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Open House Dublin Manager

Employer Irish Architecture Foundation
Job Type Event Management Funding, Awards and Commissions Fundraising Architecture
Location Dublin and the East
Specific Location Dublin
Salary €40,000
Closing Date 03/05/2019


Post: Open House Dublin Manager

Reporting to: Director

Dates: May 2019 to May 2020

Location: 15 Bachelors Walk, Dublin 1.

Contract: 1-Year Fixed Term Full Time

Salary: €40,000

Closing date: Friday 3 May at 12 noon

Application: Please send CV (in PDF) + Cover Letter to [email protected]

Queries: [email protected]

Open House Dublin is a free festival where buildings of all types and periods open their doors to allow citizens and visitors to explore.

We delivered the first Open House Dublin in 2006, since then it has become Ireland’s largest architectural festival with an estimated 31,000 building visits in 2018.

Open House Dublin is a simple but powerful idea: showcasing outstanding architecture for everyone to experience. Buildings that aren’t usually accessible to the public and buildings of architectural merit open their doors for one weekend, with tours provided by expert guides. And all OHD tours are completely FREE!

Since its inception, Open House Dublin has proved its potential to engage with a wide range of our city’s shapers – from general public to policy-makers – highlighting the significant role that architecture can, and has, played in the evolving form of our everyday lives. Our intention is to build upon the festival’s annual celebration of the county’s best architecture and to inspire a better understanding of the processes and places that define us.

Through an extensive programme of talks, tours and exhibitions, it is our goal to highlight the buildings of Dublin that have altered our vision of the city over time, shaped how we live now and inspire new ways of living.

The OHD Manager will be a senior member of the IAF team and will:


  • Manage all aspects of the conception, planning, fundraising delivery and management of the Open House Dublin Festival.
  • Deliver and develop of all festival events and programme strands.
  • Manage all communications around the festival including all communications with participants, visitors, stakeholders, fundraiser etc
  • Research new event concepts, formats and programme strands while working closely with the Director and Education Curator to bring event concepts and programme strands to life.
  • Liaise and engage a wide range of stakeholders including sponsors, building and event hosts, cultural partners and contributors as needed to ensure delivery of projects.
  • Devise and implement the Open House fundraising strategy with the Director
  • Manage and coordinate all staffing, open calls, programme registration, workshops, spaces, access, tools, and equipment for the festival
  • Working with the OH team and wider IAF team to manage and implement a marketing and communications strategy for the OHD Festival including print, online and on street marketing, social media, festival website and newsletter.
  • Manage the programme content, online festival programme calendar and ticketing systems.
  • Recruit and manage a contracted press officer for all aspects of press in relation to the Open House Dublin Festival
  • Manage the Open House website and oversee the integration of new website with existing IAF website and online ticketing system.
  • Review of member benefits with membership officer
  • Manage the Open House Volunteer Coordinator and oversee the volunteer recruitment and staffing in the lead up to and over the festival weekend.
  • Document and report on any activities as needed
  • Management OHD finances and fundraising.
  • Coordinate related events such as the press launch/public launch
  • This may include attending events outside of work hours and occasional travel.

Ideal Experience

  • We are looking for an enthusiastic team player with a passion for architecture and the built environment.
  • At least 4+ years experience in programme management and event coordination in a relevant industry including the cultural sector, live events, festivals, media production and communications
  • A person with solid production planning, project management and event management experience with the ability to engage with a wide range of stakeholders.
  • Experience in executing multiple events in tandem in a fast-paced environment, on time and within budget while ensuring high production values across multiple programmes and strands.
  • Possess solid aesthetic sensibilities and storytelling skills for a wide variety of ages, audiences and content themes.
  • Experience in online communications including social media management, blogs, website updates and online newsletters.
  • Ability to work independently as part of a small team.
  • Proven ability to manage people of all levels including volunteers.
  • Knowledge or understanding if the arts fundraising environment in Ireland
  • Capacity for some weekend/evening work and occasional travel.
  • Ability to work under pressure in a fast-paced and flexible work environment.



How to apply

Please submit a CV (in PDF) and a Cover Letter to [email protected] before 12 noon on Friday 3 May 2019.

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