Senior Communications Manager required

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Reporting to the Director of Marketing, Communications and Sales, the key responsibility for this position is the creation and execution of a media relations program for the Festival to publicize The Shaw as a premiere theatre destination to international and domestic theatre critics, travel writers, bloggers and lifestyle media.

The successful candidate will also serve as an official spokesperson for the Shaw with the media; provide communication counsel to senior management; help to enhance the company’s success by applying proactive and reactive communications strategies, including crisis management if necessary; plan and execute press outreach, media events, media FAMS, media calls and photo opportunities; develop press materials for openings and the annual AGM; create unique and compelling story pitches that differentiate The Shaw from its competition; research, write and distribute press releases to targeted media; liaise with colleagues and key spokespeople and liaise with and answer inquiries from media.

The individual we are looking for will understand how successful and comprehensive PR programs align with and support both the company’s marketing programs and The Shaw’s strategic plan in the broadest sense.
S/he will be expert in the use of contemporary communication tools and practices to reinforce both the visitor experience and the company’s reputation. The position is located in the beautiful town of Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada.

Duties & Responsibilities

• Work with Departmental Director of Marketing,
Communications and Sales, to develop and
execute a proactive Media Relations plan and
key messages to promote The Shaw Festival
throughout North America

• Acts as first point of contact for all media
requests and manage all responses, coordinate
media interviews and ensure the necessary
follow-up

• Responsible for managing all aspects of media
announcements, including development of
announcement strategy, preparation of all media
materials, coordination of event logistics and all
follow up activity

• Work closely with The Shaw leadership, creative
teams and acting ensemble Provide guidance
and support to media relations co-ordinator

• Ensure the company protects and promotes its \
image in a proper, coordinated, and consistent
manner.

• Act as a media spokesperson on behalf of the
company and address questions and complaints.

• Plan and oversee press events.

• Manage annual media relations and project
budgets

• Develop and implement creative, fresh ideas that
will move the brand and company forward

• Host media and influencers at strategic events
and activities build relationships with key connections
including theatre critics, arts and culture
journalists, travel and leisure journalists, and
bloggers

Qualifications Required

• Post secondary education in Journalism, Media
Relations or Communications

• A minimum of 5 – 7 years of related media and
public relations experience preferably in an arts &
culture environment

• Proven superior writing, editing and
communication skills

• Demonstrated expertise in media relations and
communications practices particularly in the
areas of strategic communications, media
relations, special events management and issues
management.

• An established network of media contacts both in
the arts and culture and travel and leisure sectors

• Proven experience with Mac and Microsoft
Office, Adobe Photoshop, Microsoft Office, View
Media Pro (or similar software) Tessitura,
WordPress, PR Web’s on line distribution
services Cision and BurellesLuce web-based
services

• Demonstrated project management skills, with
the ability to co-ordinate a number of complex
projects under pressure, meeting schedule and
budget commitments

• A working knowledge of the Canadian Theatre
Agreement (CTA) would be an asset

• A valid driver’s licence and passport are essential.

This is a full-time position offering a competitive
salary and benefits package.

Interested candidates should submit their cover letter and resume as a single pdf prior to October 10, 2014 to:

Dianne Gibbs
Director, Human Resources diannegibbs@shawfest.com

We thank all applicants in advance; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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POSITION OPENING: Curator for Contemporary Performance (dance/theater)

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The Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute seeks applicants for the position of Curator for Contemporary Performance (dance/theater). Do you have artistic program experience at the intersection of contemporary art and technology, can reflect on the relationship of tools, aesthetics and artistic goals, and enjoys exploration and collaboration? If so, visit empac.rpi.edu to find out more on the EMPAC programs, residencies, and performances. A formal application is necessary at rpijobs.rpi.edu.

EMPAC offers advanced facilities and resources for media and the arts in production, performance, and research. The program ranges from initializing new artistic productions through commissions and extended residencies to supporting science and engineering in the creation of immersive and interactive environments. Please visit empac.rpi.edu to see what we’ve been up to.

The curatorial process covers all areas of event production: analyzing EMPAC’s context and coupling it to artist work, negotiating contract, managing and overseeing artist services and visa applications, budgeting, ensuring top level technical realization, developing marketing strategies, etc. with a staff of forty.

Qualified candidates will have a solid background in theater and/or dance of the 20th and 21st centuries and its relationship to the broader arts discourse. Project management of new productions is necessary as is a track record of effective communication and the capacity to manage multiple projects simultaneously on varying timelines.

A bachelor’s degree and experience in related areas (theater, dance, technology) is necessary with a mater’s degree preferred. Active artists seeking to continue their artist work while being curator are requested to rethink their possible application.

EMPAC intends to hire for the position of curator, however, candidates will be reviewed for relevant experience and education and may also be considered for the position as associate curator.

This is a full-time position and relocation to Troy, NY is required.

