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Job Opportunity: Head of Strategic Communications


The Irish Architecture Foundation invites applications for Head of Strategic Communications.

The Head of Strategic Communications is an exciting role within an ambitious and unique cultural organisation. At a time of strategic and spatial development for the Irish Architecture Foundation, this role offers an unprecedented opportunity to affect meaningful change in the cultural landscape of Ireland and the public’s engagement with and appreciation of architecture and the built environment.  

Working in close collaboration with the Director, the Head of Strategic Communications will develop and deliver a comprehensive and innovative external communications and public engagement strategy that supports the delivery of the Irish Architecture Foundation’s cultural and social programmes, particularly across brand, profile, influencing and public and political engagement with architecture. 

In addition, the Head of Strategic Communications will lead transformational change in the IAF, harnessing new ideas and technologies in digital communication to assist in rethinking current programmes, imagining entirely new programmes, expanding audience access, reach and influence and enabling meaningful inclusion of an increasingly diverse audience.  

With a key role in fundraising and development, the Head of Strategic Communications will work to advance the understanding of the value of architecture to society, while growing our network of funders and supporters both nationally and internationally. 

The IAF has also secured funding for a reimagining of our digital presence and footprint on our website and other platforms, providing the new Head of Strategic Communications with the ways and means to have real and certain impact.

The Head of Strategic Communications role is a creative one, in which the right person can play a key role in helping us imagine the IAF for the remainder of the 21st century, working with the Director and the team not only to communicate what we already do, but to invent and direct what we do next.

Announcing this new position in the IAF, Director Emmett Scanlon said, “To grow in reach and impact for the next decade, the IAF has to become even better at communicating the work we do as part of our programme but also must have – in the building – the scope, skills and capacity in the form of a Head of Strategic Communications to help guide conversation, debate and discussion about architecture. My job as Director is to make more room for architecture, and I see no limit to what we can achieve.  I hope there are others out there who want to be part of this future with the brilliant team that is already here at the Irish Architecture Foundation.”


How to apply:


Application deadline:  Monday 10 June 2024, 13:00 

Applicants must complete both the online form and submit a CV via email to vacancies@architecturefoundation.ie with ‘Head of Strategic Communications’ in the subject line.

Applicants should download the information pack and read this carefully before applying.

The IAF is an equal opportunity employer.

Any queries prior to application should be sent to vacancies@architecturefoundation.ie.


Photo: Open House Dublin Big Debate 2022. Photo by Ste Murray.

Video by Ste Murray, with footage commissioned by the IAF.