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31 March 2022

Job Title: FRINGE LAB & Artistic Assistant
Reporting To: Artistic Projects Manager
We’re looking for: An individual to manage FRINGE LAB operations and work as administrator for the Artistic department.

ABOUT THE ROLE:
Dublin Fringe Festival is a year-round organisation that is a home to artists and a platform for brand new work across every discipline. It is a thriving community that celebrates bold ideas and brave performing arts every September, marking its 28th edition in 2022, September 10 - 25. 

As FRINGE LAB & Artistic Assistant of Dublin Fringe Festival, you are a key member of our year-round team. Your job is dynamic, interpersonal, creative and administrative; mixing all the best parts of project management, artist support and bringing Fringe’s bold creative vision to life. 

You oversee the administration and operations of Fringe’s year-round artist support programme, managing all aspects of the facility and artist interaction and serve as their primary point of contact in our building in Temple Bar. You coordinate FRINGE LAB scheduling and overall operations as it relates to artists. Additionally, you support the Artistic department in the programming and execution of the Festival. You will meet and work closely with hundreds of members of Ireland’s independent performing arts community and foster ties with visiting international artists. When it comes to detail management, you’re beyond thorough: you take pride in never missing a beat. You are the first point of contact between Fringe and artists on an ongoing basis. We see this position as ambassador, host, problem-solver, cheerleader and keeper of knowledge.
This role is busy, rewarding and hands on. Fringe HQ is an exciting place and will connect you with practitioners from across the country. The FRINGE LAB & Artistic Assistant works closely with the Artistic Projects Manager and Artistic Director/CEO throughout the programming cycle for our annual September festival. You are responsible for the launch and collection of applications, participating in and tracking curatorial decisions, and the care and hosting of international artists during the event.

You are knowledgeable and passionate about the performing arts and cultural life in Dublin and in Ireland. You’re imaginative, curious and eager to bring your perspective to Fringe’s work. Your job invites you to advance the role of the performing arts in Ireland and positively impact the lives and livelihoods of artists. You’ll do it alongside of one of the most skilled, dynamic, supportive and hard-working teams in Ireland.

ABOUT DUBLIN FRINGE FESTIVAL
Dublin Fringe Festival is home to brave ideas, bold performing arts and adventurous audiences. Each year we present a curated, multi-disciplinary festival focusing on new and innovative approaches to the arts. A year-round organisation, Dublin Fringe supports the development and presentation of new work by Irish and International artists of vision, nurturing artistic ambition and excellence across a range of art forms. An active curator, Dublin Fringe Festival provides an environment in which participating artists challenge, subvert and invigorate their disciplines and practice. Dublin Fringe Festival provides a context for work and demands audience engagement and dialogue. The scale and environment of the festival broadens arts participation, playing a vital role in the fabric of Dublin’s cultural life. FRINGE LAB provides year-round practical and artistic support, responding to the needs of both developing and established artists, technicians, producers and practitioners. FRINGE LAB is both a space and a platform of activities for training and learning. FRINGE LAB rehearsal studios, private office space and drop in facilities, are used by over 200+ companies for 10,000+ hours annually.

WHAT THE ROLE ENTAILS:
FRINGE LAB Administration and Operations
● Coordinate the daily operations of FRINGE LAB, including but not limited to scheduling of spaces, reception for all guests in the building, financial and user tracking, and facility and equipment maintenance.
● Act as the point of contact for all FRINGE LAB inquiries and bookings via phone and email.
● Foster and maintain relationships with new and existing clientele for rental of Studio 2 including corporate and non-profit bookings and developing the use of Studio 1 for public events.
● Manage an annual budget and generate and track all invoices for FRINGE LAB, reporting to the General Manager. Responsible for delivery on an annual sales goal for FRINGE LAB.
● Responsible for managing all building access by artists and clients ensuring security and safety at all times.
● Ensure cleanliness and technical needs of FRINGE LAB (two studios, the Workstation and Artists’ Office, kitchen) and provide support to artists and clients when required.
● Work with the Artistic Projects Manger to oversee the FRINGE LAB Programme, including the Artists’ Office residency, Hot Desk programme, and FRINGE LAB Associate Company, coordinating the application process and scheduling, as well as follow up meetings and reporting.
● Work with the Artistic Projects Manager to deliver a year-round programme of events ensuring an efficient and well managed chain of communication to the Festival team.
● Host and co-ordinate events including but not limited to workshops, training, Fringe FUSE scratch performances, Elevenses and other networking events both on location in FRINGE LAB, online and offsite.
● Collaborate with the Marketing department on all artistic events including web updates, social media and press.
● Administrate and contribute to curation of FRINGE LAB social media accounts and monthly newsletter.

