Ireland Network Coordinator

Association of University Administrators


With a membership of around 3200 members in over 200 higher education institutions, the AUA needs a well-established organisational framework and communications system to function effectively and efficiently.

Network Coordinators play an important and fundamental part in maintaining and developing the Association and its activities. Geographic networks give members access to people and activities just around the corner, enabling them to meet, share and exchange at a local level. 

Network Coordinators are vital to AUA and perform a crucial role as they are the links between members, Advocates and the national organisation, ambassadors of AUA and the channels by which AUA can listen to the views of its members and the sector on higher education policy, professional development issues and the services we provide.

Being a Network Coordinator of the AUA is extremely rewarding, helping professionalise the HE administration and management environment in which we work. There are also fantastic personal development opportunities, as a Network Coordinator you will be able to:

• Gain experience and skills you might not normally have the opportunity to in your own role and institution
• enhance your professional profile within and outside your institution
• gain substantial networking opportunities
• pursue your own interests in specific areas of HE policy and practice and develop your knowledge of the sector
• engage with and influence policy and practice in the AUA and beyond

The benefit of our networks is that any number of members can become Advocates at their institution, there’s no limit.

Roles and Responsibilities

• Proactively recruit new members and take action to retain existing members

o Target: year on year positive growth

• Promote AUA benefits such as accreditation, the PGCert, and events

o Target: year on year growth in Accredited Members/Fellows

• Recruit, support and develop the Deputy Network Coordinator and Advocates

o Target: DNC role filled and at least one Advocate at each branch
o Target: 50% of Advocates to achieve accredited membership or Fellowship

• Organise regional or themed conferences (this can be in conjunction with other networks as appropriate)

o Target: at least one conference every three years

• Support smaller scale events across the Network

• Attend the AUA Annual Conference and contribute as a speaker or by running activities for your Network

• Attend the AUA AGM

• Manage the Network budget and ensure it is spent on activity that develops members or delivers membership growth

• Complete a blog post or report on Network activity at least three times per year

• Represent grassroots members’ views to the AUA Board of Trustees

• Communicate national/regional messages to Advocates and members

• Respond to requests from the Deputy Network Coordinator, AUA Office, Advocates and members within a reasonable timeframe

• Achieve and maintain Accredited Membership or Fellowship

Network Coordinators would usually be expected to spend around 16 days’ worth of time on AUA activity over the course of a year. The position is usually held for a period of three years, with the opportunity to hold the position for a maximum of two consecutive terms. Outgoing Network Coordinators would be expected to participate in the recruitment process for their successor.

To be eligible for this role, you must be based within our Ireland geographic network. To see if your which geographic network your institution is based within, please click here.