The Gaiety School of Acting – The National Theatre School of Ireland is a Not for Profit organisation founded in 1986 by the internationally renowned theatre director Joe Dowling, in response to the lack of full time actor training programmes in Ireland at that time. The school is now widely regarded as the country’s premier training facility for actors. Our policy is to train actors for theatre, film and television. Through a committed and dedicated staff, the school has developed and expanded to its current position where over 2000 students per year are involved in a wide range of courses from our intensive two year full time actor training programme and an extensive selection of part-time and tailored courses for adults, teenagers, children and overseas students. The full time actor-training programme boasts unprecedented graduate success with our actors appearing in all of Ireland’s theatres as well as international successes and in film and television nationally and internationally. Next year is our 30th Anniversary.

The school is based in the centre of Dublin city’s cultural quarter, Temple Bar.

We are currently seeking to employ a General Manager who is proactive, efficient and forward thinking. Working closely with the Director the General Manager will help achieve the artistic, social and commercial aims of the organisation. He/she will be responsible for the smooth day-to-day running of the School and its various administrative systems, whilst enabling the development /management of solid organisational foundations thus supporting long-term growth.


  • Day to day cash management, bank reconciliation and banking using TAS Books software.
  • Preparation of bi-weekly management report detailing financial position of the school regarding debt collection, creditors and class numbers, and progress issues with project work to be presented at staff meetings.
  • Preparation of monthly management report detailing financial position of the school regarding debt collection, creditors and bank accounts, class numbers, advertising, and progress issues with project work to be presented to financial consultant and Director.
  • Credit management for the business.
  • Annual budget preparation – communicating department budgets to staff and managing same.
  • Updating, revising or creating new budgets for new courses or offerings from the school.
  • Preparation of the annual accounts for auditing.
  •  Maintain records and standards of all written correspondence.
  • All aspects of Payroll (Thesaurus) P30, P45 and P60 returns, using ROS and Internet banking.
  • Responsible for staff advertisement and recruitment.
  • Negotiating and issuing staff with contracts.
  •  Dealing with any HR issues that arise.
  • Organising staff training in health and safety, first aid, and any other training courses that may be needed.
  • Updating and revising staff policies and school procedures.
  • Communicating effectively with all members of the team.
  • Collecting, analysing and reporting on customer data to feedback into course creation and marketing.
  • Identifying further avenues for expansion and project managing same.
  • Managing suppliers and annual maintenance contracts.
  • Managing all building maintenance
  •  Attendance and minute taking at board meetings
  • Ensuring the protection and promotion of the GSA brand both nationally and internationally.
  • Any other duties as designated by the Director.


The ideal candidate should have the following;

  • Proven experience of working in a similar role.
  • Excellent administrative and organizational skills.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills (English)
  • Good interpersonal skills and self-initiative.
  • Appropriate IT skills including: Thesaurus Payroll, TAS Books, Microsoft Office, database skills, Googledocs
  • Willingness to work flexible hours.
  • Ability to work quickly and accurately under pressure
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a small team.
  • Previous project management experience.
  • Strong time-management skills and an ability to prioritise tasks.
  • The capacity to balance multiple assignments and projects simultaneously.
  • Versatility, flexibility and a willingness to undertake a range of diverse duties as required.
  • Awareness of appropriate new media developments and on-line communications platforms.
  • Demonstrable interest in or knowledge of the cultural landscape of Ireland, theatre and/or film.


Hours: Monday – Friday 10am – 6pm
(overtime, evening & weekend work may be necessary at certain periods in
the year and can be taken as time in lieu)

Holidays: 20 days per year as well as national & bank holidays.

Remuneration: €45k PA

Please note: Interviews will be held on Wednesday 11th November 2015. This position starts on Monday 7th December with a three week
training period. Please make sure you are available for these dates before application.

Please send your application to
Your application should contain;

  • Cover letter describing how you fulfil the criteria of the position and your particular interest in working with The Gaiety School of Acting
  • CV with contact details of two referees (who would only be contacted at interview stage).