ALFA

1.     What is an Associate or Local Facilitator?
Associates and Local Facilitators are commissioned to work by a variety or support services depending on their individual skill set. These services include,
·        PDST http://www.pdst.ie/
·        SESS http://www.sess.ie/
·        NBSS http://www.nbss.ie/
·        NIPT http://www.teacherinduction.ie/
·        JCT http://www.jct.ie/
·        CSL https://www.cslireland.ie/en/
Each Support Service advertise positions when available on their own websites for further Information on the positions available and to match your skills to the best Support Service  please visit the website of the programme you are interested in working for.
Associates:
An Associate is a registered school principal, deputy principal, teacher who is engaged to work in a part-time capacity with a support service.  Candidates can be part time but they must hold a recognised post.   Retired former school principals, deputy principals or teachers who have maintained their registration with the Teaching Council, may also be considered for a period of up to two years after their date of retirement.   Any person who has successfully interviewed for the position or who has previously worked with the TES support services over the past 5 years is eligible to be appointed as an Associate. Associates may work for a maximum of 20 days or 40 interaction units (all programmes/regions combined) which are eligible for substitute cover. Any payment for hours worked up to 3.5 hours per day is considered as one unit.
Local Facilitators:
A Local Facilitator is a registered school principal, deputy principal, teacher who is engaged to facilitate, or to collaborate in the facilitation of a limited number of CPD events locally.  Candidates can be part time but they must hold a recognised post.   Retired former school principals, deputy principals or teachers who have maintained their registration with the Teaching Council, may also be considered for a period of up to two years after their date of retirement. Local Facilitators may work for a maximum of 3 or 6 units for all programmes/regions combined. Any payment for hours worked up to 3.5 hours per day is considered as one unit.
2. Who commissions the work?
All work for associates and local facilitators is allocated and managed by members of the full-time team of the relevant support service under the direction of the management of that support service. Blackrock Education Centre (BEC) manages and monitors all information and payments for Associates and Local Facilitators.  This service is known as ALFA (Administration for Local Facilitators and Associates) and can be contacted directly by email at alison@blackrockec.iec or eithne@blackrockec.ie phone at 01-2365026/23.
3. What type of work is involved?
The continuing professional development role of Associates and Local Facilitators within the Support Services may differ from one sector/region/programme/subject/initiative/project to another. Team Leaders will assign the duties after taking system and local needs into consideration. Some examples of these duties which may be undertaken by associates and local facilitators include *:
·        Facilitate school-based CPD events during or after school time in various locations.
·        Engage in design process and resources development
·        Develop e-learning or blended learning courses/resources
·        Engage in school-based action research
·        Train other associates or local facilitators
*This is not an exhaustive list.
4. What experience/skills/qualities are needed?
Interested applicants should have:

  • An appropriate academic qualification
  • A relevant postgraduate qualification
  • Relevant experience of working in a classroom.
  • Teaching experience

 
In addition to the specific criteria outlined above candidates most likely to be invited to self-nominate (in the case of Local Facilitators) or called for interview (in the case of Associates) must demonstrate most or all of the following:

  • A range of leadership, motivation and innovation skills
  • A range of communication, and interpersonal skills as well as a capacity to work independently and as part of a team
  • A range of management, planning, ICT, administrative and organisational skills
  • Ability to design and/or deliver programmes of continuing professional development and support provision.
  • Capacity to mobilise and support teacher reflection, enquiry and classroom-based research, and support for innovation in learning and teaching

 
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