Programs Manager

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Programs Manager

Lougheed House is seeking an enthusiastic Programs Manager to join our team. Are you someone who would take pride in developing engaging museum experiences that resonate with visitors and that explore Alberta’s heritage, arts, and culture? Does the idea of leading a motivated and passionate team in a fast-paced environment, appeal to you? If so, read on!

It is an exciting time to join Lougheed House as we continue to grow as a cultural hub for Calgary and Alberta. The Lougheed House Re-Imagined multi-year permanent gallery project is in development and as we evolve Lougheed House for the future, we are looking for individuals interested in being a part of this journey. Lougheed House, known initially as Beaulieu, was built in 1891 and is a Provincial and National Historic Site. Designed by Ottawa architect James R. Bowes for Senator James and Lady Isabella Hardisty Lougheed. Now considered a Métis household because of Lady Isabella’s Metis ancestry, it is one of the earliest surviving mansions of its kind on the Canadian prairies today. Located in the Beltline district of Calgary amid several acres of heritage gardens and green space, the House is an accredited museum and significant Calgary landmark. For visitors of all ages, it features a regular exhibition program, and hosts events, tours, and learning opportunities that explore our community’s history from a diversity of perspectives. Lougheed House offers a flexible and team-oriented work environment. Join us and help grow our organization for the future!

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Position Summary

The senior role of programs manager is responsible for the development and implementation of Lougheed House’s public and educational programs, exhibitions and collections development, the volunteer program, and the Gardens at Lougheed House. This individual supervises the head gardener, the associate curator, and the programs and volunteer coordinator. The role is responsible for the management of all visitor programs, including the project management of the redevelopment of Lougheed House’s permanent gallery Lougheed House Re-Imagined. We are looking for an experienced individual with a track record in the cultural sector to collaborate closely with the Executive Director to take Lougheed House to the next level – someone who can work with multiple and diverse stakeholders, build on existing programs and exhibitions, grow new partnerships, and grow our base of volunteers, community members and cultural producers. This is an exciting opportunity to build Lougheed House as a place of community connection, and as a cultural hub. The successful candidate will have knowledge of emerging issues in the evolution of heritage and museum sector practice regarding Indigenous and Métis representation and a strong track record in growing community engagement. We strive to make Lougheed House and its rich history, legacy, and stories, diverse and accessible to the whole community.

Position Duties/Responsibilities

  • Supervises the associate curator, the programs and volunteer coordinator and the head gardener
  • Builds community relevance and engagement for Lougheed House and its vision and mandate, by planning, facilitating, executing, and evaluating arts and history exhibitions, programs, experiences, and events
  • Project management, including being project lead of Lougheed House Re-Imagined
  • Evaluates programs based on performance against mandates/objectives, and cost effectiveness, while striving to continually increase the quality of all programs and projects, ensuring high quality visitor experiences
  • Determines new project and growth opportunities, visitor trends, and potential for growing community outreach opportunities
  • Manages and oversees the Lougheed House programs and content team in all aspects of content development and execution, including engaging in strategic planning, promotion, and development, from conception to execution
  • Working with the head gardener, manages the Gardens development and annual/seasonal work
  • Recruits, selects, inspires, leads and manages staff, interns, and volunteers to provide high quality programs and experiences consistently and skillfully
  • Develops strategies and tactics to execute against, and meets targets for, program visitation and revenue
  • Oversees the volunteer program, including the development of a long-term strategy to grow the program, design and delivery, all recruitment, and evaluation of program success
  • Develops and manages the programs and projects budgets
  • Works collaboratively with all staff on site-wide initiatives

Qualitifations & Competencies:

  • Post-Secondary degree preferred with an emphasis or concentration in exhibitions development, education, museum studies or a related field; a combination of educational and work experience will be considered
  • 5+ years of management and leadership experience, including the development and implementation of exhibitions, programs, and volunteer management
  • A track record in executing complex projects with multiple stakeholders on time and on budget
  • Demonstrated experience in project management
  • Demonstrated experience leading the development and management of budgets, teams, mentoring staff and a team of volunteers
  • Demonstrated ability in grant writing, and supporting fund development initiatives such as sponsorship and individual giving
  • Demonstrated passion for history and experience working in a museum or historical site is preferred
  • Knowledge of Indigenous and Métis history and of Truth and Reconciliation matters in museums and historic sites is preferred, including an understanding of Indigenous traditions and protocols
  • Demonstrated proficiency working in Microsoft Office Suite (including Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) is essential; proficiency in databases such as PastPerfect and Better Impact is a bonus
  • Demonstrated attention to detail and ability to handle confidential information and act with tact, diplomacy, and professionalism
  • A self-starter with demonstrated initiative, organizational skills, a sense of urgency and ability to meet deadlines while balancing competing priorities
  • Exceptional communication, interpersonal and team-building skills
  • Ability to represent Lougheed House with a high level of integrity and professionalism, adhere to museum policies and support management decisions in a positive, professional manner
  • Ability to work with colleagues, the Board, contractors, the public, Lougheed House stakeholders, donors, and volunteers
  • Comfortable working in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment, autonomously and independently
  • Demonstrated “roll up the sleeves” mentality
  • Ability to build relationships and credibility with key stakeholders (colleagues, the Board, contractors, the public, donors, and volunteers)
  • Demonstrated ability to promote and live the values of Lougheed House

Location: Calgary

Position type: Full-Time (with benefits) | 37.5 hours per week; remote and in person. A flexible approach is required to meet the needs of our donors, visitors, collaborators, and business; as such, some evening or weekend work may be required. A security clearance check is required for this role.

Start date: As soon as possible

Lougheed House is committed to, and values, diversity in the workplace.

Application instructions

Please submit your resume and a cover letter that outlines why your skills, experience, and personality would make you an excellent candidate for the Programs Manager at Lougheed House.

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Application deadline: December 31, 2021, at 5:00pm MT.

We thank all applicants for their interest in this position; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

The job description is intended as a summary of the primary responsibilities of and qualifications for this position. The job description is not intended as inclusive of all duties an individual in this position might be asked to perform or of all qualifications that may be required either now or in the future.

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