Home / We are hiring! | Operations Manager
Image for We are hiring! | Operations Manager

We are hiring! | Cloughjordan Circus Club seeks Operations Manager


Vacancy: Part-time  20 hours a week
Salary: €35-40K pro rata dependant on experience


Cloughjordan Circus Club in County Tipperary was founded 12 years ago to offer an alternative social and creative outlet to children and young people aged 8-25. Participation promotes social connections, creative expression, and physical wellbeing, through inclusive, participatory circus arts with a unique, award-winning aesthetic. We provide a high quality, inclusive, and unique arts offer for young people in rural Tipperary.

Members have the opportunity to work with national and international professionals and learn from the best in the business. We employ freelance artists to co-deliver on the core programme and to provide one-off and weekend intensive masterclasses alongside our Artistic Director and lead artist, Joanna Williams, and the wider team.

The project has evolved and extended beyond Cloughjordan, engaging young people from the surrounding Midlands towns and villages of North Tipperary and South Offaly. We are also connected through youth circus networks across Ireland and Europe. Our project provides an exciting programme of weekly circus activities, creates regular performances for parades, festivals and theatres, involves young people in trips and exchanges, and runs peer education and leadership programmes for older members. Our outreach work has developed to offer workshop programmes in schools and youth groups throughout the Midlands region.

Find out more about our mission and goals here!
Read our strategy and annual reports here!

We’d love you to consider joining us as part-time Operations Manager, to support the team and lead the implementation of our strategic ambitions.


The Operations Manager will work closely with the Artistic Director and Cloughjordan Community Circus team on the effective delivery of our artistic vision and strategic development according to Strategic Plan 2020 – 2025. The Operations Manager will ensure the ongoing running of the organisation while it’s growing and developing – working closely with the Artistic Director particularly in areas of organisational capacity and sustainability as well as having areas of discrete responsibility. The Operations Manager will oversee administration, finance, compliance, staffing (relating to the organisational / administrative team), implementation and upkeep of systems to record documentation, monitoring and evaluations, funding applications and reporting, all internal and some external communications.


The ideal candidate will be an expert communicator with an ability to collaborate with colleagues and a wide range of external community and local authority partners. They will have experience of managing an arts organisation or similar community focused organisation with an understanding of governance and best practice required for publicly funded charitable organisations. They should have an understanding of how the arts can impact in a youth and social context and an ability to communicate this in written and verbal interactions. Ultimately, the operations manager should be driven by a desire to lead our company to maximum productivity and efficiency while achieving our company objectives as set out in our Strategic Development Plan. This role is part-time with a maximum of 20 hours per week, with at least 1 day per week in Cloughjordan.


We are currently funded by Arts Council through the Arts Grants Programme to which we apply annually. In addition we receive regular support from Tipperary Co Co Arts Office through their Arts Act Scheme; Festival and Events Scheme and from our local Creative Ireland. Each year we also receive support from a variety of charitable trusts and foundations which has included Arts and Business / Bank of Ireland Begin Together Fund, Ireland Funds, Community Foundation. In addition we nurture partnerships with national sector organisations for collaborative projects and seek funding collectively.


Please submit the following by email:

  • A detailed CV outlining suitability for the role and all relevant experience;
  • A letter of application;
  • Contact details for two professional referees

Applications should be submitted by email to Artistic Director / CEO Joanna Williams joanna@cloughjordancircusclub.ie

Application Deadline: 5pm on Friday 23rd June 2023
Interviews: Week of 3rd July 2023

Download full job description here!


If you are interested in taking part in our classes contact us

E-mail: bookings@cloughjordancircusclub.ie
Phone: 086 373 5232