WWGS Education Officer

WWGS Education Officer (based in Leinster)

Job Title: Education Officer
Programme: WorldWise Global Schools
Website: www.worldwiseschools.ie
Location: Leinster Based (flexible).
Office: Self Help Africa Head Office, Kingsbridge House, 17-22 Parkgate Street, Dublin 8, D08 NRP2.
Contract Type: Full time, fixed-term 12-month contract – with possibility of extension
Reports to: Programme Director, WorldWise Global Schools
Salary: €40,000 – €45,000 (based on 5 days/week, equivalent to 37.5 hours)
Annual Leave Entitlements: 26 days annual leave for full time employees, inclusive of one day for Good Friday, and a minimum of three days over the Christmas period.


About WWGS: WorldWise Global Schools (WWGS) is the national programme for Global Citizenship Education (GCE) at post-primary level. GCE promotes understanding of the unequal world in which we live, exploring and challenging issues of inequality and injustice, and explores how to take action to for change. It equips both educators and learners with the knowledge, skills and values to do so.

WWGS provides teacher training, grant funding, curriculum resources and guidance to support and encourage post-primary schools to engage in Global Citizenship Education. WWGS is an Irish Aid funded programme implemented through a consortium comprising Self Help Africa, Concern Worldwide and the Curriculum Development Unit of the City of Dublin Education and Training Board.

Job Purpose: The WWGS Education Officer (EO) based in Leinster will have primary responsibility for supporting WWGS schools in Leinster, in increasing the scope and quality of GCE in their schools. The Education Officer will also have responsibility for resource development and the development of good practice case studies on Global Citizenship Education to showcase the work happening in schools in relation to GCE.

S/he will play a key role in supporting schools (Leinster Region) to effectively utilise all available WWGS supports, and in monitoring the progress of schools and their GCE programme.

The EO will provide Continuous Professional Development (CPD) opportunities for schools, through design and delivery, ensuring that schools are equipped to engage in quality Global Citizenship Education through in-school (one-to-one teacher support, and whole-staff training) and national/regional CPD.

The EO will assist in monitoring the progress of the WWGS programme towards meeting its overall strategic aim and objectives, and contribute towards twice annual reporting requirements to Irish Aid. The capturing and sharing of data to track the level of GCE engagement at post-primary level is of central importance for this role.

The role requires excellent communication, organisational and interpersonal skills to work with a wide range of schools and stakeholders, and to collaborate effectively with other members of the WWGS team, as well as using own initiative.


Key Responsibilities: The 4 key areas of responsibility are:

  1. Capacity Building & Support
    • Provision of support to school grantees
    • Prepare, implement and follow up on support visits to schools
    • Delivery of in-school GCE support and Continuous Professional Development (CPD) for teachers
    • Contribute to preparing for and delivering on annual regional teacher CPD events, including content and delivery.
    • Maintaining up to date cloud database (via Salesforce) of all engagements with and support to schools, as well as essential results framework data
    • On-going communication and support with schools and school clusters
    • Develop, monitor and promote quality standards for GCE through use of the WWGS Global Passport Framework and by supporting increasing numbers of schools to apply for the Global Passport Award
  2. Resource Development (teaching and learning materials)
    • The in-house development, editing, and quality-assuring of post-primary teaching and learning materials, across all subject areas (available in print and digital). These materials will be aligned to the curriculum at both Junior and Senior Cycle, and will use innovative and creative methodologies
    • Engaging with key stakeholders and teachers in relation to the development of teaching and learning materials
    • Piloting materials with teachers/schools
    • Monitoring and evaluating the impact of materials
    • Liaising with external consultants in relation to any materials being created outside of the WWGS programme, on behalf of the WWGS programme.
    • The revision, updating and editing of existing materials
    • The promotion of WWGS materials
  3. The development of good practice case studies on Global Citizenship Education
    • The in-house development, editing, and quality-assuring of case studies which demonstate in-school Global Citizenship Education at post-primary level (available in print and digital)
    • Engaging with schools on the development of case studies (teachers and students in particular)
    • Dissemination of WWGS good-practice case studies to post-primary schools
    • The promotion of WWGS good-practice case studies
  4. Annual Grants Cycle
    • Recruiting new schools to engage with WWGS and GCE through the annual grants cycle
    • Ensuring a high level of retention of existing grantees to the WWGS programme
    • Supporting schools through the application and reporting phases of the WWGS grant cycle
    • Ensuring grantees are compliant with their allocated budgets and contracts
    • Responsible for no-cost extension and budget reallocation requests from grantees

