Position Description

Program Manager - Indigenous Arts
Location AB- Banff
# of openings 1
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Program Manager, Indigenous Arts 

Please note, the job description for this position is currently under review

The Opportunity

As a member of a program management team, the Banff Centre is in search of a Program Manager that will be responsible for the project management of an assigned portfolio of projects primarily related to the Indigenous Arts program delivery.  The Indigenous Arts department encompasses programming relating to performing arts, literary, visual, and digital media art disciplines. The goal of Indigenous Arts programming is to advance regional, provincial, national, and international contemporary Indigenous artistic expression, and to inspire artists to conceive powerful ideas and create new work while exploring topics of national importance. 

The Program Manager, Indigenous Arts will need to have a strong understanding of Indigenous culture and the ability to build relationships within the Banff Centre community and external communities.

This position will be charged with the project management, implementation, and quality control of assigned programs and events in alignment with a strong project management approach that supports the delivery of high-quality programs.

Specific Accountabilities

The Program Manager, Indigenous Arts will report to the Managing Director, Program Management and Coordination and Resources Management and receive direction from the Director and Associate Director, Indigenous Arts and below are some key responsibilities:

  • Accountable for documenting the project plan, scope of the program, scheduling, project deliverables, resourcing, quality control and implementation of arts and leadership programming at Banff Centre as assigned, based on program and scheduling priorities determined between the Arts, Operations, Development, Finance and Program Administration.
  • Manage the day-to-day project management for the assigned programs, aligning the programs and associated events with Banff Centre’s values and strategic objectives, ensuring that all programs are built and delivered in line with Banff Centre’s design signature—transformative learning experiences for every participant.
  • Develop processes for regularly communicating and reporting on program milestones, key deliverables, updates, and risk mitigation in consultation with the Managing Director, Program Management and Coordination and Resource Management, as well as in discussions with the Arts and Leadership teams and Operations Teams.
  • Align resource requests, planning, and allocation for programs within approved plans and budgets as well as within established deadlines and in consultation with delivery areas.
  • This position must understand and respect the planning and operating needs of facilities, site-specific locations, production and co-ordination needs, and hospitality standing.
  • Coordinate and/or participate in a regular process of program and events planning review and evaluation that ensures the highest ethical standards in project implementation activities and make appropriate recommendations as appropriate.
  • Other related duties as may be assigned

 Qualification and Educational Requirements

  • 5+ years of proven program management experience, preferably within a creative environment.
  • University degree in an arts discipline, or related area of study.
  • 5+ years of project management experience.
  • Strong arts background in Indigenous Arts.
  • Experience building and managing programming budgets.
  • Proven analytical and interpersonal skills.
  • Solid understanding of program and events, marketing, promotion and production.
  • Production and or post-secondary institution experience is an asset, as is literacy across a broad range of arts disciplines.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Given the primary purpose of Indigenous Arts programming is to serve the needs of Indigenous artists, Indigenous applicants will be given preference.

Special Requirements

  • This position will be working remotely temporarily due to the COVID-19 pandemic but will be required to work from the office in Banff, AB once restrictions are lifted.
  • This position may require the candidate to be available to work a flexible, irregular schedule and weekends.
  • Candidates offered a position with Banff Centre will be required to obtain a criminal record check verifying a clear record before a final job offer can be finalized.

Employment Terms

  • In accordance with the terms of employment governing Management/PSP employees, this is a full time position for a 6 month term, subject to extension.

Application Process

  • Please include a cover letter demonstrating how your experience translates to this position and why you are interested in becoming part of our team.
  • We will be accepting applications for Program Manager, Indigenous Arts until 11:59pm MT on Sunday, August 8, 2021, however, we will be reviewing resumes and screening candidates on an ongoing basis. 

If you have questions or to request more information, please contact Kelly at kelly_breithaupt@banffcentre.ca or 403-762-6173. 


Diversity Statement

Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We encourage women; First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the Centre to apply. We welcome applications from all qualified persons however; Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

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