Festival
● Provide administrative support as needed to the Artistic Director/CEO and General Manager.
● Provide the Artistic team full administrative support during the application launch, programme construction, and delivery period.
● Maintain a database of all applicants.
● Draft and deliver artist communications.
● Track, download and file all application and support material.
● Coordinate travel, accommodation, and general logistic information for international artists.
● Coordinate all staff and artist passes and other Festival hosting materials.
● Oversee Festival Judges’ ticketing in coordination with the Artistic Projects Manager and the box office.
● Assist with the filing and archive of all programming material and feedback to artists.
● Assist the Artistic Director/CEO & Artistic Projects Manager with programming decisions and considerations.

Other Duties
● Other duties as required.
● Fringe HQ is an active place with a small team year-round. At different points of the festival cycle, you’ll be expected to provide support to your colleagues, to the building and to the artists that work there.

PERSON SPECIFICATION
Essential
● Excellent organisational skills with proven ability to multitask and work to tight deadlines.
● Rigorous attention to detail and good problems solving abilities.
● Superior time management skills. You can handle a high volume workload year-round with peaks during festival time.
● Willingness to work flexible hours when necessary to support delivery of events.
● Knowledge of / passion for the arts within Ireland and internationally.
● Superior communication and interpersonal skills, ability to work in a busy open-plan office environment.
● Experience managing and reporting on budgets and overseeing purchasing.
● Basic understanding of artistic processes and artist development.
● Excellent and proven computer skills with knowledge of all Microsoft applications including Word, Excel, and Google Docs.
● Literacy in digital marketing basics: web updates, email marketing and social media.
● A personality that thrives on working as part of a tightly knit team and a good sense of humour, curiosity and drive.

Desirable
● At least two years’ experience in arts administration and production.
● Experience in the technical, design and/or stage management aspects of live performance production, event planning and/or experience working with a festival.
● Strong knowledge base of venues and events in Dublin and Ireland.
● Connections to at least two fields of the cultural sector (eg: theatre, music, comedy, circus, film, dance, cuisine, design, publishing, literature, architecture, etc.)

TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT
● The position is for a one-year contract and includes a 6 month probationary period.
● This is a full-time position of 5 days a week, with the normal working day being 40 hours per week, 9:45am to 5:45pm including lunch break.
● It is understood that at times you may be expected to work such hours as are necessary to support the workload in question.
● The position holds an entitlement of 20 days holiday per year, plus all public holidays.
● The position is based in Dublin Fringe Festival, Sycamore Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.
Salary: €26,000-€28,000 per annum commensurate with experience

HOW TO APPLY
To apply for this position please send a CV detailing your experience and a cover letter to recruit@fringefest.com and addressed to Bee Sparks, Artistic Projects Manager. Your application will be treated with the strictest of confidence.
● Closing Date for applications is 27 April 2022 at 5pm.
● Interviews will be held week of 2 May 2022.
● The position will ideally commence on Tuesday 28 June 2022.
● Only candidates shortlisted for interview will be contacted.

Dublin Fringe Festival is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. Dublin Fringe Festival is committed to a diverse workplace, and to supporting our staff with ongoing career development opportunities. We particularly encourage applications from members of groups who are underrepresented in the cultural sector. Dublin Fringe Festival is core funded by the Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaíon and Dublin City Council.