02 March 2018
30 March 2018
Position / level
Contract Type
Fixed term contract
Full Time

Mary Immaculate College (MIC) is an autonomous, university-level, Catholic College of Education & the Liberal Arts. Significant expansion in recent decades has seen the College’s provision expand across two impressive campuses, one based in the heart of Limerick City and one in Thurles, Co. Tipperary. The diverse student community is made up of more than 5,000 learners, participating in nine undergraduate degree programmes and a multiplicity of postgraduate opportunities extending to doctoral level. Academic staff are engaged in a wide range of research interests which underpins all learning and teaching at the College.

The Trustees of MIC now invite applications for the position of College President. This post will be filled on a 5-year fixed term contract, with the possibility of renewal for a further and final 5-year period.

Reporting to the Board of Trustees, the President is the Chief Executive Officer of the College and is ultimately responsible for the leadership and executive management of all operations, including academic programme delivery and development, as well as the financial, administrative, and pastoral work of the institution. The President is a member of the Governing Authority and is Chairperson of the College's Academic Council.

The person appointed will have the experience, skills, knowledge and personal attributes necessary to lead and manage the College, while adhering to the fundamental principle that the holistic flourishing of the student is at the centre of its activities. She/he will have the capacity to formulate a shared vision for the College as an independent and autonomous university-level higher education institute in alignment with its current Strategic Plan – A Flourishing Learning Community (2017-2021). As President, the appointee will uphold the ethos and values of the College, as enshrined in its Mission Statement, including academic excellence, justice and compassion in the service of others, cultural diversity and equity in society, and special commitment to the Irish language. The President will promote and sustain the Catholic ethos of the College. 

The appointee will be a champion of collegiality and for the academic and professional aspirations of the entire College community, having exceptional academic credentials together with a proven track record of management achievement. She/he will have significant research experience and the capacity to lead the further development and enhancement of the College’s research profile. As President, she/he will have the capability to foresee opportunities for advancing the strategic objectives of the College as well as the essential attributes for initiating and managing complex change successfully.

She/he will have established wide-ranging networks during her/his career, and will be a person held in the highest regard by professional peers. In particular, the President will be committed to partnership-working and be skilled in fostering and driving the process of collaboration. She/he will have the proven talent to form strong professional and collegial relationships both internally and externally, where she/he will be an effective influencer within the external higher education sector and the broader professional and civic landscapes locally, nationally and internationally. The person appointed will be particularly attuned to the internationalisation agenda in the Irish higher education sector and, as President, will have the knowledge and abilities to situate MIC in a strong strategic position to capitalise upon its rich potential in this context.

The College President will be accountable to the Governing Authority and the Trustees for institutional leadership and corporate governance and will be proactive in providing the Department of Education & Skills, the Higher Education Authority, other sectoral partners, funders and the public with the highest levels of confidence in the College’s governance practices and compliance. She/he will prioritise quality and the necessary practices in continuous quality assurance to ensure that the College maintains its excellent reputation as a leading university-level institution.

To request a candidate briefing pack or to have a confidential conversation about this opportunity, please click APPLY.

Closing Date: Friday 30th March, 2018 @ 5pm

Mary Immaculate College is an Equal Opportunities Employer


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