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There are many ways that Irish and international individuals, communities, businesses and brands can connect with St. Patrick's Festival. Ireland's national arts, culture and heritage festival is centred around St. Patrick's Day, which is celebrated annually on March 17 by more than 80 million people across the world.  

St. Patrick's Festival celebrates both old Ireland and modern Ireland. Our Festival is diverse, inclusive, innovative and smashes Irish stereotypes. We are equally proud of our ancient traditions and our contemporary culture and that is the message that we wish to share with the world. 

Work with St. Patrick's Festival! 

We are currently recruiting for two roles within the Festival, Sponsorship Manager and Administrative Assistant. Please see below for further details.

Sponsorship Manager 

Key working relationships:  

In the execution of the role, the Sponsorship Manager of St. Patrick’s Festival (SPF) will report to the Commercial Director and will have key working relationships with the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), the Deputy CEO and the wider St. Patrick’s Festival Team.  

The Sponsorship Manager will liaise with all relevant stakeholders in relation to commercial and strategic sponsors and partners. 


Dependent on experience  


Unit 1, Blackhall Green, Blackhall Place, Dublin 7 

Employment Type

Permanent role with 6-month probationary period, hybrid opportunity

Closing Date

Wednesday 5th July at 5pm 

Key Areas of Responsibility and Accountability 

The Sponsorship Manager will play an important role within the Sponsorship & Partnerships team and will be involved in all matters relating to partners, sponsors and commercial partner activation within St. Patrick’s Festival.   

Key areas of responsibility will include the following:

  • Proactively research opportunities to secure new short- and long-term commercial income through creative and innovative partnerships with sponsors and commercial partners. 

  • Take responsibility for the creation of high-quality, persuasive proposals and presentations to attract new sponsors and commercial partners and to continue to engage with existing sponsors and partners. 

  • Manage the ongoing Sponsorship research project for which St. Patrick's Festival has engaged a consultant to look at commercial opportunities and properties within the organization. Based on this research, the Sponsorship Manager will then work with the Commercial Director to design and implement a new commercial partnership strategy for the festival.   

  • Work closely with the Commercial Director to manage the St. Patrick’s Festival sponsorship and report regularly on progress.  

  • Manage all aspects of sponsorship agreements including the proposal process, contract negotiations and managing stakeholder relationships. 

  • Work closely with SPF departments including Marketing, Programme, Operations and Finance departments to ensure all sponsor/partner KPIs and deliverables are identified, communicated and achieved.   

  • Ensure all relevant data and metrics for post-event reporting are captured, recorded and presented in an accessible format.  

  • Manage relationships with all relevant stakeholders in a professional, engaged manner, ensuring that these relationships are serviced to a high standard. 

  • Ensure the Commercial Director is regularly updated on work plans and potential opportunities. 

  • Engage with and play an active role in team meetings and creative sessions and work collaboratively across the organisation. 

  • Lead and manage any commercial activations during the operational Festival phase. 

  • Manage all relevant post-event reports and debriefs following completion of the Festival.  

  • Work on other projects as requested by the CEO and Deputy CEO. 


Person Specification 

The successful candidate will have: 

  • A minimum of two years, demonstrable experience working in the areas of sponsorship and/or commercial agreements. 

  • An understanding of commercial and sponsorship opportunities, ideally within a festival, music, events, arts or cultural setting. 

  • Strong stakeholder relationship skills. 

  • Demonstrable experience of meeting financial targets and budget management. 


Interested applicants should apply by email using the subject heading 'Sponsorship Manager Application' to including a copy of their CV and a cover letter. Closing date for applications is Wednesday 5th July at 5pm.

Administrative Assistant

Reporting to


Start date

1st September 2023 


Permanent role, 6-month probationary period 


€30k - €35k (depending on experience) 


Unit 1, Blackhall Green, Blackhall Place, Dublin 7 

Closing Date for Applications

Friday 14th July at 5pm

General terms:  

Hours are Monday to Friday, 37.5 hours p/w. Mainly office-based with some flexibility for remote work (subject to management approval). Office-based work will take place in the St. Patrick’s Festival office in Unit 1, Blackhall Green, Blackhall Place, Dublin 7 

Purpose of Job 

St. Patrick’s Festival is seeking a proactive and detail-oriented Administrative Assistant to provide comprehensive support to the festival team and assist in the smooth operation of our organisation. The ideal candidate will possess excellent organisational skills, strong attention to detail, and the ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously. An interest in festivals and live events, arts & culture, and tourism would be particularly beneficial to the role. This role requires effective communication and collaboration with various stakeholders, including the CEO, Senior Leadership Team and Heads of Department.  

Duties and Responsibilities: 

Diary Management: 

  • Manage and organise the CEO’s calendar, including scheduling appointments, meetings, and events. 

