Program Manager, Visual Arts

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90 ears 1933-2023

Program Manager, Visual Arts

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 Visual Arts program delivery.

The visual arts portfolio encompasses support of programs and projects in all visual arts mediums including digital media, sculpture, ceramics, photography, performance art, drawing, painting, fibre and textiles, and curatorial practice. The program manager works closely with the director, visual arts residencies, and the production manager, artist studios, to assess the needs of upcoming programs, manage operations (including scheduling and budgets) and support artist participants in residence. Programs are a mix of self-directed and thematic residencies as well as other programming.

A critical success metric is translating the vision of the director 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 visual arts 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.

Roles and Responsibilities

Reporting to the Senior Program Manager, 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 background in Visual 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 may require 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 salaried, full-time position, subject to a 6-month probationary period.

The successful candidate will enjoy 20 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:

  • Transitional 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!
Application Process

We are accepting applications for the Program Manager, Visual Arts position until 11:59pm MT on November 12, 2023.

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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.

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