Research and Policy Officer

Job Ref: AHEAD
Type: Full-time, permanent role
Location: Blackrock, Co. Dublin. Currently all AHEAD staff are working remotely due to Covid-19 and the successful candidate will also be working remotely until further notice.
Salary: Available on Request
Closing Date: No Longer Accepting Applications

Full Description


AHEAD is an independent non-profit organisation working to create inclusive environments in education and employment for people with disabilities. The main focus of its work is further education and training, higher education and graduate employment.

AHEAD provides information to students and graduates with disabilities, teachers, guidance counsellors and parents on disability issues in education. It undertakes national research relating to the inclusion of students with disabilities, contributes to national policy forums and provides professional development opportunities to develop the capacity of staff in FET and higher education to be more inclusive.

AHEAD is now recruiting a Research and Policy Officer to join its team.


The Research and Policy Officer will coordinate and conduct research and policy activities across the education and employment teams in AHEAD. They will work with the CEO to identify key research and policy priorities concerning the inclusion of students with disabilities in further education and training (FET) and higher education (HE) environments, and graduates with disabilities in employment.

This is a new role, and the successful candidate will be responsible for ensuring that AHEAD’s work is evidence-informed and that all staff are aware of both research findings and the key legal/policy developments.

They will also be responsible for coordinating policy submissions to state agencies and government departments and recommending priority areas to the senior leadership team. They will gather quantitative and qualitative data to inform these submissions, through both desk-based research, and consultation with AHEAD stakeholders such as staff in educational institutions, employers, students, and graduates.

If you are highly organised, self-motivated professional with a keen interest in AHEAD’s mission and a track record of coordinating and undertaking both qualitative and quantitative research projects and analysing quantitative data, we would love to hear from you! HOW TO APPLY:

Please email [email protected] for the full job description, candidate information pack, and application details for this role. Please use the job title and name of the organisation you’re interested in as the subject of your email.

The recruitment campaign for the role of Research and Policy Officer is being managed exclusively on behalf of AHEAD by non-profit specialist recruitment consultancy CCI Executive Search.

AHEAD is an equal opportunities employer. Applications from people from diverse backgrounds are welcome and AHEAD will provide reasonable accommodations for candidates with disabilities where appropriate, as identified through its needs assessment process.

Closing Date: 12pm on Tuesday, 9th March 2021