Programs Manager

Date Posted: May 19, 2017
Application Deadline: Jun 02, 2017
Start Date: Jul 03, 2017

Salary: $52-58,000 + Benefits
Province: Alberta
City: Canmore
Organization's Field/Discipline:
Term: Full-time
Career Level:

Organization Description

Canadian Mountain Arts Foundation - artsPlace

The Canadian Mountain Arts Foundation operates as artsPlace.

Mission - We grow the arts to build our community and enrich our lives

Vision - A Bow Valley in which all residents participate in the arts and appreciate creativity as a vital part of their daily lives

CMAF operates artsPlace, 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, film, music and drama. artsPlace features a number of teaching, exhibition and performance spaces including classrooms for ceramics, fabrication and visual arts, a live performance/film theatre, and a gallery space.

CMAF also runs the Vic Lewis Band Festival, Alberta's longest running and largest non-competitive high school band festival, as well as the annual Canmore Festival of Art and Creativity

Job Description

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.

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, 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. artsPlace 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.


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, 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) and works productively and effectively with a small permanent staff, community groups, artists, and the public to design and deliver engaging, quality arts education programs.  The Programmer will be 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, 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.


  • 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
  • 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 the arts, education or a related field.
  • A creative vision for new and exciting programming that will help to build creativity and the arts in the community
  • Strong written and oral communications skills and an outgoing  personality
  • Experience working with a wide variety of arts and creative learning activities suitable for varied ages and skill levels
  • The ability to recruit and retain skilled instructors for participation in arts programs and to 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
  • An appreciation and understanding of mountain culture and a love for the outdoors
  • 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


How to Apply:

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 Friday, June 2, 2017 to 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 June 5. The ideal start date is early July.
We thank all applicants for their interest, but only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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