Job Opportunity - Programs Manager

Reporting directly to the Executive Director, and working very closely with all permanent staff, the Programs Manager is responsible for the development, implementation, evaluation, and staffing of all arts-education programming across multiple genres, as well as gallery and film curation. The Programs Manager acts as team leader in the absence of the Executive Director.

Opened officially in late September 2015, artsPlace is Canmore’s community arts centre, offering accessible arts-based programs, classes, workshops, and public performances for all age groups and across multiple disciplines: visual arts, ceramics, textiles, fabrication, digital arts, film, music and drama. artsPlace features a number of teaching, exhibit and performance spaces including classrooms for ceramics, fabrication and visual arts, a black box performance/film theatre, and a public gallery space. The artsPlace building is owned by The Town of Canmore, and is operated at arm’s length as an independent charitable organization by the Canadian Mountain Arts Foundation.

This is a full-time permanent position offering a salary of $60 – 65,000 per annum + a full benefits package.


The Programs Manager is responsible for the creation and coordination of a rich and varied array of programming. These programs educate, support and engage community members and celebrate the arts in the community as well as providing support and opportunities for Bow Valley professional artists. Programs include, but are not limited to, ceramics, painting, drawing, printing, digital arts, sewing and textiles, jewelry-making, stained glass, writing, music, drama & creative movement, family drop-ins, a full range of children and youth camps - from traditional clay and visual arts to drama and movement, animation and robotics - as well as specialized school, and private programs. Programs are inclusive of all ages, all experience levels and designed to enhance arts, and creativity skills, provide social interaction, encourage creative growth, and build creative confidence.

This position reports to and works in strong partnership with the artsPlace Executive Director (ED), acting as deputy with decision-making authority in the ED’s absence. The Program Manager works productively and effectively with a small permanent staff, community groups, artists, and the public to design and deliver engaging, quality arts education programs. They are responsible for recruiting instructors, and working very closely with the local professional arts community to curate the artsPlace “Hub” gallery, to oversee film curation, and assist the ED in programming live performances and other performing arts-based programming.


  • Developing, implementing, supervising, and evaluating all artsPlace arts-education programming, including, but not limited to: workshops, films, exhibits, community art projects, children and youth camps, school visits and other community partnerships
  • Developing learning objectives for each program
  • Managing gallery and film curation in conjunction with staff and local professional artists
  • Maintaining and developing outreach programs for schools
  • Maintaining and developing private programs for businesses, community groups, and birthday parties
  • Assisting or stepping in for instructors if required
  • Developing, maintaining and evaluating program materials inventory and equipment needs
  • Overseeing program-based equipment maintenance
  • Managing efficient use of studios , the gallery, and program-based storage spaces
  • Developing, implementing and evaluating special event and Canmore Festival of Art and Creativity programming
  • Developing relationships with and overseeing outreach initiatives with local Indigenous communities
  • In conjunction with the ED, staff and volunteers, researching and evaluating community needs for artsPlace programming
  • In conjunction with the ED, developing and maintaining health and Safety standards for the facility and all arts-based programming in compliance with Alberta Occupational Health and Safety regulations

Human resource Management

  • Recruiting, contracting, training, supervising and evaluating course instructors, program-based casual staffing and volunteers
  • Developing, evaluating, and maintaining program-based volunteer opportunities and committees
  • Being an effective team leader for program instructors and volunteers
  • Maintaining and developing instructor manuals and other documentation

Budgeting and Administration

  • In conjunction with the Executive Director, creating and administering detailed program plans and budgets
  • In conjunction with the ED, creating and evaluating program pricing and instructor compensation scales and models, and ensuring all instructors are paid the correct amount in a timely fashion
  • Assisting with the development of private and public funding proposals and reports on an as- needed basis

Promotion and Public Relations

  • Interacting successfully with all levels of the public, demonstrating enthusiasm, professionalism and tact to build support, interest, and participation in artsPlace programs
  • Promoting positive public relations and serving as a liaison for program activities with program participants, instructors, schools, community organizations, the Town of Canmore and other local government, and local professional artists
  • Working closely with community organizers and the broader community to plan and deliver new arts programs
  • Working with staff to develop educational and promotional materials



The ideal candidate will possess many or all of the following qualifications:

  • A passion for the arts and creativity and an appreciation and understanding of multiple visual arts mediums
  • Proven, effective experience in developing and delivering arts programming
  • A post-secondary education in fine or craft arts, education or a related field.
  • Experience working with a wide variety of arts and creative learning activities suitable for varied ages and skill levels
  • A creative vision for new and exciting programming that will build engagement with the arts and creativity in the Bow Valley community
  • An appreciation and understanding of mountain culture and lifestyle
  • Strong written and oral communications skills and an outgoing personality
  • The ability to recruit and retain skilled instructors and develop effective program evaluation tools
  • A comfort level managing art studios and equipment in multiple mediums with an understanding of ceramic arts and equipment especially valuable
  • Experience curating a gallery and installing exhibitions
  • Strong administrative, leadership, organizational and supervisory skills
  • Skill in establishing and maintaining effective, collaborative working relationships with artists, including planning, coordinating and supervising
  • A track record of working with the community and soliciting and integrating community feedback and interests
  • The ability to prioritize, work under pressure, multi task and work effectively in close-knit and fast-paced work environment
  • A working knowledge of the Microsoft Office Suite and a comfort level learning new software programs including scheduling and registration systems

To apply, please submit a resume and cover letter explaining why you would be a good fit for the position, artsPlace and the Bow Valley, by Sunday, September 23, 2018 to [email protected] attn.: Executive Director or in person at artsPlace, 950 8 Avenue (PO Box 8521), Canmore, AB T1W 2V2.

Interviews are anticipated to take place the week of October 1. The ideal start date is late October.

We thank all applicants for their interest, but only those selected for an interview will be contacted.