Manager, Arts and Culture

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Manager, Arts and Culture

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Reporting to the director of partnerships, you will provide strategic direction and oversight for the delivery of the arts in Calgary. You will be responsible for championing and leading the response to arts and cultural activities in Calgary while also supporting partners in a shared vision of a vibrant arts and culture sector in our city.

You will oversee the division’s three units: Festivals and Events, Public Art Liaison, and Cultural Development.

As a member of the partnerships management team, you will be expected to foster an inclusive leadership approach that promotes equity, diversity and inclusion, as well as psychological and physical safety. As the City works to advance and grow partnerships, you will play a strong role in helping set direction and build mutually beneficial relationships with a range of dedicated partners. As an energetic leader, strategic decision-maker and creative innovator you will possess political acumen and provide leadership, program management, supervision, consultation and direction to a team of professionals to support the diverse arts and cultural activities within The City.

Primary duties include:

  • Demonstrate leadership through translating the council mandated vision and direction for the arts using policies and frameworks.
  • Foster and advance meaningful relationships with Civic Partner organizations which provide arts, cultural, heritage and economic development.
  • Oversee financial management of the division including operating and capital budgets.
  • Consult, advise and make recommendations with respect to Public Art.
  • Provide leadership, direction and support to direct operations and supervise the team leaders of three areas (Festivals and Events, Public Art Liaison and Cultural Development)
  • Direct overall work of festival and event management.
  • Participate in the creation, establishment and implementation of financial sustainable business plans, strategies and actions to support current and future operations.
  • Support, champion and lead equity-based corporate initiatives such as commitments to the Calls of Action for Truth and Reconciliation, and Anti-Racism strategies through arts and culture service delivery.
  • Support team efforts to think outside of the box, take calculated risks and have fun.


A completed degree in arts, business or public administration or related field with at least 10 years of progressively responsible assignments with experience that includes strategic planning, program and project management, financial management, relationship building and partnership development within a complex organization or division, ideally in a service-based environment is preferred.

A masters degree in a related field would be considered an asset.

Equivalent combinations of experience and education may be considered.

Public sector experience, particularly working with or in municipal government or a large, multi-union environment, is preferred.

Experience with and an understanding of not-for-profit governance structures, accountability frameworks and outcomes measurements and analysis are essential. Experience working with equity-seeking community members, such as Indigenous, Racialized and LGBTQ+ community.

Success in this position requires a demonstrated ability to intersect successfully with and respond to internal an external arts and culture industry members.

You are innovative with exceptional communication, engagement and consultative skills, demonstrated success in building, developing and leading strong teams, leading and managing change, developing and using metrics to improve organizational performance, and establishing and maintaining strong and positive working relationships with colleagues, clients, stakeholders, and/or elected officials. In addition, you also have strong relationship building skills to facilitate private, non-profit and government partnerships.

Pre-employment Requirements

Successful applicants must provide proof of qualifications.

Application deadline: February 2, 2023
Compensation: Level G $99,744 – $156,928 per annum

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