Public Affairs Advisor - Trinity College

Trinity College are seeking a talented public affairs advisor to join the busy public affairs and communications (PAC) office. Public affairs is gaining significant importance and prominence in how Trinity communicates and has helped us to build better relationships with our stakeholders. Reporting directly to the director of PAC, you will have a good understanding of the Irish political system, proven experience of public affairs and a desire to learn more. The ideal candidate will be a team player who displays an enthusiasm for developing and maintaining the public affairs team’s processes and infrastructure. You will possess excellent written and verbal communication skills and be capable of drafting clear and concise briefings, reports and other written materials.

Company Trinity College
Location East Theatre, Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin, College Green, Dublin 2
Apply by 21 May 2018
Position / Title Administrative Officer 3
Department Public Affairs and Communications, Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin
Reporting to Director of Public Affairs and Communications
Contract Type 1-year fixed term contract
How To Apply 

Job Role

Key Responsibilities

Working closely with the director of public affairs and communications, you will:

  • Manage projects and initiatives that support the public affairs strategy, primarily on the TTEC project in conjunction with the Chief Innovation and Enterprise Officer; and the E3 Foundry and Brexit-related affairs  
  • Research, monitor, analyse and evaluate the political and policy landscape to inform the University’s public affairs strategy
  • Build and maintain a positive profile of Trinity with key stakeholders, opinion formers and influencers (e.g. politicians, civil servants, staff in local authorities and regulatory bodies etc.)
  • Prepare communications, briefings and reports, providing advice on emerging public affairs issues and activities for a range of internal and external audiences
  • Monitor the activities of both Houses of the Oireachtas and other relevant bodies and organisations including EU institutions
  • Prepare submissions to government consultations on a diverse range of topics relating to the University
  • Provide analysis of activities of  government departments, political parties, local government, think-tanks, pressure groups, non-governmental organisations (NGOs)
  • Lobbying and public relations work
  • Provide strategic communications advice to senior managers
  • Read parliamentary publications and printed transcripts, monitor other activities such as debates, questions, committee enquiries, statements, reports, regulations and legislation
  • Assist with research and drafting written submissions to government consultations and select committee inquiries
  • Research, forecast and evaluate the effects of public policy on Trinity using public sources, political intelligence and personal contacts
  • Attend Oireachtas committee hearings, party conferences and other events
  • Respond to public policy threats and opportunities
  • Manage public affairs stakeholders lists, contact information and records of correspondence with public affairs and stakeholders contacts
  • Any other duties that may be assigned from time to time by the Director of Public Affairs and Communications. 



The successful candidate must have: 

  • Experience (in government) of conducting detailed research and analysis and be able to convey complex policy issues in a clear and compelling way to a range of audiences
  • Demonstrable 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
  • A sound understanding of the role of universities and their contributions to society and a keen interest in higher education activities
  • Experience of managing projects.


  • Well organised, self-motivated and be effective at building and maintaining relationships with multiple stakeholders 
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills as well as the ability to convey messages in a clear and compelling way, tailored according to the audience
  • Excellent research skills
  • The ability to assimilate, analyse and summarise written material quickly
  • Time management skills and the ability to work to tight deadlines
  • The ability to organise and prioritise your workload
  • Interpersonal and team working skills
  • The capacity to work on your own initiative and to relate well to colleagues as well as other contacts
  • Excellent listening skills, as well as the ability to take an impartial view
  • IT skills, as many information sources, such as Dáil reports are online
  • The ability to inspire trust and a deep knowledge and understanding of the third level sector in Ireland and overseas
  • Experience working in EU institutions and the ability to speak another key EU languages is a bonus. 


  • Substantial experience of working in government in a policy or public affairs environment and a strong understanding of the policy making process and the workings of government
  • Demonstrable experience of working in a similar role such as Oireachtas Researcher, Public Affairs Officer, Policy Advisor, Communications Officer, or Policy Analyst. 

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