President of Dún Laoighare Institute of Art, Design and Technology
Vacancy Type:
Practice or Client:


We are recruiting for the position of President and welcome applications from people from diverse backgrounds and under-represented groups including ethnic minority groups and people with disabilities.

The President of the Institute provides dedicated and focussed leadership for the Institute at a time of significant change and development within the Irish Higher Education Sector.


The ideal candidate will be and inspiring leader and strategic thinker and will be required to invest a high level of energy and commitment to achieving the goals of IADT. They will be comfortable working closely and effectively with a diverse board, staff and student bodies. They will have a proven track record of managing change and delivering results in a complex organisational setting.

The successful candidate will demonstrate a strong commitment to a culture of collaboration, teamwork, dialogue and collegiality and will be a multi-faceted and impactful communicator able to develop and maintain relationships and possess a clear strategic vision.

The President is responsible for the strategic direction of the Institute and will oversee the overall implementation of both the Strategic Plan and the Compact. They will lead the Institute’s people, both staff and students, and manage its teaching, research, and service missions in an innovative and dynamic organisation.

Key Duties of the Role

The principal role and responsibilities of the President includes but is not limited to the following:
To carry out all the duties and responsibilities of the Chief Officer of the Institute with responsibility for the successful leadership and management of all facets of the institution;

To provide the leadership and management of a large, complex and multi-dimensional Third Level Institution organisation and lead in the implementation of the Institute’s Strategic Plan and the Institute’s Compact with the HEA;
To, subject to the provisions of the Institutes of Technology Acts, 1992-2006 as amended, control and direct the activities of the Institute and control and direct the staff of the Institute in the implementation of such activities and be responsible to the governing body for the efficient and proper management of the Institute;

To lead the development of all new Institute Strategic Plans and Compacts as required;

To foster a vibrant and empowered learning community through a proven leadership style that evokes trust, welcomes collaboration, promotes shared governance and reflects confident decision-making;

To inspire and collaborate with faculty to enhance the Institute’s academic programs, its international profile and diversity, its programs promoting learning beyond the classroom, and its pedagogical and technological innovation;

To provide and demonstrate leadership and engagement in enhancing a community of equality, diversity and inclusivity;

To provide strategic leadership and engagement in enhancing the role of the Institute both in the region, nationally and internationally and also with the various national and local communities, agencies, enterprises that it serves;

To support decision making at Institute, Directorate and Faculty levels by ensuring the provision of timely and accurate information on key performance indicators;

To be a member of the academic council and, if present, shall preside at all meetings of that council and shall be entitled to be a member of every committee established by the council;

To work with the Governing Body, its Committees and with other members of the Institute’s Senior Executive Team to embed a culture of high ethical standards and the principles of good corporate governance throughout the Institute.”


Further information on this role is available at (Search Ref. DLP0119).

All enquiries relating to this role should be directed to the Executive Recruitment Team by:

TELEPHONE: +353 (1) 449 4400.


Applications are to be submitted via the online portal available HERE and must include:

A cover letter (max 2 A4 pages) outlining why you wish to be considered for the post and where you believe your skills and experience meet the requirements of the position of President of the IADT.

A comprehensive CV clearly showing your relevant qualifications, achievements and experience in your career to date.

Mazars will be managing all aspects of this recruitment project on behalf of the IADT.

No enquiries or canvassing should be made directly to the IADT.


The IADT is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes suitably qualified applicants from all sections of society.

Qualification Level:
Level 9 on the NFQ
Required Experience:

The successful candidate must be able to demonstrate:
• An honours primary degree (Level 8 on the NFQ) or equivalent professional qualification awarded by a recognised degree awarding body together with a level of academic attainment appropriate to the post of President together with experience of teaching, and research.
• A Masters Degree (Level 9 on the NFQ) awarded by a recognised degree awarding Body.
• At least ten (10) years relevant post qualification managerial experience at a senior level
ideally, in a third level educational establishment or an equivalent record of achievement at senior
managerial level in either the public or private sector.
• A proven track record of success in leading and managing a wide range of people,
functions and activities in a large and complex organisation.
• A comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the Institute and/or Higher Education
Sector and working environment and a commitment to a student-centred focus and a culture of
• An established and proven track record of leadership and implementing strategic projects
in the area of equality, diversity and inclusivity.
• A track record of implementing innovative policies and programmes which support the needs
of all students and staff and access to higher education.
• Experience of developing effective working relationships at the highest level,
at regional and national level, with a wide variety of stakeholder groups including industry,
community, state and semi-state bodies, HEA and government departments.
• Communications and influencing skills to represent the Institute’s interest with all internal
and external stakeholders.
• The intellectual and analytical ability to take a long-term view of the Institute’s
needs and role within the higher education landscape including the senior management
experience of developing and implementing plans at an institutional level;
of appraising or organisational performance in meeting objectives and maintaining
financial viability in a relevant professional environment,
and experience of driving organisational change.
• The commitment, energy and persistence to translate plans into action,
and the motivational 6 and communications skills to engage academic,
professional and support staff in a collegiate managerial environment
and have the support of the Governing Body and students.
• Strong Financial and Risk Management Skills with the capacity to be proactive
and innovative in resource generation and leading teams in sourcing all
available funding from both public and private sectors.

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