Arts Program Director

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Arts Program Director

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YMCA Calgary is actively building healthy communities—join us in creating a better Calgary

YMCA Calgary opened its doors in 1902, since then we have evolved into a vibrant charitable organization where thousands of children, youth and adults access our programs and facilities. We are much more than a gym, pool, and recreational facility—we strive to adapt to community needs and ensure that our programs and facilities can be accessed by all who need them. YMCA Calgary staff firmly believe that they are creating a positive impact in the community through their work at the Y. In our work, we deliver health and wellness programs, community outreach, aboriginal programs, newcomer programs, day and overnight camping, outdoor schools, leadership development, childcare, and much more.

We serve diverse community needs through the Gray Family Eau Claire YMCA, Melcor YMCA at Crowfoot, Shawnessy YMCA, South Health Campus YMCA, Community YMCA, Saddletowne YMCA, Remington YMCA, Shane Homes YMCA, and Camp Chief Hector YMCA. The YMCA also operates a stand-alone childcare centre in Quarry Park to serve 348 children… and we are only just getting started. In partnership with the City of Calgary, we will expand our impact by operating a new facility in Seton. These amazing new spaces will help us reach more people through our passionate volunteers, members, and staff.

At YMCA Calgary we are passionate about our work and know that we are creating a positive impact in the community. Our staff feel welcomed from the first day they start and quickly feel a sense of belonging here at the Y. If you are looking to care deeply about your work, make the community a better place, and develop your leadership skills this is the place for you!

Arts Program Director – Seton YMCA

Start Date: October 1, 2018

Salary: $36,000 – $43,000/year

YMCA Calgary also offers multiple other perks and benefits:

  • Complimentary YMCA Calgary membership plus including a linked membership for dependent children.
  • Comprehensive health and dental benefits. Premiums paid in full by the Association.
  • A pension plan with specified contribution matching by the Association.
  • Anniversary flex day and gifts are given to celebrate each year of employment.
  • Program discounts.
  • Ongoing leadership development and opportunities.
  • Leadership award opportunities.
  • Scholarship opportunities.
  • Paid recertification and training.

At YMCA Calgary we strive to ensure our employees are a fit based on their strengths, interests, and future goals. The successful candidate will have the following:

  • Bachelor of Arts or of Fine Arts (or related degree) and/or equivalent experience.
  • Minimum two years experience in the field, and one-year supervisory experience.
  • Current Standard First Aid and AED certification (YMCA will provide training opportunities for re-certification, as/if needed).
  • Evidence of a cleared police security clearance including a vulnerable sector search.
  • Three professional references required.

The Arts Department at the YMCA Calgary is a new development created to better serve our communities. We are dedicated to offering our communities quality opportunities to develop and grow creatively—a vital part of any healthy and thriving community.

Reporting to the Arts Manager the Arts Program Director will:

  • Oversee, and assist in further developing strategies, curriculum and programs related to arts (visual, performing, other) classes, workshops, events, day camps (including PD Days, Spring Break, AND Summer Camps) and other related initiatives.
  • Plan, schedule, coordinate, implement and evaluate for all areas listed above.
  • Develop, control and evaluate the budget for all areas listed above including purchasing related materials and equipment.
  • Hire, supervise and train part-time staff and volunteers including conducting routine observations & evaluations, and ensuring certifications are maintained.
  • Provide direct hands-on program delivery as required to meet area needs.
  • Effectively communicate in a variety of settings.
  • Work collaboratively with colleagues to ensure the best delivery of customer/client experience, consistency in program offerings etc.
  • Work scheduled duty manager shifts.
  • Be available to work flexible hours, including evenings and weekends.
  • Participate in the YMCA Strong Kids campaign.
  • Our staff model and are committed to the following competencies:
    • Developing Self and Others: Developing people with a view toward present and future capacity.
    • Building Purposeful Relationships: Relating to people authentically with their best in mind.
    • Creating a Culture of Community: Gathering people to purpose and vision.
    • Making Intentional Impact: Intending to make a difference every day.
    • Thinking and Acting Strategically: Applying thoughts, words, and actions in service to the vision.
    • Applying Business Acumen: Demonstrating excellence in technical skills and stewarding the YMCA Business Model.
    • Innovating: Ability to know your environment, initiate and respond effectively to changing conditions.

Interested? It’s easy to apply!

Submit a resume and cover letter to our website by visiting

YMCA Calgary is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants must have legal authorization to work in Canada by way of Canadian Citizenship, Permanent Residency or a valid Canadian work permit. YMCA Calgary is currently not engaged in international recruitment efforts as we are required to demonstrate that we have exhausted all means of recruitment both locally and nationally.

Potential candidates will only be contacted if selected for an interview.

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