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Jane Gleeson

Project and Events Manager

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About me

I am an energetic and collaborative project manager with 5+ years experience working in various organisations, big and small, but always with a creative focus. I am particularly motivated and enthused by design and creativity.

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Skills

  • Events
  • Marketing PR
  • Visual Arts
  • Excel
  • Indesign
  • Office
  • Powerpoint
  • Word
  • Production/project Management
  • Arts Funding

Work history

Currently

Feb 2016
  • Dublin, Ireland
  • Freelance
  • I am the founder and director of Above the Fold, an events organisation designed to showcase Ireland’s creative industry. Part of our remit is to collaborate with the creative community, local businesses and the public to create a programme of events that celebrate and support culture in Ireland. Working independently with Above the Fold, has given me the flexibility to adapt to a personal schedule working with strategies, systems and budgets. Over the past year I have successfully secured funding and sponsorship allowing us to reach our goals and targets.

2017

Innovation Executive

jump! innovation

Oct 2016 - May 2017
  • Dublin, Ireland
  • Full Time
  • I was the designated brand innovator at Jump marketing consultancy. I worked in a small and nimble team to develop big thinking for brands including Irish Life, F&F and Diageo. As an innovation executive, I created trend forecasting reports and presented them to clients and colleagues. Each report identified and developed new and innovative ways to promote awareness for brands from collaborations to marketing campaigns.

2017

Project Manager

OFFSET

Sep 2015 - Feb 2017
  • Dublin, Ireland
  • Freelance
  • I undertook a 12 week placement with the team from Ways & Means in the lead up to their Offset conferences in Dublin and London in 2015. As a project manager for Offset, my primary duties were to organise and create copy and content for the official Offset website and social channels, to an audience of over 3,500,000 readers. Following my placement, the creative directors invited me to work at Offset Dublin in both 2016 and 2017 as a core member of the production team. Over the past two years I have assisted with event dressing, volunteer coordination and audio production at both conferences.

2015

Project Manager

The Year of Irish Design 2015

Jun 2015 - Sep 2015
  • Dublin, Ireland
  • Internship
  • During the summer of 2015 I interned for the Year of Irish Design 2015 as a project manager to the International Department. I was responsible for sourcing and researching designers to be commissioned for collaborative projects with the ID2015 team, managed mentoring days for fashion designers in preparation for London Fashion Week, improved my Excel skills by cataloguing and archiving work by Irish designers and contributed copy to the ID2015 app. It was highly rewarding being involved in a landmark initiative that positively engaged with design in Ireland.

2016

Sales Advisor

Industry & Co.

Nov 2013 - Jan 2016
  • Dublin, Ireland
  • Freelance
  • I worked as a sales advisor in Industry Lifestyle & Design store for three years. My responsibilities included assisting customers with full product knowledge, customer service, visual merchandising, and teamwork and communication with management and fellow employees.

2012

Tour Coordinator

Tulca Festival of Visual Arts

Sep 2012 - Dec 2012
  • Galway, Ireland
  • Internship
  • I researched and produced a festival script, organised tours for schools, colleges and the general public and led a team of volunteers to support and guide. I regularly held meetings with the team to ensure that volunteers were confident in their role, updated on schedules and times and communicated with artists to collaborate on talks and tours throughout the festival.

2015

Brand Ambassador

Brand Tactics

Jan 2009 - Jan 2015
  • Dublin, Ireland
  • Freelance
  • I began working as a brand ambassador in 2009, where I was originally deployed for a series of events for Meteor held in colleges throughout the West of Ireland. I developed experience working with big international brands including Caledonia Smooth and independent Irish brands including Keelings. I also hired and trained staff for promotions in Galway City.

Education

2015

Erasmus

Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design

Feb 2015 - Jun 2015
  • Prague, Czechia
  • One semester undertaken as part of the European Erasmus program. Subjects I took in AAAD consisted of Digital Culture, Graphic Design History, Czech language, Ancient Philosophy, Clay modelling and Bookbinding. During my semester abroad I travelled to neighbouring European cities including Budapest and organised a group trip to Berlin.

2016

(BA) Visual Culture

National College of Art and Design

Sep 2013 - Nov 2016
  • Dublin, Ireland
  • I completed my studies at the National College of Art and Design in May 2105, with a 2.1 honours degree in Visual Culture. Visual Culture is an entirely theoretical course focused on contemporary art and design history, elective subjects consist of critical theory, design history, architecture and film studies. My 2016 graduating class are notable as the first team of cohorts to graduate from NCAD with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Visual Culture.

2010

Art & Design Portfolio Course

Galway Technical Institute

Sep 2009 - Apr 2010
  • Galway, Ireland
  • One year Post Leaving Certificate course focused on preparing a compulsory Art portfolio for entry to Art College. In GTI I studied the fundamental basics of a core year in Art College – Life drawing, studying an object and working on new ideas to recreate the object. I also worked with paint, graphic design and sculpture and undertook a module in Art History. I was elected Class Entertainments Representative, organising class parties and gallery visits.