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Job vacancy text on screen of a tabletDue to an exciting expansion programme, DIFC now wants to appoint an Academic Operations Director to participate in the growth of the business.

Role: Academic Operations Director

  1. Planning Management & Control of Colleges (3)
  • Planning: resources – management, staff, facilities
  • Management: management team, meetings, reports + control
  • Budget KPI – customer satisfaction % exam success % placement %
  1. Facilities Planning + Management
  • Plan for sales numbers by course etc.
  • Maximise space utilisation % + cost per student
  1. Management and Staff Planning
  • Set up organisations structure & management team
  • Plan for sales numbers – optimum class sizes (15)
  • Teachers capacity utilisation 90% – cost per class
  1. External Relationships
  • NCUK – GCD – Irish HEI – Partner Universities Ireland & UK – QQI – INIS – MEI – English Schools
  1. Financial Planning + Management
  • Budget cost % in line with company profitability
  • Cost control monthly accounts A / B – action
  1. Student Services – Line Manager
  • Manager responsible for Dublin / Cork / Galway
  1. Placement – Dublin / Cork / Galway – Line Manager
  • Placement 90% each year
  1. Operations Management
  • HR Management
  • IT Management
  • Resources and facilities management
  1. Business Development and Growth of Business
  • Work closely with Commercial Director regarding new products and link ups Ireland + overseas
  1. Member of Senior Management Team
  • Re strategy and planning 3 – 5 years
  • Co profitability and value of business
  • Member of Board of Directors

Role Requirements/Experience

  • Masters – MBA
  • Experience in management – 5 years
    • Academic Management
    • General Management
  • Proven track record in management
  • People skills
  • Ambition to grow the business
  • HR experience – managing staff
  • Able to work with external organisations at high level
  • Financial planning and management experience


Key Information

  • Reporting to – CEO of DIFC
  • Starting Date – June 2019
  • Salary Package – Attractive salary package will be offered reflecting the seniority of the position

How to Apply

Applicants can apply directly to Diarmuid Moroney (CEO of DIFC) at CVs will be accepted.


Application deadline – Friday 10th May 2019


About DIFC


Dublin International Foundation College (DIFC) was established in 1999 and has now grown to become Ireland’s leading Foundation College with centres in Dublin, Cork and a new centre opening in Galway this year.

We signed an exclusive agreement for Ireland with one of the world’s foremost foundation providers NCUK, with a global network of Study Centres in more than 24 countries over four continents. Since 1987, NCUK has placed over 30,000 international students on to a wide range of university degree courses at universities in the UK & Europe, Ireland, USA, Australia and New Zealand.

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