for public affairs in a global university environment.
  • Working knowledge of the activities of the University and its strategic plan relevant to the public affairs area.
  • Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office, e-mail and the web


  • Excellent written and oral communication skills and an ability to convey messages in a clear and compelling way, tailored according to the audience.
  • Planning and organisational skills, particularly coordinating and contributing to projects in addition to day-to-day tasks.
  • Analysis & problem-solving capability with an ability to assimilate, analyse and summarise written material quickly.
  • Confident, self-motivated and effective at building and maintaining relationships with multiple stakeholders and external network contacts.

Personal attributes:

  • Capability and confidence to take ownership of problems and seek long term solutions.
  • Flexible approach to working hours as the demands of the post may require work outside normal office working hours from time to time.
  • Promote ethos of excellent customer service.
  • Excellent listening skills, as well as the ability to take an impartial view

Qualifications: Third level degree or equivalent qualification- essential

Key working contacts:                   Chief Innovation and Enterprise Officer, Faculty Deans, Other senior managers

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