Join our team: Project Manager required

November 2021
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This role was previously advertised as Bainisteoir Tionscadail/Project Manager, with fluent spoken and written Irish a requirement of the role. Please note that we have revised our criteria, with some level of Irish desirable but not essential. Children's Books Ireland is an inclusive workplace and we welcome applications from qualified candidates from all backgrounds. Please note the new closing date of 3rd December at 4pm.  

Children's Books Ireland is seeking a part-time (3 days per week) Project Manager to work closely with Laureate na nÓg, the children's literature Laureate. The current Laureate na nÓg (2020–2023) is Áine Ní Ghlinn, and her aims are to encourage reading for pleasure in Irish and to make writers and illustrators who work in the Irish language more visible. Áine's flagship project is An Bosca Leabharlainne, which will give over 1,300 schools across the island of Ireland a box of high quality children's books in Irish. With the appointment of a new Laureate in 2023, there will be a new project and focus.

You will find information on Laureate na nÓg and on the role of Project Manager below.

About Laureate na nÓg

Being selected as Laureate na nÓg is the highest honour that can be awarded to a children's writer or illustrator in Ireland.

The project's aims are as follows:

  • To honour an exceptional writer or illustrator of literature for children and young people in the Irish or English language
  • To champion literature for children and young people nationally and internationally
  • To engage and inspire children, young people and their communities through literature
  • To encourage new generations of writers and illustrators

The Laureate na nÓg Project Manager is responsible for the day-to-day administration of the project. They work closely with the Laureate, other Children's Books Ireland staff and partner organisations.

At the start of their three-year term, each Laureate works with Children's Books Ireland to identify a focus and specific goals for their term. The Project Manager is responsible for overseeing the delivery of these projects including but not limited to research, liaising with project partners, communications, logistics and budget management.

Laureate na nÓg is an initiative of the Arts Council, administered by Children's Books Ireland, with the support of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Inclusion and Youth. For more information on current and past Laureate themes and projects, visit the Laureate na nÓg website.

Primary Responsibilities

The Project Manager will:

  • Work closely with Laureate na nÓg and the Children's Books Ireland team to engage and inspire children and to encourage new generations of creators.
  • Be responsible for overseeing the delivery of an agreed programme based on the Laureate's focus and goals, including but not limited to research, liaising with project partners, communications, logistics, event planning and budget management.
  • Work closely with Children's Books Ireland and the Arts Council on PR and media planning: write and disseminate press releases and occasionally work with an external PR agency.
  • Oversee the documentation and archiving of the Laureate na nÓg project.
  • Manage and grow the audiences for the Laureate website and social media.
  • Accompany the Laureate to events and functions where required.
  • Document and report on the project, including but not limited to composing mid-term and annual reports for funding bodies, reporting on media coverage and budget.
  • Manage all correspondence in relation to Laureate na nÓg, including phone and email enquiries, invitations.
  • Undertake administrative duties associated with meetings, including drafting agendas and keeping minutes.
  • Provide administrative support during the nomination, shortlisting and selection of new Laureates every three years.
  • Report to the Laureate na nÓg funding bodies at least twice a year.
  • Manage agreed budgets.
  • Complete ad hoc administrative duties as required.

The successful candidate must:

  • Be able to confidently carry out the responsibilities outlined above while working independently and as part of a small, creative, fast-paced team.
  • Have strong project management, organisational and administration skills.
  • Have excellent digital literacy, with the ability to post content to websites and social media accounts and use Slack, Dropbox and other office productivity tools to a high degree of proficiency.
  • Have excellent interpersonal skills and be comfortable working with partners on a wide variety of programmes – previous Laureate projects have included poetry events for teenagers, drawing events for children, a storytelling tour, a publication and a travelling exhibition.

Other desirable, but not essential, skills include:

  • Previous experience creating and disseminating press releases and managing PR/media campaigns.
  • Experience working in the arts or charity sectors.
  • Use of own car and full, clean driving licence.
  • Some level of Irish, or an openness to learn.

Reporting To:

Elaina Ryan, CEO of Children's Books Ireland

Location:

From home as per public health advice until early 2022. Then 1 day per week at least at Children's Books Ireland's offices in North Great Georges Street, Dublin 1, with flexibility to work the rest of the time at home. Office location may change, but will remain in central Dublin.

Special considerations due to COVID-19:

Candidates will be interviewed via Zoom. A laptop and any other equipment needed will be provided. A €3.20 daily work from home allowance will be paid, as well as a contribution to mobile phone bills.

Start date:

January 2022, ideally.

Contract duration:

Permanent, with six months' probation.

Hours of work:

3 days per week. Days and hours worked are flexible between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday to Friday, and can be agreed with the successful candidate. Team meetings take place on Wednesday, and the Project Manager will be expected to attend these. Occasional evening or weekend work may be required.

Remuneration/benefits:

€19,200–€21,600 per annum (€32,000–€36,000 pro rata) depending on experience, payable monthly in arrears. 5% matching pension contribution after probation period. 12.5 days' annual leave (exclusive of public holidays). Ability to work flexibly. Children's Books Ireland is happy to facilitate the Bike to Work Scheme or Taxsaver travel arrangements.

Application and selection process: 

To apply, email your cover letter and CV as a single Word or PDF document to Elaina Ryan at recruit@childrensbooksireland.ie before 4pm on Friday 3rd December 2021. Please include LAUREATE PROJECT MANAGER in the subject line.

Children's Books Ireland is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all qualified applicants; we are committed to diversity and inclusion and value differing perspectives and experiences within our team. Interviews will take place in mid-December. The position will be offered subject to reference checks. Garda vetting will be required.