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British Columbia

Surrey, BC
Manager, Culture
City of Surrey
July 30, 2018
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Are you a forward-looking leader in the cultural sector seeking to drive the design, development and implementation of innovative strategies, initiatives and plans that will enhance the City of Surrey’s global creative, cultural and artistic opportunities?

Reporting to the General Manager, Parks, Recreation and Culture, you will lead a talented team in the visioning, planning, development and delivery of art services, public art, culture programs, special events, heritage services, museums, filming, and related strategic policies to deliver on our vision of being a thriving green inclusive community.

Within a diverse and innovative cultural environment with a focus on community engagement, you will sustain Council’s vision of Surrey as a leading cultural city while maintaining and enhancing neighbourhood vitality.


  • Provide leadership for a multifaceted portfolio, delivering high-level programs and strategies across a wide variety of services (heritage, public art, museum, special events and performing and visual arts etc.).
  • Be an innovative leader, demonstrating commitment to City values, by providing input and support for the design, development and implementation of strategies, initiatives and plans to enhance the City's global creative, cultural and artistic reputation.
  • Strategically develop/deliver innovative programming at cultural centres, public spaces, heritage space, art gallery, performance centres, museum and in the community, through a range of programs, exhibits, media, performing and visual arts, film, food, lectures, story-telling, festivals and signature events.
  • Provide advice on cultural policy and maintain high-level awareness of international cultural, economic, tourism and industry trends and other environmental factors, in order to secure and enhance the arts and culture sector's contribution to Surrey's economy, and its ability to attract and retain talent, tourists, business location and to foster healthy communities.
  • Provide leadership and establish effective partnerships with residents, external stakeholders, Council, other levels of government to ensure programming strength and viability.
  • Lead capacity-building initiatives and partnerships to strengthen community arts and to provide creative opportunities that support social, economic and cultural inclusion.
  • In collaboration, develop internal and external communication strategies to promote arts and culture with the public, support the development of media campaigns for large-scale events and conduct media relations by communicating vision, trends and current issues, events and programs.
  • Guide the continuous improvement of arts and heritage services through analysis, development and implementation.
  • Lead and engage a diverse workforce, ensuring effective teamwork, organizational performance, and continuous learning and innovation provide staff with direction and guidance, processes and tools to ensure sustainability based on Council’s long term vision.
  • Develop the Division’s annual operating budget and ensure that expenditures are within budget.  Develop/implement revenue-generating programs (grants, sponsorship, fees).
  • Responsible for the City’s cultural investment and other culture grants programs.  Work with organizations that receive grants to ensure compliance with City policies, to maximize funding leverage, and ensure grants advance the City's cultural goals.
  • Ensure excellent customer service standards.
  • Anticipate, identify and manage emerging issues and challenges, help identify solutions that are flexible and responsive to evolving and changing needs, implement solutions and monitor results.
  • Represent the City on various committees, task forces, associations, etc.


  • The successful candidate will have a university degree in fine arts, visual arts, history, heritage, community planning, or other disciplines pertinent to the role; supplemented by formal training in art programming, community development, or have equivalent education and experience.
  • S/he will have senior level experience leading complex arts and culture programs and 7-10 years of experience leading teams in related environments.
  • Demonstrated experience working with stakeholders on envisioning and delivering community initiatives in arts and culture.
  • Extensive experience leading complex projects from inception through to implementation while balancing Council, community and other stakeholder interests.
  • Highly developed skills in providing strategic advice and communicating with senior management and Council on complex issues, including familiarity with municipal governance policies, issues, all relevant legislation, municipal programs and services.
  • Strong public relations/media skills with the ability to communicate both orally and in writing with a broad range of stakeholders throughout the organization, including elected officials and the community, while developing effective working relationships with all stakeholders.
  • Excellent strategic and lateral thinking skills in combination with strong research, analytical and problem-solving abilities.

Should you be interested in applying for this position, please do so by emailing your resume and cover letter to Kelli Cera at . Destination One Consulting, on behalf of City of Surrey, will respond to all who express interest.

