Head of Open Education Unit

Dublin, Leinster (IE)
21 Dec 2017
End of advertisement period
27 Jan 2018
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Education
Contract Type
Full Time

Dublin City University
Open Education Unit


Dublin City University (DCU) is a young, dynamic, research-intensive, and globally-engaged institution that is distinguished by its vision and strong commitment to transforming lives and societies. As Ireland’s University of Enterprise, and fastest growing university, it is characterised by a focus on innovation and social entrepreneurship, and proud tradition of promoting access to higher education through new technologies and flexible models of teaching and learning. Excellence in its education and research activities has contributed to DCU’s consistent ranking in the top 50 of the world’s young universities (QS Top 50 under 50). In the context of an exciting and ambitious new Strategic Plan (2018-2022) the University is looking to recruit a talented, strategic and future-focussed leader for the next stage of its development. 

DCU is known for its excellence in online education and over the next three years plans to expand its delivery of online programmes through our DCU Connected platform. The University has over 30 years’ experience of providing online distance education and continued investment and development in new design and delivery models under the strategic leadership of the National Institute for Digital Learning (NIDL) remains core to its institutional mission. 

The University is now seeking to recruit a dynamic individual to take up the role of Head of Open Education Unit. The Head of the Open Education Unit will play an important role in the successful implementation of DCU’s new Strategic Plan (2018-2022) by supporting Faculties to develop a wider range of more flexible online modules and programmes. Applicants need to have demonstrated ability and experience in strategic leadership, business development and operations and personnel management, along with relevant teaching and learning experience, particularly in the area of blended, online and digital (BOLD) education. Building upon a proud history of pioneering developments in BOLD education, and working with an innovative team of colleagues, this post offers an exciting opportunity for the successful candidate to make a significant contribution to the future of DCU, and the wider provision of access to higher education throughout Ireland, and beyond.

Closing date: 27th January

General Information 

All Appointments will be commensurate with qualifications and experience and will be made on the appropriate point of the salary scale, in line with current Government pay policy. 

Salary Scale: Professor (Associate Professor) or equivalent  €80,657.00 - €91,266.00

Informal Enquiries

Professor Mark Brown, Director, National Institute for Digital Learning 
Telephone: 353 (0) 1 700 6317
Email: mark.brown@dcu.ie 

Application Procedure 

Application forms are available from the DCU Current Vacancies (open Competitions) website at http://www.dcu.ie/vacancies/current.shtml and also from the Human Resources Department, Dublin City University, Dublin 9. Tel: +353 (0) 1 7005149. 

Please clearly state the role that you are applying for in your application and email subject line: Job Ref # 743 Head, Open Education Unit
Applications should be submitted by email to hr.applications@dcu.ie or by Fax: +353 (0) 1 7005500 or by post to the Human Resources Department, Dublin City University, Dublin 9, Ireland. 

Dublin City University is an equal opportunities employer