The Leuven Institute for Ireland in Europe
A unique resource
for Ireland in Europe

We are recruiting for a Programme Executive for our Belfast office

The Leuven Institute for Ireland in Europe is recruiting a Programme Executive for its Belfast office.  The role will be based in Belfast but with regular travel to Dublin and Leuven

Job Specification

Programme Management

  • Engage with clients to design a ‘product offering’ most suited to their requirements
  • Work with client organisations to tailor ‘off the shelf’ residential courses, develop programme content and engage lecturers/facilitators as required
  • Undertake research to support programme development
  • Identify speakers drawn from the network of Republic of Ireland/Northern Ireland officials within the EU institutions and other Brussels-based organisations
  • Keep abreast of EU policy areas which may be relevant to the client sectors in Ireland
  • Develop and maintain a database of relevant speakers to provide input to programmes
  • Research examples of good practice in Belgium (or within easy access to Belgium) across sectors which may provide an opportunity for client organisations to 'benchmark'
  • Source academic expertise from KU Leuven and other universities/institutes which may be drawn on for input into programmes
  • Organise programme logistics such as coach transport, entry to EU institutions or other visitor destinations, internal and external meals etc
  • Schedule programme timings throughout the visit to ensure the smooth delivery of the programme
  • Prepare final invoice for issue to client in accordance with the Institute’s accounting procedure

Business Development

  • Support the Institute in achieving its income target objectives
  • Develop a market map of potential clients who can benefit from the assets and network available to the Institute
  • Network with and through the higher education sector, second level education tier, local government units, government departments, commercial sector, community and voluntary groups, interest groups, to build business pipeline
  • Monitor government priorities which may impact on the target sectors and keep abreast of sectoral studies and reports
  • Develop an understanding of the training needs of each sector and identifying opportunities for the Institute
  • Attend networking events and opportunities to meet with potential clients

Brand Awareness

  • Work with the co-ordinated targeted campaign to raise knowledge of the Leuven Institute in the potential client base
  • Represent the Institute at industry functions and events, including where appropriate making presentations
  • Draft programme proposals in a professional manner that reflects a positive image of the Institute
  • Ensure all communication from the Institute is accurate and delivered professionally

Organisation Logistics

  • Recruit trainees for placements at the Institute from colleges and universities across Northern Ireland
  • Set up the logistical requirements for programmes via the Institute's extranet system - dates, accommodation, conference rooms, meal requirements, transport etc.
  • Ensure quality of data in the Institutes internal and external IT systems is maintained to a high standard
  • Work with the team in Leuven to ensure the programme is delivered to the highest possible standards
  • Attend and contribute to team meetings


Candidate Profile

  • The ideal candidate will be ambitious, highly motivated and a self-starter, be able to work independently and use their own initiative
  • Excellent communications and networking skills are essential
  • Knowledge or experience of the economy and political structure of Northern Ireland is very important
  • A background in business development, project management, and/or sales is advantageous
  • Candidates will be preferably qualified to Masters’ Degree level and be proficient in at least one European language in addition to English
  • Applicants must be able to demonstrate skills appropriate for and programme design
  • Competencies should include a high level of attention to detail and the necessary interpersonal skills to work as a part of a small team



A course of familiarisation and training will be provided in Belfast, Dublin and Leuven for the successful candidate.



Applicants should submit their CV and letter of motivation to, by 5pm (GMT) Friday 11th November 2016.


The Leuven Institute for Ireland in Europe is an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of their race, sex, disability, religion/belief, sexual orientation or age


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