Port Moody, BC
Managing Director
Port Moody Arts Centre Society
July 29, 2018
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Are you looking for an inspirational opportunity? Do you have a passion for the Arts and the business acumen to manage a local non-profit organization? Looking to be hands on, active, and engaged within the community? The Port Moody Arts Centre Society is looking for a Managing Director to help us support our vibrant artist community.
Housed in the historic Old City Hall and Appleyard House buildings in the heart of Port Moody, the Port Moody Arts Centre is a diverse gathering place for artists and the community to connect with each other and the public. In addition to being the home of a contemporary art gallery, the Arts Centre offers more than 380 art classes annually for people of all ages and experiences to explore their creativity, and hosts several celebrated community events. Visit for more details.
Under the direction of the Board of Directors, you will be our advocate and responsible for all aspects of the Arts Centre management, from delegating daily operations to strategic planning and fostering volunteer, sponsorship, and community relations.


Daily you will:

Inspire – by bringing a dynamic vision and leadership to our team to provide excellence in arts and community programming.
Manage – by effectively overseeing HR, governance, operations, fiscal resources, marketing, and fundraising activities.
Engage – by building relationships with staff, volunteers, funders, and the board for strategic goal achievement.
Comply – by consistently developing and implementing policies and procedures in support of our mission.
Cultivate – a culture of inclusiveness by connecting and celebrating the community, gallery, artists, volunteers, and sponsors through the arts.
Sustain – plan and execute innovative initiatives to grow our volunteer and membership base in the short-term, as well as sustain the Art Centre’s long-term success.


You bring with you:

  • 5+ years’ experience in a senior management role
  • Operational experience with HR, finance, governance, budgeting, and strategic planning
  • A proven track record with fundraising and/or confidence with grant writing
  • Transparent, natural leadership skills with the ability to inspire and foster teamwork
  • An exceptional administrative, communication, and organizational skill set
  • Flexibility to work evenings and weekends as required
  • Proficiency in QuickBooks and payroll processing
  • An understanding of arts-related issues and community programming
  • Experience with a non-profit organization and understanding of regulatory frameworks

We will provide you:

  • A creative, safe, inclusive place to work and an amazingly dedicated team of staff, artists, instructors, and volunteers with whom to collaborate
  • Compensation of $80,000+ commensurate with your education and experience
  • Comprehensive benefits package
  • Ongoing professional and personal development

This full-time permanent position requires the ability to work flexible hours including evenings and weekends as required for gallery and special events.


How to Apply

If this role sounds interesting and you have the skills necessary to be successful, we are looking to hear from you. Please send your resume and cover letter to Angie Parnell, Human Resources, by July 29, 2018.
The Port Moody Arts Centre is an equal opportunity employer. We welcome applications from qualified individuals from diverse backgrounds, and do not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, or (dis)ability.
Thank you to all who apply. This is a reposting of this opportunity. Those who applied previously are being considered and need not reapply. Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. No telephone inquiries please.


Oakville, ON
Manager, Community Centre
Town of Oakville
August 10, 2018
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Reporting to the Senior Manager, Cultural Services, this position is responsible for establishing the long term strategic direction for and management of a large multi-use and multi-disciplinary Community Hub. 

Responsibilities include: leadership and planning in the areas of strategic planning, cultural and recreation programming, fitness, aquatics, special event planning and implementation, marketing, sponsorship development, facility maintenance and administration and scheduling with the goal of optimizing community participation and revenue generation.


Organization:    Town of Oakville
Job Term:    Permanent Full Time (Non-Union)
Salary:    $111,902 - $134,337
Job ID:    1192-001
Call No:  18-1430


What can I expect to do in this role?

As the Manager - Community Centre you will:

  • Manage the day-to-day supervision including planning/scheduling, work distribution/follow-up, training/coaching and monitoring of work conditions. This includes Human Resources administration, selection of full time and part time staff, compensation, performance evaluations, progressive discipline and dismissal.
  • Provide service delivery related to facility programming, facility maintenance, service contracts and bookings within the complex.
  • Develop and manage business and marketing plans, operating budgets, financial systems and revenue generation while working with internal department staff and external community resources.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with facility user groups.
  • Track trends, best practices and changing community needs to ensure appropriate service delivery.
  • Implement quality assurance systems for all components of service delivery.
  • Maximize the use of the complex thorough cooperative programming initiatives, direct programs, partnership arrangements, special events, rentals, and other uses.
  • Develop and implement a customer service plan to ensure quality service to users, maintaining the corporate image and ensuring that the facility programs and services are profiled in a positive manner.
  • Manage maintenance resources and establish systems for preventative maintenance, equipment maintenance, health and safety, energy management, security, asset management, housekeeping management and quality assurance.
  • Ensure that due diligence is carried out in all areas of risk management and health and safety training as it relates to the complex.  Report and follow up on all incidents, accidents, property damage and theft, ensuring that the facility and work practices conform to relevant policies, procedures and legislation.
  • Develop outreach services to the surrounding community and establish a presence with the community.
  • Manage facility based capital projects.
  • Establish effective working relationships and positive labour relations with unionized staff.
  • Being part of an on-call management team for building operations that will rotate to cover specific recreation and cultural facilities pending vacation schedules and emergency situations.
  • Be part of a management team to develop priority setting for the Department Capital Infrastructure programs on an annual basis and projections for a 10 year period.
  • Preparing written responses and reports for the department and Director on diverse topics related to recreation service delivery.

