Creative Places Coordinator Enniscorthy
Application deadline 25th August, 2023
Wexford Arts Centre invites applications from suitably qualified candidates who wish to be considered for inclusion on a panel from which vacancies for Creative Places Enniscorthy project Coordinator will be filled.
SECTION 1: INTRODUCTION
Wexford Arts Centre in association with Wexford County Council Arts Office and a steering committee has been awarded a Creative Places Award from the Arts Council for a three-year developmental arts programme in Enniscorthy Wexford 2023-2026.
This is to benefit the people of Enniscorthy town by exploring what a sustainable Enniscorthy might look like through socially engaged arts projects, inclusive of all communities in Enniscorthy. It will enhance public engagement in the arts through partnerships with community and arts organisations, businesses and diverse communities. The programme will engage with a range of stakeholders to discuss and explore possible creative activities that can enhance community wellbeing and inclusion, encourage community collaboration and shared environmental sustainable goals for Enniscorthy.
The project will build on and amplify Enniscorthy’s existing cultural and artistic strengths and overcome any barriers of limited infrastructure support and encourage participation by existing centres and organisations to sustain a future arts programme and artists in the community. The programme will develop and deliver a diverse and creative programme that has local meaning and relevance with a focus on capacity building, collaboration and sustainability.
SECTION 2: THE ROLE
The Creative Places Enniscorthy Project Coordinator will be responsible for consulting with stakeholders and community representatives for the development, implementation and delivery of the Creative Places Enniscorthy programme.
Reporting directly to Wexford Arts Centre Executive Director and Project Steering Group, the Creative Places Enniscorthy Project Coordinator will work closely and in dialogue with local partners and stakeholders, communities and artists.
The Project Coordinator will also take a leading role in all areas of project management, programme development and delivery, producing, budgeting, marketing and communicating with artists, community members and local and national stakeholders.
SECTION 3: DUTIES
The duties may include but are not limited to the following and the post holder may be required to perform other duties as appropriate to the post which may be assigned to him/her from time to time and to contribute to the development of the post while in office:
• Administration and day to day management of the Creative Places budget (€440,000+ over a 3-year period) and work with project partners to source additional funding throughout the programme to sustain the programme during and beyond the 3-year period;
• Work with the Project Steering group to meet with local interested groups and individuals and to listen to what matters to and interests people and in response, to write briefs for call outs
(residencies, commissions, training and capacity building etc.) and to support the community to identify and help select artists for same;
• Work in partnership and in dialogue with local stakeholders and agencies to maintain the effective operation of the project and to augment the work that is happening in the area currently;
• Be present and accessible in Enniscorthy on a weekly basis;
• Ensure that programme timelines, are met throughout the project;
• Facilitate the building of community engagement and participation in the overall programme;
• Act as primary support to the artist in residence programme;
• Act as Project Manager for the commissions programme and ensure that all safety requirements and risk assessments are carried out;
• Support skills and professional development for artists, creatives and community participants engaged in the programme;
• Lead the preparation of a long-term vision plan, with strategic partners;
• To coordinate the ongoing documentation of the programme;
• Ensure that an excellent evaluation process is embedded into the whole programme;
• Assist the development and delivery of the communications strategy for the programme;
Provide quarterly reports to the project partners, steering committee, and to management.
• Disseminate the learning from the Creative Places at a sharing event in 2026 and at other events that may arise during the project term;
• Participate in the Creative Places National Peer Network for peer support and information sharing opportunities provided by the Arts Council, for the Creative Places programme nationally;
• Any other duties that may be assigned from time to time.
SECTION 4: ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA / QUALIFICATIONS
1. Character: Each candidate must be of good character and the successful applicant will be subject to Garda Vetting prior to any appointment being confirmed.
2. Education, Training, Experience etc. Each candidate shall, on the latest date for receipt of completed application forms
a) Hold an ordinary degree (level 7 or higher on the National Framework of Qualifications or equivalent) in an Arts or Cultural discipline
b) Have at least three years’ satisfactory relevant arts management and administration experience including experience in the area of community programme development and budget management.
