Program Manager, Indigenous Arts

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Program Manager, Indigenous Arts

Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity aims to inspire everyone who attends our campus—artists, leaders, and thinkers—to unleash their creative potential.

Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity acknowledges, with deep respect and gratitude, our home on the side of Sacred Buffalo Guardian Mountain, in the beautiful and special territory of Treaty 7.

We recognize the past, present, and future generations of Stoney Nakoda, Blackfoot, Tsuut’ina Nations, and Métis from Region 3, who help us steward this land, as well as honour and celebrate this place.

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 Indigenous arts program delivery. The Indigenous arts department encompasses programming relating to performing arts, literary, visual, and digital media art disciplines. The goal of Indigenous Arts programming is to advance regional, provincial, national, and international contemporary Indigenous artistic expression, and to inspire artists to conceive powerful ideas and create new work while exploring topics of national importance.

The program manager, Indigenous arts will need to have a strong understanding of Indigenous culture and the ability to build relationships within the Banff Centre community and external communities.

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.

Roles and Responsibilities

The program manager, Indigenous arts will report to the managing director, program management and coordination and resources management and receive direction from the director and associate director, Indigenous 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.
  • Other related duties as may be assigned

Qualification and Educational Requirements

  • Five+ years of proven program management experience, preferably within a creative environment.
  • University degree in an arts discipline, or related area of study.
  • Five+ years of project management experience.
  • Strong arts background in Indigenous 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
  • Given the primary purpose of Indigenous arts programming is to serve the needs of Indigenous artists, Indigenous applicants will be given preference.

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.
  • Due to the nature of the job, this position requires the candidate to be available to work a flexible, irregular schedule and weekends.

Employment Terms and Benefits

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

Benefits of working at Banff Centre are:

  • Staff housing options (based on availability)
  • Professional development
  • Staff cafeteria and restaurant discounts
  • Onsite fitness facility at a discounted rate – first month free for new staff!
  • Free or reduced admission to Banff Centre performance and events.

Application Process

We ask that interested candidates please apply directly on the Banff Centre Careers page visit

We will be accepting applications for program manager, Indigenous arts until 11:59pm MT on Thursday, January 27, 2022, however, we will be reviewing resumes and screening candidates on an ongoing basis.

Candidates offered a position with Banff Centre, in this capacity, will be required to obtain a criminal record check verifying a clear record before a final job offer can be finalized.

Visa Requirements: Candidates must be legally eligible to work in Canada. Banff Centre is unable to assist candidates in obtaining Canadian work authorization.

Thank you for your interest in working at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity.

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.

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