Sherkin Island Development Society Ltd.

BA Visual Art Degree Programme

Digital Facilitator


Interested applicants should submit the following documents by email only no later than Thursday 29 September at 5.00pm to Sherkin Island Development Society at [email protected]  


  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Expression of interest | A letter of no more than 2 A4 pages outlining your interest in this position and what you can bring to the role.
  3. Names and contacts of two referees



A shortlist of candidates will be made based on criteria relating to experience and expression of interest.



An interview panel comprising representatives of SIDS committee and BAVA Programme Chair will meet the shortlisted candidates and make an appointment.



Friday 7 October on Sherkin Island, Skibbereen, Co. Cork



BA (hons) in Visual Art is a community-based, four-year, honours degree, contemporary visual art programme based on Sherkin Island. It is fully accredited, managed and delivered by the Dublin School of Creative Arts, Technological University Dublin (TUDublin) in partnership with Sherkin Island Development Society (SIDS) and Uillinn: West Cork Arts Centre, and is part-funded by the Department of Rural and Community Development and Cork County Council.

This Programme is specifically tailored to allow access to third level education to geographically disadvantaged, mature students who would otherwise have to leave their local community. It brings social, economic and cultural benefits to Sherkin Island. It sustains and nurtures a rural community and paves the way for genuine access and participation to lifelong education.

The Programme offers a dynamic and creative education in a remarkable location by using a combination of studio practice workshops on Sherkin Island with a range of online distance education technologies. The primary aim of the Programme is to provide students with an advanced knowledge of the nature, role and potential of contemporary art. This emphasis is sympathetic to context, in particular the possibilities offered by art for remote rural communities.

The remote nature of the course places an emphasis on the use of new technologies and platforms to expand student engagement with the content of the course. Many of the lectures and workshops are performed through the internet and utilise digital technologies to support blended pedagogical techniques.


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Job Description for Digital Facilitator


This Job Description is designed to give an overall view of the job and is not a definitive list of tasks.

  • To work in support of the vision and strategic aims of the BAVA Programme
  • To act always in the best interest of the BAVA Programme
  • To abide by, support and implement SIDS Health and Safety Policy, Data Protection Policy, and other Company Policies


The Digital Facilitator position is a part time position within the TU Dublin, Bachelor of Arts (hons) in Visual Arts Degree Programme (BAVA) located on Sherkin Island.

The Digital Facilitator will be employed by Sherkin Island Development Society and reports to the TU Dublin BAVA Programme Chair.


The role involves significant engagement with the students, academic staff and island community.

  1. Facilitation of Remote Video Lectures with TU
    Including setup, recording and facilitation of students learning.
  2. Photographic and video and sound editing.
  3. Editing and student support in full suite of multi-media software
  4. Assistance with student IT projects – installations and presentations
  5. Student IT and Digital Support
  6. Documenting student presentations of work
  7. Documenting BAVA Programme events, exhibitions, installations
  8. Liaising with TU Dublin/IT department to improve services and facilities
  9. Reporting and technical feedback documentation
  10. Maintaining Internal Network Systems and local Broadband service
  11. Maintaining Printer Services and Audio/Visual Equipment
  12. Auditing equipment
  13. Attending staff meetings and training days


Essential Requirements

  • Relevant qualification and experience in Digital Media software, including Adobe Creative Suite, Technology or relevant area.
  • Extensive industry experience in the full suite of multi-media, IT and networks.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, good communication skills and high level of organisational ability.
  • Ability to quickly research and find solutions to problems, sometimes under time pressure
  • Flexibility and an ability and willingness to work successfully on own initiative or as part of a team as required.
  • Understanding of the learning environment


Desirable Requirements

  • Experience of supporting teaching



Hours of work

300 hours in the period between September to May.

Generally, 9.00 am to 6.00 pm on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday.

Location – Sherkin Island, Skibbereen, Co. Cork.

Remuneration – €9,000 gross for the period September to May