We're Hiring: Project Coordinator

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 Job Title:                             Project Coordinator

Responsible to:                Executive Creative Director

The role of Project Coordinator is a new role in the company and an opportunity for the position holder to contribute to the development of youth and social circus in Ireland and internationally.


Terms & Conditions

Salary:               €23,050 per annum pro rata

Post:                  This is a part-time role (30 hrs per week)

Hours:                Standard hours are Monday to Friday. This post requires flexibility and availability to work daytime, evenings or weekends occasionally

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

Probation:           This post is subject to a six-month probationary period


How to apply

Please email your CV listing two referees (including phone numbers and email addresses) and cover letter outlining your interest in this role and what skills and experience you would bring to Galway Community Circus.  Please refer directly to the job description and person specification. Receipt of your application will be confirmed by email and your application will be treated with strictest confidence.

Please submit your application by email to:

Please mark your email:                                 Project Coordinator Application

The closing date for applications is:                  Thursday 6th April 2017

Interviews will be held:                                   Wednesday 12th April 2017


About Galway Community Circus

Galway Community Circus is the flagship for youth and social circus education in Ireland and one of Ireland’s leading circus arts and youth arts organisations. Our aim is to advance the artistic, personal and social development of young people and promote social inclusion through circus arts. We are committed to creating an innovative, artistic and imaginative learning experience where all young people can realise their potential.

Our community circus school has 477 members of all ages who attend weekly classes in our training hall in Galway City. We also deliver outreach programmes in partnership with schools, youth and community organisations. Our programmes focus on creativity and performance and we stage several youth arts productions annually from theatre shows to outdoor performances. We are committed to developing youth and social circus practice in Ireland and we run professional development programmes and are involved in key research and development initiatives. We are a member of the European Youth and Social Circus Network ‘Caravan’ and a large part of our work takes place on a European level.

This is an incredibly exciting time to join Galway Community Circus as we are exploring innovative new models of creative engagement, and strive to be 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 is a large-scale European project promoting mental and physical wellbeing and community integration through the art of funambulism (tightwire). This project gives us an opportunity to create a significant legacy for the young people of Galway, Ireland and Europe.

We are looking for a highly motivated and dynamic individual to coordinate various projects in our annual programme and contribute to a thriving organisation with ambitious plans for the years ahead.


Main purpose of the post:

This is a new post, designed to support with the delivery of ambitious and exciting programme of activities by Galway Community Circus. The Project Coordinator will coordinate various Galway Community Circus projects including social circus and school programmes, European Erasmus+ projects and various youth arts projects. She/he will be in charge of the administrative tasks behind these projects including logistics, managing a project budget, event and volunteer management and project monitoring and evaluation. The successful candidate will report to the Executive Creative Director and will work with our team to deliver and manage work of the highest standards.


Duties / Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Working closely with the Executive Creative Director on the effective delivery of the Galway Community Circus’  artistic vision
  • Coordinate the logistics, staffing, event management, monitoring and evaluation of various projects and events in Galway Community Circus’  calendar including social circus and school programmes, European Erasmus+ projects and various other youth arts projects
  • Recruit and manage free-lance project personnel and volunteers for the agreed projects and events. Ensure volunteers, facilitators and project personnel are briefed and have adequate resources
  • Management of contracts for facilitators, artists and production personnel
  • Develop and nurture excellent relationships with audiences, partners and free-lance artists/facilitators and other project personnel
  • Managing project budgets in liaison with Executive Creative Director and Office and Finance Administrator
  • Develop tailored Outreach Programmes for identified groups and organisations in conjunction with the Galway Community Circus facilitators
  • Be the main Galway Community Circus contact for partner organisations, children, young people, parent and guardians engaged in the agreed projects
  • Work with colleagues across the organisation to ensure effective mechanisms are in place for monitoring and evaluation of our programmes
  • To oversee the monitoring and evaluation framework, ensuring relevant and necessary data is collected and collated
  • To assist with project marketing and promotion where relevant
  • Maintain a full understanding of Child protection and Health & safety requirements and other relevant legislation and ensure Galway Community Circus is fully compliant with such requirements
  • Actively support and promote Galway Community Circus’  commitment to diversity and equal opportunities in every area of our work
  • Undertake other duties as requested and commensurate with the role


