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Workshop Facilitators

January 31, 2024  Posted in: Community, News

We are recruiting a panel of freelance workshop facilitators. Find out more.

About the Cathedral

Saint Patrick’s Cathedral has been at the centre of our history and culture for over 800 years. Dating from the 13th century and built in honour of Ireland’s patron saint, Saint Patrick’s is the National Cathedral of the Church of Ireland and is also one of Ireland’s most popular tourist attractions. As part of its mission, the Cathedral Education Department runs a free education programme, which offers a wide range of themed tours, workshops, and activities to visiting school groups as well as family audiences.

Job Description

Saint Patrick’s Cathedral is seeking to develop a panel of freelance Workshop Facilitators to deliver workshops to schools and family audiences. They may also work with the Education Department to develop other activities for young visitors. Facilitators will be paid a fee on a per-session basis. The frequency of sessions will depend on demand. Though music, art, and drama have been highlighted, if prospective candidates have ideas about other subjects which might work well in the Cathedral’s Education Programme, please do recommend this.

Job Responsibilities

  • Sessions will be delivered primarily during the school term (Mondays to Fridays from 10am-4pm); however, family workshops may also be arranged during weekends or school holidays (allowing for employed school staff to be listed on the panel).
  • Sessions will run for approximately 60 mins with a maximum of 15 participants.
  • Sessions will primarily take place in the Discovery Space (South Transept of the Cathedral); however, other locations in the Cathedral or Deanery grounds may be used.
  • All materials and costumes for drama sessions are provided by the Cathedral. Additional materials required by the facilitator must be requested in advance and, upon approval, will also be provided by the Cathedral.
  • Prior to delivering sessions, facilitators will undergo training provided by the Education Department to familiarise themselves with the Cathedral.
  • Following successful training, facilitators will join a panel who will be offered work on an ad-hoc basis.

Commitment & Remuneration

  • As freelancers, facilitators will be invited to undertake sessions by arrangement with the Education Department. There is no guarantee that the Cathedral will offer work nor the requirement that the facilitator accepts it; however, it is assumed that a facilitator must undertake at least five sessions per year in order to remain on the panel.
  • Facilitators will be paid a fee of €150 per full day (5 hours with at least 2 sessions) or €60 per singular workshop, depending on the nature of the engagement.
  • Facilitators will be paid as external contractors and will be responsible for ensuring their own tax compliance.

Qualifications & Experience

  • Applicants will have experience of delivering education and/or taught sessions to children. This does not need to be in a school context.
  • Applicants will have the required knowledge in their subject area to effectively deliver education sessions.
  • Applicants may have a formal qualification in their subject field; this is desirable but not necessary.
  • Applicants will need to be successfully Garda Vetted before delivering any sessions.
  • Applicants will need to provide two references vouching for their professional work and character.
  • Applicants will have an understanding of child protection and will be asked to sign the Cathedral’s safeguarding policy in relation to this.

Application Process

In order to apply to join the panel of Workshop Facilitators, please apply via LinkedIn, or submit an up-to-date CV and cover letter outlining your proposed workshop ideas by email to the Education Officer, Clark Brydon: education@stpatrickscathedral.ie

Upon submission, the Education Officer may invite the applicant to a meeting to discuss the position and the facilitator’s work. References will be sought and vetting will be requested after this initial meeting.

Informal discussions may take place by calling the Education Officer in advance of submission: 01 453 9472.


Should you wish to ask questions about the panel or the nature of the work, please do not hesitate to reach out to the Education Officer, Clark Brydon, by phone or email: 01 453 9472 / education@stpatrickscathedral.ie

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