Opening Doors association is looking for an Artistic Director

This post is supported in part by the Cultural Partnership Agreement programme of Arts Council Malta

Job Specification

Job Title:  Artistic Director

Responsible to: The Chair of the Board of Opening Doors Association

Responsible for: Administrator of OD and all project leaders and assistants

Length of Contract:

For three years, starting on 1st June 2019

Part-time, 20 hours per week, freelance

Remuneration: €12,000 plus VAT


The Association

Opening Doors Association was formally established in 2012 as a registered voluntary organisation following an initial development project by St. James Cavalier Centre for Creativity (2007-2009) and led by Lou Ghirlando. The organization continues to work in collaboration with SJC, and also in partnership with Teatru Salesjan. It is an autonomous, non-governmental, not-for-profit association that works for the promotion of and active involvement of persons with intellectual disability in the artistic and creative sector, Opening Doors also provides training services at Day Centres, Aġenzija Żgħażagħ, Wardija Young Adult Education and Resource Centre, and Skola Sajf.


Opening Doors aims to:

  1. create ongoing training opportunities for people with learning disabilities to develop artistic skills that manifest in expressions of artistic quality; 
  2. create opportunities for people with learning disabilities to participate in artistic and creative activities in Malta and abroad; 
  3. raise the profile of the contribution people with diverse learning abilities can make to the creative sector; 
  4. create opportunity for European and international travel and exchange with other artists and organizations whose profile addresses the inclusion of people with disabilities in the creative field;
  5. operate consistently in a manner that ensures that all of its actions are underlined by full accessibility, both physical and intellectual. Moreover, that it provides the necessary support for the growth and development to the full of its members’ artistic potential.


In the last six years, Opening Doors has collaborated with two European-funded projects, toured to many countries in Europe, hosted a European Disability Festival (June 2015), signed a five-year collaborative agreement with Fondazzjoni Kreattitiva, and an ongoing partnership with Teatru Salesjan; we have initiated World Disability Day activities, held participatory Dance and Music Jams around Malta, developed two new groups for Dance and Music (percussion), produced a number of integrated performances, and established a Music group in Gozo. The organisation has become a leading national organisation for the performing arts for adults (18+) with learning disabilities, with approximately 66 members and 13 leaders/assistants.


Job Purpose

To provide leadership and advocacy for the association within the Maltese islands,

working closely with the organisation’s Administrator.

To manage the project leaders and assistants of Dance, Music and Theatre groups in developing a strategic artistic development/creation/touring model that responds to contemporary and future ways of connecting people with learning disabilities to artistic and creative participation.

To connect closely with the members themselves to ensure that purpose is linked directly to the voice and empowerment of the members with diverse learning abilities.

To maintain existing strong partnerships with organisations and audiences in the Maltese Islands and abroad, and to strengthen and consolidate these relationships appropriate to the needs of the association.


Key Responsibilities

To maintain the ethos of Opening Doors

To provide leadership and advocacy for the organisation

To develop teaching, training, workshop and rehearsal strategies to enable people with learning disabilities to develop artistic skills

To develop performance strategies that will create increased opportunities and new projects for the benefit of the OD organisation and our audiences

To develop the knowledge base and skills potential of leaders, assistants and volunteers

To oversee, monitor and support the implementation of projects in the groups

To manage and develop key relationships and collaborative agreements of the organization

To identify and develop new partnerships and funding/sponsorship opportunities for the organization

To propose, compile and draft funding applications to trusts and foundations, in collaboration with Board members

To report to the OD Board through regular updates at each board meeting


Person Specification

You will have most or all of these and be able to evidence them in your application/at interview:

  • Significant experience of theatre/dance teaching, directing and production
  •  An entrepreneurial and self-motivated approach
  • A genuine flair for working collaboratively with disability artists, venues and other stakeholders to make things happen
  • Experience of and success in fundraising
  • A high level of articulacy, communication skills and political sensitivity
  • Creative thinking and problem solving ability
  • An ability to engage strategically while being able to pay attention to detail
  • A passion for and knowledge of the performance sector
  • Open to international collaborations and the responsibility of travelling with groups


  • The contract offered will be €12,000 per year (plus VAT) for three years.
  • The notice period will be three months either side - with a 3-month probationary period from the start of employment during which the notice period is 1 month either side.
  • Applicants should be fluent in Maltese and in English
  • Interviews are planned for the 29th and 30th April 2019

Candidates will be expected to hold a first degree, which demonstrates qualifications and experience in both management and performing arts, and preferably to hold a Masters degree in an appropriate related discipline. We would also expect candidates to have significant experience of working with adults with diverse learning abilities.


Applications should include 4 copies of each of the following:

  • a letter of application, detailing what strategies should be taken into consideration in order to achieve the mission of the organization, your strengths and weaknesses, and why you should be considered for the job
  • a full Curriculum Vitae
  • two (2) references
  • a personal portfolio of your work


Applications should be submitted to arrive by Wednesday 27th March 2019 at noon.

They may be submitted by email to, or by post to

Prof Joanne Butterworth

Opening Doors Association

Volunteer Centre

181 Melita Street

Valletta VLT 1129

Photo shows Cast from Ahdar id-Dezert (May 2017), Photo by Jeremy de Maria