Community Program Coordinator

Classified Categories: Archived

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Community Program Coordinator

Term: Full-time

About the Calgary Stampede Foundation

The Calgary Stampede Foundation supports youth of Alberta by providing dynamic programming and inspiring spaces to enhance their leadership skills, personal growth, creativity and education. Our vibrant and welcoming campus connects arts, heritage and education. Working with community leaders and philanthropists to ensure out western legacy is preserved for future generations.

As an organization that exists for the benefit of the community, inclusion and equity are woven into our core values of western hospitality, pride of place, integrity and commitment to the community. The world-class, year-round gathering place we have built for the community also welcomes visitors from around the world and those who are new to the local community. We know that blending diverse cultures with our long-standing traditions makes community spirit thrive.

About the Sam Centre

For over 100 years the Calgary Stampede has been the heart and soul of our city. It is both where and how we come together to celebrate our unique brand of western hospitality and community spirit. As we embark on the next chapter of our story, we will deliver exceptional experiences that entertain, educate and engage visitors. We will build inspired spaces to bring our community together to celebrate, and we will further energize the brand that has come to define our city. Our vision is to create a world-class, year-round gathering place for the community.

In 2024, the Calgary Stampede Foundation will open Sam Centre, a year-round immersive experience that offers an intimate look at the rich history of the Stampede and its role in our community. Sam is anchored in the peoples, stories and artifacts of the Calgary Stampede. It will engage and excite guests in Calgary’s Stampede story through immersive, interactive, story-driven experiences that put our guests at the centre of the action.

Position Summary and Overview

The community program coordinator is a member of the Sam Centre exhibits & experience team, reporting to the community program specialist, exhibits & experience. This role is responsible for supporting the execution of all community programming areas including: public programs and activations, special events, digital programs, and corporate programs at Sam Centre. Core responsibilities include scheduling and daily support of program facilitators, detailed program design and facilitation, and programming materials coordination.

The community program coordinator is a public facing team member with strong programming experience, a guest orientated mindset, supportive of the community engagement experience, and willing to work a flexible schedule including weekends, occasional evenings and holidays.

The community program coordinator is committed to Indigenous partnerships, accessibility, community engagement, anti-racism and a guest experience philosophy that believes that the guest and storytelling are at the heart of decision-making. At its heart, this role is about integrating the Sam Centre into our community and expanding our reach.

Deadline: The closing date for this position is April 17, 2023


Responsibilities of this role include, but are not limited to:

Development & Design

  • Support the research, innovative ideation and detailed design of community programs to enrich learning, engagement, long-term impact, community connection and fun at Sam Centre. Creative out-of-the-box thinking is an asset.
  • Support community partnerships that facilitate co-created programs and contribute to a sense of belonging through Sam’s programs.
  • Support the ongoing program evaluation and improvement processes, utilizing community collaboration and focusing on delivering a best practice programming environment.
  • Support procurement of program materials including sourcing, pricing and storage organization.

Program Delivery

  • Co-create and enthusiastically deliver Sam mission-aligned programs that promote exceptional visitor experience and sharing of Stampede stories.
  • Create an engaging and interactive environment, fostering curiosity, learning, critical thinking and meaningful connections, preparing youth as spirited citizens.
  • Ensure safety and well-being of guests to Sam, employees and volunteers.
  • Act as an event lead for special events.


  • Support the day-to-day operations of Sam program facilitators including volunteers, participate with evaluation tools including providing program specific coaching, and providing daily direction.
  • Support the recruitment and training of Sam Community program facilitators, including volunteers.
  • Support positive relationships with key stakeholders in the community.


  • Collaborate with CS and Sam Centre colleagues for detailed program design and implement the community programs.
    In alignment with the rest of the exhibits & experience team, support website content development, reporting, creation of program materials, and participant communications.
  • Coordinate staff and volunteer schedules and navigate last-minute schedule adjustments.
  • Maintain and update internal information documents, summarize content for programming use such as marketing and digital content.
  • Support budget accountability and maximization.


The ideal candidate will be proactive, creative, optimistic and have worked in a dynamic environment, and will hold the following qualifications:

  • 2 – 4 years of experience in the delivery of professional cultural programs in museum, educational, arts or cultural organizations or acceptable combination of education, training, experience or traditional knowledge relevant to the position.
  • Preference may be given to candidates who have completed greater than 2 years of postsecondary education, training or experience in a related field such as, but not limited to: history, museum science, theatre, arts, rodeo, agriculture, event management, cultural or historical interpretation.
  • Confident public speaking, facilitation and excels at connecting with audiences of all ages, interests and abilities.
  • Familiar with audience-orientated experiences and adept at detailed program design to meet the needs of different audiences, interests and availability.
  • Curious and quick learner, as the topics and themes explored through program development will be diverse.
  • Motivated self-starter who can work well independently and within a team.
  • Highly proficient in Microsoft Office applications including MS Word, Excel, Power Point, Publisher, Outlook and Explorer.
  • Basecamp is an asset.
  • Ability to set priorities, balance demands of multiple tasks and meet deadlines.
  • Proven track record of working cooperatively with a broad range of individuals.
  • Knowledge of an interdisciplinary approach to teaching and learning and/or interpretive theory and techniques such as storytelling, demonstration, theatre programs, dialogue, participatory experiences and guided walks is an asset.
  • Post-Secondary Diploma or Associates degree or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Assets: Multilingual, rodeo, agriculture, arts, theatre, Pinterest craft lover.

For more information and to apply, visit

Please submit your resume and a brief cover letter.

All applicants are thanked in advance and only those selected for interviews will be contacted.

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