JOBS: Associate Director, Indigenous Arts, Banff Centre, Until Filled

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Job description
Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity is seeking an Associate Director, Indigenous Arts .

About Us

Founded in 1933, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity is a learning organization built upon an extraordinary legacy of excellence in artistic and creative development. What started as a single course in drama has grown to become the global organization leading in arts, culture, and creativity across dozens of disciplines. From our home in the stunning Canadian Rocky Mountains, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity aims to inspire everyone who attends our campus – artists, leaders, and thinkers – to unleash their creative potential.

Indigenous Arts

Banff Centre Arts programs exist to develop the work and careers of contemporary artists from Alberta, Canada, and around the world through intensive residency-based learning, training, and creation programs that offer them rich facilities, expert mentors both artistic and technical, and time and space for transformative reflection and artistic experimentation. The Centre also enables the presentation of works, both in- progress and fully produced, to audiences from across Alberta and also on tour across Canada and internationally.

How We’ll Get There

The Indigenous Arts department encompasses programming relating to the performing and literary arts, working closely with the visual/digital/media programming areas. We are expanding Indigenous Arts programming to offer more year round training and creation opportunities.

Develop new programs that bring together Indigenous artists, practitioners and learners to advance contemporary Indigenous artistic expression in Canada and to explore topics of national importance, including calls to action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

Create new programming and outreach that drives participation by Indigenous youth in Alberta.

Create new opportunities for Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists and learners to collaborate and learn from one another.

We will strive to make all of our programs in Indigenous Arts globally recognized while simultaneously upholding the values of Indigenous peoples in Canada.

The Opportunity

The Associate Director’s role is to provide complementary areas of artistic expertise to the Director, that are necessary to lead the department, and to help envision and implement a compelling future for programs that meet the ambitions outlined in the overall Strategic Plan of the Centre. Reporting to the Director, Indigenous Arts, the Associate Director shares responsibility for balancing the artistic ambitions of the department with the operational requirements necessary to function efficiently as part of a post-secondary institution.

The Associate Director will support the development of the Director’s programming, and co-lead the creation and implementation of Indigenous arts programs through an ongoing planning process overseen by the Managing Director of Artistic Planning and involving all Arts Directors at the Centre. The Associate Director will also work closely with the Indigenous Leadership team to develop programming synergies and collaborations between Indigenous Arts and Leadership.

An understanding of art education and professional development at the post-secondary level and beyond will be critical to the Associate Director’s success in establishing programs that attract high quality applicants.

The Associate Director will be expected to support the Director’s network of contacts within the Indigenous Arts community, and draw on his/her own to attract a roster of world-class creative faculty. Together, this staffing complement will create an environment where artists can explore and push creative boundaries to build on existing artistic knowledge and facilitate personal growth and development.

– Specific Accountabilities
– Research and Program Development
– Programming
– Financial Management
– Communications
– Leadership and Influence
– Stakeholder Relationships

Qualification And Educational Requirements
• 5+ years of proven collaborative and inclusionary leadership.
• Network and reputation in the Canadian and International Indigenous arts
• Active member of Indigenous Arts associations and groups.
• Related university degree with a deep understanding of art education and professional development at the post-secondary level.
• Different areas of arts expertise from the Director (who has a background in performing arts)
• Previous experience in setting a compelling vision and utilizing creativity, innovation and business acumen to delivery on this vision.
• Background and or interest in working in a multi-disciplinary environment.
• Operational awareness (budgets, grants and fundraising).
• Experience working with external donors and stakeholders from government, the private and public sectors.
• Highly motived and energetic – contemporary and forward-looking while honouring legacy and what has been built.
• Effective communication and presentation skills.
• Adept in the planning and organization required to successfully launch multiple projects at once.
• Multilingual (preferred)
• Experience in working in a unionized environment (preferred)

Special Requirements
Candidates offered a position with the Centre, in this capacity, will be required to obtain a criminal record check verifying a clear record before a final job offer can be finalized.
This position requires the candidate to be available to work a flexible, irregular schedule and weekends (if required).

Employment Terms & Benefits
In accordance with the terms of employment governing Management/PSP employees, this is a permanent, full time position, subject to a 6 month probationary period.
Banff Centre offers a comprehensive benefits package to its employees. For more information please visit our benefits page.

Application Process
We are accepting applications for Associate Director, Indigenous Arts until a suitable candidate is found.
Please include a cover letter demonstrating how your experience translates to this position and why you are interested in becoming part of our team.

Submit your application, resume and cover letter online via Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity careers website as per below:
For new applicants, click ‘Apply for this Position’ at the bottom of this page and complete the application for employment. Please upload your cover letter (in one document and quoting the appropriate position title) and resume as ONE document in either .doc or .pdf format.

For previous applicants, log into your profile at the bottom of this page using your email address and password, then click on the browse button to upload your cover letter (in one document and quoting the appropriate position title) and resume as ONE document in either .doc or .pdf format.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity hires on the basis of merit and is strongly committed to fostering diversity within its work community. If you are a foreign national please visit our International Applicants page for more information.

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

Thank you for your interest in working at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity.


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