Irish Association of Youth Orchestras: Youth Participation Officer

Youth Participation Officer

The Irish Association of Youth Orchestras (IAYO) invites applications for the position of Youth Participation Officer. This is an opportunity to contribute to the development of the youth voice and youth leadership in IAYO itself and in youth orchestras throughout Ireland.

This is a new position created to incorporate a model of youth participation in decision making that will prioritise young people’s ideas, opinions, and voices in our work.

The Youth Participation Officer will work initially with a sub-committee of the board and join a team including the CEO, Programmes Manager, Administrator, Marketing and Communications Officer and the Marketing and Communications Assistant with more than one-hundred professional and voluntary artistic and organisational staff engaged annually.

Responsibilities for the role of Youth Participation Officer will include:

  • Attend training with Hub na nÓg and maintain links with Hub na nÓg;
  • Coordinate IAYO staff, board and stakeholder training with Hub na nÓg;
  • Gather evidence of best practise among members and networks (including outside Ireland);
  • Develop resources for members around youth participation in youth orchestras;
  • Assess all aspects of IAYO work for elements of and opportunities for youth participation including attendance at courses / events;
  • Develop induction training for new members of IAYO Youth Committee;
  • Plan focus group process and expectations and recruit focus group of youth reps from member orchestras;
  • Focus group of youth reps from member orchestras to develop strategic plan and charter of participation for IAYO youth committee;
  • Develop youth participation policy for IAYO and templates for member orchestras, in conjunction with IAYO youth committee / focus group;
  • Recruitment of new members of IAYO Youth Committee;
  • Induct members of IAYO Youth Committee;
  • Coordinate youth committee participation in events e.g. Festival, Ovation Awards;
  • Ongoing support of IAYO Youth Committee to include planning and evaluation of progress and monthly meetings;
  • Liaison between Committee and IAYO staff & board;
  • Identify and organise development opportunities for members of IAYO youth committee e.g. additional training, guest speakers, NYCI;
  • Ensure safeguarding children principles are applied to all work with young people in line with the IAYO safeguarding statement and policy;
  • Create and implement a monitoring and evaluation process for the development of the youth voice / youth leadership in IAYO.

For further information of this post, please download the Application Pack.

Application for this post is by application form and cover letter. You can download the application form in .word or .doc.

The Application Deadline is Thursday, 01 September 2022 at 22:00 Irish Standard Time (UTC+1).
Applications received after this time will not be considered.

Interviews will take place on Friday, 16 September 2022.

Applications are preferred by email to Allin Gray at

Applications may optionally be submitted by post to:
Allin Gray
Irish Association of Youth Orchestras CLG
Civic Trust House
50 Pope’s Quay
Republic of Ireland
T23 R6XC

Your application will be acknowledged within three working days of receipt. If you do not receive acknowledgement, please contact the IAYO office at or on +353 21 421 5185 / +353 86 057 0062.

Further Role Details

Role Title: Youth Participation Officer

Location: The role can be based remotely but will require face-to-face work at a number of locations around Ireland. The post-holder can be based at our office at Civic Trust House in Cork City if preferred. A finalised policy on remote working will be completed in 2022-2023 in consultation with staff.

Contract or Tender: Proposals for completion of the work on a contract basis will be considered. In that case, please submit a tender proposal.


A one-year contract with the intention to renew in 2023 and make the position permanent part-time from 2024 subject to sufficient funding.

40% of full-time equivalent (14 hours per week on average).

There is a 6-month probationary period. Annual leave of 25 days per annum pro rata. Some weekend / evening work will be required.

A Personal Retirement Savings Account scheme is operated by IAYO with employer contributions of 5% when matched by employees. Employer contributions will commence following the completion of a probationary period of six months.

Salary: €14,000 (€35,000 pro-rata)

Irish Association of Youth Orchestras

The Irish Association of Youth Orchestras is the national support and resource organisation for youth orchestras in Ireland. Membership of the Association is open to all youth orchestras in Ireland, whether linked to a school, a school of music, a college or university, or to an independent or community-based organisation. IAYO represents over 5,000 young musicians in 108 youth orchestras in Ireland and assists in the development of youth orchestras in all parts of the country.

IAYO is grant-aided by The Arts Council and supported by Cork City Council. IAYO acknowledges the support of The Department of Tourism, Culture and Sport, The Arts Council and Music Network through the Music Capital Scheme 2010-2020. IAYO is a member of the European Orchestra Federation, The Association of British Orchestras, The National Campaign for the Arts, the National Youth Council of Ireland, Volunteering Ireland, Business to Arts, and The Wheel.

Attachment Size
Application Pack 1.28 MB
Application Form 109 KB

General Info

Date Entered/Updated
3rd Aug, 2022
Remotely / Nationwide
Expiry Date
1st Sep, 2022