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Executive Director (Kilkenny City)

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Employer Optimize Recruitment
Job Type Creative or Artistic Director CREATIVE MANAGEMENT & SUPPORT ROLES CEO or Managing Director
Location Cork and the South The Midlands Waterford and the Southeast
Specific Location Kilkenny City
Salary Neg.
Closing Date Monday 4th December 2017 @ 5pm


Watergate Theatre - Kilkenny

Executive Director

Optimize Recruitment has been engaged by the Watergate Theatre in Kilkenny to recruit for an Executive Director.

As Executive Director, the successful candidate will be responsible for driving the artistic ambition and success of Watergate Theatre and underpinning those goals with sound financial management.
The Executive Director will have overall responsibility for programming this multi-disciplinary arts centre and for it’s financial performance.

Currently activities encompass professional, semi-professional and voluntary expressions of:

• Comedy
• Dance
• Film
• Literature
• Music
• Theatre
• Musical Theatre
• Visual Arts.

The Executive Director will have a strong sense of pragmatism and awareness, enabling them to build effective income-generation and cost-management structures to finance the Watergate Theatres’ presentation and production of excellent artistic activities.

The Executive Director will have overall responsibility for, but not restricted to, the following areas:
• Financial planning
• Artistic innovation
• Programming
• Business Development
• Stakeholder relationships
• Creative partnerships
• Company administration

While the successful individual will be assisted by the other Watergate Theatre Team members in these duties, the Executive Director will retain lead-responsibility and will report to the Board, ensuring that all accounting and other regulatory requirements pertaining to the theatre’s status as a limited company are fully met and in a timely manner.

The Executive Director’s responsibilities will also encompass the day-to-day operations of the Watergate Theatre in accordance with the standards for care and ethical conduct as determined by the Board of Directors, wider society and specifically the arts community.

The Executive Director will play the lead-role in funding-applications, annual, project, residencies, etc. to statutory agencies including: The Arts Council, Kilkenny County Council, Department of Arts and others. They will also seek to establish and maintain innovative private sector investment in arts centre projects.

The Executive Director will devise and deliver a programme that: engages audiences, enables artists, connects communities and enhances the reputations of Watergate as a location that strives for excellence in artistic expression.

The Watergate Theatre has a strong record of assisting in the production artworks of national significance and impact from different arts disciplines. The Executive Director will be encouraged and supported to ensure this ambition to address wider audiences continues to be realised.

Deadline for applications is Monday, 4th December 2017 @ 5pm.

Additional details: 


The Watergate Theatre is Kilkenny's biggest performing arts and theatre venue and will celebrate its 25th anniversary in 2018. The 324 capacity venue offers a varied programme of theatre, music, dance, musical theatre, film and comedy. The Watergate also partners the many Kilkenny Festivals including The Kilkenny Arts Festival, The Cat Laughs Comedy Festival, Subtitle Film Festival, Kilkenny Tradfest and Kilkenomics Comedy Festival. It is supported by The Arts Council and Kilkenny County Council

The Executive Director will be an inspirational leader with powerful interpersonal skills who can inspire internal and external stakeholders, collaborate with partners, as well as providing an innovative and financially viable facility.

Executive Director: Overview

• Develop a strategic plan for the long term arts programming of the centre, which will engage both existing and potential audiences.
• Prepare a three year Business Plan and within this, an annual operational plan, with cognisance for resources available
• Negotiate / devise / develop new arts initiatives in response to perceived needs.
• Negotiate terms for the use of the centre
• Research pricing models in similar operations with a view to developing appropriate value for money market pricing model for the Watergate.
• Work to create positive relationships with other cultural, educational and funding bodies, including the Arts Council, Department of Arts, Sports and Tourism.
• Explore opportunities for working in partnership with stakeholders
• Manage the use of the arts centre vis a vis community groups, artists, etc, according to resources available
• Oversee the arts centre building, its facilities and equipment regarding Health and Safety, maintenance and cleanliness programme, with cognisance of the Licence to Use Agreement between the Watergate Theatre and Kilkenny County Council
• Maintain appropriate records and an administrative system to facilitate the efficient and effective management of the Centre and its programme.
• Attend board meetings as requested.
• Carry out other duties as required.

