Senior Official/ Deputy Director of Communications (Temporary) - INTO

To support delivery of the union’s overall communication strategy INTO are looking to recruit for a Senior Official.
Company Irish National Teachers Organisation
Location Vere Foster House, 35 Parnell Square, Dublin 1
Apply by 24 June 2021
Position / Title Senior Official/ Deputy Director of Communications
Department Communications
Reporting to Assistant General Secretary/ Director of Communications
Direct Reports 4
Contract Type Fixed Term Contract (1 Year)
How To Apply

A letter of application (maximum 2 pages) and curriculum vitae, together with the names and contact details of two referees, should be submitted by email only to: Loading...

Overview of the role

INTO’s communications team ensures members and employees are kept up to date with union developments, promotes the voice of the membership externally and delivers high-impact campaigns and events.

The successful candidate will be responsible for the comprehensive planning and coordination of union communications, including a wide array of publications and a monthly magazine. An experienced communicator, the successful candidate will be an experienced people manager and motivator that remains calm and confident under pressure.

Reporting to the Assistant General Secretary/ Director of Communications, this is a role for someone with advanced skills in both planning and delivering effective communications. The ability to establish and hold a comprehensive communications strategy, and to roll this out with the buy-in of key stakeholders, will be vital in moving the union’s communications forward in a meaningful and coherent way.

Main duties and responsibilities

This key strategic role will involve:

  • Responsibility for a coherent and planned approach to producing union publications. Providing editorial support where required and project managing the delivery of publications, to ensure a consistency of message whilst maintaining the individuality of each publication according to its audience.
  • Developing, driving and monitoring INTO’s online presence across a range of platforms and overseeing the production of content for online communication.
  • Promoting a positive image of the INTO and the primary teaching profession in the media locally and nationally.
  • Creating informative and interesting press releases, press kits, newsletters, and related marketing materials.
  • Public affairs monitoring and engagement through fostering and developing positive relationships with key stakeholders.
  • Producing weekly, monthly, quarterly, and annual activity reports for the communications section.
  • Managing communications aspects of major INTO events and campaigns.  
  • Managing personnel assigned in the communications section to ensure successful delivery of objectives.
  • Such other duties as may be assigned from time to time by the General Secretary.



The successful candidate will have:

  • A strong academic background and solid professional experience.
  • Proven success in writing in a variety of media with the ability to convey complex information in a user-friendly way.
  • Strong analytical, reporting and project management skills and ability to work on own initiative.
  • Strong social media skills.
  • Strong people management experience, including staff development and performance management. 
  • A thorough understanding of the current issues in education and industrial relations.
  • Ability to manage a diverse team and to collaborate across the organisation.
  • Excellent communication, presentation and interpersonal skills.
  • Experience of external and internal communications management.

A results driven approach with demonstrable evidence and a strong track record of innovation, passion and flexibility in advancing a communications strategy.

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