Person Specification

  • Dynamic team player with a high level of initiative
  • Excellent organisational, planning, communication and interpersonal skills
  • At least three years’ experience of project development in an arts context
  • Demonstrable record of event and project management
  • Creativity and an innovative approach to project development
  • Proven ability to organise and prioritise a demanding workload and to work effectively with minimum supervision
  • Leadership ability and the capacity to motivate a team
  • Experience of project monitoring and evaluation methodology
  • Demonstrable experience of developing and maintaining effective relationships with a wide range of organisations and individuals
  • Computer literate (MS Office) with strong written and communication skills
  • Flexibility and excellent time management skills
  • Extensive contacts within, and huge enthusiasm for, the arts and community sector
  • Passion and understanding of the importance of creativity in today’s society, especially the importance of the arts for children and young people
  • Possess a full clean driving licence and have use of a vehicle (desirable)


Galway Community Circus is governed by a voluntary Board of Directors, managed by a small professional team and supported by European Volunteer Scheme and a Community Employment Scheme. The post-holder will be responsible to the Executive Creative Director and performance will be monitored quarterly.


Galway Community Circus is an equal opportunities employer.


Scratch Night January 2017

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We celebrated our very first Scratch Night and it was a flying success!!


At the end of January, Galway Community Circus opened it's doors, and welcomed the audience in to witness the first Scratch Night of 2017.

Seven acts of extreme talent and entertainment took to a minimalist stage and performed a variety of acts from juggling, hula hooping and uni-cycling to performances with a more, existential note ,such as;

'Which came first, the chicken or the egg?', and a breathtaking dance performance by Lauren and Julian which questioned stereotypical gender-roles and reversed common thought.

All in all, a very inspiring group of acts showcasing the great ability within this circus community and a taster of talent for the year to come.

Galway Community Circus will be holding Scratch night as a monthly event, on the last Saturday of each month, so be sure to pencil it in :) See you February 25th!


Spring term 2017

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The 2017 Spring term at Galway Community Circus is beginning on Monday January 16th - woo hoo! As always we are delighted to welcome all our members back and are looking forward to meeting some new faces! The term will run through to June 10th with classes suspended for the February mid-term break (20th-26th) and the Easter break (10th-23rd April). 


If you or anyone you know is interested in discovering the wonders of circus arts please we still have some spaces left in our classes:

Tweenies (mixed skills): 12-14 y/o on Wednesday 4.30-6.30pm; Thursday 6-8pm and Friday 4.45-6.45pm.  18 wks - €170

Seniors (mixed skills): 15-20 y/o on Tuesdays 7.30-9.30pm and Wednesdays 7-9pm. 18 wks - €170

Punchinello (youth aerial): 8-14 y/o on Saturdays 3-4.30pm. 18 wks - €170

Columbina (youth aerial): 10-15 y/o on Saturdays 5-6.30pm. 8 wks - €170

Toddlers: 1-4 y/o and an adult on Thursdays 10-11am. 11wks - €55

Family Circus: 4-100 y/o on Mondays 2.15-3.15pm; Saturdays 10-11am; Saturdays 11.30am-12.30pm. 11wks - €25 pp

Adult Aerial: 16+ y/o on Tuesdays 10am-12pm. 11 wks - €175


If you have any queries about these classes or wish to be placed on our waiting list please contact us at



Junior Leader Scheme - ABCirk

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ABCirk - Junior Leader Scheme for Youth Circus, is a project for youth circus members who might be considering becoming circus tutors. The scheme began in November 2016 and will last until August 2018 and is funded by Erasmus+ through the Irish National Agency Leargas.

In November, we hosted European visitors from CIRQUEON from Prague and Cirkus LeGrando from Brno, Czech Republic for the Kick-off meeting of this Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership project. Over the next two years members from the three organisations will work together to share best youth circus practices, learn circus and leadership skills and have loads of fun in the process.

Each partner organisation will pick five motivated young people who will take part in the project and learn about circus teaching from their peers and experienced tutors. The group will come together three times in Ireland and Czech Republic including participation in the youth circus festival Freš Manéž in June 2018.


Winter Cabaret

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On Sunday December 11th the Tweenies and Senior members of Galway Community Circus will perform their Winter Cabaret. We invite you to join us as they present two shows - one starring our 12-14 year olds and another with our 15-20 year olds. 
Our teenage members have been working hard developing their circus skills this term and have created this feast of entertainment for everyone to enjoy - we cannot wait to see what they have produced!

There will be a bake sale and other fundraising events on the day with all proceeds going towards the purchasing of new circus equipment for Galway Community Circus. If you have the time to make something for the bake sale it would be hugely appreciated!

