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Data Protection Specialist -
Education Sector (Part-Time Remote)

About Us

Operating nationally and internationally, we offer schools consultancy services, policy development, training and advice in key areas such as Health and Safety, AI, GDPR/Data Protection and Cyber Security.

Each year, we work with over 200 school principals to address their school’s legal & regulatory obligations. By focussing on the education sector, we offer our clients the very best advice and support available in the market.

See https://arkservices.ie for our consultancy business and https://thearkhq.com for training.

Job Description

We are seeking a dedicated and knowledgeable Data Protection Specialist to join our team on a part-time basis. 

This remote role, which allows the successful candidate to work from home or on suitable premises, involves conducting data protection audits, preparing relevant policies, engaging with school management and stakeholders, preparing records of processing, drafting privacy notices, responding to data subject access requests, and vetting data processors. 

This role requires infrequent travel, as well as online follow-ups with clients to ensure the highest standards of data protection are maintained.


  • Conduct comprehensive data protection audits to assess compliance with data protection laws and regulations.
  • Prepare and update relevant data protection policies and procedures.
  • Engage with school management and stakeholders to ensure awareness of and compliance with data protection policies.
  • Prepare and maintain records of processing activities.
  • Draft and update privacy notices to ensure transparency with data subjects.
  • Respond to data subject access requests in a timely and compliant manner.
  • Vet data processors to ensure they meet the necessary data protection standards.
  • Provide training and awareness sessions to staff as required.
  • Monitor and ensure compliance with relevant data protection legislation and regulations.
  • Collaborate with other professionals, both internally and externally, to ensure a coordinated approach to data protection.

Qualifications & Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in Law, Information Technology, or a related field.
  • Professional certification in data protection (e.g., CIPP/E, CIPM) is desirable.
  • Fellowship of IAPP desirable.
  • Minimum of 3 years of experience in data protection or a related field.
  • Education Sector Experience.
  • Excellent knowledge of data protection legislation and regulations (e.g., GDPR, UK Data Protection Act).
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Willingness to travel nationwide as required.
  • A valid driver’s licence.


  • Remote, with infrequent travel required.


  • Competitive Salary: A competitive salary package commensurate with experience and qualifications.
  • Work from Home: The ability to manage your own schedule and work remotely, providing flexibility to maintain a healthy work-life balance.
  • Travel Expenses: Reimbursement for travel expenses incurred while conducting nationwide site visits and audits.
  • Professional Development: Opportunities for professional development and continuous learning, including access to training courses and workshops.
  • Annual Leave: Generous annual leave entitlement, in addition to public holidays.
  • Technology Provision: Provision of necessary technology and equipment to support remote working.

How to Apply

Interested candidates should complete the form below, detailing relevant experience and qualifications. We thank all applicants for their interest, but only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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Join our team and make a difference in Education

At The Ark HQ™, we are passionate about empowering educators with cutting-edge courses. By joining our team, you will have the opportunity to make a meaningful impact on the education sector while developing your own career.

We foster a collaborative and supportive work environment that values creativity and innovation. Apply today to join a team that is dedicated to shaping the future of education.

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