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Monday 8th February 2016 at 2pm 0 Comments Music & Opera , Drama , Literature , Visual Arts , Building Peace through the Arts: Re-Imaging Communities , Voluntary Arts

The following jobs are being advertised by the Arts Council or on behalf of client organisations. For application packs and further information on external positions please contact the organisations directly

Artistic Director - NI Opera

Northern Ireland Opera is looking for a leader to take the company forward to the next stage of its development following the departure of Artistic Director, Oliver Mears, to the Royal Opera House, in February 2017. The role includes both artistic and executive responsibilities.

Artistic responsibilities

• To plan and deliver the programme of existing and future artistic work, ensuring the company thrives artistically and is a vital source of energy within the local community
• Continue to nurture the company’s unique identity within the context of a varied programme of work
• Realise the company’s business plan and overall direction within the context of the Arts Council for Northern Ireland’s arts strategy
• Maintain the highest standards of artistic excellence
• Take forward the company’s championing of young Northern Irish and Irish operatic talent (singers, composers, conductors, designers, directors)
• Develop existing and future links with artists and opera companies in Ireland, the UK and beyond (with a particular emphasis on co-productions)
• Develop existing and future partnerships with orchestras, venues and collaborators in Northern Ireland and beyond
• Provide artistic support to visiting artists and production personnel
• Lead and develop the company’s Young Artist Programme and enable opportunities for local talent to develop and showcase their skills
• Extend its outreach and community work especially to those who ordinarily do not have access to the arts

Executive responsibilities

• Be an ambassador and advocate for the company and the art form in Northern Ireland and beyond
• Manage all permanent and freelance staff
• Oversee recruitment for all members of staff
• Oversee the company’s marketing and audience development plans
• Manage relationships with existing and future partners, funding agencies, donors and collaborators, including the Ulster Orchestra and Grand Opera House, Belfast
• Manage all planning schedules
• Regularly review the strategy and performance of staff and company
• Ensure all health, safety and child protection practices and governance procedures are complied with

Financial responsibilities

• Oversee the planning and oversight of annual company budgets and all production budgets
• Ensure best practice in all areas of company budgeting
• Ensure the best financial outcome in all negotiations with partners and collaborators
• Oversee the development of the company’s fundraising strategy



Essential criteria
• At least 3 years relevant experience of working at the senior level of an opera company
• At least 5 years experience working as a proven, professional practitioner in the opera world, e.g. as stage director
• Experience of setting and managing production budgets and schedules
• Experience of managing and motivating people
• Experience of strategic planning in an arts environment
• Exceptional knowledge of the operatic repertoire and the contemporary arts scene
• Proven commitment to the development of young singers
• Proven commitment to the broadening of the traditional audience for opera
• Experience of media appearances (e.g. radio, print media)
• Experience of fundraising and relationships with public funders

Desirable criteria
• Excellent contacts in the UK, Irish and European opera scenes
• Excellent understanding of opera singing and voices
• Some knowledge of at least one of the major opera languages (e.g. Italian,German, French)
• Experience of touring
• Third-level education, preferably with a 2:1 or above

The successful candidate will be expected to base themselves in Belfast, where they will lead a small team based in the Grand Opera House.


Please send a CV (detailing how you meet the essential criteria, and with full details of two referees) and covering letter (no more than one page) to Chairman Roy Bailie, at outlining your suitability for the role.

Closing date for applications is Monday 31st October 2016 at 12 noon.

First round interviews will take place in Belfast on week commencing 14th November 2016, with final interviews taking place week commencing 28th November 2016.

Salary commensurate with experience, c. £45,000 p.a.


Marketing Manager - The MAC

Marketing Manager (Maternity Cover) – Fixed Term

Salary: £27,123

At the MAC we strive to be world class in everything we do. We want people who are insightful and inspiring to be part of our team. To achieve our goal, we want to build our team with people who are passionate about delivering the highest possible level of performance in everything that they do - people who are open to ideas, to collaboration, to challenges and to new ways of thinking.

Reporting to the Acting Head of Marketing, the Marketing Manager will develop and deliver marketing and audience development strategies to support the achievement the MAC’s Business plan.

Essential Criteria

• Third level qualification
• Recognised Marketing qualification
• A minimum of 3 years’ experience in a busy marketing environment
• At least 3 years’ experience of managing successful marketing campaigns
• A minimum of 1 years’ line management experience
• Experience of working within a target driven environment
• Experience of working with a wide range of stakeholders
• Well informed understanding of the media

Desirable Criteria

• Membership of a professional marketing body
• Experience of managing a marketing team
• Experience of working in a multi-disciplinary team environment
• Experience in audience development
• Experience in marketing and sales strategy development

Interviews for the position will take place during week commencing 7 November 2016 and candidates should be available to take up training and the position as soon as possible.

