A vacancy for the position of Acting Director of the Irish Writers Centre will arise in July 2019 for a fixed term period of 50 weeks.  The Board of the IWC therefore wishes to appoint an Acting Director to lead, manage and develop the work of the organisation, building on the success and achievements of the last 28 years.

This full-time temporary position will be based at 19 Parnell Square, Dublin 1, IrelandIt is an important cultural leadership role, reporting to the Board, encompassing responsibility for the overall management of the IWC’s full range of operations and its resources and finances, its premises and management of the team in Parnell Square.  The role will involve maintaining current sources of funding to service the regular programmes as well as finding new opportunities for both funding and new programming, within the existing framework.

The incoming Acting Director will represent the IWC publicly, maintain relationships with principal stakeholders in the literature community both national and internationally, and especially with key funding agencies including both Arts Councils in Ireland, Dublin City Council. Foras na Gaeilge and others.

Job Title: Acting Director/CEO

Reporting to: the Board of Directors through the Chair

Term: A fixed term contract of 50 weeks beginning in July 1019

Salary: €42,000 – €45,000 (commensurate with experience)

Holiday entitlement: 25 days per annum (pro rata 50 weeks)

Location: 19 Parnell Square, Dublin 1, Ireland

Hours: Full-time (37.5 hours per week)

Application deadline:  Tuesday May 14th at 5pm. (Late applications not accepted.)


About the Irish Writers Centre

The Irish Writers Centre is the national resource organisation for Irish literature. Founded in 1991, our mission is to support, promote and inform writers at all stages of their development.  Our vision is for an inclusive society where writers are valued and supported so that literature can thrive and enrich our lives.

The IWC offers a diverse programme of writing courses and workshops led by established writers across a range of genres including memoir, poetry, playwriting, short-stories and the novel. We run a series of professional development programmes which mentor and nurture young and emerging writers of all ages, supporting them in the development of their craft and career as a writer.  Additionally, we provide residencies for professional writers and outreach engagement through our Community residencies. We also provide a variety of opportunities for writers to connect with international audiences.

The IWC has a strong and loyal community of members, partners and friends, and we welcome new people from all walks of life, nationality and ages to join.


Our main funders are the Arts Council of Ireland, the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Dublin City Council and Foras na Gaeilge.