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Student Recruitment Specialist - Dublin - €40, 000 to €50, 000 per annum

Job Category:
Medical/Pharma/Health, Recruitment, Business 2 Consumer
Dublin 2
€40,000 to €50,000 per annum
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Title: Student Recruitment Specialist 

Department: Student Recruitment   

Tenure: Full time Permanent

Location: 123 St Stephens Green

Reporting to: Head of Student Recruitment 

About RCSI

RCSI has been at the forefront of educating healthcare professionals since 1784 when we were founded as the national training and professional body for surgery. Today we are Ireland’s only focused health sciences institution, Ireland’s largest medical school and one of the leading health sciences institutions in the world.

Based in Dublin, with students from over 80 countries and four overseas campuses, RCSI has a global reach through our network of Alumni in 97 countries. RCSI ranks among top 2% of universities in Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2018. RCSI is placed joint second out of the nine institutions in the Republic of Ireland included in the rankings.

We are looking for a highly motivated individual for the role of Student Recruitment Specialist in our new Student Recruitment Department. 

The successful candidate will report directly to the Head of Student Recruitment (HoSR) and will be responsible for the seamless execution of all outbound student recruitment activities within the department.  

In order to provide effective and efficient services it is expected that the successful candidate will be required to travel overseas at various points throughout the student recruitment lifecycle and maintain confidentiality, diplomacy and tact regarding internal and external relations.

Specifically, the duties of the post are:

• Develop and coordinate the annual Student Recruitment operations plan and ensure it is implemented in line with overall student recruitment strategy and objectives. The operations plan will involve the coordination of RCSI participation in university open days, recruitment fairs, information evenings, school visits, guidance counsellor conferences and collaborative recruitment events which may be cross-functional in nature.

• Represent RCSI at external Student Recruitment events including the delivery of presentations to audiences of prospective students and key influencers such as parents, guidance counsellors etc.

• Liaise with staff members across RCSI to ensure appropriate support for undergraduate student recruitment focused events and activities.

• Support the Head of Student Recruitment in broadening the mix of international students and in the development of new business opportunities in key markets by working with a portfolio of agents and other key stakeholders.

• Research, analyze and report on information about EU and Non EU Student Recruitment trends, to inform RCSI Student Recruitment Strategy, including the analysis and manipulation of data sets.

• Monitor and evaluate recruitment activities, including the ability to design and implement monitoring systems, analyze statistical data and produce reports to inform Student Recruitment Strategy.

• Assist Marketing with planning and implementation of communication campaigns including social media and overall lead follow-up. This will involve having an input into the production of the undergraduate prospectus and other print materials together with an impactful online presence in a variety of platforms.

• Develop training programmes for RCSI staff members involved in undergraduate student recruitment activities to ensure consistency in delivery of messaging.

• Keep up to date with developments and best practice in Student Recruitment.

• Ensure the delivery of a broad range of high quality services, informed by relevant feedback, benchmarking, research and development of an environment of continuous improvement.

• Proactive in mentoring other team members with a proven track record of leading and contributing effectively to groups/teams.

• Other duties and projects that may arise from time to time and as directed by the Head of Student Recruitment.


The successful candidate must have a third level qualification and at least 5 years’ experience in a customer focused role such as Sales, Marketing, Communications or Third Level Student Recruitment. 

Skills & Competencies:

The successful candidate should have a high level of energy, adaptability and self-motivation and should be able to demonstrate the following:

• Exceptional communication skills, both verbal and written, as well as an ability to communicate clear, consistent messages in a variety of media.

• Strong interpersonal skills with proven experience of building and managing relationships with internal and external audiences.

• Strong organisational, administrative and planning skills.

• Excellent IT skills and proven expertise in using Microsoft Office, particularly Excel, Outlook and Powerpoint, as well as Prezi and other digital media.

• Proven leadership in the implementation of service redesign and use of IT in the delivery of services. 

• Strong capacity to work with statistics and proven experience of data management and ability to analyze large volumes of data to inform effective decision-making.

• Demonstrable experience in managing projects and workloads to achieve timescales, budgets and targets that contribute to department priorities.

• Evidence of significant experience in a busy administrative function, with demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of a team.

• An ability to work at pace and in a complex environment.

• An ability to use own initiative and put forward ideas.

• High level of accuracy and attention to detail. 

• Strong content writing skills including developing messaging, proven record of conceiving and developing engaging, original content.

• Basic design skills including the ability to produce visually appealing content for presentations and other media.

• Proven capacity to make sound and well informed decisions, understanding their impact and implications.

• Knowledge of CRM systems, particularly HubSpot and/or Microsoft Dynamics, would be a distinct advantage.

• Knowledge and experience of email marketing, search engine optimization, pay per click advertising and web analytics would be an advantage.

• Knowledge of new and emerging social media and digital technologies would be an advantage.

Application process

Please apply through with your CV and cover letter by 5pm on the closing date

Note: This Job Description may be subject to change to reflect the evolving requirements of the Department and RCSI in developing healthcare leaders who make a difference worldwide.

RCSI is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of their gender, civil status, family status, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability or race.

Similar vacancies that arise in the next 6 months may be filled from the pool of applicants that apply for this position.

Contact Details:
Tel: 01 402 2191
Contact: Fiona Houlihan

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