Programmes and Development Director – closing 30 Sept

It is an exciting time to join Belfast Community Circus School. The new role of Programmes and Development Director will play a huge part in helping us to achieve our new vision and mission and ensure high quality project/programme management.

A bit about us

Over the past three years we have focused on listening to our circus family and key stakeholders about what they think our strengths are and where we can do more. Out of that work we identified the need to rebrand and redefine our purpose.

It’s really important to us that the people who love us have been part of that journey and continue to be part of that journey as we:

  • build on the past 35 years
  • understand the now, and
  • propel ourselves into the future.

Over the last 18 months we have been working hard to develop a new strategy and make internal changes so that we have the right people in the right roles to implement our strategy until 2025.

We’re proud of the work we have done to get us to here and we believe we can hold our heads high as we continue to develop BCCS with our history, brand, vision, mission and values at the centre of everything we do.


A 21st Century where streets, hearts and minds are filled with the wonder and colour of circus.


We support people to surprise themselves through circus. We meet them where they are, have fun and create a community together.

Role purpose

The purpose of this role is to lead on the following areas and support the team to develop the skills and confidence to do the same in a way that is commensurate with their role:

  • Design, develop, implement and evaluate an appropriate Project and Programme Management function across the work of BCCS, Premiere Circus and Festival of Fools.
  • Demonstrate excellent approaches to planning, delivery and evaluation.
  • Capture, share and learn from our evaluation and impact data at a strategic and cross organisational level.
  • Build relationships with partner organisations to support income generation and business development.
  • Lead on the completion of funding applications for both project and core funding, collate the monitoring requirements and submit reports as necessary.
  • Support the Programmes and Development Manager to deliver their role and work effectively across the team.
  • Support the CEO to ensure great governance, clear decision making and effective business development across all three organisations.

Key Facts:

  • Who this role reports to: CEO
  • Who this role manages/supports: Programmes and Development Manager/Cross team working.
  • Hours per week: 30hrs per week, negotiable
  • Salary: PO5 – £41,881 – £44,863 full time equivalent. So the salary payable will be pro rata.
  • Holidays: 25 days per annum – pro rata and subject to review. + Bank/Public holidays.
  • Contract Term: Permanent, subject to funding. Probationary period of 6 months applies.
  • Location: Some time will need to be spent in our Circus School in Belfast. Some time can also be spent working remotely as needed/determined by the task.
  • How this role is funded: Belfast City Council, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, Unrestricted funding.

Lead responsibilities:

  • Project/Programme Management
  • Organisational Development and Planning
  • Evaluation/Impact Capture/Story Telling
  • Income Generation
  • Governance Support
  • Line management of the Programmes and Development Manager and the Projects and Programmes Officer.

What this role will be doing

The Programmes and Development Director will play a pivotal role in delivering across our strategic goals. This job description should be read in conjunction with the Strategic Plan 2021-2025.

This role holder has lead responsibility for some areas of work (see above) and works in partnership with others (within and beyond the salaried/freelance team) to develop, deliver and evaluate broader areas of our work. All known areas of work are captured below, however as a new role we expect the detail of the responsibilities and nature of the role to change overtime as the role becomes established.

To apply

Go to the link below at to download the PDF with the full job description and person specification, together with details of how to apply and next steps etc.

Programmes and Development Director

For a confidential conversation about the role/our new strategy please email to arrange a time to talk.

Deadline for receipt of applications is: 11:59pm, Thursday 30 September 2021

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New Belfast Community Arts Initiative trading as Community Arts Partnership is a registered charity (XR 36570) and a company limited by guarantee (Northern Ireland NI 37645).Registered with The Charity Commission as New Belfast Community Arts Initiative - NIC105169.