Finance and Administration Officer – AONTAS – Dublin

AONTAS is Ireland’s national adult learning organisation for adult and community education providers and adult learners. It promotes the value and benefits of adult learning, and advocates on behalf of the sector. Founded in 1969, it is an independent NGO, with 500 members nationwide. With particular emphasis on those who did not benefit from education initially or who are under-represented in learning, AONTAS’ work is aimed at:

  • Widening participation in lifelong learning
  • Ensuring community education supports quality learning opportunities for the most educationally disadvantaged
  • Ensuring adult learners are central to local, regional, national, European and International adult learning policy
  • Promoting quality adult learning

Drawing on the strength of our members and meaningful relationships with adult learners we advocate for the rights of all adults to quality learning through their lives based on a grassroots, authentic understanding of lifelong learning that benefits the social, personal and skills development of adults, their family and community.

AONTAS is seeking to recruit a Finance and Administration Officer. The key objective of this role is to ensure that the finance and administration requirements are met and delivered to the highest standards, providing efficient and effective support to the work of AONTAS.



  • Financial administration support including dealing with purchases queries, sales queries, invoicing, cheque payments, supplier and customer payments in TAS Books
  • Preparation of monthly reconciliations including bank, credit card and petty cash
  • Upkeep of monthly analyses
  • Monthly review of aged debtors and creditors
  • Other routine financial support as required by Finance Lead


  • Answering phones and tending to general reception duties
  • Assist all teams with general administrative duties
  • Responsible for all membership administration including applications, membership communications, mail shots and queries as required
  • Provide administrative support for ERASMUS+ and EAAL projects
  • Ensure that the Salesforce system is kept up to date and contains relevant contacts with Office Manager
  • Provide high quality administrative support to the organisation in general (day to day) and to the Adult Learners’ Festival, AONTAS meetings including Annual General Meeting (AGM), General Meeting (GM), Community Education Network (CEN), National FET Learner Forum (NFLF) in collaboration with and support of Communications and Events Officer, CEN Coordinator and the Learner Advocacy Officer as required
  • Identify and agree training needs and opportunities with Finance Lead and undertaking other such duties as may be assigned by CEO
  • Act as secretariat to Adult Learner Journal and general administration of same

Contribute to developing AONTAS

At all times, operate to the highest professional, ethical and performance standards. This includes adapting effortlessly to changing circumstances in AONTAS and undertaking, surrendering or realigning any responsibility, within reason, the CEO requires. This list of responsibilities is not exhaustive and may vary from time to time, to provide for change.

The job requirements are as follows:

Core Requirements:

  • Clear understanding of financial and administration tasks
  • Basic book-keeping
  • Leaving Certificate or equivalent
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Strong PC skills, proficiency in MS Office and Client Relationship Management (CRM) systems

Required Experience:

  • Has good attention to detail and focused on results
  • Ability to follow direction effectively
  • Seeks direction openly if required
  • Able to cope with and respond positively to change
  • Proven organisational skills
  • Ability to meet targets and work to deadlines

Personal Characteristics:

  • Good level of personal responsibility
  • Proven organisational skills
  • Able to cope with and respond positively to change
  • Strong ability to work effectively as a member of a team
  • Seeks out learning opportunities and has a willingness to learn and adapt


This is a fixed term employment contract for a two year period. A probation period of six months to eleven months will apply. AONTAS offers a pension scheme with 10% of salary contributed by the employer. Employees are required to join the AONTAS pension scheme on completion of probation, contributing 5% of salary. There is a facility to pay Additional Voluntary Contributions. AONTAS provides an income protection scheme for staff. Annual leave is 22 days, rising to 23 after 5 years’ service and to 24 after 10 years’ service. The AONTAS Office is open from 9.00 am to 5.00 pm Monday to Friday. The basic working week is 37 hrs. However the work of the Finance Administration Officer requires flexibility with some unsocial hours and travel.

The salary offered will be commensurate with experience and will be within the parameters of the salary scale equivalent of a Clerical Officer in the Public Service (2016).

Euro €22,565 – 23,618 – 24,312 – 25,351 – 26,389 – 27,428 – 28,465 – 29,485 – 30,493 – 31,192 – 32,187 – 33,735 – 34,954¹ – 35,515².

The closing date for applications for this role is 5.00 pm on the 6th of June 2018.

First and second interviews, if required, will take place on the week of the 18th of June and the week of the 25th of June 2018.

Please apply through workable with a letter of motivation and your CV. For further queries please contact John Ryan at 01 406 8220 or by email at

This job description is intended as a summary of the primary responsibilities of and qualifications for this position. The job description is not intended as inclusive of all duties an individual in this position might be asked to perform that may be required either now or in the future.

AONTAS is an Equal Opportunities Employer