Director, Leighton Studios and Program Partnerships

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 –

Type of Employment
Full time
Type of Role
This is a remote position

Banff AB

How to Apply

Application Process

  • We are accepting applications for the Director, Leighton Studios and Program Partnerships until a suitable candidate is found.
  • Candidates offered a position with Banff 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. 
  • Visa Requirements: Candidates must be legally eligible to work in Canada. Banff Centre is unable to assist candidates in obtaining Canadian work authorization.

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Description and Qualifications

The Opportunity

The Director, Leighton Studios and Program Partnerships oversees the creative mission and quality control along with the financial and operational well-being of the Leighton Artist Studios, including the Fleck Fellowships and partnership agreements.

The Director’s role is to create a compelling vision for Leighton Artists Studios and partnership agreements that meet the ambitions and objectives of the Banff Centre strategic plan, meet the needs of Canadian and international artists in the 21st century and increase the profile and reach of our nationally and internationally renowned programs.

The incumbent guides the application expectations and experience for artists, oversees the selection process across the artistic disciplines creating a rubric for adjudication, provides strategic direction and administers the partnership agreements as approved by the Dean, Arts and Leadership, and generally supervises, evaluates, and project manages  the Leighton Artists Studios in a manner that promotes diversity of thought, excellence in practice, and creative productivity that translates into an inspiring residential environment so that artists are inspired to conceive powerful ideas and create new work that can be shared with the world. 

Qualifications and Educational Requirements

  • 10+ years of proven collaborative and inclusionary leadership
  • 10+ years of established career in an arts organization
  • Related university degree with a deep understanding in a genre of arts, creative practice or    artist administration
  • Previous experience in setting a compelling vision and utilizing creativity, innovation and a strong 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
  • Contemporary and forward-looking while honoring 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.
  • Multi-lingual (an asset)
  • Experience in capital projects (an asset)
  • Previous working in a unionized environment (preferred)

Employment Terms and Benefits

  • In accordance with the terms of employment governing Management/PSP employees, this is a salaried, fulltime position, subject to a 6 month probationary period.
  • The successful candidate will enjoy twenty paid vacation days and four personal days annually, extended medical and dental benefits, and participation in an employer-matched pension plan.
  • Benefits of working at Banff Centre are:
    • Staff housing options (based on availability)
    • Professional Development
    • Staff cafeteria and restaurant discounts
    • Onsite fitness facility at a discounted rate – first month free for new staff!

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