Graffiti are seeking a highly motivated individual for the role of Creative Learning Co-Ordinator to create high quality theatre based workshops and lead our Creative Learning Team and Youth Theatre in an exciting new stage in the Company’s development.


Post: Creative Learning Co-Ordinator
:  Graffiti Theatre Company
Creative Learning
Line Manager:
Artistic Director & General Manager of Graffiti Theatre Company
Reports to
: Artistic Director
Reports from:
Participants, Staff, Stakeholders
Responsible for:
Delivering the work of Graffiti Theatre Company’s Creative Learning
department in schools, outreach and in community settings. Leading Activate Youth Theatre and developing and supporting its Youth Council.

Job Description:

To work with the Artistic Director of Graffiti Theatre Company to design and deliver Creative Learning Programmes with:  Activate Youth Theatre, Graffiti’s Creative Learning Team and Fighting Words at Graffiti. Designing and delivering theatre based workshops in partnership with primary and post primary schools, cultural institutes and festivals.  Creating opportunities for children and young people to participate in excellent creative learning programmes.  To support children and young people in their participation and exploration of theatre and the creative arts, linked to Graffiti Theatre’s Artistic Programme and strategy guided by our core values of Inclusion, Innovation, Integrity, Imagination and Accessibility.

The Creative Learning Co-ordinator is expected to work across all areas of the Company’s programme. It is an exciting time to join the Graffiti as we continue our journey following an Operational and Strategic Review. This is a busy and creative job in a hectic and sometimes pressurised environment.

The Creative Learning team includes freelance theatre practitioners and facilitators and  youth Theatre leaders.  The successful candidate will work as part of team including the BEAG Coordinator (Early Years, Fighting Words Volunteers and Core Staff).

Individual Responsibilities:


  • To contribute to the delivery and operational development of the Creative Learning Programme.
  • To work with the Artistic Director and external partners to plan, prepare and deliver a programme of exciting and inclusive theatre/drama projects for and with young people, of all ages, and diverse communities.
  • To plan and deliver high quality drama workshops and projects in primary and post primary schools, community settings and with cultural institutes.
  • To plan and deliver a yearly programme of youth theatre workshops and direct youth theatre productions with children and young people aged 10 to 18.
  • To deliver drama projects for children and young people in both primary and post primary schools.
  • To work with a wide age range of participants in formal and informal settings.
  • To lead and develop the youth theatre council.
  • To assist in the delivery of the Young Playwrights Programme.


  • To administrate projects to the highest possible standards including record keeping and communication.
  • To assist with work experience and placement programmes.
  • To contribute to new fundraising initiatives and new income stream opportunities.
  • To contribute to the evaluation of projects for funders.
  • To be an ambassador for Graffiti Theatre in the local community and at regional/national cultural learning networks.
  • To maintain a strong working relationship with the Communications team, ensuring that accurate and timely information is provided so that all activities are suitably publicised, newsworthy activity is profiled and that young people and community participants inform marketing strategy and web content where appropriate.
  • To maintain an up-to-date awareness of the subject area, educational/industry advances, and personal and professional development.
  • To ensure that all sessions are carried out in a safe environment in compliance with the Theatre’s Health and Safety and Child Safeguarding policies.


  • Support the management of budgets set by the General Manager and log all petty cash expenditure, material and travel expenses.



  • To attend regular weekly staff meetings and keep team updated on activities.
  • To attend training courses and development opportunities as required.
  • To work within, promote and comply with current legislation and Graffiti Theatre’s policies and practices, including on Equality, Inclusion, Child Safeguarding and Health & Safety both in the delivery of services and the treatment of others.
  • The Health and Safety at Work Act and other associated legislation places responsibility for the Health and Safety of all employees. Therefore, it is the post holder’s responsibility to take reasonable care for the Health, Safety and Welfare of him/herself and other employees in accordance with legislation and the company’s Health and Safety Policy.
  • Play an integrated role in the company through pro-active and regular communication – both formal and informal – with other staff.
  • All employees are expected to take positive action to promote Equal Opportunities in all aspects of the work of Graffiti Theatre.
  • The above duties may involve having access to information of a confidential nature that may be covered by the General Data Protection Regulation. Confidentiality must be maintained at all times.
  • Occasional travel outside Cork as required.
  • To always act in the interests of Graffiti Theatre.
  • Complete any other delegated task that may assist the Company in achieving its business objectives. Such tasks will not be of an unreasonable nature and shall be commensurate with the level of the post
  • The above accountabilities are not exhaustive and may vary without changing the character of the job or level of responsibility.


