Appointment as Chairperson to the Board of the Arts Council

The Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht invites applications from suitably qualified candidates to Chair the Board of the Arts Council.

The principal duties of the Chair under the Arts Councils Standing Orders are to

Ensure that the Council has clear objectives, strategies and plans
Ensure the orderly operation of the Council, including compliance with its statutory obligations and accepted best practice
Be the primary link between the Council and the Director and between the Council and the Minister
Represent the Council.

The successful candidate, as part of the Board of the Arts Council will be required to attend a Corporate Governance & The Employment Equality Act workshop provided for by the Department of Culture, Heritage & the Gaeltacht.


Under Section 11 of the Arts Act 2003 members of the Council must, in the opinion of the Minister, have a special interest or knowledge in relation to the arts or matters connected with the functions of the Minister or the Council.  The Council has a statutory gender balance requiring that not less than 6 of them shall be men and not less than 6 shall be women.
In addition to meeting this statutory requirement, the skills/experience outlined below are required.

Candidates for this role must demonstrate in their application evidence of the following: -

Leadership experience at a sufficiently senior level which demonstrates the ability to chair a Board
Understanding and knowledge of the role of a state agency
Understanding and knowledge of the arts sector in Ireland
Experience of best practice governance and compliance practices

Please note, the closing date for applications is 15:00 on Friday 29th March 2019

1940910_Chair Arts Council Final information booklet (3).pdf