Dance Ireland: Communications & Development Manager

Dance Ireland is seeking a dynamic and experienced communications and development professional for this newly evolved role, who can lead on communications and marketing, and develop new relationships and opportunities in support of our strategic ambitions and fundraising needs. They will appreciate the nuances of working in the cultural sector, and will see themselves in the values of Dance Ireland, including: 

  • Artist-centred: have a good understanding of, and empathy for the needs of artists.
  • Discovery: be curious, seek growth, and be ambitious for both the organisation and the artists we serve.
  • Connection: build and maintain positive relationships internally and externally.
  • Expertise: bring a depth and breadth of experience in communications and engaging with a range of stakeholders and supporters.
  • Openness: willing to work in a generous and inclusive way, enabling anyone who wishes to engage with our organisation to access the information or support they need. 

This is an exciting opportunity to join a small, friendly team of arts professionals who are committed to supporting the development of artists and the art form of dance, based in DanceHouse – a centre of excellence for dance in vibrant Dublin 1

Responsibilities and tasks:

Reporting to the Chief Executive, the Communications & Development Manager is a key post in the organisation, responsible for effective communications internally and externally, ensuring that Dance Ireland and our Members are represented with integrity to funders, stakeholders, supporters, the media and the wider public. Working alongside the Chief Executive, this role will support the development of a coherent fundraising strategy, and lead on its implementation in line with the Dance Ireland strategy. From time to time, there may be other duties as required by the Chief Executive. The Communications & Development Manager is the line manager for the Membership Engagement Officer. 

Marketing & Communications:

  • Develop, manage, and deliver communications and marketing strategies in line with the Dance Ireland strategy.
  • Lead on creating and managing coherent online communications and social media marketing campaigns, in addition to overseeing print media commitments, working in collaboration with all staff.
  • Be responsible for the Dance Ireland communications strategy, including content and media asset development, maintaining a responsive and forward-thinking approach.
  • Support clear internal communications across work areas and timelines in support of strong planning and effective delivery of Dance Ireland programmes and organisational priorities.
  • Work with the rest of the Dance Ireland team to increase the profile, awareness, and recognition of Dance Ireland, DanceHouse, our programme, and advocacy work in support of artists.
  • Support Members with profile and communications development, ensuring quality and engagement; building awareness nationally and internationally for Irish dance artists and productions.
  • Liaise with programme and project partners and supporters, ensuring appropriate acknowledgment across partnership programmes on websites, in all print and associated material as appropriate.
  • Manage all communications, engagement, and reporting data in line with GDPR requirements. 

Development: 

  • Nurture a culture of philanthropy and fundraising knowledge as part of the organisation’s ethos, achieved through the delivery of Dance Ireland’s strategy and programme.
  • Work with the CEO to develop and deliver a coherent and integrated fundraising strategy in line with the Dance Ireland Strategy and business plan. 
  • Identify new opportunities to build relationships with potential donors, including corporates, individual donors and grant-making trusts and foundations, and be a key point of contact for these stakeholders and sponsors. 
  • Assist in devising and managing fundraising events and special events for donors and partners. 
  • Work with the CEO to achieve monthly and quarterly financial targets, and lead on all financial reconciliation for fundraised income, ensuring timely and accurate acknowledgement to all supporters.
  • Support the CEO with the management of the Fundraising subcommittee.
  • Work with the CEO and the General Manager to prepare annual and project funding grant applications and proposals, including research, data collation, and reports. Take responsibility for delivery of the Dance Ireland annual report.
  • Manage all development and donor details (Individuals, Trusts and Corporates) in line with GDPR requirements, leading on best practice protocols for data entry, and upkeep.
  • Lead on maintaining and updating supporters’ lists on the website, in all print and associated materials as appropriate.
  • Support the work of the CEO and undertake any other tasks as may be deemed reasonable and appropriate.

Person Specification: 

The Communications & Development Manager will have: 

  • strong organisational skills, be flexible, and able to prioritise workloads as well as work on their own initiative.
  • at least 3 years’ work experience in a role or roles that allowed them to develop the skills and competencies necessary to undertake the responsibilities and tasks required of the Communications & Development Manager with confidence.
  • strong networking and relationship cultivation skills and be comfortable developing and leading fundraising campaigns, dealing with high value donors and corporate partners, and developing pitches and funding applications.

Excellent communication skills – verbal and written, a keen eye for detail, and confidence in data management and reporting are all essential for this role. 

Dance Ireland is committed to a policy of equal opportunity and welcomes applications from all sections of the community, particularly those underrepresented in our sector and our organisation. If you need further assistance or advice about this opportunity, or require this information in another format, please contact the Chief Executive, Sheila Creevey, in confidence: sheila.creevey@danceireland.ie or phone: 01 855 8800.

Terms of Employment:

  • This is a full-time, 3-year contract, based at DanceHouse, Foley Street, Dublin 1. However, we are currently implementing hybrid working, with the possibility of working from home up to 3 days a week. This will be reviewed regularly as required by the needs of the organisation and public health restrictions.
  • The salary is €40,000 per annum.
  • There is a 6-month probation period. 

How to apply:

Applicants are invited to submit: 

  • a CV outlining relevant experience.
  • a letter of motivation, outlining your reasons for applying, and addressing the job specifications and how you connect with the values of the organisation.

Applications should be submitted by email to Sheila Creevey, Chief Executive of Dance Ireland: sheila.creevey@danceireland.ie. Please use the subject title: “Communications & Development Manager Application [Your Name]”

The deadline for applications is Friday 25th February @ 10am.

Shortlisted applicants will be invited for interview on Wednesday 9th March. Interviews will be conducted in person at DanceHouse in Dublin, subject to public health restrictions. Please confirm your availability for this date in your application.

Start date: March/April 2022

Download the Job Description and Supplementary information here.