Programme Manager, Arts and Engagement, Create, Dublin

Create, the leading resource organisation for collaborative arts in Ireland, is seeking to appoint a Programme Manager, Arts and Engagement. Salary range is €36,000 - €38,500 pa. The closing date for receipt of applications is Thursday 28 March 2019 at 5pm.

Create's mission is to lead the development of collaborative arts practice, provide opportunities for exchange and interaction that engage and benefit artists and communities, strengthen the contribution of the arts to society and encourage the creation of exceptional art that reflects and responds to our times. The organisation plays an important role in furthering public policy for the arts, as set out in Arts Council strategy, Making Great Art Work (2016-2025).

As we embark on a new strategic phase, from 2019, this busy, varied and exciting role presents the successful candidate with an opportunity to make a real contribution to the organisation's development and to its continued success in the coming years.

Function and overall purpose of the post:

To advance Create's work to support artists and communities of interest and/or place realise high-quality collaborative arts practice, through ongoing professional development support, project opportunities and the development of cross-sectoral alliances and partnerships.

The Programme Manager, Arts and Engagement is a key member of the Create team and will work closely with other staff to ensure the optimum development of the field of collaborative arts in line with the organisation's strategy.

Duties and Responsibilities:
Creative / Artform Development

Develop arts engagement strategies in line with Create's strategic priorities
Ensure Create's delivery of the Artist in the Community Scheme is to the best of professional skill and ability
Engage diverse communities of interest and place with collaborative arts practice
Advocate high standards and encourage innovation in collaborative arts practice
Assist in evaluating project proposals and assessing funding applications
Offer well-informed project and proposal advice to artists and communities
Capture and analyse feedback on the requirements of collaborative arts practice
Maintain a detailed knowledge and understanding of collaborative arts in Ireland and overseas, including new trends and directions
Provide appropriate artist, artform and policy development advice and strategies

Strategic / Organisational Development

Build strategic partnerships and alliances aligned to Create's priorities
Sustain positive relationships with key local and national partners and stakeholders
Disseminate and promote opportunities provided by the organisation
Assist the Director with grant writing and identifying funding opportunities
Represent Create externally including at events, activities, meetings and gathering

Administrative / Other

Undertake training as required
Manage a programme budget and spending
Manage relevant internships and work placements
Maintain archives of project documentation
Maintain a database of relevant contacts

Person Specification
As a liaison between colleagues across the organisation, diverse artists, communities and external stakeholders, the role requires significant project management abilities and communications skills combined with experience of working with collaborative and socially engaged artists and an understanding of the challenges of collaborative arts practice. Given the geographic spread of collaborative arts practice, the role will involve travel and attendance at events and performances.

Personal Qualities

Self-disciplined, organised and self-motivating
Ability to work in a team, contributing ideas, supporting team members and taking a lead role on projects as required
Adaptable and receptive to new ideas and initiatives
Ability to work under pressure and manage competing deadlines
Excellent interpersonal skills with an ability to listen, build rapport and communicate with artists and communities at all levels
An analyst who can identify individual issues, always aware of the big picture
Energetic and committed to the ethos, values and ambition of Create
Commitment to maintaining up-to-date knowledge of local, regional and national perspectives as they relate to the arts, education and culture sectors

Professional Competencies

Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing
Display a sound understanding of equality issues and ability to appreciate, value and learn from other cultures and perspectives
Proven networking skills demonstrating the development of good partnerships with individuals and organisations
Proven appreciation of and ambition for the role of arts and culture in communities
Passion for contemporary collaborative and socially engaged art practices

This job description is intended as a summary of the primary responsibilities of and qualifications for this position. It 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.

The Salary will be in the range €36,000-€38,500 per annum with a 6-month probationary period. There is a holiday entitlement of 23 days per annum, in addition to public holidays, and an additional 7 closed days at Christmas.

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