About Open Arts

Open Arts is an arts and disability organisation, which was founded in 1992.

Job Description

Job Title: Communication and Development Assistant

Reports to: CEO

Overall Responsibility

Will take responsibility for our social media channels, web presence and digital archive and will assist the CEO with preparation of project/funding applications & reports while working with a range of organisations and people to deliver the aims of the organisation.

Specific Duties      

  • Create accessible written, visual, video content for social media platforms, website content and to support PR activity.
  • Create and maintain an effective digital archive of the organisation’s work.
  • Assist the CEO in identifying and building relationships with prospective funders, supporters and project delivery partners from across various sectors (public, private and statutory).
  • Assist in the preparation of proposals and documentation in support of such projects.
  • Provide administrative support to the CEO as required.
  • Any other duties that may be reasonably required.

General Duties       

  • To operate according to Open Arts mission and always demonstrate the values of Open Arts.
  • To work in accordance Open Art’s policies including, but not limited to, Safeguarding, Health and Safety, Equal Opportunities, Data Protection policies.
  • A commitment to equality and inclusion and to encouraging the involvement of all members of the community, particularly disabled people, in shaping Open Arts work.
  • To follow existing working practices, procedures and undertake relevant learning and development activities.
  • This role will include occasional evening and weekend work and a TOIL system is in place.

Job criteria


Experience of working in an administrative role (this can include volunteer work).


  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office including MS Word and MS Excel.
  • Working knowledge of social media platforms including Twitter, Instagram, TikTok and Facebook (especially Facebook Business tools).
  • Working knowledge of developing engaging content for social media.


  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to present written information effectively for funding/project proposals & reports plus social media, website content and to support PR activity.
  • Self-motivated with ability to plan and prioritise including working to deadlines with good attention to detail.
  • Ability to work in a team and know when to seek help, support and advice.

Personal Qualities

  • Committed to equity and inclusion for disabled people.
  • Be flexible in support of the team, artists, volunteers and participants.
  • Be open and honest.
  • Be enthusiastic about arts and creativity

Other desirable criteria

  • Understanding of the funding landscape for the arts/charities
  • Working knowledge of video and audio programmes to edit and create social media/website content.
  • Understanding of WordPress or similar web development/content management software.

The Selection Process

You should apply using the format of the document below. We understand that some access technologies e.g. screen readers or speech to text do not do well with complicated forms so we have kept it very clear and straightforward. Similarly, we ask that you submit your application a Word Document i.e. not PDF as it will be inaccessible for some of our recruitment team.

If shortlisted for interview, we will discuss any access requirements with you and we also ask you to give us some details on the form below, this is not part of the selection criteria. We can also offer interview via zoom. We will give all interviewees details of what to expect. We anticipate that interviews will take place 9th and/or 10th June.

Closing Date and time for receipt of applications is: Friday 27th May 2022 by 12 noon.  

Completed applications will be accepted by email only to: eileen@openartsni.org

Open Arts Job Description and Application Pack