How do I qualify?


You have an undergraduate degree from a recognized university with specialization in Arts, Recreation & Leisure, Business Administration or a related field. Your formal education is augmented by 5-8 years of progressively responsible positions that have resulted in outstanding leadership in recreation or cultural administration and/or facility management at the Supervisory or Manager level; an understanding of municipal government and service delivery is an asset. 

In addition, your experience includes:

  • Meeting the expectations of internal and external customers: customer service-oriented and modeling service delivery excellence;
  • Providing direction and leadership to a staff team in the delivery of services;
  • A broad background that includes experience in corporate, operations and policy settings;
  • Skillfully influencing and building relationships inside and outside of your organization;
  • Leading change and innovation;
  • Making risk-adjusted evidence based decisions in a timely manner;
  • Planning, developing and implementing programs, policies, proposals and action plans;
  • The development and implementation of budget and forecasting exercises, strategies and work plans.
  • Drafting policies and delivering reports and briefings to executive management and Council

Core Knowledge Required for Success:
You are an experienced leader with a comprehensive knowledge of:

  • Day to day facility management as well as managing facility based capital projects and purchases.
  • Culture and/or Recreation Administration; current and future policies, practices, trends, technology and information relative to the industry;
  • Legislative acts and regulations, policies and procedures as these apply to community centers;
  • Government decision-making processes;
  • Common word processing and email packages and database management techniques.

Leadership Competencies

  • Strategic Thinking – innovating through analysis and ideas
  • Engagement – mobilizing people, organizations, partners
  • Management excellence – delivering results through action management, people management and financial & asset management
  • Accountability and Respect – serving with integrity and respect

Corporate Values:
Teamwork, accountability, dedication, honesty, innovation and respect.

We offer:

  • a progressive work environment that promotes a work/life balance and strives to be a great place for great people to do great things
  • a defined benefit pension plan
  • comprehensive health plan complemented with life and disability insurance

Applications for this position must be submitted at by midnight on August 10, 2018

Mississauga, ON
Cultural Planner
City of Mississauga
July 27, 2018
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Please note this is a contract up to December 2019

  • Under the Manager’s direction and working with relevant City departments, lead cultural development projects and studies that establish cultural policy, influence legislation and set strategic direction for the Culture Division;
  • Conduct Research, interpret planning legislation, and identify planning tools, partnerships, and solutions to eliminate barriers and stimulate cultural growth in the City;
  • Participate on City strategy and land use planning project teams (as requested) to ensure a cultural lens is applied;
  • Work with cross-departmental teams and external stakeholders to identify cultural infrastructure priorities;
  • Serve as the division’s cultural infrastructure specialists. Coordinate with City planning staff to ensure cultural infrastructure investments are integrated through the use of planning tools for private developments.


  • Post-secondary degree or diploma in Planning, Cultural Policy, Arts Management, or related discipline with three (3) to five (5) years' experience in municipal cultural planning and cultural policy development and a demonstrated commitment to developing cultural infrastructure.
  • Experience in partnership-building and consultations with the public, community organizations, government agencies and businesses.
  • Knowledge and experience related to policy planning; creative thinking, problem solving, research, analytical, oral and written communication skills required.
  • Demonstrated project management skills including time management, negotiation and analysis
  • Ability to think outside the box to achieve desired outcomes.
  • Eligibility for membership in the Canadian Institute of Planners considered an asset.
  • May require occasional lifting equipment for meetings, standing long periods of time and walking at site visits.

Contract Duration: Up to December 31, 2019
Hourly Rate/Salary: $ 77,888.00 - $ 103,852.00
Grade: F
Hours of Work: 35
Work Location: 201 City Centre Drive
Organization Unit: CMS/Culture & Heritage Planning
Department/Division/Section: CMS/Community Services Dept., CMS/Culture Division , Culture & Heritage Planning
Non-Union/Union: Non Union


How to apply:
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