Bar Lead

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Bar Lead


Reporting to the front of house manager, the bar lead’s key responsibilities are to supervise our bartending team, maintain an accurate inventory and attend to patron needs as they are visiting our theatre, while providing the highest level of customer service that Theatre Calgary patrons have come to expect.

Theatre Calgary is currently recruiting 1–2 part-time bar leads.

Duties and responsibilities:

  • Oversee, direct and support a team of 4–8 bartenders during each shift.
  • Maintain an accurate and thorough inventory tracking system on a daily basis during the run of the Theatre’s productions and assist with inventory verification between productions.
  • Ensure the proper distribution and verification of bar cash floats at the beginning of each service and an accurate cash-out all point-of-sale stations at the end of each service.
  • Prepare and maintain bars throughout Theatre Calgary’s venue each day: stocking bars, replenishing supplies and materials, setting up lines, preparing for events or receptions, and any other preparation needs which may arise.
  • Develop a strong understanding of the theatre’s POS system to ensure streamlined service and to maintain a strong training foundation across the bartending team.
  • Act as a point of contact for patron needs or concerns, resolving where possible and escalating to the front of house manager where appropriate in a manner that is not only respectful, but which reflects the highest customer service standards.
  • Hold a high level of familiarity and fluency with all aspects of Theatre Calgary so as to provide patrons and potential customers with accurate information regarding the company, our productions, the theatre, policies and procedures. These communications must be made with the primary goal of ensuring the utmost customer experience.
  • Effectively notice and communicate facility upkeep needs to the Front of House Manager.
  • Other duties to assist the front of house manager (as required).

Experience and Qualifications:

  • A minimum of three (3) years’ bartending experience is required, preferably in a performing arts or other entertainment venue.
  • Prior supervisory experience is strongly preferred.
  • Must hold current ProServe certification.
  • Knowledgeable and passionate about the work of Theatre Calgary.
  • Enthusiastic team player with excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Must possess the ability to lead others, solve patron concerns as they arise, and communicate well with a wide range of patrons and volunteers.
  • Must be comfortable and productive in a fast-paced and dynamic workplace.
  • Must be flexible and work well under stress.
  • Must be well organized, decisive and have good follow-through skills.
  • Excellent verbal communication skills (both one-on-one and public speaking).
  • A professional demeanour and experience/ability in dealing with discerning patrons.
  • An appreciation for the arts and for theatre.

The successful candidate must be available for a minimum of 2–3 shifts per week during each production throughout the season and be available for evening and weekend shift work.

Working conditions

These positions are flexible, part-time and shift-based, and require weekend and evening work during the run of a production. As this position deals directly with Theatre Calgary patrons and corporate event clients it may on occasion require professional interaction to foster ongoing positive relationships.

Due to the nature of the Max Bell Theatre, long periods of standing and the repetitive navigation of stairs will be required.

Remuneration: $17 per hour

Please submit applications to with the subject line Bar Lead.

We thank all those expressing interest in the role but only those selected for interviews will be contacted.

Closing Date for Applications: Open until filled.

Theatre Calgary encourages applications from our diverse community. Theatre Calgary is committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion. We recognize that increasing the diversity of our staff, on all levels, in integral to accomplishing this objective.  We are creating policies, practices, and programs that work toward the goal of dismantling systemic racism. We welcome all applications from women and gender nonconforming people, people of color, indigenous peoples, people with disabilities, people of all sexual orientations, and all others who may contribute to the further diversification of Theatre Calgary.

In the spirit of reconciliation, Theatre Calgary acknowledges that we live, work and create on the traditional territories of the Blackfoot Confederacy (Siksika, Kainai, Piikani), the Tsuut’ina, the Îyâxe Nakoda Nations, the Métis Nation (Region 3), and all people who make their homes in the Treaty 7 region of Southern Alberta. They were the original occupants of this land and continue to be here to this day. Theatre Calgary is grateful to have the opportunity to present in this territory.

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