Project Officer (Ignite Community Programme)
Arts Care

  • Full-time
  • Belfast
  • Closing Date: 25th July, 2024

Post: Arts Care Project Officer (Ignite Community Programme)

Job Title: Project Officer (Ignite Community Programme)

Full Time 37 1/2 hours per week

Fixed Term for 4 Years

Salary: £28,275 (incremental review each year)

Location: Arts Care Office Hub, Connswater Shopping Centre, Bloomfield Avenue, Belfast.

Reports to: CEO/Artistic Director

Responsible for: Ignite Project Artists x 3

The closing date is 5pm 25 July 2024, with interviews on Wednesday 31 July 2024.

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(There will be a requirement to visit various locations and participating groups across Northern Ireland and the Border Counties of the Republic of Ireland)


Arts Care is Northern Ireland’s leading Arts in Health organisation. We deliver a wide range of participatory and commissioned arts programmes to people of all ages in Health and Social Care and Community settings across Northern Ireland. Arts Care’s mission is to improve personal health and wellbeing through participation in the Arts.

The post holder will be responsible for delivery of Arts Care’s contribution to the Ignite Community Programme, a four-year social innovation programme supported by PEACEPLUS, and managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB). Arts Care are part of a Consortium of organisations led by Young Social Innovators (YSI). The purpose of this innovative programme is enabling young people outside the main education system to drive and own innovations that will make a real difference in tackling inequality and creating new connections across communities in Northern Ireland and the Border Counties of Ireland. These new connections will deepen links through the development of cross-border and cross-community relations within groups of young people from diverse backgrounds and communities co-creating solutions to social and environmental issues that impact upon them and their communities. We will use social innovation as the linchpin to empower communities of young people to co-design and launch new and innovative solutions, and Art will be one of the platforms for this.

Main responsibilities of the Project Officer are as follows:

• Organisation and coordination of all aspects of the arts programming, workshops, exhibitions, and performance showcases for young people under the Ignite Community Programme

• To liaise with key stakeholders, and Ignite consortia members to recruit for, plan and deliver a series of art programmes to young people

• Recruit, induct and manage the 3 x Arts Care Project Artists and supervise freelance Artists commissioned under the Project

• Work with the Arts & Business Support Team and Finance to implement business processes for the Ignite Community Programme under the new CRM system

• Documenting, monitoring, budgeting and evaluating the project and contributing to organisational monitoring and funder returns

• Work closely with Arts Care Head of Communications and the lead Project partner YSI regarding PR and marketing of the Programme

• Contribute to the achievement of the objectives of Arts Care Strategic and Business Plans as a member of the Arts Care Strategic Management Team.

General Responsibilities:

• Promote and support the aims and objectives of Arts Care;

• Provide excellent customer service and treat those with whom you come into contact in a courteous and respectful manner;

• Demonstrate your commitment to Arts Care by your regular attendance and the efficient completion of all tasks;

• Comply with Arts Care’s No Smoking Policy;

• Undertake your duties in compliance with Health and Safety Policy;

• Adhere to Equal Opportunity Policy throughout the course of your employment;

• Ensure public confidence is maintained in the services provided by Arts Care through the effective and efficient performance of your duties.

Essential Criteria:

1. (a) Third level qualification or equivalent in a relevant subject

(b) A minimum of 2 years’ experience involved in the co-ordination,

administration and delivery of projects.

2. Evidence of the ability to closely liaise with and organise a diverse group of stakeholders including artists, service users, funders and other commissioning organisation/agencies.

3. Evidence of the ability to communicate effectively and work as a member of a team.

4. Evidence of good organisational skills, the ability to work unsupervised and under pressure.

5. Evidence of experience in the use of IT systems including the Internet, Email, Databases, Power-point Presentation, Spreadsheets (Excel) and word processing.

6. Evidence of experience in effectively managing a budget.

7. Hold a current driving licence and have access to a car to fulfil the duties of the post.

8. Evidence and examples of your ability to manage a team.

Desirable Criteria:

• Experience of working in an Arts environment e.g. events planning, performances, showcases and exhibitions.

• Experience of working with young people

In the event of a large quantity of candidates, Arts Care will utilise desirable criteria for shortlisting.

About the Organisation

Arts Care is an arts, health and well-being charity whose aim is “to enable people in health and social care, community, corporate and other settings to benefit from the recuperative, healing, and positive mental health effects of engagement with the creative arts”.

Initiated in 1991, uniquely by the then Department of Health, Arts Care delivers a wide range of innovative and impactful participatory arts projects, events, performances, and exhibitions across Northern Ireland. Arts Care also provides enabling support to the health and care system via environmental transformations, staff wellbeing services and training and education for healthcare professionals and medical students.

How do we do it?
Arts Care deliver its activities and services through its long-standing system of Artists-in-Residence and Clown Doctors programmes and specific commissioned projects including the “Here & Now” Older People’s Arts and Health Festival and “Twilight Zone” Project for young people. Arts Care engages a highly skilled workforce of professional artists from different art disciplines and clown doctors. These teams of arts professionals deliver arts projects, performances and art exhibitions into multiple health, social care and community settings across Northern Ireland.

In addition, through our social enterprise, any organisation or business can avail of our bespoke arts programmes designed to enhance workplace wellbeing and creativity.

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