Area Based Childhood (ABC) Programme – Early Years Literacy and STEM Coordinator

National College of Ireland
Employment Type
Not disclosed
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Purpose of Position:

Coordinate the ABC Literacy and STEM programmes in early years services and primary schools

Reporting to:
Senior Coordinator- Community Services Programmes

Key Relationships:

  • DICP Assistant Director
  • Director of the Early Learning Initiative
  • ELI National Assistant Director
  • Early Learning Initiative team
  • Senior Coordinators
  • National College of Ireland
  • Members of ABC/ELI consortium
  • Stakeholders in the local community, including parents, children, corporate representatives and practitioners

Key Responsibilities:

Administration, coordination and delivery of the ELI’s and ABC’s early years and primary school literacy and STEM programmes, with particular responsibility listed below.

  • Zoom Ahead with Books.
  • Numeracy programme
  • STEM programmes
  • Other projects as assigned by the ELI Director/Assistant Director/ Senior Coordinator- Community Services Programmes.
  • Design, organise, deliver and evaluate at least 3 Early Years Interagency Working Group Meetings (0-8 years) a year.
  • Provide related training, mentoring and support to professionals involved in delivering the programmes (numeracy, Zoom Ahead with Books and STEM programmes)
  • Organise, deliver and evaluate Zoom Ahead with Books programme in schools and preschools.
  • Support the coordination of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Maths) programmes and events for early years services and primary schools.
  • Participate in grant/funding applications, research activities and other relevant projects.
  • Prepare and maintain secure records, reports, assessments and/or evaluation data that are GDPR compliant on the programme and participating professionals, children and families.
  • Use budget allocated to plan, agree and purchase materials, catering etc. required for these activities.
  • Adhere to NCI’s, ABC’s, NEIC, ELI’s and other funders as appropriate financial procedures and ensure that expenditure is coded correctly and labelled.
  • Liaise with key stakeholders, including ABC Consortium, Working Groups, Tusla, NEIC, other Departments within NCI, ELI Corporate partners and other statutory, community and voluntary bodies around the development of ELI locally.
  • Provide information as required to the ELI Director/Assistant Director/ Senior Coordinator- Community Services Programmes and NCI’s Finance Department for funders reports, financial returns and budgets.
  • Any other duties as assigned by the Assistant Director, Director or Senior Coordinator- Community Services Programmes.

Key Attributes:

  • Relevant 3rd level qualification (preferable a degree in a relevant field)
  • Relevant experience of working with children, young people, families and statutory agencies.
  • Experience in developing and delivering relevant professional development programmes and mentoring early years services.
  • Relevant experience of implementing STEAM programmes in the community sector.
  • Excellent Facilitation and presentation skills.
  • Ability to develop and support innovative ideas and approaches.
  • Ability to work with marginalised families and have an understanding of the issues of marginalisation.
  • Ability to deal effectively with a wide variety of College personnel, community and corporate stakeholders and other outside individuals/organisations.
  • Flexible approach to work as evening and weekend work may be required.
  • Ability to operate as a team player in a cross disciplinary, integrated team, sharing roles and responsibilities.
  • An energetic, confident and pro-active individual with strong interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Excellent leadership, administrative and organisational skills.

Administrator band €31,059- €43,485

Annual Leave:
24 days per annum


The successful applicant will be subject to Garda Vetting and must not have any convictions under the Sex Offenders Act 2001.

National College of Ireland’s mission is to widen participation in higher education and unlock each student’s potential. The College offers students the opportunity to acquire the skills and self-confidence to change their lives, contribute to a knowledge based economy and become responsible, active citizens.
Application Process:
To apply please e-mail your cover letter and CV both in PDF format ONLY, quoting reference number: NCI 0989 to: by 5:00 pm, 8th July 2022.

Note: The functions and responsibilities assigned to the (ABC) Programme – Literacy and STEM Coordinator are based on the current stated role and objectives of the College. These functions and responsibilities may alter in line with any change in the role and objectives of NCI

National College of Ireland is an equal opportunities employer.

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We would like to assure you that protecting confidentiality is our number one priority. You can expect that all enquires, applications and all aspects of the proceedings are treated as strictly confidential and are not disclosed to anyone, outside those directly involved in that aspect of the process.