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Job Description: Communications Coordinator (part-time)


Company Overview

Galway Community Circus is Ireland’s flagship organisation for youth and social circus, located in the heart of Galway City with a local, national and international remit. Our mission is to unlock personal and creative potential and deliver social inclusion for young people through circus arts. Through our ground-breaking programmes and high-quality productions, Galway Community Circus has proven itself to be a cradle of artistic excellence and educational innovation in Ireland, working with over 500 young people from diverse backgrounds every week.

This is an incredibly exciting time to join Galway Community Circus as we are exploring innovative new models of creative engagement and are at the forefront of developing youth and social circus in Ireland and internationally. We are producing one of the anchor projects of Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture Programme Wires Crossed - a Balancing Act for Europe. This is a large-scale European project promoting mental and physical wellbeing and community integration through the art of funambulism (tightwire walking). This project gives us an opportunity to create a significant legacy for the young people of Galway, Ireland and Europe.

Galway Community Circus (GCC) is at the final stages of a team restructuring plan to facilitate its next phase of development and to continue the implementation of its ambitious Strategic Plan 2018-2020.

In addition to GCC’s year-round activities, we are currently developing ‘Wires Crossed’ a very ambitious project as part of Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture.

Wires Crossed is a project set to highlight the importance of physical and mental health by bringing the dynamic art of funambulism to all corners of Europe. By 2020 we aim to train 400 people from all walks of life to cross the Claddagh Basin and River Corrib by tight-wire. We have been holding workshops for youth, adults and families from 2017 and 2018 and will continue these workshops from January 2019. Our trainers hail from all over Europe and have received a high level of training specific to this artform.

The River Corrib that flows through the heart of Galway city is one of the shortest yet fastest rivers in Europe. To Galwegians, the Corrib embodies the breath-taking beauty and fierce power of nature. It also, tragically, serves as a reminder of the fragile mental health of our young people and can be seen as a representation of our city and county’s high rates of suicide. Wires Crossed has emerged from a strong desire to highlight this crisis and help restore balance within our communities.


Job Purpose

The Communications Coordinator position is key to the  realisation of GCC’s ambitions and will be a vital member of a small year-round team. Reporting to the Executive Creative Director (ECD) & the General Manager (GM), they will take responsibility for external   and internal communications including promoting the annual activities of GCC, communicating GCC’s mission and developing the organisation’s profile and brand. It is extremely important to GCC that the benefits of Circus arts both on a physical and mental level in the lives of young people is communicated effectively to all our audiences in a way which reflects the mission, vision, ambition and vibrancy of the organisation. Our audience includes young people, parents, educators, funders, sponsors, artists and international partners & programmers.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Work with the team to create a robust Audience Development Plan to support the continued roll out of GCC’s Strategic Plan to include a Communications Strategy to ensure that GCC effectively communicates with its various audiences and stakeholders. Lead in the implementation and regular review of Audience Development Plan.     
  • Create a Marketing Plan to promote Wires Crossed and other GCC events.
  • Work with Galway 2020’s Publicist to achieve wide local, national and international media coverage for Wires Crossed.
  • Working with Wires Crossed Producer to Co-ordinate GCC’s official launch of the project.
  • Working with the GM, manage and develop GCC’s website and digital communication platforms to ensure efficient and effective communication with audience and stakeholders.
  • Deliver marketing materials and campaigns on time and within   budget –print & design, advertising, signage, etc. Negotiate best possible deals for GCC.
  • Liaise with media and handle requests for interviews, statements etc., prepare press releases and promotional material for mass media distribution and/or GCC website updates.
  • Work with GM in seeking opportunities for partnerships, sponsorships and advertising
  • Manage Marketing Intern’s recruitment and work.
  • Working with the Head of Education and General Manager on the promotion of a Social Circus package to schools and youth organisations throughout Ireland via teachers & principals, Parents Associations, Boards of Management, Education Centres, etc.
  • Working with Creative Director/General Manager on all photography / video / documentation and graphic design produced for Galway Community Circus.


Support GCC’s team in the following areas:

  • Maintenance and development of GCC’s PR databases;
  • GCC Archives.
  • Prepare and submit PR reports


Communications Coordinator    –Person Specification

Essential Requirements

  • A dynamic and resourceful person with at least 2 years related work experience.
  • An individual who works well using their own initiative.
  • Excellent written, verbal and visual communication skills (both traditional and digital media) with an eye for detail. A strong communicator who can communicate GCC’s messages to a variety of audiences and stakeholders.
  • A track record of initiating strong and effective marketing/promotional campaigns.
  • Strong organisation and planning skills with ability to prioritise and work calmly under pressure to multiple deadlines.
  • Familiar with latest social media/communication technologies.


  • Marketing/Digital Media qualification.
  • Strong networking and partnership building skills.
  • Experience in copywriting and editing
  • Photo / video / graphic design production experience.

Person  Specification

  • Passionate about communicating Galway Community Circus’s mission/vision to as wide an audience as possible.
  • Resourceful and results focused, enjoys working to targets and deadlines.
  • A passion for the arts, particularly work with young people.
  • Ability to multi-task.
  • Creativity and problem-solving aptitude


Application Closing Date: Thursday 24th of January 2019 at 5pm

Please send a cover letter outlining why you are suitable for this position, along with your current CV to

Interviews will take place in Galway week starting 7th of February 2019


Contract Information:

This is a part-time role (25 hrs per week)

Salary:   €25,000 pro-rata per annum

Contract: 24 months from 1st March 2019

Location: Working from Galway Community Circus offices, c/o St Joseph’s Community Centre, Shantalla, Galway


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C/o St Joseph's Community Centre,
Ashe Road, Shantalla, Galway
+353 85 111 7224
Charity number 17420
Company registration number 453185