• Liaise with the Board of Directors on all matters relating to finance, with cognisance of the Cultural Funding Agreement between Kilkenny County Council and Watergate theatre
• Prepare for approval of the board a budget for the annual programme (to include multi-annual budgeting)
• Set clear financial targets for that purpose to enable board of Directors to determine the annual budget
• Monitor out-turns against budgets on a periodic basis which will be as determined by the Board. He/she shall recommend corrective budgetary action to the Board as appropriate.
• Prepare management accounts for the board
• Make available to the Board, management accounts for their information and shall provide costings on any plans prepared by the Board.
• Ensure that all monies due are brought to account to include grant claims, sponsorships, box-office receipts and other income
• Source and maximise grant aid, sponsorship, donations, earned income and other sources of funding.
• Certify payment of wages and other expenses and prepare accounts annually for audit purposes and liaise with the Auditor in the context of all funding bodies.
• Ensure proper insurance cover on the Employer’s property, Public Liability Insurance, Employer’s Liability Insurance and all other insurable risks relating to the business of the Watergate Theatre, as agreed by the Board.

Staffing & Administration
• Manage the Watergate staff team
• Create a framework of key-performance-indicators for all facets of the organisation to assist management and the Board of Directors to factually measure and review delivery-outcomes and effectiveness of actions, policies and initiatives to ensure continual performance enhancement of services pledged to artists, the public and partners.
• Having sought and received the Employer’s approval, be responsible for the preparation and administration of all contracts to include contracts of employment for all employees, contracts for supply of goods and services to the employer, and contracts for all performers .
• Review payroll cost, job structures, roles and work practices at the Watergate against its composition.
• Liaise with and advise the Board on all matters relating to employment and contracts
• Be responsible for the direction and control of all employees and for all industrial relations matters other than those relating to his/her own employment.
• Shall carry out all legal instructions of the Board in the matter of all contracts issuing in the name of the Employer.
• Research and understand developments in other areas of public policy. Utilise this knowledge to align planning and policy development at Watergate Theatre with a view to securing additional resources to realise mutually desirable service-delivery objectives.
• Develop and maintain relationships with key public and private sector decision-makers to ensure Watergate’s policies and actions are successfully communicated, enabling the centre to directly express its central role as a cultural enabler and community builder.
• Prepare and submit annual funding applications to key partners. Assist in the preparation of project funding applications with individual artists and organisations who propose to develop and present work.
• Champion daily good-practice in all operational areas of the Watergate Theatre, thus ensuring the centre is: a vibrant place for arts practice, a good neighbour and community contributor, legally compliant, financially judicious and a national leader in delivery of arts experiences.

Health & Safety:

• Liaise with relevant agencies including Fire Officer, insurers, ensuring the safety and wellbeing of the staff and general public in both buildings.
• Will act as Designated Liaison Person to act as a liaison with outside agencies and a resource person to any staff member or volunteer who has child protection concerns. Will assess training needs and organise delivery same by appropriately qualified personnel.

Key Competencies:

Experience & Qualifications

• Appropriate training, academic qualification and/or relevant work experience.
• Capacity to merge creative/artistic priorities with sound business planning/provision.
• Evidence of sound financial acumen and commercial awareness.
• Experience of supporting diversity initiatives.
• Experience of working in multi-stakeholder environments.
• Ability to identify and pursue tactical actions within a strategic vision.
• Excellent decision-making skills, factoring-in internal and external contexts.
• Ability to develop strategies and implement them successfully.
• Effective approach to managing people, teams and contractors whilst ensuring their financial viability.
• Good negotiation skills
• The ability to attract investment from multiple stakeholders, including corporate and public partnerships and philanthropic enablers.
• Confidence and knowledge to represent the organisation credibly.

The successful individual will ideally have knowledge of the following:

• Good understanding of the theatre and its environs.
• Brand and project development
• Creation and delivery of strategically-driven working environments.
• Governance and leadership responsibilities in public or private sectors.
• Participating in networks at regional and national levels.
• Operational experience of multi-faceted organisations.

Terms and Conditions:

Salary: Negotiable, commensurate with experience.
Contract: Permanent Contract
Probation: 6 Months.

Closing date for applications: 4th December 2017 @ 5pm
All interested parties should send their CV & covering letter in the strictest confidence to Lisa (details below) with the title:

Reference No: WGT-ED-01969
Name: Lisa Dowling, Optimize Recruitment, 11 Patrick Street, Kilkenny
Telephone 056 7786631
Email: [email protected]


All interested parties should send their CV & covering letter in the strictest confidence to Lisa (details below) with the title:

Reference No: WGT-ED-01969

Closing date for applications: 4th December 2017 @ 5pm
Name: Lisa Dowling, Optimize Recruitment, 11 Patrick Street, Kilkenny
Telephone 056 7786631 
Email: [email protected]

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