Cultural Officer for Ireland London Deadline: 5pm Monday 17 August 2020
Applications are invited for the post of Cultural Officer at the Embassy of Ireland in London. This position will enhance the promotion of Irish arts and artists in Great Britain (GB), working to serve the objectives of the Embassy of Ireland and of Culture Ireland (Department of Media, Tourism, Arts, Culture, Sport and the Gaeltacht).
The Cultural Officer is a new post created as part of the Irish Government’s Global Ireland strategy to widen and deepen our cultural presence and engagement worldwide, including through the appointment of specialist Cultural Officers in priority locations.
London is a global creative hub, with a consistently strong Irish cultural presence created by both visiting and locally based Irish artists. This Irish cultural presence is also found across England, Scotland and Wales, with a special focus on key cities during festivals, notably Edinburgh. This role will add value for the Government in an already thriving sector. It will also foster a joined-up approach to the promotion of Irish arts in Britain and achieve wider touring opportunities for Irish artists.
The position will be offered on the basis of a three-year fixed-term contract.
The Embassy of Ireland promotes and protects Irish interests and values in Great Britain, working with the Irish community and other stakeholders to support and grow the strong cultural relationship between the United Kingdom and Ireland as a vital part of the wider bilateral relationship.
Culture Ireland promotes Irish arts worldwide, creating and supporting opportunities for Irish artists and companies to present and promote their work at strategic international festivals and venues, and developing platforms to present outstanding Irish work to international audiences through showcases at key global arts events.
Role and Responsibilities
Reporting to the Ambassador (or to a senior Embassy officer nominated by him or her), with an additional reporting function to the Director of Culture Ireland, and working under the strategic guidance of the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Department of Media, Tourism, Arts, Culture, Sport and the Gaeltacht, the Cultural Officer’s responsibilities will include:
• Promoting Ireland’s cultural engagement throughout Britain, in line with relevant multi-annual strategies and programmes to promote Irish culture internationally.
• Working with Culture Ireland to extend and maximise touring opportunities for artists being supported to present work across Britain and develop a regional approach to cultural promotion in England, Scotland and Wales, building on the GB18 Programme.
• Working to broaden the reach of Irish culture across Britain, outside traditionally stronger locations, including through developing relationships with partner organisations on an ongoing basis and collaborating with Irish cultural organisations.
• Mapping and cultivating relationships with cultural organisations across Britain, and brokering partnerships between Irish and British artists, ensembles, institutions, venues and festivals, including the Irish artistic and creative diaspora resident in GB.
• Working alongside other European Diplomatic Missions and the EUNIC (EU National Institutes for Culture) network to situate Ireland and Irish culture in its European context, presenting Ireland as both European and Irish.
• Supporting Culture Ireland as required in the effective delivery of its showcases, including events at Celtic Connections, Edinburgh Festivals and other one-off special promotional events.
• Assisting in the development, delivery and promotion of cultural events generally on behalf of the Embassy, Culture Ireland, and other relevant state bodies, including flagship or large-scale initiatives and cultural programmes for high-level visits by the President and Taoiseach.
• Planning and managing events within the premises of the Embassy that highlight the richness and diversity of Irish arts and culture and ensuring that key public diplomacy events (St Patrick’s Day/St Brigid’s Day) at the Embassy feature an appropriate cultural dimension.
• Collaborating with the Consulates General in Edinburgh and Cardiff in the planning and execution of their cultural programmes in Scotland and Wales.
• Working with Screen Ireland to promote opportunities for the film, TV and animation industry and with relevant state bodies to develop links across other creative industries, e.g. architecture and design.
• Assisting and advising regarding the promotion of Irish studies and the Irish language in Britain.
• Working with the Embassy, Consulates and State Agencies in Britain to maximise the promotional impact of cultural events funded by the State so as to enhance Ireland’s visibility and reputation.
• Monitoring and reporting on the impact of cultural events, including those funded or supported by the Irish missions in Britain, those in receipt of Culture Ireland support in Britain, and other partnership-based events.
• Navigating and adapting approaches as required to the evolving changes to Irish and British arts environments because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The ideal candidate should be able to demonstrate:
• Capacity to take the initiative and to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team.
• Extensive and up-to-date knowledge of contemporary Irish arts as well as of the British arts and cultural sector, including festivals, venues, arts institutions, local agents and promoters.
• Proven ability to deliver arts and cultural projects.
• High-level networking and communication skills including the capacity to develop and strengthen links with partner organisations and to interact well as part of a diverse Embassy team.
• Strong organisational and administrative skills.
To be eligible the following qualifications and competences are required:
• A third level qualification in a relevant area or a high level of work experience in the arts and culture sector.
• Excellent written and oral communication.
• A high level of discretion, initiative, commitment and reliability.
• The successful candidate must have a legal entitlement to live and work in Great Britain prior to recruitment.
How to apply
Applications must be submitted by email to the following email address:
The email should contain the subject line RECRUITMENT / CULTURAL OFFICER and must be no larger than 15MB. The application must contain:
• Letter of motivation (two pages maximum) addressing your suitability for the position and interest in working with the Embassy of Ireland.
• CV/Résumé (three pages maximum).
• Two nominated referees with contact details
Copies of professional references and relevant academic, professional and language qualifications scanned into one PDF attachment.
All emails received will be acknowledged.
Shortlisting of candidates is part of the process. Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted at this time.
Depending on response rates the deadline may be extended.
Interviews are provisionally expected to be held in September 2020.
Terms and conditions of employment
Starting date: Autumn 2020
Contract duration: Three-year temporary fixed-term contract
Working hours: Full time with out-of-hours work for cultural events
Salary: £45,016 (with annual increments)
Annual Leave: 25 days Salary will be paid into your bank account. The successful candidate will therefore require a bank account.
Probationary period: 1 year
General Data Protection Regulation
All personal information received will be kept in line with GDPR guidelines.
Security Clearance for Local Staff
Police vetting will be sought in respect of individuals who come under consideration for appointment. Enquiries may also be made with the police force of any country in which the applicant under consideration for appointment resided. If unsuccessful this information will be destroyed. If the applicant subsequently comes under consideration for another position they will be required to supply this information again.
Please note that canvassing will disqualify applicants.
The Embassy of Ireland is committed to a policy of Equal Opportunity.