Banff Centre Festival Manager

Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity

Banff, AB•Hybrid remote

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Festival Manager
This is a term position starting January 2023 and ending January 2024

Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity aims to inspire everyone who attends our campus – artists, leaders, and thinkers – to unleash their creative potential.

We acknowledge, with deep respect and gratitude, our home on the side of Sacred Buffalo Guardian Mountain. In the spirit of respect and truth, we honour and acknowledge the Banff area, known as “Minhrpa” (translated in Stoney Nakoda as “the waterfalls”) and the Treaty 7 territory and oral practices of the Îyârhe Nakoda (Stoney Nakoda) – comprised of the Bearspaw, Chiniki, and Goodstoney Band – as well as the Tsuut’ina First Nation and the Blackfoot Confederacy comprised of the Siksika, Piikani, Kainai. We acknowledge that this territory is home to the Shuswap Nations, Ktunaxa Nations, and Metis Nation of Alberta, Region 3. We acknowledge all Nations who live, work, and play, help us steward this land, and honour and celebrate this place.

The Opportunity
The Festival Manager provides project management frameworks and critical paths to manage the work flow for effective project/event implementation, execution, management and evaluation of the Banff Centre Mountain Film and Book Festival including all competitions, mountain culture residencies and workshops, community engagement and mountain culture programming activities for all in-person and online activities.

The Festival Manager works with the Director, Festival and World Tour as an active member of the festival programming team and helps translate the festival vision and strategic plan into a viable and sustainable model.

The Festival Manager leads the overall logistical planning and event management needed for effective and efficient delivery of (including but not limited to): Banff Centre Mountain Film and Book Festival, Mountain Film Competition, Mountain Book Competition, Mountain Photo Essay Competition, Adventure Filmmakers Workshop, community engagement activities, and year-round offsite partner film screenings.

Roles and Responsibilities
Reporting to Director, Festival and World Tour, below are some key accountabilities:


Works closely with Program Operations and Program Services to ensure the successful delivery of festival and related programs and accountable to meet established internal timelines and deadlines.
Manages assigned program budgets, resource allocation (people, materials, spaces, places, partners, technology) and deliverables.
Acts as one of the primary contacts for the online platform provider, Over the Top (OTT) keeping current on platform updates and workflows.
Accountable to meet established financial goals, timelines and festival and program objectives.
Prepares supporting documents and required financial budgets, reports, reconciliations and invoices for assigned projects and monitors expenses against budget/forecast.
Liaises with Managing Director - Events, Production, Marketing and Communications, Events and Public Engagement, Director – Festival & World Tour and Human Resources to assess and define yearly seasonal staffing needs for the festival and with the program delivery team.
Oversees monthly work plans, monitors and approves work schedules, including overtime and compensatory time off.
Ensures assigned projects/events/activities operate within Banff Centre policies, procedures and brand.
Serves as the primary contact in Mountain Culture for IT/S and database management, and ensures department follows accurate database management practices in alignment with the standards and procedures required by the department and Banff Centre.
Stays current of industry trends and takes initiative in proposing and/or implementing changes in procedures.
Human Resource Management, Team Building and Interdivisional Cooperation

Enables the Mountain Culture staff to function as a high performing team at all times, maintaining open communication, clear objectives and priorities, and a culture of positive behavioral intent that is consistent and in alignment with Banff Centre values and is welcoming and inclusive, supporting a diverse workforce.
Provides day to day leadership, direction and supervision to the Program Coordinator – Mountain Culture, Film Coordinator and Festival Coordinator – Events & Partnerships and seasonal Festival staff as required effectively allocating assignments and overseeing workloads Fosters an internal culture that maintains the highest standards for customer service, excellence of staff, participant and guest experience, and fiscal, operational, and organizational integrity.
Ensures a positive and safe work environment for all Banff employees, aligned with Banff Centre’s policies including but not limited to code of ethics, anti-harassment policies, contractual obligations, and strategic directions.
Qualifications and Educational Requirements
5+ years of proven management experience, preferably within an event or festival environment
University degree in an arts discipline or business, or related area of study
Proven financial, analytical and interpersonal skills
Solid understanding of events, marketing, promotion and production
Highly-developed project management skills
An ability to formulate long and short-range goals, while anticipating and responding to flexible program needs
An understanding and appreciation of Mountain Culture and its place within the global mountain environment is an asset
Ability to develop relationships and work effectively at all levels.
Exceptional collaboration, leadership and business consulting skills
Experience leading and managing diverse teams
Is an Ambassador for Banff Centre
Employment Terms and Benefits
In accordance with the terms of employment governing Management/PSP employees, this is a salaried, term position starting January 2023 and ending January 2024, 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:
Hybrid Work Environment
Staff housing options (based on availability)
Staff cafeteria and restaurant discounts
Onsite fitness facility at a discounted rate – first month free for new staff!
Application Process
We are accepting applications for the Festival Manager position until 11:59pm MST October 31, 2022
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.

Commitment to Diversity

Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity is committed to creating an equitable, diverse, and inclusive campus for students, faculty, staff and visitors. Guided by our values, Banff Centre is rooted in Alberta with provincial, national and global impact. Our strength arises from inclusion; the diversity of people, ideas, perspectives, and cultural backgrounds in our work and team. We encourage women; First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression to apply.

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