Chief Executive Officer
Chief Executive Officer
Celebrating its 10th mental health arts festival in 2021 First Fortnight now seeks an experienced and dynamic CEO to lead the organisation into its next phase.
About First Fortnight
First Fortnight’s purpose is to challenge mental health stigma and promote mental health wellbeing nationally through art and culture. First Fortnight operates in Ireland benefiting the general public and artists who participate in its annual festival of arts events. In addition, the organisation provides creative therapies to homeless and vulnerable communities experiencing mental health difficulties in Ireland.
Founded in 2009 by David Keegan and JP Swaine, First Fortnight celebrated its 10th mental health arts festival in 2021. Over the last twelve years First Fortnight has made the first two weeks of each year synonymous with challenging mental health stigma and has achieved a significant public profile. The organisation is in receipt of core funding from the HSE’s National Office of Suicide Prevention and benefits from a broad suite of funding from across arts and mental health agencies. First Fortnight is now at a unique phase in its development and seeks to recruit a Chief Executive Officer to lead the organisation through this next phase of consolidation and sustainable growth.
First Fortnight is a charity and a Company Limited by Guarantee, governed by a voluntary Board of Directors / Trustees. First Fortnight undertakes two core activities in fulfilling its mission. The CEO is supported in their role by the Chief Operations Officer who manages all aspects of festival programme and delivery and by the Therapeutic Services Manager who manages the Centre for Creative Therapies. The CEO is supported by a Governance and Finance Manager who looks after finance, company secretary duties, contracts, policies and compliance.
The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) will work with the Board of Directors to further the charity’s core objective in challenging mental health stigma and will assist the Board in leading the organisation through the next phase of its development. The CEO is responsible for both the strategic and operational management of the company. The CEO will ensure that the organisation’s activities are focused on its mission and objectives and that activities are focused on delivering First Fortnight’s strategic plan as set out by the Board.
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