Job Opportunity: Kids’ Own Project Manager

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Kids’ Own has an exciting opportunity for an experienced individual to lead on the delivery of a number of our flagship projects. These include the Virtually There project, which runs in 13 schools across Ireland and Northern Ireland, and the implementation of documentation and regional initiatives as part of our management of the Arts in Education Portal.

Kids’ Own is a national children’s arts organisation and publishing house, whose mission is to “develop, publish and promote artwork and writing created by children for children and their communities, through meaningful engagement with professional artists.”

The Project Manager will be based at the office of Kids’ Own in north County Sligo. The individual will be required to travel extensively as part of this role.

This is a part-time post, based on a temporary five-month contract, but with a view to extension.

Kids’ Own is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sectors of the community.

Please refer to the full job description below.

Job Description

The Project Manager will report to the CEO, and will work closely with our small team to support the delivery of our strategic aims. The role is a part-time post, based on a temporary five month contract, but with a view to extension Salary will be pro-rata based on annual remuneration of €32,000.

Key Responsibilities

The project manager will be required to:

  • Collaborate with the CEO and Kids’ Own staff to support the delivery of Kids’ Own’s strategic plan.
  • Draw on expertise and knowledge to support planning and decision making in relation to the delivery of Kids’ Own projects.
  • Liaise closely with, and support, artists and teachers engaged on collaborative projects.
  • Develop and maintain effective relationships with key partners and funders.
  • Support video and online documentation of projects.
  • Organise and deliver key meetings and events that are associated with projects.
  • Act as a spokesperson for Kids’ Own and effectively communicate the organisation’s ethos and vision.
  • Liaise closely with the CEO and office administrator to maintain strong lines of communication in relation to projects.
  • Be aware of project budgets and have control of project spending.


Essential requirements

Applicants must have:

  • Significant relevant experience in the arts of which at least two years should be at management level.
  • A full, clean driving licence and access to their own vehicle.
  • Applicants must be able to work from Kids’ Own’s office in north County Sligo.
  • Possession of a third level qualification is desirable but not essential.

Applicants must be willing to travel extensively as part of this role, and must have the flexibility to work irregular days and hours as the schedule of projects and events demands.

Requisite skills

It is desired that the successful applicant would have:

  • A strong arts or arts in education background;
  • Experience or a sound understanding of collaborative or socially engaged practice;
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills;
  • Knowledge of the current policy and funding climate within the arts and/or arts in education sector;
  • Excellent organisational skills;
  • The ability to work well as part of a small team.


The deadline for applications is Tuesday 5th December 2017 at 5pm.

Interviews will be held in Sligo on Monday 11th December.

Applicants are required to send a cover letter and detailed CV by post or email to:

Jo Holmwood

Acting CEO

Kids’ Own Publishing Partnership



Co. Sligo




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