Design, Project Manager - Design & Crafts Council Ireland

Posted 01.03.23

If you have project management experience with a genuine interest and/or involvment in the Arts, then this is an opportunity that you should not pass.

Job Purpose:

The role reports directly to the Head of Design. The successful candidate will be charged with planning and management of design projects within DCCI. They will support the Head of Design by contributing to the strategic goals and KPIs of the department.

Essential Functions/Responsibilities:

Scope out activities to be covered by both the design and craft portfolios within the organisation.
Support the Head of Design to scope and deliver Design Week.
Develop and manage other Design Week type programmes (one week-long programmes) throughout the year to raise awareness of DCCI and the industry.
Support the Head of Design to plan, promote and execute the “Irish Business Design Challenge” initiative.
Liaise with third parties (e.g. LEO and EI) in order to successfully host The Irish Business Design Challenge (IBDC).
Manage relationships with design partners (e.g. IDI and NCAD) to grow awareness and relationships within the design community.
Support the Head of Design with international mentoring for clients.
Manage, promote, recruit for, and develop Irish Design Portfolio and Irish Craft Portfolio – a programme which aims to grow the reputations and potential of design across all major disciplines of contemporary design.
Deliver any other reasonable duties and responsibilities, as required.

Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s):

This role is responsible for supporting the Head of Design to deliver on Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) within DCCI.The Design Project Manager will support the Head of Design in monitoring and delivering performance against the Design Department KPIs which cover:

Delivery of Design Week annually
Target footfall for Design Week annually
Number of submitted IBDC applications
Number of clients committed to sustainability certification
Number of design-led projects and challenges per year
Target number of new design clients per year
Number of clients with potential to employ > 9 staff
Number of applications to the Portfolio programme annually

Person Specification:

At DCCI we work to develop a team-oriented workplace where individual contribution is also highly valued. We are looking for a like-minded, motivated person who wants to achieve and demonstrate their full potential for the benefit of our agency and community, someone who appreciates craft and design, and helping passionate businesses grow. We have a preference for people with ambition and who can align their personal career growth with DCCI’s goals. Our organisation is a place where the right people can make a real difference and see their efforts rewarded.

Experience and competencies:

Third level qualification in Business, Marketing, or other relevant degree.
3+ years’ experience in a similar role.
Recognised ability to effectively lead and manage change, keeping internal and external stakeholder engaged and involved with the strategic implementation.
Excellent people manager, with skills in developing and motivating a team.
Appreciation of the value of creativity in the workplace to delivergoals.
Strong skills to communicate effectively with stakeholders to promote the goals of DCCI.
Knowledge of and a passion for the Irish craft and design marketplace is preferred, however not required.
The ability to provide clear, succinct information to stakeholders in a timely manner.
The ability to work on one’s own initiative, manage agreed goals and work well within a team environment.
Problem solving and decision-making skills.
Experience representing an organisation, showing professionalism in terms of attendance, punctuality, personal appearance, and adherence to relevant health and safety procedures.
Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, etc.) is required.
Having a second European language is desirable.
Travel will be required on occasion across Ireland andinternationally.
Full driver’s licence.

For more information please call Damien Mccleane at Hartley People, for more details.

Due to the volume of expected applications, it may be prudent to attach a cover letter as it may not be possible to reply to each applicant without relevant professional experience outlined on a C.V.

Hartley People Recruitment work to the highest ethical standards within our industry and we value the trust that you place in us when you send your CV to us. We can provide a full consultation in confidence, and we guarantee that your CV will not be sent to any of our clients without your prior consent.

Due to the volume of applicants we are currently receiving it may not be possible to reply to each applicant. Please read the Job description carefully as experience of key responsibilities is essential.


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