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Advance HE works in the complex, interesting and ever-developing areas of equality and diversity and higher education and colleges in Scotland. We are committed to making a difference for staff and students. Join our team as we work to improve diversity and ensure equality of progression and success for people in the UK HE sector and in colleges in Scotland.

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Current opportunities to join the team >

Athena SWAN Programme Manager (Ireland)

Advance HE’s purpose is to advance the professional practice of higher education to improve outcomes for the benefit of students, staff and society. Advance HE is a company limited by guarantee and a registered charity.

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Advance HE is currently seeking to recruit an Athena SWAN Programme Manager (Ireland) based in Dublin.

Salary: £38,000 - £45,000 (pro rata)

Part-time 0.6 FTE (21 hours per week), permanent contract subject to continued funding from the Higher Education Authority in Ireland.

General description of the post

The post holder will lead the development, planning and delivery of Advance HE’s work with universities and institutes of technology in Ireland, in particular the Athena SWAN Charter, for which Advance HE receives specific funding. The post holder will work independently and exercise sound judgment on complex issues/queries.

In order to deliver on the above, a key function will be to act as the primary point of liaison for Irish funders and relevant external agencies. This post will report to the Athena SWAN Manager and will work closely with the Athena SWAN Adviser (Ireland), as well as the Equality Charters Development Manager and Equality Charters Operations Manager. The post holder will also work with the senior management team (SMT) and other project managers across the organisation to ensure that Irish context is considered in policy development, communications and events.

This 0.6 FTE role is based in Dublin, though it may be possible for other locations in Ireland to be accommodated; if this is desired, reference to this should be made in the application for this role. The role will require regular travel within Ireland and occasional travel to the UK.

Advance HE welcomes all applicants irrespective of age, disability, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religion or belief, or marital or civil partnership status.

Benefits include 31 days holiday per year pro rata plus bank holidays pro rata, flexi-time and pension scheme.

Application and interview

Please download the application form and further details, request an application pack from or call 020 7438 1010 (24-hour answerphone).

Application forms should be returned by email to: or by post to:

HR (recruitment)

Advance HE,
First floor, Westminster Tower,
3 Albert Embankment,
London, SE1 7SP

Applications will be assessed against the requirements for the post as set out in the job description and person specification, which can be downloaded here.

The deadline for applications for the Athena SWAN Programme Manager (Ireland) role is Monday 9 July 2018 at 5PM. We aim to notify candidates who have been shortlisted by Thursday 12 July 2018.

We plan to hold interviews for this role on Thursday 26 July 2018 in London.

Benefits of working for Advance HE >

We believe that our team should be supported and have continuous learning and development opportunities. We offer a comprehensive employee assistance programme and have a strong commitment to employee welfare.

Benefits include:

  • 27 days annual leave plus bank holidays, with 4 additional discretionary days
  • Pension scheme
  • Flexitime system
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Childcare voucher scheme
  • Season ticket loans
Equality monitoring >

Advance HE values diversity and works to advance equality. Upon submitting your application to Advance HE’s HR team we will kindly ask all applicants to complete our equality and diversity monitoring survey. The information you provide is anonymous and only used for diversity reporting purposes. We hope you will complete this survey to help us in our commitment to equality and diversity. However, if you choose not to your application will not be adversely affected.