Dance Ireland: Programme Manager

Dance Ireland is Ireland’s national dance development organisation and, true to our origins, we are proud to continue to be the representative body for professional dance.

Our bold ambition is for dance to be valued and vibrantly, actively and confidently part of people’s lives. Achieving this, we believe, will ensure a sustainable future for dance in Ireland and a credible career for those committed to dance as a profession. We exist to make this happen. We use all the opportunities afforded by DanceHouse, our own expertise and connections alongside those of our national and international partners to create a programme of work that engages the public and supports the professional, crossing the boundaries of age, experience, and genre.

As such we enable the development of dance as an art-form, as an activity to be accessed and enjoyed, as well as working to progress professional practice.

Programme Manager Profile 

We are seeking a dynamic, experienced and highly motivated Programme Manager to develop and manage our artistic programme. The position requires a flexible approach, with national and international travel, and periodic evening and weekend work required.

This is a key and exciting moment to join our organisation. We have recently launched the Dance Ireland Strategy Moving Forward Together (2018 to 2023), which is a first for the organisation, re-affirming our values and pointing the way confidently forward.

To support our strategic focus, we wish to recruit a knowledgeable and passionate Programme Manager, who has a successful track record in project management, is an excellent communicator with good verbal and written skills and a strong dance and arts advocate.

The post of Programme Manager is a strategic and developmental one within our team; responsible for delivering a year-round artistic programme. 

Reporting to the Chief Executive, the key strands of the Programme Manager’s role are:

  • Be responsible for the planning and implementation of professional training & development programmes;   
  • Oversee Dance Ireland Residency Programmes in DanceHouse, nationally and internationally;
  • Manage peer panel selection processes for awards, bursaries and opportunities; 
  • Be responsible for the programme budget.

Other duties include:

  • Assist in the preparation of grant applications;
  • Be responsible for artistic contract staff in line with organisational policies and procedures; represent and respond to the needs of artistic contract staff;
  • Work in partnership with the Membership Officer and administrative team on developing member focused material;
  • Work in partnership with the Communications & Marketing Manager on communication strategies;
  • Be willing and able to travel (national and international) as required.

Skills and key competencies required:

  • Knowledge of the dance sector in Ireland;
  • Familiarity with national and international dance trends;
  • Ability to prioritise workloads;
  • Flexibility;
  • Ability to manage and deliver projects;
  • Ability to manage budgets;
  • Strong organisational skills;
  • An ability to work on your own initiative, in partnership, and as part of a team;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

Terms of Employment

Salary c€36,000.   

3-year fixed-term (renewable) contract with a 6-month probation period.
37hr. working week; due to the nature of the job some national and international travel and periodic evening and weekend working periods will be required.
No overtime is paid; we operate a TOIL scheme.

Application closing date: 12 noon, Friday 19 October 2018.   
Interview date:                    Thursday, 01 November 2018.
Start date:                            10 December or as thereafter.

Recruitment Process

It is our policy to shortlist. Shortlisted candidates invited to interview are required to prepare a short (5mins) presentation.

Application process:
Please forwarded CV and expression of interest letter outlining your interest and suitability for the post (one document only) by email to Ann-Marie Ahearne, Administrator: with ‘Programme Manager 2018 application’ in subject line.

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