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Special Projects Officer

Employer Youth Theatre Ireland
Job Type Arts Administration
Location Dublin and the East
Salary €35,000 per annum
Closing Date 16/09/2019


Special Projects Officer – Fixed Purpose Contract

The Role: Youth Theatre Ireland is seeking to recruit a Special Projects Officer for a fixed purpose contract. This role, funded through Creative Ireland, seeks to expand Youth Theatre Provision in Ireland as indicated under Action 7 of the Creative Youth Strategy and to support the development work of Youth Theatre Ireland. We are seeking an organised individual with excellent administrative, communication skills and experience to join our expert and committed team.

About Us: Youth Theatre Ireland is the national development organisation for youth theatre. We support a network of youth theatres that deliver year-round programmes of drama workshops and performance opportunities to young people aged 12 - 25 in cities, towns and villages across Ireland. We are unique in our commitment to youth-centred drama practice, and we promote youth drama opportunities that focus on the artistic, personal and social development of young people.

Youth Theatre Ireland is funded through multi-annual strategic funding from the Arts Council of Ireland and as a national youth work organisation by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs. Funding for this position has been made available through Creative Ireland.


Job Description

Title: Special Projects Officer

Responsible to: Research and Development Officer

Responsible for:  The Special Projects Officer’s duties and responsibilities are to co-ordinate the delivery of a targeted development project to promote and support the growth of new youth theatres in Dublin, Offaly and Westmeath and to support the development of Youth Theatre nationally by:

  • Working with local partners in each target area to prioritise locations and identify potential organisations, venues, participants and facilitators with an interest in developing a new youth theatre.
  • Providing support to the new youth theatres in every aspect of running a quality youth theatre including, but not limited to, training, resources and mentorship,
  • Managing the delivery of all information and training events related to the development project.
  • Liaising with the National Training Co-ordinator to lead a targeted training programme for new facilitators.
  • Managing the delivery of a series of ‘taster’ youth theatre workshops within local youth services and other appropriate settings in partnership with new youth theatres.
  • Identifying and preparing youth theatres that are working towards Youth Theatre Ireland affiliation and providing guidance to them on meeting our affiliation criteria including: compliance with relevant legislation, regulation, policies and standards.
  • Providing ongoing support to youth theatres in the targeted areas including working with them to develop their sustainability beyond the initial special project phase.
  • With support from the Research and Development Officer, conducting staged evaluations with each newly established youth theatre as it develops.
  • Generating reports on the above and supporting the implementation of recommendations for improvement in collaboration with the local partners.

Additional responsibilities include:

  • Collaborating with the Research and Development Officer to support the development of youth theatre nationally.
  • Promoting and advocating on behalf of Youth Theatre Ireland and the youth theatre sector.
  • Representing Youth Theatre Ireland on relevant external bodies as appropriate.
  • Contributing to the organisational functions of Youth Theatre Ireland.
  • Carrying out other relevant tasks related to Youth theatre Ireland’s national work programme as requested.

Requirements of the Post:

Youth Theatre Ireland is seeking to employ a candidate who possesses the following attributes.

Personal Attributes and Skills:

  • You are committed to the values of Youth Theatre Ireland and believe in the importance of youth arts.
  • You see young people as important members of society; you are motivated to uphold their rights and ensure that they are supported to develop to their full potential, personally and socially.
  • You are a collaborative team player with excellent interpersonal skills and a positive attitude.
  • You have excellent organisational skills.
  • You are a problem solver, able to work under pressure and prioritise between conflicting demands.
  • You have a high degree of personal and professional integrity and can be placed in positions of trust and responsibility including access to sensitive and confidential data.

Professional Experience:


  • Minimum of 3 years of experience in a similar role in the arts or other community or voluntary sector organisation.
  • Demonstrable experience developing and managing relationships at local or national level
  • Demonstrable experience of co-ordinating development projects between multiple stakeholders (From design through to evaluation).
  • Experience identifying and co-ordinating delivery of supports to community / voluntary groups.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills with an ability to communicate persuasively to diverse audiences.
  • Digital fluency and a strong understanding of all communications platforms including social media.
  • Experience working with a broad range of stakeholders at a local and national level
  • Ability to advocate effectively for youth theatre to theatre/arts/education/ community/youth sector.
  • Ability to prioritise actions and take decisions based on strategic goals.


  • Third level qualification in arts management or drama/theatre or related fields.
  • A sound understanding of practical issues affecting youth theatre development in Ireland.
  • Knowledge and understanding of theatre practice in Ireland.
  • A firm awareness of broader policy issues which influence the arts in Ireland.
  • Experience of preparing and presenting plans, proposals and reports.
  • A robust appreciation of practical issues affecting local/regional youth theatre development in Ireland.

Terms and Conditions:

  • This is a fixed purpose contract for a period of 18-months.
  • The successful candidate will be required to be Garda Vetted through Youth Theatre Ireland.
  • The successful candidate must be available to take up the post no later than 1st November 2019.
  • The post will require a certain amount of travel nationally and a holder of a current driver’s licence and own transport would be an advantage though not essential.
  • The position is full-time with 25 days annual leave.
  • The post holder will be expected to work a 35-hour week and be willing to undertake evening and weekend work as necessitated by the work programme.
  • A gross salary equivalent to €35,000 per annum will be paid.


How to Apply:

  • Please provide a letter of application detailing your suitability for the role along with a complete application form.
  • Please email your letter and completed application form in the strictest confidence to [email protected] marked for the attention of the Director.
  • Deadline for receipt of applications is Monday, 16th September at 5pm.
  • Shortlisting will apply.
  • Interviews will take place on Wednesday, 25th September. Shortlisted candidates must be available to interview on this date.
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