NEW opportunity! Education Officer for Modern Foreign Languages

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PPLI is happy to announce that applications are being accepted for the role of an Education Officer to support the implementation of Languages Connect – Ireland’s Strategy for Foreign Languages in Education 2017-2026 and Implementation Plan 2017-2022, in the context of supporting the provision of a six-week sampler module across a range of additional languages including Irish Sign Language (ISL) in the 2021/22 school year.

The person appointed will be responsible for a number of key areas of work including the following:

  • Project manage the above project. This is envisaged to include but is not limited to the following:
    1. design and develop content and resources to support quality teaching and learning
    2. provide CPD
    3. work closely with schools
    4. identify teachers
    5. liaise with existing providers
    6. ensure that CLIL provision and practice is included
    7. integrate awareness raising campaign promoting the value and importance of learning foreign languages and maintaining home languages
    8. encourage and support the use of innovative teaching methods and digital technologies for learning languages
    9. conduct exploratory research and investigation on the piloting of blended learning models
    10. collaborate with relevant agencies and cultural institutes to promote excellence in language learning and teaching;

The person appointed will also be expected to be familiar with the key issues at all sectors of the education system relevant to the remit of PPLI.

The post is a full-time position. In the case of a teacher in Ireland contracted on secondment the initial contract would be for a fixed-term of one year. In the case of other candidates the contract is a one-year fixed term contract (with six-month probationary period).

The Education Officer will report to the Director of PPLI. In addition to working with other Education Officers on other projects, the person appointed will also work with researchers, consultants and experts as required.

The Education Officer will respond to queries and requests from across the education sector, and from the public and the media as they arise on social media and through more traditional channels. Most Education Officers also engage with national and international networks relevant to their area(s) of work.

The working week of an Education Officer can include meetings with various stakeholders, meetings with colleagues, researching and drafting papers, working on digital content for PPLI website, presenting at conferences, working with groups of teachers or schools – the work is highly varied and requires flexibility and initiative as well as creativity, resilience and imagination.


  • Applicants must have (on the latest date for receipt of completed applications):
  • A degree in a foreign language and/or a relevant post-graduate qualification e.g. Applied Linguistics;
  • Knowledge and experience of teaching at primary level;
  • Experience and expertise in the use of active learning methodologies which foster student engagement with the curriculum;
  • Proven record of managing complex projects, meeting deadlines, and achieving results;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with ability to motivate and inspire others both within the team and with external stakeholders;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills;
  • Excellent planning and organisational skills;
  • Competence to engage stakeholders and partners and work collaboratively with others;
  • In-depth understanding of the Irish education system;
  • Advanced IT and digital literacy skills;
  • Experience in training, facilitating workshops, and delivery of presentations;
  • Ability to multi-task and prioritise where necessary;
  • Flexible approach, self-motivating with ability to work on own initiative and as part of a team


  • Expertise in CLIL
  • Expertise in blended learning
  • Knowledge and experience of working at post-primary

The Education Officer will:

  • assist PPLI in carrying out its brief in relation to foreign languages
  • support the work of PPLI and other stakeholders to which they may be assigned to work collaboratively
  • prepare working papers, discussion documents, draft reports and other such documentation in relation to foreign languages matters
  • engage with researchers and their work
  • develop and support PPLI networks among schools and other relevant agencies and institutions and work effectively with stakeholders, teachers and school leaders
  • assist in dissemination of information on foreign languages policy and provision at all levels of the education system
  • attend and/or address relevant meetings of PPLI with other groups and individuals on behalf of PPLI
  • work effectively with others both as a team member and a team leader
  • carry out further related work at the request of the Director.

Please download the Information Booklet.

Application Form must be fully completed at the following link

Application Deadline: noon, Wednesday 16th June 2021