We Are Hiring a Coordinator for ‘Across the Lines’

The Glens Centre seeks a Coordinator for “Across the Lines”, an ambitious new cross border and cross community programme using cultural activities to promote community development and cohesion in Leitrim and Fermanagh. The project is funded by the International Fund for Ireland.

We are looking for an imaginative, energetic, highly skilled and well organised person with relevant work experience to do this demanding but rewarding job.

The Glens Centre is a small, vibrant arts centre in Manorhamilton, Co Leitrim. Based in the town’s old Methodist church, at the Glens we offer a wide range of artistic and cultural activities including performances of music, theatre and literature. We also provide space for groups to meet, for choirs to practise, and for performers to rehearse. We offer state of the art recording facilities for musicians, as well as music, drama and art classes. We are open to all and provide our services at affordable prices in a community that faces economic challenges. We are funded by the Arts Council and Leitrim County Council.

Job Description

“Across the Lines” is an exciting new initiative led by the Glens Centre and funded by the International Fund for Ireland through its Peace Impact Programme. The overall aim is to further peace, prosperity and good relationships between communities, groups and individuals in this border region. Led by a Steering Group drawn from local community based groups, “Across the Lines” will deliver a number of innovative projects.

These include:

  • “She Can Be Anything” – a development programme for young women, in conjunction with the North Leitrim Women’s Centre
  • “We Are Strong” – a life story telling project for men, in conjunction with the North Leitrim Men’s Group [this project commences mid May 2017]
  • A Creative Industries skills training programme for young people run by the Glens Centre
  • “The Other Side of the Tracks” – a participative theatre project about the Sligo-Enniskillen railway line, with the participation of Kabosh, the Belfast based site specific theatre company and other local theatre groups and historical societies
  • “Songlines Along the Border” – a research and creative project in conjunction with local schools, musicians and others.

The Coordinator:

  • will set up an advisory steering group consisting of the Glens Centre and its partners in the “Across the Lines” programme
  • will organise and facilitate meetings of the steering group
  • will work on behalf of the Glens Centre to plan, set up and oversee the delivery by programme partners of a range of cross community and cross border projects
  • will work with a diverse range of groups, trainers, artists, musicians and others and will have overall responsibility for ensuring the smooth running of all projects and for ensuring that all projects are working on a cross border and cross community basis, promoting diversity and respecting the equality of all participants.
  • will organise marketing and publicity work to ensure that “Across the Lines” gains an appropriate public profile
  • will ensure that all legal requirements are met in both jurisdictions
  • will ensure that all Glens Centre policies, notably those involving Child Protection and Health and Safety, are adhered to within all projects
  • will run “Across the Lines” in accordance with the good governance principles required by the Board of the Glens Centre, and in keeping with the regulations set down by the IFI
  • will undertake training as required to gain new skills
  • will be willing to be flexible, undertaking on occasion other tasks outside of job description if required
  • will be willing to work flexible hours including evenings and weekends


The coordinator will work for 28 hours a week and the salary is €25,282 gross. A Technical Coordinator will be employed alongside the coordinator on a part time basis, and a part time Administrator/Finance officer will also be employed. Staff at the Glens Centre will provide back-up support. The coordinator will be required to take initiative and will have a considerable degree of autonomy but will report to the Director of the Glens Centre as overall governance for the project rests with the Board of the Glens Centre.

The candidate we are looking for will have:

  • at least 3 years of relevant work experience at a senior level in the field of community development/peace building/community arts or related areas
  • previous experience of working on a cross community/cross border basis or of work involving the promotion of diversity and equality in community settings
  • third level education would be an advantage
  • excellent communication skills and ability to work with diverse range of people
  • project management skills
  • capacity building skills
  • good report writing skills
  • advanced administrative skills including ability to handle finances and budgets
  • confidence in use of computers and office software
  • driver’s license and own transport

The Coordinator will be based at the Glens Centre in Manorhamilton and will be required to travel, mainly within Leitrim and Fermanagh.

Closing date for applications is 12 noon on 11 May 2017. Shortlisted candidates will be notified on or by 16 May. Interviews will be held on 23 May. Please supply the names of 2 referees including if possible your present employer. Appointment will be subject to good references and to Garda vetting rules. Please send a letter of application along with a copy of your CV by email to with subject IFI Co-ordinator application.

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