Northern Ireland Programme Manager (Contract Position – 3 Years)

Visual Artists Ireland is now seeking applications for the position of Northern Ireland Programme Manager. This is a contact position and will be assigned for a period of 3 years, with the potential for renewal based on performance.

Visual Artists Ireland is in a constant state of renewal so that we can be relevant and timely in the supports that we offer to visual artists as well as being current in the research and on the ground stories that inform our advocacy work. The Northern Ireland Programme Manager is one of our key and most important roles and will lead on a new three year project which will see “A New Narrative for Northern Ireland’s Visual Artists

A narrative reflects a shared view of how our society works. It outlines and understands structures, how they are used, and the key characters who support what can be termed the dominant narrative. It is clear that multiple narratives exist in Northern Ireland. Therefore, acknowledging that Northern Ireland artists have experienced so many changes and challenges in recent years, VAI seeks to be a positive influence on artists lives. We look to a socially developed narrative that, constructed with the understanding of the multiple narratives that influence artists lives, enhances the professional life of visual artists.

The role will work with our team, Visual Artists Ireland members, and our stakeholders to:


Articulate the new narrative that we are working towards.


Identify stakeholders to connect with, and find ways to express the narrative that are meaningful to all who need to adopt it.


Drive forward with initiatives, research, and interventions that put our narrative into practice and have it adopted widely.

This position is challenging and holds many moments of satisfaction for the right person, as it builds on the strong work undertaken by our previous Northern Ireland Manager. The Northern Ireland Programme Manager will be part of a team of highly focussed professionals, and will work directly with:

  • Advocacy & Advice: to design and deliver on VAI’s theme of “A New Narrative for Northern Ireland’s Artists”. Deliver Help Desk support for visual artists in Northern Ireland in collaboration with VAI staff working in this area. The position will also keep up to date on VAI’s advocacy areas in Northern Ireland and act as VAI’s representative in collaboration with VAI’s CEO.
  • Services Design & Delivery: to contribute to the planning and delivery of VAI services in Northern Ireland by representing the interests of Northern Ireland visual artists and visual arts organisations and groups.
  • News Provision: to provide regular updates and provide Northern Ireland specific news in VAI publications.
  • Membership Development: to contribute to the development of VAI’s membership in Northern Ireland and ensure that VAI’s services are both timely and relevant.
  • Impact Measurement: work with the person in charge of Impact Measurement to ensure that VAI’s service delivery is constantly reviewed, enhanced, and renewed.

This is a part time contract position of 3 days per week (Tues, Weds, Thurs) within our office on Royal Avenue, with regular visits to VAI’s main office in Dublin. The position will require an amount of travel around Northern Ireland, in keeping with VAI’s policy of being a part of the communities where artists live and work. This is also assisted by a comprehensive use of online media, and supported by online systems such as G Suite and Zoom.

Basic Microsoft Office Suite skills are necessary. As this is a position of trust, the successful candidate will also be able to demonstrate their ability to handle sensitive and confidential work on behalf of visual artists. They will have a good network of contacts, and be able to draw upon contacts outside of Northern Ireland so as to enhance the lives and services of VAI’s members.

The payment for this contact will be in keeping with VAI Salary Rate Level C (Pro Rata)

To Apply:

Please provided the details requested in the following form.

The deadline for applications is 6th September 2021 at 5:30pm

First interviews will take place in Mid-September.

Applications for this position are now closed.

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