Person specification: Essential

    • At least three years’ experience of creating, planning, developing and delivering theatre projects for young people in a youth theatre or community setting.
    • Experience of directing youth theatre productions with a large cast.
    • Experience of delivering workshops in schools/colleges.
    • Skills in time management and a positive attitude in the face of multiple demands.
    • An understanding of contemporary theatre and drama practice.
    • The ability to work with initiative, flair and creativity.
    • Excellent organisational and communication skills.
    • The flexibility to deal with participants with a wide range of needs and backgrounds.
    • The ability to liaise with external organisations and relevant groups.
    • Administrative skills, including basic computing and database skills, report writing, and other requirements of project planning and delivery.
    • Proficiency in the use of Word, Outlook and Excel and willingness to learn other computer packages used by the theatre.
    • Flexibility and willingness to embrace change.
    • Excellent team worker, supporting the work of colleagues as well as inviting support and input in return.
    • Knowledge of safeguarding issues, particularly in relation to vulnerable young people.


    • Experience of working in a producing theatre.
    • Full clean driving license.
    • Experience of working with young people and adults with learning disabilities.
    • Working knowledge of the educational system.


Terms and Conditions:

  • This is a part time post and hours of work will be as many as may be required to meet the requirements of the post but are not less than 20 hours per week.
  • There will be regular evening and weekend work and some work away from base. The post- holder will be expected to offer reasonable flexibility in their working arrangements where it is considered necessary to undertake the duties they have been employed to perform.
  • The Salary will commensurate with skills and experience
  • No overtime is payable although time off in lieu (in accordance with the theatre’s policy) for additional hours will be given if approved in advance with the General Manager.
  • There is a 3-month probation period during which time the notice is 1 month. Upon confirmation of appointment after successful probationary period, the employee is required to give a minimum of 4 weeks written notice to the company and the company will give 1 week written notice to the employee. After 2 years’ service 1 additional week’s notice for each additional year of continuous service thereafter up to a maximum of 8 weeks.
  • Holiday as per standard for a part time position 8% of hours worked.
  • Graffiti Theatre’s staff handbook outlines the terms on sick pay, maternity leave/pay, paternity leave/pay, grievance/discipline and all other relevant staff matters.
  • On appointment, the successful candidate must be able to provide the correct documents as proof of their right to work in the EU.
  • The post is subject to the post holder having been Garda vetted.
  • Pension: Graffiti Theatre provides employees with access to a Pension scheme but does not make contributions.
  • Personal Accident Plan: Graffiti Theatre Group Personal Accident plan provides cover to all employees while in service.


Deadline for applications is 15thFebruary 2019

Interviews will be held Mid March

Please forward your CV with covering letter via post to:

Niall Cleary

CEO/Artistic Director

Graffiti Theatre Company

Assumption Road



Or email to: graffiti@eircom.netFor the attention of Niall Cleary



Background Information

Who is Graffiti Theatre Company:

Graffiti Theatre since its inception in  1984 has been at the forefront of theatre for and by children and young people. Based in its own premises in Blackpool Graffiti has continued to grow and adapt to provide a professional artistic experience for children from 0-18 years.


Graffiti Theatre believe that every child has the right to access excellent creative experiences regardless of socio or economic circumstances and that arts provision should be for children and young people as well as by children and young people.


We work in partnership with young people, professional artists and renowned cultural organisations to develop and deliver productions of excellence in theatre for young audience and youth theatre across Ireland.


We value theatre for young audiences by professional artists and are committed to openness, to looking outwards and sharing learning with partners and peers. We are a company, a space and a brand synonymous with quality work and deep engagement for and with young audiences. We nurture and develop pathways to creative expression and participation in theatre and the arts.