Tweenies show: 3.30-4.30pm
Seniors show: 6-7pm
Entrance: €5 for adults and €3 for children/ OAP
(Children under 2 years go free)

We hope to see you there!


American Circus Educators Conference

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From the 6th to the 10th of October our circus director Ulla was in San Francisco attending the biennial American Circus Educators Conference. The conference brought circus educators from the US and further afield together for five full days of workshops led by top international practitioners in areas such as circus pedagogy and management, circus techniques, artistic approaches and safety. It was hosted by Circus Center in collaboration with AcroSports. In total 200 attendees representing 100 different organizations took part in over 130 workshops and witnessed 3 inspirational keynotes over the 5 days.

Whilst attending, Ulla gave a seminar on ‘Circus+ - European Research on Youth and Social Circus Pedagogy’, a CARAVAN research project which Galway Community Circus was involved with for two years, from 2014 - 2016. This was a wonderful opportunity for the work going on in Europe to be shared with the wider community. 

As the Irish circus sector is growing, the insight gained by Ulla at this conference will benefit current and future artistic initiatives involving children and young people in Ireland. This growing sector has many exciting opportunities ahead and it is instrumental that we learn from international examples to ensure that the sector continues to grow with high artistic quality, creativity, safety, innovation and accessibility at its core. Big thank you to the Arts Council of Ireland for supporting this opportunity.


If you wish to find out more about the American Circus Educators Association please see and

If you wish to find out more about the American Circus Educators Association please see and


GCC, Down Syndrome Ireland and SAP volunteer programme partnership

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During the upcoming Autumn mid-term break, Galway Community Circus and Down Syndrome Ireland Galway branch are running a workshop entitled ‘Joy of Code’ with thanks to SAP volunteers project. SAP have provided DSI Galway with a grant for Galway Community Circus ​to facilitate this workshop open to their teenage members.

This workshop is building on the existing relationship between the three organisations which began in the summer of 2015 with a Family Circus summer camp for members of the Galway branch of Down Syndrome Ireland. Following its success another summer camp ran this year and we plan on continuing this partnership for future collaborations.

During the workshop participants will be introduced to the Scratch Junior programme through circus arts and be involved in the creation of a circus themed Scratch Junior animated stories, interactive games and whatever else they imagine. The week will be about having fun, making friends, learning and being creative! The goal of the workshop is to provide a welcoming and safe space for the participants to learn about circus and Scratch Junior, to make friends, build confidence and have fun in a creative environment.



Give Me Five - Circus for Inclusion

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Last week seven of our older members and tutors travelled to Gran Canaria for the Give Me Five project - Circus for Inclusion. This was the fifth year of the project which was funded by Erasmus+ and organised by Mojo de Caña, which led to decision of the name, 'Give Me Five'.

The project was centred around the 35 participants who travelled from Finland, Germany, Ireland, Italy and Spain, and over the week they devised workshops for families and local schools, participated in intercultural exchange and a parade along with many games and rehearsals which culminated to a show at the end of the week. The show consisted of all things circus, from clowning and juggling to aerial!

One of the Irish participants had this to say about the experience:"I learned so much about other cultures, communication (through the language of laughter and circus), acceptance, love, growth and lots more. I laughed so much during the week and made so many new friends. I hope to meet you again in the future. It was deadly!!!"  


Cirque du Gaillimh

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We are delighted to announce that the young people (12-20 years) of Galway Community Circus will be once again creating and performing a large-scale show thanks to the Arts Council Young Ensemble Scheme in Spring 2017.

Cirque du Gaillimh will be funded by the Young Ensemble Scheme and the concept for the show was decided by our 12-20 year old members in the Spring of 2016. As always, we will be doing something super exciting, and while we will no longer be working with Fidget Feet on this project we are delighted to announce that we will be working with Tumble Circus, a Belfast-based contemporary circus company along with the Galway School of Music. The show will be based on the history and roots of circus arts and will be performed in a Big Top tent with a live orchestra! The young people participating in this project will be the ones to shape the show - from brainstorming to physical workshops to ideas for costumes and everything in between.

All those enrolled in our Tweenies and Senior groups are invited to take part in this project and participation is completely voluntary. Rehearsals will take place between the 20th - 25th of February and the 8th - 23rd of April.

So get out your 2017 diaries and mark in the 22nd and 23rd of April for Cirque du Gaillimh - the best show in town and not to be missed!


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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