Friday, 24 January 2020, 5.00pm

Established in 1951, the Arts Council is the development agency for the arts throughout Ireland and as the expert body for funding and promoting the arts, steers their development and offers expert advice to policy makers.  The Council oversees an annual budget of €80m and is focused on policy delivery in areas including artist remuneration and equality, human rights and diversity. The Board of the Council is mid-way through the implementation of its 10-year strategic plan - Making Great Art Work - and wishes to appoint a new Director to lead the 40-strong staff team through the next stage of growth and development of the arts in Ireland. 

Reporting to the Board through the Chair, the Director will :

  • lead the senior management team to implement the strategic plan, including key objectives such as, increased public access to the arts and developing the role of the artist in Irish society;
  • advocate the importance and value of the arts and promote their practice and development;
  • oversee strategic investments in arts organisations and artists to allow them make ambitious and innovative works of excellence;
  • partner with national and local government, and other state agencies, to develop the arts.

The ideal candidate will bring a blend of communication, people and organisational leadership skills together with a deep knowledge of and passion for the arts; strong strategic advocacy, diplomacy, tenacity, a commitment to public service, commercial/financial credentials, change management experience, credibility with artists, arts organisations and funders and finally, an ambassadorial style to strengthen the place of the arts in the lives of individuals, of communities and of society.

This is a key leadership appointment in the arts in Ireland, a chance to create and take advantage of opportunities and to deliver on a shared passion for the role of the arts in Irish society.

To discuss this opportunity please call Adrienne Harten at 01 792 7737 or email adrienne.harten [at] (adrienne.harten [at]

To be considered, applicants should send a comprehensive CV and personal statement outlining their fit for the role by midday on 24 January 2020 to:  ie_recruitment_theartscouncil [at] (ie_recruitment_theartscouncil [at]

 The Arts Council is an Equal Opportunities Employer.   



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