Job Opportunity: Executive Director for Galway Community Circus

Executive Director for Galway Community Circus

Can you help Galway Community Circus reach their vision of a future in which play, care and creativity are nurtured through circus education accessible to every child in Ireland?

Galway Community Circus is seeking to appoint an Executive Director to lead their organisation in the next phase of their journey as they deliver inclusive and boundary-breaking circus arts participation and education following their 2023-2027 strategic plan ‘Creating Magic Together’.

The Board is welcoming applications from exceptional candidates with a proven track record, skills and experience to provide inspirational and effective leadership for Galway Community Circus. Reporting directly to the Board of Trustees, the Executive Director will initiate and deliver artistic, strategic and business objectives, provide clear direction, manage change, and support and engage staff, board and stakeholders.

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Reports to: Board of Trustees

Line manager to: Head of Circus School, Head of Projects and Development, Head of Finance and Governance and Communications Coordinator

Terms and Conditions

Salary: €55,000 Per Annum (subject to experience)

Hours: Full-time role 40 hours (5 days) per week, including a daily paid 0.5-hour lunch break. Hours will vary during busy periods, with occasional weekend and evening work. Holidays: 4 weeks + public holidays + additional hours/days as per organisation’s TOIL Policy.

Location: Based at Galway Community Circus, Galway City, Ireland (wheelchair accessible) with some national and international travel. This position is open to hybrid working (pending agreement and team requirements) including flexible working hours, remote work options and access supports. A fully remote working option is not available for this post.

Contract: Three-year contract pending probation period of 6 months, with a 3-month review.

Application Details

Closing date for applications: 5pm, Monday 4th September 2023

Interviews held on: Weeks commencing 18th and 25th September 2023

Preferred starting date: 20th November 2023 (one month handover period with current CEO)

Please provide your CV and a letter of application detailing your suitability for the role to with “Executive Director” in the subject line.  

Please contact Dr Ian Walsh, Chairperson, at or Ulla Hokkanen, Executive Creative Director, at for any questions about the role.

Galway Community Circus is an equal opportunities employer, and it does not discriminate based on gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, civil or family status, age, disability or race.

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