Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity (Banff Centre) exists to inspire artists and leaders to make their unique contribution to society and aspires to be the global leader in arts, culture, and creativity. Founded in 1933, its history is the story of some of the most iconic and outstanding artists from Canada and around the world who have helped forge the Canadian cultural identity.
In January 2009, Canada’s Minister of Advanced Education and Technology approved a mandate for Banff Centre as a specialized Arts and Culture Institution providing non-parchment programs in the arts and creativity as well as in leadership development, mountain culture, and the environment. As Canada’s leading post graduate arts institution, Banff Centre offers intensive training and career development programs for emerging and established artists across all artistic disciplines, including opera, music, dance, film and media, mountain culture, and visual and Indigenous arts. It also has an extensive leadership offering in the cultural, Indigenous, corporate, and environmental sectors. From 2016 to 2017, Banff Centre welcomed more than 3,500 artists and leaders in over 120 learning programs and more than 20,000 attendees to over 500 conferences. Each year, there are more than 150 premieres, over 50 commissioned artistic works, and 400 performances and events for more than 80,000 audience members.
Under the leadership of President and CEO Janice Price, Banff Centre’s 2016-2021 Strategic Plan supports the Albertan, Canadian, and global creative landscape through six priority initiatives: a commitment to advancing artistic learning; Banff Centre as a cultural destination; a centre for excellence for Indigenous programs; a destination for creativity in leadership and conferences; a creative home on sacred and protected land; and an adaptive and resilient organization. The annual operating budget for Banff Centre is approximately $70 million.
Banff Centre is located in Banff National Park, a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage site. The spectacular beauty of the Canadian Rockies surrounds the campus, which is spread over 42 acres and includes a variety of theatres, recital halls, practice rooms, production facilities, visual art spaces, conference facilities, residences halls, and staff housing, just a few blocks from downtown Banff, Alberta.
The Town of Banff (Banff) is a unique mountain community located in Canada’s first national park. Incorporated as a municipality in 1990, Banff has a population of approximately 10,000 residents. Everyone who lives there must meet a “need to reside” requirement regulated by the federal government. Tourism is Banff’s economic driver, with more than four million people visiting Banff National Park every year. The town thrives with a diverse mix of residents and visitors from all around the world. Banffites embrace the mountain lifestyle of hiking and biking in the summer and skiing and snowboarding in the winter, while acknowledging an obligation as stewards of the national park and the value of living in a safe and caring town.
In addition to the national park’s extraordinary beauty and Banff Centre’s many varied programs, Banff residents can enjoy the Banff Public Library, Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, and a variety of sports clubs and leagues. Families with children will find multiple public and private K-12 educational opportunities in Banff and the nearby community of Canmore. With a population of approximately 1.2 million residents, Calgary is just a 90-minute drive from Banff and offers all the amenities of a major metropolitan area, including an international airport.
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Reporting to the Vice President, Arts and Leadership, the Managing Director, Performing Arts (Managing Director) will be charged with overseeing the curation, executive production, quality control, and overall mission alignment of the performing arts programs within Banff Centre’s arts program plan. The Managing Director will work collaboratively with the Arts planning team and performing arts sessional program directors to produce and deliver a compelling vision for performing arts programs in alignment with Banff Centre’s strategic plan and arts programming vision as established by the Vice President, Arts and Leadership. The Managing Director will be accountable for the strategic planning and leadership of performing arts programming at Banff Centre, including but not limited to Music, Opera, Theatre, Dance, Playwright’s Lab, Classical and Jazz Music, Singer-Songwriter, and Concert in the 21st Century, as well as developing digital initiatives within these program areas.
The Managing Director will oversee between eight and ten sessional program directors and will work collaboratively with three other year-round Art Directors (Indigenous, Visual and Digital Media, and Literary), four Managing Directors (Events and Public Engagement, Artistic Program Planning, Production, and Leadership), and two Performing Arts Program Managers. Banff Centre’s arts programming accounts for a combined total of 485 full-time learning equivalents annually and operates within a $20 million annual operating budget.
Leadership and Accountability
Strategic Vision and Artistic Planning
Employee Mentorship, Communication, and Collaboration
The Managing Director will be a dynamic, people-oriented, and assertive individual who values frequent interaction and collaboration with others. As a versatile leader with a high degree of personal accountability and a commitment to exceeding expectations, the Managing Director will balance tasks and projects with a sense of urgency. The selected individual will have a successful management track record in the performing arts and bring energy, passion, and an appreciation for arts education.
Other key competencies include:
A bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) and ten years of progressive collaborative experience, with at least seven years at a senior leadership level in the performing arts, are required. A passion for arts education, professional development, and partnerships at the post-secondary level is necessary. To attract high profile artists to Banff Centre and build its profile and reputation in the performing arts realm, qualified candidates must have an established network and reputation in the Canadian and international arts community. Experience working in a multi-disciplinary environment and setting a compelling vision that utilizes creativity, innovation, and a strong business acumen to deliver that vision is advantageous.
Banff Centre offers competitive salary, professional development opportunities, a supportive work environment, an employee cafeteria, subsidized fitness memberships, and employee events. In addition to the Government of Alberta Health Plan, Banff Centre offers extended health and dental insurance, life insurance, vacation time, and participation in a retirement plan to all full-time salaried employees.
Please submit a cover letter, resume including demonstrable accomplishments, and summary listing of commissioned or produced performing arts events to:
Mr. Martin Bragg, Senior Vice President
1811 4th Street SW, Suite 523
Calgary, Alberta T2S 1W2
Tel (888) 234.4236 Ext. 205
Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity is an equal opportunity employer that welcomes any
qualified applicant and values diversity of all kinds. Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity is located in
Treaty 7 territory. We acknowledge the past, present, and future generations of Stoney Nakoda, Blackfoot
and Tsuut’ina Nations who help us steward this land, as well as honour and celebrate this place.
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