Salary:  €75,000- €85,000 per annum, dependent on experience.

Employment:  Full-time, 40 hours per week.

Contract:  Permanent

Location:  Town Park, Tralee, Co Kerry

About Siamsa Tíre

For the last 50 years, Siamsa Tíre, the National Folk Theatre of Ireland, has been instrumental in preserving, sustaining, developing, and sharing Ireland’s cultural heritage.  With a main theatre and arts centre based in Tralee, complemented by a community-based programme of arts and education events in Co Kerry, Siamsa Tíre has built a strong identity in promoting traditional Irish folk culture through music, song, dance, and theatre to local, national and international audiences.

Siamsa Tíre is now at a pivotal point in its history, with a vision and plan in place that takes the company in a new direction this year.  The National Folk Theatre is returning to its roots in the community whilst the Theatre and Arts Centre in Tralee will become the prime, regional, go-to location for culture and entertainment in Kerry, offering a more diverse and inclusive programme of both traditional and contemporary arts to a wider audience.

An exciting opportunity has arisen to lead Siamsa Tíre, as CEO, in achieving this vision.

About the role

The CEO is the most senior role at Siamsa Tíre and will be responsible for the strategic development, vision and artistic direction of the company, the overall business and financial practice of the organisation, management and staffing, fundraising, relationship management and promotion of the organisation.

The successful candidate will work closely with the Siamsa Tíre board, staff, and partners to:

  • Implement a new strategy and plan which protects the legacy and essence of Siamsa Tire whilst developing a new artistic programme that increases and diversifies the audience base.
  • Establishes Siamsa Tíre as a year-round regional hub for the arts, embedding it as an integral part of place-making and community well-being in Kerry.
  • Delivers a fundraising strategy to maximise and diversify income streams to secure Siamsa Tíre’s long-term future.

To succeed in this role, it is essential that you are:

  • An experienced and visionary leader, with a background in the arts, who brings a combination of artistic, business and financial acumen.
  • A people person who can encourage, influence, and communicate in a way that ensures an environment that is collaborative and solutions-focused.
  • An authentic leader who has gravitas and is emotionally intelligent, self-motivated, energetic, enterprising, innovative and brings a “can do” attitude.
  • Someone who is passionate about both traditional and contemporary arts, and who sees the potential and opportunity that the new mission and vision for Siamsa Tire represents.
  • The ability to be agile and flexible, to adapt to change and evolving services with resilience, and to alter one’s personal leadership style when required.


To apply for this position, fill out this form to get the full job description, candidate information pack, and application details.

If you have further questions, email using Siamsa Tíre — Chief Executive Officer as the subject of your email.

The recruitment campaign for this position is being managed exclusively on behalf of Siamsa Tíre by non-profit specialist recruitment consultancy CCI Executive Search.

It is CCI’s policy to ensure that as much accommodation as possible is provided to facilitate the participation of individuals with special needs in the recruitment process and the workplace. If you require any specific accommodations, please let us know.

Deadline for applications: 24/04/2024 15:00

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Date Posted: 28 March 2024
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