Other aspects of the role include:

The promotion of the WWGS programme
• Communicating WWGS and grantee activity on Social Media (via regular updates of Facebook page and Twitter feed)
• Supporting with the development of promotional and communications material for the programme

WWGS Database/Salesforce
• Support maintaining of the WWGS database, in order to ensure a clear and up to date statistical overview of GCE engagement in post-primary schools
• Support the WWGS team by providing up-to-date information on applicants/grantees on request

WWGS Global Passport
• Supporting schools in exploring GCE using the Global Passport, which is a framework for teachers to understand how and where Global Citizenship Education fits into the post-primary curriculum
• Support schools through the application process for the Global Passport
• Promotion of the Global Passport Award Scheme

General Administration
• Provide general administrative support to the programme team

 Any other tasks that may be deemed relevant by WWGS director


Key Relationships:
Internal
• WWGS Programme Director
• WWGS Deputy Director
• WWGS Education Officer (East/Leinster)
• WWGS Education Officer (South/Munster)
• WWGS Education Officer (West/Connaught)
• WWGS Grants & Operations Administrator (GOA)
• Database Administrator
• WWGS/SHA Communication and design team
• WWGS Consortium
External
• Schools (teachers, principals and students involved with the WWGS Programme).
• Key post-primary and GCE Stakeholders
• Irish Aid

Knowledge and Experience
Essential
• Background in Global Citizenship Education/Development Education, education or development ideally with a cross over knowledge of each
• Minimum 2 years’ experience working in the area of Global Citizenship Education in formal education
• Demonstrable experience of resource development
• Experience in teacher education
• Experience in curriculum design, pedagogy, and/or the development of classroom-based Instructional materials
• Demonstrable knowledge/experience of the post-primary education sector
• Experience in the development of good practice case studies
• Excellent written and oral English language
• Excellent writing/presentation skills
• Clean full driving license, access to a car and flexibility in relation to travel within Ireland (Leinster region in particular)

Desirable
• Experience of creating, developing and maintaining effective working relationships with key stakeholders in the post-primary sector
• Strong IT proficiency, particularly in the use of Excel and Word
• Excellent interpersonal skills
• Excellent database management skills
• Evidence of strong planning/organisational skills
• Working knowledge on the use of online data management/CRM systems, particularly in the use of Salesforce

Role Competencies
Managing yourself – Holds an awareness of own abilities and areas for development; adapts and uses abilities to work well with others and to help achieve objectives. Communicating and working with others – Uses the most appropriate channel to share information with others both inside and outside WWGS; adapts the message to meet the communication needs of the audience
Delivering results – Systematically develops plans towards achieving WWGS objectives and delivers on commitments; uses appropriate techniques to help achieve agreed objectives
Planning and decision-making – Systematically develops plans towards achieving WWGS’ objectives and delivers on commitments; makes clear, informed and timely decisions appropriate to role, in the interests of WWGS and those we work with
Creativity and innovation – Seeks out, develops and successfully implements new ideas that further the needs of WWGS and those we work with; builds on proven approaches and learns from ongoing work to improve it. Is forward-thinking, innovative and strategic with the ability to adapt to a dynamic working environment and self-organise while working as part of a team
• Is inclusive, respectful, and collaborative
• Is human rights and global justice centred
• Has ability to work well within a team that is based regionally around the county, in our various offices (Cork, Dublin and Galway)


How to Apply:

Candidates must be legally entitled to work in Ireland at the time of application.

Please upload a completed Application Form, CV and cover letter outlining your suitability for the role here

Please note incomplete applications will not be considered for shortlisting.

Download JD here

Closing date is 28th May 2020 by 5:30pm


Interviews are provisionally scheduled for mid-June 2020.
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