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Programme Manager

  • Full Time
  • Anywhere

Website The Stinging Fly

The Stinging Fly are looking for a programme manager who will help them plan and deliver their annual programme of activities. This is a new, full-time position. Applications will close on February 20th and they hope that the successful candidate will be able to start working with The Stinging Fly in March.

Job Description


Working closely with the Publisher/CEO, and liaising with colleagues across our small team, the Programme Manager will play a key role in planning and delivering The Stinging Fly’s annual programme of activities.

This is a new role in the organisation. While applicants with experience working in publishing or the wider arts sector are welcome, the position may also suit someone new to the sector who possesses the relevant skills and personal qualities. We will seek to provide a suitable candidate with additional training where necessary.

We anticipate that the successful candidate will contribute to the ongoing development of the organisation.

The Programme Manager will:

  • Work closely with the Publisher/CEO, Editor-at-Large and Magazine Editor to plan and deliver the annual programme of activities
  • Help oversee the annual programming budget, adhering to internal financial procedures and policies
  • Help plan annual calendar of online and in-person events in line with our strategic priorities
  • Prepare bimonthly progress reports for Publisher/CEO and board
  • Attend weekly team meetings, updating colleagues on current and planned activities
  • Assist members of the editorial team in preparing work for publication, both in print (books & magazines) and online
  • Source external freelance contributors to deliver activities as required
  • Source venues and organise logistics for in-person events
  • Ensure all necessary arrangements are in place for the smooth running of each activity, developing contingency options as required
  • Assist with promotion of activities via website, email newsletter and social media
  • Provide information and assistance to those participating in our programme of activities and to programme and project leaders
  • Ensure invoices are received and processed for payment
  • Collect and collate feedback from participants across the full range of activities

Role Requirements:

  • Be able to carry out confidently the responsibilities outlined above
  • Be a self-starter with strong organisational skills, in order to ensure deadlines are met and project budgets are maintained
  • Strong interpersonal skills: the ideal candidate will be friendly, professional and able to work with a wide variety of people across the full range of our activities
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, with the ability to produce clear reports for a variety of audiences
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office (MS Word and MS Excel in particular)

The following are desirable, but not essential:

  • Project management experience
  • Proficiency in WordPress, InDesign and Adobe Acrobat
  • Strong proofreading skills

Terms and Conditions:

  • The position will initially be a full-time 3-year contract with a 6-month probation period. The successful candidate will be resident in the Republic of Ireland.
  • The proposed start date is as soon as possible, ideally in March 2023.
  • The Programme Manager will work remotely for the most part, with a need to be available to attend key events and meetings in Dublin throughout the calendar year.
  • The post holder will be expected to work 40 hours per week (including one hour paid lunch break per day). The weekly work schedule is flexible and will be agreed in consultation with the CEO upon appointment. The post holder will be expected to undertake occasional evening and weekend work as necessitated by the work programme.
  • A gross salary of €36,000 per annum will be paid.
  • A matching pension contribution of 5% of gross salary per month will commence upon completion of the 6-month probationary period.

How To Apply:

Email your cover letter and CV to Declan Meade, Publisher/CEO (preferably in one combined document) at, with PROGRAMME MANAGER in the subject line, before 5pm on Monday February 20th 2022.

The cover letter should detail your fit for the role and your interest in The Stinging Fly. Please provide two written references.

The Stinging Fly CLG is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates. All applicants will be notified by February 27th and interviews will be held in person in Dublin on Tuesday March 7th. The position will be subject to any necessary reference checks.

About Us:

The Stinging Fly’s mission is to seek out, nurture, publish and promote the very best new writers and new writing.

We published the first issue of our magazine in March 1998 and we continue to publish two issues every year. While the magazine remains central to who we are and what we do, The Stinging Fly now also delivers an ambitious programme of other activities, all of which are informed by our mission.

We publish one or two books per year under The Stinging Fly Press imprint. We host a busy online platform featuring a podcast series, a monthly fiction series and regular essays and reviews. Our writer development programme currently includes our bespoke mentoring programme, an annual summer school, two 6-month fiction workshops, and an online seminar series.

We are funded by The Arts Council and receive additional support from the T.S. Eliot Foundation. More information can be found here.

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