  • Coordinate and arrange logistics for meetings, ensuring timely reminders and necessary preparations. 

 Administrative Support: 

  • Answering general queries (by phone and email) from the public and other stakeholders, and distributing to relevant staff members as appropriate. 

  • Accompany the CEO to meetings, providing administrative assistance as required. 

  • Take accurate meeting minutes and maintain a record of action items for follow-up. 

  • Prepare and distribute minutes and action summaries for meetings with department heads and staff. 

Board of Directors Support: 

  • Liaise with Acting Chair of the Board of Directors and Subcommittee Chairs in reference to scheduling meetings. 

  • Liaise with the meeting venue and manage meeting attendance. 

  • Preparation of board papers and agenda. 

  • Deal with Director queries 

Office Support: 

  • Management of office supplies. 

  • Keeping front of house, common areas and storages areas tidy and safe at all times. 

  • Distributing post each day and posting items as required.  

Follow-up and Coordination:

  • Collaborate with different departments to ensure timely completion of action items from meetings. 

  • Follow up on outstanding tasks, providing regular updates and reminders to ensure progress.  

Budgeting and Planning Assistance: 

  • Assist in budgeting and planning activities, including gathering and organising relevant financial information. 

  • Contribute to the development and monitoring of budgets, providing support to the festival team as needed. 


  • Compile and prepare weekly reports on ongoing projects for the CEO, highlighting key updates, progress, and challenges. 

  • Ensure accuracy and timely submission of reports, adhering to established deadlines. 

Presentation and Spreadsheet Development: 

  • Create engaging and visually appealing presentations and spreadsheets on behalf of the CEO and commercial director. 

  • Utilize proficiency in Word, PowerPoint and Excel to effectively communicate information and data. 


  • Previous experience in an administrative or support role, preferably within the festival or cultural sector. 

  • Exceptional organisational skills and ability to manage multiple tasks efficiently. 

  • Experience in a busy reception area including excellent telephone skills. 

  • Experience of the full range of administrative skills including computer literacy in Word, Excel, Teams, Powerpoint, Office 365 and other programmes. 

  • The ability to respect confidentiality and to use discretion, displaying a high level of professionalism at all times. 

  • Strong attention to detail with a focus on accuracy in work output. 

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills. 

  • Ability to work collaboratively with diverse teams and stakeholders. 

  • Flexibility and adaptability to changing priorities and deadlines. 

  • A passion for festivals, the cultural arts and event management is a plus. 

Note: This job description is intended to provide a general overview of the responsibilities and requirements of the Administrative Assistant role. It is not exhaustive and may be subject to change based on organisational needs. 

Interested applicants should apply by email using the subject heading 'Administrative Assistant Application' to including a copy of their CV and a cover letter. Closing date for applications is Friday 14th July at 5pm.

St. Patrick’s Festival is an equal opportunities employer. We welcome and encourage applicants from all backgrounds to apply.  


Applications are now closed for 2023 and will reopen in January 2024

St. Patrick's Festival would not be possible without the thousands of incredible volunteers who join our Festival family to help us bring our events life. 

Volunteering at St. Patrick's Festival is a wonderful experience, the chance to be part of the team who deliver of one of the biggest outdoor festivals in the world. We are a close knit crew who value, respect and appreciate each and every member. 

If you would like to work professionally in events and festivals, there is no better learning adventure than St. Patrick's Festival. You'll get to experience Festival life from the other side of the barriers and learn from some of Ireland's most respected live events professionals.  

It's also lots of fun and you will meet a wonderful collection of people from across the world, make lifelong friendships and bank memories that will last forever.  

Please note, you must be over 18 years of age to volunteer at the Festival. 

There are a range of volunteer roles available for St. Patrick's Festival 2023.

If you are applying from outside Ireland and need a visa to travel here, you'll need to arrange this by yourself before applying. Unfortunately, we are not in a position to issue any documents in this regard.


The hugely popular Festival Quarter returns to the National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barrakcs as part of Ireland's largest festival, St. Patrick's Festival from 16 - 18 March 2023!

The grounds of one of Ireland’s most spectacular and historic heritage sites in the heart of Dublin will feature Tent Mór and Tent Beag, a 3,000 capacity outdoor Main Stage, Story Yurt, performance spaces, relaxation areas, a mini-funfair and the Irish Food & Craft Village.

Applications are now closed


Every year, we welcome Marching Bands from all over the world to join us for the national St. Patrick's Day Parde in Dublin on March 17th! 

Taking part in the iconic St. Patrick's Festival Parade, Dublin is a once in a lifetime experience. Where better to march and display than at the home of St. Patrick!  

If you would like to be part of the annual spectacular in Ireland, please get in touch. 

Marching Band applications for the national St. Patrick's Day Parade in Dublin up to March 2025 are now closed.  

Applications for 2026 and beyond will open in 2024. If you have any queries please contact