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Communications and Digital Officer

Organization: Teagasc
Date Posted: 09/10/2018
Country: Ireland
Primary Category: Communications

Description & Details

Communications and Digital Officer

(Ref: CDO/HQ/1018)  


 Post Type: Permanent 

A panel may be formed from which future similar vacancies may be filled; such a panel will remain active for a maximum period of 12 months. 

Location: Head Office, Oak Park, Carlow.

Reporting To: Head of Corporate Communication & Public Relations and/or other nominated manager.

Grade/Salary: Administration Grade 3 with a starting salary of €29,316 per annum. 

The current salary scale is €29,316 to €49,960.  New entrants to the public sector will commence on the first point of the scale.  Remuneration may be adjusted from time to time in line with Government Policy.

Basic Function: The successful candidate will have a broad range of marketing and communication skills and will be required to provide support and expertise to each member of the Public Relations team.  They will contribute to the ongoing development and operation of the unit while supporting front line business units, across the organisation, in their activities.


Main Duties and Responsibilities:

The main duties and responsibilities of the Communications & Digital Officer will include:

  • Produce digital and print assets for Teagasc, such as graphics, online display ads and advertisements for national titles, adhering to corporate brand guidelines and ensuring Teagasc is prominently placed.
  • Operate alongside the Online Communications Executive to ensure social media content is scheduled to gain maximum reach.
  • Enhance social media engagement through targeted advertising campaigns.
  • Assist in updating and maintaining the corporate facing website  through a content management system.
  • Assist in the planning and execution of PR activities to support Teagasc business units to deliver events, publications and media outputs.
  • Work in collaboration with the Public Relations team to ensure administrative best practices are being followed at all times.
  • Rewrite and proof read documents for publishing to the public and media.
  • Adhere to strict deadlines as laid out in the advertising schedule.
  • Assist in managing and reporting the activities and outputs of the PR Department.
  • Assist in seeking quotations and orders for the PR Department.
  • Develop and maintain archive retrieval systems for photographs, reports, etc. for the Department
  • Fully co-operate with the provisions made for ensuring the health, safety and welfare of themselves, fellow staff and non-Teagasc staff and co-operate with management in enabling Teagasc to comply with legal obligations.  This includes full compliance with the responsibilities outlined in the Safety Statement.
  • Provide administrative expertise and support in the day-to-day operations of the Public Relations Department.
  • Assist Teagasc in meeting the commitments of the Customer Service Charter and Action Plan.
  • Actively participate in the annual business planning, risk management and Performance Management Development Systems (PMDS) processes.
  • Take responsibility for his/her own on-going personal and professional development.
  • Other duties as may be assigned from time to time.


* This job specification is intended as a guide to the general range of duties and is intended to be neither definitive nor restrictive. Duties and responsibilities will be reviewed with the post-holder from time to time.


Person Specification




Qualifications/ Experience

· QQI Level 7 Qualification.

· At least 3 years’ experience in a communications or Marketing environment.

A relevant Level 8 qualification.

Demonstrated evidence of investment in own personal development and broadening of knowledge, skills and expertise.

Technical Skills

· Proficient in using Adobe Creative Suite including InDesign, Photoshop & Illustrator.

· Experience of web Content Management Systems (CMS).

· Knowledge of web, communications and marketing.

· Adept user of social media platforms.

· Proficient in the use of MS Office, Word, Excel, Outlook, etc.

Knowledge of digital marketing principles.


Behavioural Competencies

· Excellent administration, time management, verbal and written communication skills.

· Track record of successfully dealing with competing priorities and deadlines.

· Be a proven creative thinker.

· Ability to set clear standards and take a quality customer service approach to work.

· Self-disciplined with an ability to work on own initiative to strict deadlines.

· Ability to adapt to changing requirements and priorities.

· A commitment to ongoing personal and professional development.

· Good understanding of Teagasc and the agri food sector.


Note:  The ‘essential’ qualifications, knowledge, skills and behavioural competencies outlined above are ‘must-have’ which will be used in the selection process.

How to Apply / Contact

An application form for this position can be accessed on the Teagasc Website at

Completed application forms should be TYPED, saved in PDF format and submitted by email to

no later than 12 noon on Thursday 25th October 2018.  Applications received after this time will not be considered.

Please state relevant reference code in all correspondence. 

Teagasc is an equal opportunities employer. Canvassing will disqualify.

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