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Head of Craft and Education

Ref: 77033

  • Competitive
  • 23 Jun 2022
  • Retained

Job Title

Head of Craft and Education

About the Company

  • The Design and Crafts Council Ireland (DCCI) is the national agency for designers and makers in Ireland. We currently have 66 member organisations and over 3,500 registered clients.
  • We are funded by the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment and promote the commercial development of the design and craft sectors in Ireland. We support makers to develop and market their products.
  • Our vision is that the craft and design sectors increase their contribution to Ireland, economically, socially, and culturally by 2030.
  • Our mission is to support designers and makers to develop their businesses in a sustainable way, and advocate for the societal benefits of craft and design.
  • We work to develop a team-oriented workplace where individual contribution is highly valued. We are looking for a like-minded, motivated person who wants to achieve and demonstrate their full potential for the benefit of our agency and community – someone who is interested and passionate about craft and design and helping equally passionate businesses grow.
  • We have a preference for people with the talent, creativity and ambition to align their personal career growth with DCCI’s goals. Our organisation is a place where the right people can make a real difference and see their efforts rewarded.


About the Position

**Brightwater Executive is retained exclusively for this Head of Craft and Education role**

The role sits in the Executive Leadership Team and reports directly to the CEO.

The Head of Craft and Education role suits a driven and organised candidate with deep industry and market knowledge to lead the department and promote and grow the craft offering in Ireland. This role would also work closely with the Head of Commercial to promote Irish craft domestically and internationally.

Key Responsibilities 

  • Lead and Manage the Craft department of DCCI on a day-to-day basis.
  • Develop an annual operating plan that supports DCCI’s short-, medium- and long-term craft-oriented goals with the support and collaboration of the CEO.
  • Execute the strategic planning, budgeting, and decision-making process of the Craft department through close collaboration with other members of the DCCI Executive.
  • Develop and maintain the craft element of the Craft and Design Academy in collaboration with the Head of Design.
  • Responsible with other members of the DCCI Executive to oversee the governance of the Council.
  • Provide and facilitate GANS (Guild, Association, Networks & Societies) supports.
  • Plan & host a learning and development session for the sector to grow collective understanding of topics such as inclusion and diversity, while listening to the craft community, challenging DCCI’s thinking and sharing advice.
  • Deliver the RDS Irish Craft Bursary and manage the ongoing open call for funding towards Exhibition proposals.
  • Monitor and deliver interim and key performance indicators for the craft team.
  • Provide oversight to ensure the implementation of all health and safety across all areas of work within the team to ensure that all legal requirements are met.
  • Strategic development of EDT programmes for DCCI Stakeholders.
  • Further embed DCCI Centre of Excellence provision nationally.
  • Foster links with the crafts and design sector nationally and internationally to build relationships and identify best practice.
  • Ensure adherence to the principles of equality, diversity, and inclusion across all aspects of the Craft teams’ work.
  • Build sustainable education, training and development stakeholder relationships and develop new links as appropriate with education providers, other agencies, and industry partners.
  • Maintain high staff motivation and output levels across the team, including active implementation of the Performance Development process.
  • Ensure that continuous learning and development is undertaken through informal and formal learning and participation in the Performance Management and Development Review Process.
  • Cultivate good working relationships with other DCCI Executive members and contribute to the leadership and development of DCCI at a corporate level.
  • Monitor and deliver interim and key performance indicators for the craft team.
  • Conduct market research to identify business opportunities.

This role is responsible for Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) within DCCI. The Head of Craft and Education will be responsible for monitoring and delivering performance against KPIs including the following:

  • Number of new Craft Clients per year
  • Number of clients onboarded to Enterprise Ireland per year
  • Number of clients with potential to employ > 9 staff
  • Delivery of Local Enterprise Offices and Enterprise Ireland SLA elements related to Craft
  • Number of clients to go through the Craft Academy annually



  • Recognised as a champion for DCCI’s vision, mission, and values.
  • Proven ability to implement cross-sector strategies with defined KPIs, with preferably minimum five years’ experience leading and growing a commercial department.
  • Proven track record of delivering on set annual commercial targets.
  • Proven ability to provide effective leadership and management to motivate and develop people to achieve high performance through providing constructive feedback and monitoring success.
  • Recognised ability to effectively lead and manage change to keep all internal and external stakeholder engaged and involved with the strategic implementation.
  • Excellent people manager, with skills in developing and motivating a team.
  • Appreciation of the value of creativity in the workplace to deliver goals.
  • Highly commercial and committed to the financial and operational realities of a national agency, where building resilient revenue pipeline is key to long term success.
  • Have an inquisitive mind and passion for excellence and innovation in the pursuit of business and cross-sectoral growth.
  • Communicate effectively with stakeholders to promote the goals of DCCI.
  • Knowledge and passion of Irish craft and design marketplace is preferred, however not required.
  • Knowledge of the Irish craft and design sector, including economic and business affairs, as well as political, social, and cultural matters.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, etc.) is required.
  • Degree in business or other related degree.
  • Travel will be required on occasion across Ireland and international.
  • Full drivers’ licence.

Remuneration Package

Competitive Base, and Bens Package


For a confidential discussion on this role please contact: Alan Finnegan or email or click the apply button below