Job Opportunities at Cork Midsummer Festival

Cork Midsummer Festival is looking to hire a new Festival Manager, a Marketing Assistant (CE Scheme) and a number of experienced arts Producers to deliver ambitious projects for the 2013 Festival. Please see below for details.


Cork Midsummer Festival is looking for expressions of interest from a number of experienced arts Producers to deliver ambitious projects for the 2013 Festival.

Since 2010 the Festival has developed a reputation for producing ambitious new work, working with international artists of vision and exciting independent Irish artists, with a particular focus on groundbreaking socially engaged projects involving the participation of a range of communities in Cork City and County. Recent Festival productions and co-productions include the major international site-specific documentary theatre series Ciudades Paralelas / Parallel Cities curated by Stefan Kaegi and Lola Arias, Mark Storor’s Hungry Tea, created with participants in the intercultural women’s project Creative Connections, and Dylan Tighe’s RECORD, a radical piece of new music theatre engaging with issues of mental health.

In 2013, the Festival is looking to engage a number of experienced arts Producers to manage the delivery of specific projects. Producers will work with project artists to identify their needs and realise their vision, oversee project management and financial management, and co-ordinate all activity relating to the project. Experience of producing and managing arts projects at a high level is essential, and experience of working with community groups or young people is desirable. These will be fixed-term contracts from February to July 2013, based in Cork. The Festival dates for 2013 are 21st-30th June.

Please forward a cover letter and CV, outlining your experience to date and your areas of interest, to Tom Creed, Festival Director, at, by 5pm on Friday 18th January 2013.

Festival Manager
Cork Midsummer Festival is inviting applications for the key position of Festival Manager.

Reporting directly to the Festival Director, the Festival Manager is a senior member of the core team, responsible for managing the delivery of all the organisation’s activities. The successful candidate will have significant management experience, strong financial skills, be highly motivated and have excellent organisational, administrative and computer skills. A background in arts management is desirable. The ability to manage finances, prepare funding applications and a flexible approach to working hours are pre-requisites.

This position is a year-round, full time position. A salary commensurate with experience will apply.

Interested candidates should submit a CV and cover letter by email to
Tom Creed, Festival Director,
For further information please contact Cork Midsummer Festival on
+353 21 4215131 or email

Closing Date: Applications for this position will be accepted until 1pm on Friday 11th January 2013. Suitable applicants will be called for interview in late January/early February.

Job Description

Festival Manager

Key Responsibilities
Reporting to the Festival Director to ensure the smooth running of the Festival and the delivery of the organisation’s activities, the duties of the Festival Manager include:

• To act as one of the core team to deliver the Festival’s short, medium and long term aims.
• Overall financial control of the company.
• To act as overall producer for all of the organisation’s activities.
• To maintain and control the budget for all the organisation’s activities.
• To oversee preparation of accounts and cash-flow projections
• To oversee office management and effective administration.
• To liaise with the Board, attending meetings, sending reports and minutes.
• To act as HR Manager for the company.
• To line-manage all Festival staff, including all freelance contracts.
• To contract all artists / productions.
• To oversee the management of in-house Festival productions.
• To oversee ongoing touring of Festival productions.
• To oversee all legal and contractual compliance for the Festival.
• To deputize for the Festival Director as required.
• To explore new philanthropic opportunities, grant-making trusts and foundations at home and abroad.
• Any other duties as required by the Board or Festival Director

Person Specification

Essential skills and experience
• Minimum 5 years experience at a management level
• Excellent financial management skills
• A proven track record in arts and/or event management
• Excellent writing, communication and organisational skills
• Computer literacy and knowledge of Microsoft Office
• Ability to work in a busy environment with a high level of time and stress management
• Highly motivated, practical and resourceful
• Acute attention to detail
• Ability to manage several tasks simultaneously
• Team player
• A flexible approach to working hours
• Fluent English

• A third level qualification in arts management
• Familiarity with Sage or other accounting software
• Experience in managing significant funding applications and grant claims

Cork Midsummer Festival is looking for a Marketing Assistant
(has to be eligible for CE scheme)

Duties: Working alongside the Development & Marketing Manager to implement the marketing and communications strategy with some general office duties.  Applicants should have strong proven administrative and computer skills, organisational ability and excellent research skills.  Previous experience in the field of Marketing is desirable.  Applicants for all CE vacancies must meet specific eligibility criteria. To confirm eligibility, you must enquire at your local FÁS office.

Contract Type: Temporary/Part-Time
Hours per week: 19.5
Start Date: January 2013
Experience Required: Minimum 2 years experience
Salary: C.E. Rates
Location: Cork City
Closing date: 11th January 2013

For further information and to apply for the position please contact Festival Administrator, Cork Midsummer Festival, Civic Trust House, 50 Pope’s Quay, Cork.
Telephone: 021-4215131.