NEW opportunity! Education Officer

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PPLI is happy to announce that applications are being accepted for the role of an additional Education Officer to support the implementation of Languages Connect – Ireland’s Foreign Languages in Education strategy.




The person appointed will be expected to be familiar with the key issues at all sectors of the education system in Ireland, will have significant experience of teaching at post-primary level, and qualifications relevant to language teaching.

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 6 months. In the case of other candidates the contract is a one-year fixed term contract (with six-month probationary period). PPLI is based in Blanchardstown although alternative arrangements will be considered in exceptional circumstances.

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

Key areas of work will include the following:

  • Develop CLIL provision and practice in MFL classrooms in Ireland. Awareness raising of CLIL is important in this context
  • Assist with awareness raising campaign promoting the value and importance of learning foreign languages and maintaining home languages
  • Encourage and support the use of innovative teaching methods and digital technologies for learning languages
  • Contribute to the development of communities of practice among foreign languages teachers.
  • Collaborate with and facilitate dissemination of work carried out by the Council of Europe and the European Centre for Modern Languages to promote excellence in language education;
  • Deliver CPD for teachers of new languages; design and provide resources to support quality learning and teaching;
  • Mentor teachers of new languages
  • Liaise and work closely with schools introducing new languages and monitor the provision of these languages;
  • Collaborate with relevant agencies and cultural institutes to promote excellence in language learning and teaching.
  • Carry out further related work at the request of the Director.

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;
  • In-depth knowledge and experience of teaching at post-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


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.

Please download the Information Booklet.

Application Form must be fully completed at

New Application Deadline: 30th December noon.