Public Art Director

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Public Art Director

Position: Public Art Director
Location: Calgary

Join our team! Calgary Arts Development (CADA) is hiring a public art director to provide creative and executive leadership of the commissioning, programming and community engagement practices of the public art program.

Reporting to the President and CEO, the director provides oversight for all financial and operational functions of the program. Leading a full-time staff and contracted project leads and curators, it is essential that the director effectively communicates the value of public art to the public, and parties of interest, serving as a respected thought leader in building a vibrant, energetic community. Nurturing good relations throughout the community, and notably with Treaty 7 Nations and Indigenous artists, the director serves as the primary public face of the program to the city and the wider community.

The recruitment process for this position is being managed by Arts Consulting Group.


Executive leadership experience and proven success in a complex public art program with excellent financial acumen is required. Demonstrated success in advancing diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility strategies, and for understanding the principles of reconciliation with Indigenous communities, is necessary. Familiarity in leading participatory community engagement practices and processes is needed. Strong expertise and passion for working with artists and in communicating the value of public art to diverse parties of interest and the public is expected. Excellent written and communication skills, in English, are required.

Compensation and Benefits

CADA offers a competitive salary estimated in the range of $120,000 to $140,000 with a contribution to relocation, if needed. CADA further provides an extended health benefits package which includes dental, life insurance, , and health spending account. There is an annual professional development allowance. Staff work in a hybrid environment and are encouraged to be in the office a minimum of two days per week. The position includes 20 days’ vacation in the first year, plus time off during the December holiday season. CADA provides an RRSP matching program of up to 5%.

Applications and Inquiries

To submit a cover letter and resume highlighting relevant and demonstrable accomplishments (electronic submissions preferred), please click here or visit

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