Program Manager

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Program Manager

Performing Arts

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 performing arts program delivery.

The performing arts portfolio encompasses programming in the areas of theatre, dance, opera, and music. A critical success metric is translating the vision of the director and faculty into an achievable, executable, program within the constraints of Banff Centre’s facilities, physical location, and staff resources. The program manager in this area should have a knowledge of the artistic disciplines as well as an understanding of the operational time and resources required to execute each program.

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, performing arts will report to the managing director, program management and coordination and resources management and receive direction from the managing director, performing 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.

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 performing 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.

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 when a program is running on campus.

This position may require the candidate to be available to work a flexible, irregular schedule and weekends.

Employment Terms

In accordance with the terms of employment governing Management/PSP employees, this is a permanent, full-time position, subject to a 6-month probationary period.

The successful candidate will enjoy twenty paid vacation days and four personal days annually, extended medical and dental benefits, and participation in an employer-matched pension plan.

All Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Accommodation will be made for those who are legitimately exempted from vaccination requirements.

Employment candidates must demonstrate during the recruitment process that they are fully vaccinated in accordance with the Centre’s COVID-19 Vaccination Directive as a pre-condition of employment.

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, performing arts until 11:59pm MT on Sunday, November 21, 2021, however, we will be reviewing resumes and screening candidates on an ongoing basis.

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.

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