Maritime Event Manager:
Geri Murphy

Festival & Marketing Officer:
Casey Walsh

Event Office Assistant:
Gloria lp



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Ocean to City
c/o Meitheal Mara
Crosses Green House
Crosses Green
Cork City | T12 HF38

Recruiting: Event Coordinator (deadline now closed)

Recruiting: Event Coordinator (deadline now closed)
January 8, 2019 Joya

Meitheal Mara, Cork’s community boatyard and maritime training centre, invites applications for the position of Event Coordinator for the annual Ocean to City race.  This is a temporary position incorporating the equivalent of 25 hours per week for the duration of 19 weeks, between 11 February – 23 June 2019. Flexibility with regards the distribution of hours will be required in order to meet the demands of the event. We will also consider applications from contractors.

The Event Coordinator’s principal task is to organise, administer and deliver the 2019 Ocean to City race. This event takes place on Saturday 1 June.

Ocean to City was started by Meitheal Mara in 2005 as a community celebration of traditional rowing boats and Cork Harbour.  It has expanded over the years and is now the flagship event of Cork Harbour Festival. Both race and festival are coordinated by Meitheal Mara and supported by Cork City Council, Cork County Council, the Port of Cork and Fáilte Ireland. The events serve as an important expression of the work that Meitheal Mara does and of the local maritime traditions of Ireland.

The successful candidate will have strong event management experience coupled with experience in managing and coordinating a mixed team of staff and volunteers in a community setting.

The Event Coordinator will work in a small team, directly with the Festival Manager and the Event Assistant, to organise, administer and deliver the Ocean to City race.

Main duties:

  • Work with the Festival Manager, Ocean to City Director, the Race Operations Task Group (who are volunteers) and the General Manager of Meitheal Mara to ensure the delivery, operation and sustainability of Ocean to City.
  • Maintain and develop relationships with existing funders.
  • Work collaboratively with our partners to promote and manage the event; identify new partners and build relationships.
  • Budget management, assist with forecasting and ensure that sponsorship and event activity falls within spending targets.
  • Monitor and analyse the effectiveness of the event.
  • Prepare post-event reports for the Meitheal Mara Board and funders.
  • Provide assistance with the organising of Cork Harbour Festival as required.
  • Provide assistance for the work of Meitheal Mara as required.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Significant experience working in event management, ideally in the community and voluntary sector.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Excellent organisational and prioritisation skills.
  • Excellent IT and social media skills.
  • A third-level qualification.
  • Ideally, experience and understanding of maritime events and the sea.
  • Problem resolution skills and ability to deal with the unexpected.
  • Ability to work well under pressure, multi-task and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to work well both independently and in a team environment.
  • Ability and flexibility to work overtime and alternate shifts as job needs require.
  • Experience of budget management and meeting income targets.
  • Experience of meeting the requirements of funders.
  • Hands-on team leadership skills with line management experience.
  • Be highly motivated by the community development ethos of Meitheal Mara.
  • Ability and flexibility to perform all other job-related and ad-hoc duties as required.

This is a great opportunity to work in a small, dynamic team and coordinate the delivery of Cork’s largest annual maritime event.

Applications enclosing a two-page CV and a two-page cover letter can be sent to:  Joya Kuin, Festival Manager, Meitheal Mara, Crosses Green House, Crosses Green, Cork or by email to

Closing date for applications: Sunday 20th January 2019.

Interviews for those successfully shortlisted are provisionally scheduled for the week starting Monday 28th of January.  Start date is Monday 11th of February.
Position is subject to funding.