Galway Community Circus. Photo credit: Anita Murphy.

Galway Community Circus has a vision for a future in which play, care and creativity are nurtured through circus education accessible to every child in Ireland.

The Board is seeking to appoint an Executive Director to lead the next phase of the organisation’s journey, delivering inclusive and boundary-breaking circus arts participation and education informed by the 2023-2027 strategic plan ‘Creating Magic Together’.

Applications are invited from candidates with a proven track record, skills and experience to provide inspirational and effective leadership for Galway Community Circus. Reporting directly to the Board of Trustees, the Executive Director will initiate and deliver artistic, strategic and business objectives, provide clear direction, manage change, and support and engage staff, board and stakeholders.

Your drive and fresh perspective could be just what Galway Community Circus needs and this could be your chance to lead and make a difference in a thriving community.

Click here to see the Recruitment Pack with full role description.

Terms of Appointment

Salary: €55,000 Per Annum

Reports to: Board of Trustees

Line manager to: Head of Circus School, Head of Projects and Development, Head of Finance and Governance

Hours: Full-time role 40 hours (five days) per week, including a daily paid 0.5-hour lunch break. Hours will vary during busy periods, with occasional weekend and evening work. Holidays: four weeks + public holidays + additional hours/days as per organisation’s TOIL Policy.

Location: Based at Galway Community Circus, Galway City, Ireland (wheelchair accessible) with some national and international travel. This position is open to hybrid working (pending agreement and team requirements) including flexible working hours, remote work options and access supports. A fully remote working option is not available for this post.

Contract: Three-year contract pending probation period of six months, with a three-month review.

Application Details

Closing date for applications: Monday 13 November 2023 at 5pm.

Interviews held on: Weeks commencing 27 November and 4 December 2023.

Please provide your CV and a letter of application detailing your suitability for the role to with “Executive Director” in the subject line.

Please contact Dr Ian Walsh, Chairperson, at or Ulla Hokkanen, Executive Creative Director, at for any questions about the role.

Galway Community Circus is an equal opportunities employer, and it does not discriminate based on gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, civil or family status, age, disability or race.


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