Job Opportunity: Director at Poetry Ireland

11th March 2020

Poetry Ireland is seeking a Director with the requisite knowledge, skills and experience to ensure this leading organisation achieves its ambitious goals. The job opportunity arises as current Director, Maureen Kennelly, who has led the organisation since 2013, has been appointed as the incoming Director of the Arts Council of Ireland. 


Poetry Ireland is a dynamic and progressive not-for-profit organisation that aims to connect people with poetry, and in doing so, create significant opportunities for poets, and pleasurable experiences for audiences. 

Since its establishment in 1978, Poetry Ireland has championed Irish poetry and poets at home and abroad. 

The role 

Following an expansive period, Poetry Ireland is seeking a Director to lead the organisation through its next exciting phase.  

Working closely with the Chair, the ideal candidate for Director will bring a combination of artistic leadership and energy, financial and management experience, a clear commitment to public engagement, and an entrepreneurial flair to the role. 

Based in a supportive and flexible environment, this represents an excellent opportunity to bring the work of Ireland’s leading literature organisation to a wider audience and to be part of a landmark development in Ireland’s cultural landscape, through the establishment of the Poetry Ireland Centre in Parnell Square. 

An attractive salary will be offered, commensurate with experience. The role is offered for a five-year term. 

For further information, please download the Director Specification

Interested candidates are invited to submit a CV and a two-page personal statement outlining their suitability for the role. Closing date for applications is Monday March 30th at 5pm. 

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