Vacancies & Volunteering
The successful candidate will:
- learn about the IWC’s remit, role and delivery of supports and many aspects of arts administration.
- support team members in the delivery of our programmes and courses.
- represent the IWC when working with writers and the general public.
Training will be given in the following: administration, communicating with writers, members and the general public, processing course payments, facilitating and some website managementsocial media. On completion, the administrative assistant will have attained skills in arts administration, customer service, and in our I.T. systems.
Once trained, the successful candidate will:
- Work closely and collaboratively with the team to deliver all programmes effectively in order to achieve the IWC’s strategic goals
- Work effectively with colleagues, maximising the potential of our human resources to meet our strategic goals, including office cover and liaising with interns and volunteers as required.
- Contribute to the maintenance of systems of operation for the smooth and efficient running of the Centre as required.
- Attend relevant staff meetings and supervisions, as required.
- Act as a point of contact and representative for members, writers, visitors and the public in various capacities: online, face to face, email or telephone.
- Assist other members of staff with various administrative, promotional and events-based tasks in the Centre, or wherever they may take place.
- Be a trusted presence on-site.
WHO WE ARE LOOKING FOR:
The ideal candidate will:
- Have highly developed interpersonal and communication skills with the ability to be diplomatic, discreet and confident in dealing with a range of stakeholders and the general public.
- Have strong interpersonal skills, a professional attitude and a genuine liking for dealing with the public.
- Have experience of working in literature (or the arts) or a literature qualification (or similar).
- be able to work well as a member of a close-knit team, and answer to a line manager
- Have a desire to support writers in the making and development of their writing and professional development skills.
- Have an aptitude for or an interest in developing social media skills.
- Be a self-starter, and have a proven ability to work on own initiative and ability.
- Demonstrate the ability to prioritise and deliver on concurrent tasks.
- Be personable, reliable and committed to the mission and values of the IWC.
SKILLS: The successful candidate will have:
- A high level of written English and a willingness to learn new computer programmes.
- The ability to manage a demanding workload across multiple projects in a professional and confident manner.
- Strong interpersonal skills together with the ability to get on with people of all ages and a commitment to a very high standard of work. The ability to work within a team is essential.
- The ability to think on your feet and make sound decisions.
- Ability to work autonomously.
- Ability to work collaboratively with a small team in order to meet organisational objectives.
- You will have good IT skills; knowledge of office-based IT systems is a distinct advantage.
Desirable attributes: The candidate may have:
- Have a minimum of a year of administrative/office based experience in the arts or another field.
- Written and spoken competence in Irish – this is a distinct advantage
Above all, we are looking for a candidate with a clear understanding and appetite for the creative challenges and fulfilment that working in the arts offers.
- Demonstrable ability to be self-motivated with a strong interest in working in the arts.
- Demonstrable ability in working successfully within a team context.
- Demonstrable ability to prioritise and deliver on concurrent tasks.
- Demonstrable aptitude for problem solving and an eye for accuracy and detail.
- Excellent computer skills with a command on MS Office, Google Drive, Zoom, social media and the ability to pick up new skills where needed.
- Relevant educational or work experience in literature and/or the arts, or equivalent qualification or experience.
At interview stage, the panel will also assess:
- The ability to inspire and motivate
- Verbal and non-verbal communication skills
- Evidence of clear, logical thinking
- Congruence with the IWC’s values
Are you interested in getting involved with the Irish Writers Centre as a volunteer? Please fill in the form below. We are grateful for your enthusiasm and look forward to seeing your positive energy in action.
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