Based in Dublin, but proudly serving the arts, culture and creative industry across the island of Ireland, Creative Careers is an easy to use jobs board which also offers a full recruitment service. We connect creative minds to creative jobs.
Who We Are
Creative Careers was set up in 2008 by Brendan Mac Evilly as an online jobs and opportunities website. It collated and advertised creative job opportunities that were appearing on lesser-known sub-sectoral website within the arts and creative sector.
In 2016 CreativeCareers.ie was acquired by Mary O’Kennedy and Bruce Tait. Mary and Bruce have over 40 years of combined recruitment and consultancy experience. They are also directors of Charity Careers Ireland, a specialist recruitment service for the not-for-profit sector which was established in 2014 and in addition both have extensive experience consulting on strategic development and philanthropy to a broad range of Arts and Cultural organisations. This has allowed for an expansion of Creative Careers services to include a full recruitment service.
Organisations advertising on Creative Careers get the full social media treatment, tweeting jobs to 6,900+ followers, and have their vacancy emailed directly to relevant creative candidates. Those interested in the full creative recruitment service – the only one on the island for the creative sector – will get a whole lot more.
Mary O’Kennedy, Director, Creative Careers
Mary has almost 20 years’ experience of fundraising for and consulting to the not-for-profit and, more recently, the arts sector. Following several fundraising roles within the not-for-profit sector, including the roles of Major Gift Fundraiser and Development Manager with Trocaire and The DCU Educational Trust, she established O’Kennedy Consulting in 2002 and in 2014, co-founded Charity Careers Ireland, a specialist recruitment company focused on sourcing the best candidates for the Irish not-for-profit sector. Since then, she’s been recruiting and consulting for the likes of IMMA and Glasnevin Cemetery and Museum.
Mary was the founding chair of Fundraising Ireland (now Charities Institute Ireland) and is the former Chair of EU Consult. She is on the Committee of the Ireland Funds Young Leaders Programme and the Irish ambassador for the International Fundraising Congress (IFC) run by the Resource Alliance.
Mary is passionate about helping Irish cultural and creative companies reach their potential and achieve measurable results through the recruitment of excellent staff. In 2013 she was presented with an award for Outstanding Contribution to Fundraising and in the same year was shortlisted for an Image Businesswoman of the Year Award.
Bruce Tait, Director, Creative Careers
Bruce began his career in the arts with Cumbernauld Theatre before moving on to the wider not-for-profit sector where he has worked for over 25 years and has recently been named as a Fellow of the Institute of Fundraising. Following roles as Director of Fundraising and Chief Executive at several national creative organisations, Bruce joined with Mary O’Kennedy to launch Creative Careers Ireland and help creative organisations throughout Ireland find and recruit great staff. The business is now expanding internationally.
Bruce is a former Chair of the Institute of Fundraising Scotland and a Trustee of Scottish Outdoor Education Centres and Falkirk Football Community Foundation.
Brendan Mac Evilly, Freelance Consultant
After graduating from the MA in Arts Policy and Practice at NUIG, Brendan set up the website CreativeCareers.ie as a jobs and opportunities board for the creative sector.
Over the past ten years he’s worked in editorial and management roles in publishing and literature organizations such as the Irish Writers Centre Publishing Ireland, the Stinging Fly, and Oxford University Press.
In 2015, he travelled around the coast of Ireland to write the book, At Swim (Collins Press). He has written features for The Irish Times, The Sunday Times, The Guardian among others; and his creative fiction and non-fiction has appeared in The Stinging Fly, The Honest Ulsterman, and We Are Dublin.
Since early 2016, he’s been working with Words Ireland, a grouping of Ireland’s leading literature organizations, to provide coordinated services and advocacy to the literature sector. He continues to work with Creative Careers in developing their expanding business and services.
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