3. Essential Skills The ideal candidate will be expected to have:
• Relevant experience and proven track record of socially engaged and community arts and/or collaborative arts practice;
• Experience of working collaboratively across statutory, community/voluntary and volunteer led organisations;
• An ability to manage multiple tasks, to work alone and as part of a team;
• Excellent verbal and written communications skills;
• Proven ability to achieve successful delivery of tasks within prescribed deadlines and budgets;
• Familiarity with standard office information, communication and data processing technologies and ability to use Word and Excel applications;
• A demonstrated ability to foster positive relationships with a broad range of individuals, groups and organisations;
• Knowledge of Local and National Arts Policy.
• This post will involve travel within Enniscorthy and elsewhere.
Holders of the post should hold a full driving licence for class B vehicles and shall be required drive a motor car in the course of their duties and for this purpose, provide and maintain a car to the satisfaction of Wexford Arts Centre.
4. Interpersonal & Communication Skills
• Modifies communication approach to suit the needs of a situation/audience.
• Actively listens to the views of others.
• Negotiates, where necessary, in order to reach a satisfactory outcome.
• Maintains a focus on dealing with customers in an effective, efficient and respectful manner.
• Is assertive and professional when dealing with challenging issues.
• Expresses self in clear and articulate manner when speaking and in writing.
5. Arts Specialist Knowledge, Expertise and Self Development
• Displays high levels of skill/expertise in own area and provides guidance to colleagues.
• Has a clear understanding of the role, objectives and targets and how they support the service delivered by the unit and Department/Organisation and can communicate to the team.
• Leads by example, demonstrating the importance of development by setting time aside for development initiatives for self and the team. People Management
• Consults and encourages the full engagement of the team, encouraging open and constructive discussions around work issues. • Gets the best out of individuals and the team, encouraging good performance and addressing any performance issues that may arise.
• Values and supports the development of others and the team.
• Encourages and supports new and more effective ways of working.
• Deals with tensions within the team in a constructive fashion.
• Encourages, listens to and acts on feedback from the team to make improvements.
• Actively shares information, knowledge and expertise to help the team to meet its objectives.
SECTION 5: TENURE
This is a fixed term contract duration is 3 years (approximately), subject to the continuing availability of funding. The position is for 4 days a week and on temporary basis. There will be a six-month probationary period.
A panel may be formed to fill this position and any future vacancies for Creative Places Enniscorthy, Project Coordinator which may arise during the lifetime of the panel. Should no applicant be deemed suitable by this process, Wexford Arts Centre reserves the right to use alternative recruitment methods.
SECTION 6: SALARY
The salary for the post is: €36,000 per annum for a 4-day week position.
SECTION 7: LOCATION OF POST
The location for working purposes will be within the Enniscorthy administrative area at Presentation Centre Enniscorthy. Flexibility allows for part work at home but must allow for majority of time based in Enniscorthy and engaging with the community. Wexford Arts Centre reserves the right to assign you to any premises in use by the arts centre, now or in the future. Changes in location of employment will not result in payment of disturbance money or compensation. The person appointed will be required to provide him/herself/them at his/her/their own expense with the necessary mode of travel to and from work.
SECTION 8: WORKING HOURS
The working hours at present provide for a four-day, thirty hour working week. There is no additional pay for overtime but time in lieu provided with pre approval from supervisor.
The successful candidate will be required to work hours outside of normal working hours, including evenings and weekends, as required by the programme and his/her/their immediate supervisor.
All hours worked will be subject to the provisions of the organisation of Working Time Act 1997 and Organisation of Working Time Act (Regulations) 2001.
SECTION 9: ANNUAL LEAVE
The current annual leave entitlement based on four-day week is 17 days per annum or on a pro-rata basis for period worked. Notice of intention to take leave shall be given to the Wexford Arts Centre at least two weeks before proposed leave commences.
Wexford Arts Centre’s leave year runs from 1st January to 31st December. Granting of annual leave, payment for annual leave and arrangements for public holidays will be governed by the provisions of the Organisation of Working Time Act, 1977 (as amended).
Deadline for applications: 25th August 2023
Short listed applicants will be called to interviews in person in Enniscorthy expected to be in week of 4th September, 2023.
Start of contract from October 2023.
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