To apply for the above position please visit the careers section at and download the application pack.

The closing date for receipt of applications for this post is 12 noon on Thursday 28 October 2016 applications will not be accepted after this deadline.


The Craft & Design Collective Seeks New Board Members

The Craft & Design Collective was formed in 1997 and has had great successes over the past 20 years.  We have taken time over the past 2 years to complete a thorough review of our organisation.  We have consulted our members and stakeholders to obtain their views on opportunities for our organisation to change and develop.  By restructuring our organisation we believe that our impact will push the boundaries and deliver increased value to our members, the sector and the wider public.

The Craft & Design Collective is currently in the process of becoming a Company Limited by Guarantee and is seeking charitable status.  Successful applicants will become the first directors of the new company.

We have recently received support from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland to develop a ‘Centre for Craft, Applied Art and Design’ or ‘Craft Hub’ for Northern Ireland in Belfast.

If you are interested in this exciting new development and would like to play a part in making it happen then this could be the opportunity for you.

About the Craft & Design Collective

The Craft & Design Collective is an independent not-for-profit craft development organisation dedicated to the celebration, support and promotion of excellent Craft, Applied Art and Design in Northern Ireland and beyond.

The Craft & Design Collective seeks to provide a world-class centre and resource, dedicated to the celebration, support and promotion of excellent Craft, Applied Art and Design – A ‘Craft Hub’ for Northern Ireland – that will benefit the region, its Artist/Designer/Makers, communities and economy.

Why Craft is Important
Craft, Applied Art and Design makes an enduring contribution to the cultural, economic and social regeneration and tourism infrastructure of any country.
Craft is about making things.  It is an intellectual and physical activity where the maker explores the infinite possibilities of materials and processes to produce unique objects.

What does the Craft & Design Collective do?
• The Craft & Design Collective has a Shop, Gallery and Exhibition Area (Space CRAFT);
• The Craft & Design Collective has a website that enables members to have individual listings;
• The Craft & Design Collective organises events to facilitate sales, networking, social contact and the sharing of information, experiences, knowledge and resources amongst the Membership and others;
• The Craft & Design Collective makes representations and lobbies on behalf of Artist/Designer/Makers;
• The Craft & Design Collective co-operates with statutory bodies, local authorities, private and voluntary organisations whose objectives compliment those of the Craft & Design Collective.

Visit our website for more information about us, our members and the events that we organise.

Role Description

1. Objective of the Role

The Role of the Board of the Craft & Design Collective is to provide a high standard of corporate governance to ensure that the affairs of the company are conducted in accordance with all relevant laws and comply with the requirements of the funders of the organisation.

The Board work closely with the Co-ordinator and Staff to ensure that the organisation fulfils its remit to the best of its ability and resources and for the benefit of the Craft, Applied Art and Design Sector in Northern Ireland.

The Board is also required to monitor the Craft & Design Collective’s performance against its agreed objectives and to act as advocates and advisors for its work.

2.  Terms and Conditions

There is no salary and the post is voluntary in nature.

Board Meetings
Board meetings are held on a quarterly basis.
Board members must be willing and able to attend meetings/events outside normal office hours.
Board members must be willing and able to attend Sub-Committees as required.

Office Location
The meetings are held in the organisation’s office in Belfast City Centre.

There are no expenses to attend Board Meetings.

Person Specification

Successful candidates will have evidenced experience in at least one of the following areas:
• Audit and Risk Assessment;
• Business Development;
• Education and/or Outreach;
• Financial and Resource Management;
• Human Resources;
• Legal
• Marketing and/or PR and Communications;
• Revenue Generation and/or Fundraising.

Previous board or management experience is essential along with a successful record of achievement, whether in commercial, voluntary/not-for-profit or public sector environments.

Candidates should be able to demonstrate an enthusiasm for working within the voluntary/not-for-profit arts sector and an interest in/understanding of the Craft, applied Art and Design Sector.

The Craft & Design Collective aims to promote equality and diversity and encourages application from board membership from all communities.

How to Apply

Please either email a ‘Letter of Interest’ addressed to Chair, Craft & Design Collective and your up-to-date CV to or post to Chair, Craft & Design Collective, Space CRAFT, Unit A7 Fountain Centre, College Street, Belfast, BT1 6ET.

The deadline is Monday 31 October 2016

The ‘Letter of Interest’ should detail:
1. Your area/s of expertise;
2. What you feel you would contribute to the Craft & Design Collective;
3. Why you would like to be involved.

If you have any queries, please contact the Craft & Design Collective’s Co-ordinator, Jan Irwin.  Tel +44 (0)28 9032 9342

N.B. The Craft & Design Collective aims to conclude the process and appoint Board Members by Monday 14 November 2016.

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