Rensselaer offers a full benefits package and competitive compensation commensurate with experience. Position starts March 1, 2015. Information inquiries are welcome by email to Johannes Goebel, director of EMPAC jeg@rpi.edu. Interested parties who meet qualifications must visit rpijobs.rpi.edu and follow the application instructions. Be prepared to upload a current resume or CV and over letter. See the full job listing here: Curator-Contemporary-Performance-2014

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President search for The Banff Centre

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The Banff Centre is seeking qualified applicants for the role of President.  The President of The Banff Centre will inspire the Board, staff, stakeholders and the public to ensure that the organization continues to be a home for excellence, innovation and creativity, and has the financial and operational capacity to fully support its mission today and in the future.

The President’s major role, working with the Board, will be to refine, operationalize, and advance the strategic plan, develop and implement fundraising to carry out this strategy, and make The Banff Centre’s exciting and visionary plans come to life over the coming years.

By providing the strategic leadership for The Banff Centre, the President will drive the Centre to become an even more effective, productive and recognized key player in creativity across the arts and leadership in Alberta, Canada and internationally.

The President is responsible for overall management of The Banff Centre including all programming, financial management, human resources and ensuring stability and success in all aspects of the organization. The President should have a passion for and understanding of the multi-disciplinary and cross-sectorial nature of the programs of The Banff Centre. 

In working with the Board to clarify, periodically update, and advance the strategic vision for The Banff Centre the President will provide leadership under the following areas:


Creative Excellence

• Provide guidance to the staff and accountability to the Board on the content, quality and format of programs offered, to ensure The Banff Centre is recognized as an institution that offers exceptional programs across a wide range of disciplines and sectors to highly talented individuals from around the world.
• Develop collaborative working relationships with appropriate arts and leadership organizations both within Canada and world-wide to ensure The Banff Centre’s leadership position in its defined sectors.
• Continue to strengthen and focus The Banff Centre brand, locally, nationally and internationally through traditional and digital platforms; review, adjust and oversee the development of marketing plans as required to ensure alignment with the strategic vision
Effective Management / Leadership
• Ensure the highest possible skills and performance of staff at The Banff Centre. Work with senior management team to develop them, supervise, recruit and motivate, delegate as required; hold individuals accountable for specific and collective performance; maintain morale and provide direction; and continue focus on diversity. Continually evaluate performance, guide human resource planning, and improve organizational effectiveness.
• Chair the Executive Officers group and the internal, senior management Leadership Council. 
• Recommend and develop policies and strategies to ensure The Banff Centre continues to grow in a sustainable manner while continuing to strive for excellence in support of its mission.
• Nurture and maintain relationships and/or partnerships with persons and organizations that are important to the Centre, including national and provincial government personnel, the local mayor and town council, Banff National Park officials, etc. 
• Maintain a collegial working relationship with the head of the local support staff union.
Financial Sustainability
Financial health of the Banff Centre will result from a combination of earned revenue and creative and aggressive fundraising. Continuing to build a strong team internally and excellent relationships with external stakeholders including government sponsors at the municipal, provincial and federal level are essential.
• Develop a plan and build the team for fundraising to support the vision.
• Serve as an enthusiastic and highly visible ambassador and fundraiser for The Banff Centre. Play a pivotal role in developing donor relationships and securing campaign gifts. Work with all supporting communities, including private donors and government representatives.
• Be creative and entrepreneurial in pursuit of additional earned income opportunities.
• Frequently host important evening and weekend donor events in the President’s house in Banff and elsewhere. 

 

CANDIDATE PROFILE

• A minimum of ten years of senior leadership experience, with a track record of success leading a complex organization with a wide range of stakeholders, in an institution or company known for quality and excellence. 
• An impeccable reputation for integrity, and widely recognized for strong, creative leadership.
• A profound understanding of arts and culture and its importance to society, with a wide range and knowledge of arts, and multi-disciplinary experience.
• International knowledge and experience in the arts.
• Intellectual curiosity and a broad knowledge and awareness of current economic, political, and social forces and issues.
• A goal-oriented pacesetter with a demonstrated ability to create momentum in pursuit of institutional objectives.
• A track record in building funding relationships with both institutions and individuals, experience in leading a significant and successful capital campaign, and a history of sound fiscal management.
• A proven ability to work with Government regarding funding, support and policy change.
• Experience in management of building/rebuilding facilities.
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with outstanding social skills.
• Experience in guiding, engaging and supporting senior leaders.
• Demonstrated understanding of how technology and emerging digital platforms can play a key role in the dissemination of arts and culture to the world and how they can enhance the service of programs and conferences at The Banff Centre.
• A university or post-graduate degree.
• Demonstrated commitment to the principles of equity and diversity, and proven ability to deal effectively with a diverse population.
• Fluency in French is an asset.


CANDIDATE ATTRIBUTES

• A pro-active and dynamic professional who inspires confidence; a superior intellect with strategic orientation and a polished presence
• A results oriented personality with a high level of ethics and integrity who understands the importance of ensuring The Banff Centre continues to be a world class beacon of creativity and innovation in the arts and a leading player in relating creativity to the development of leaders across sectors.
• Excellent interpersonal and leadership skills
• A self-starter with an entrepreneurial spirit and strategic business skills
• A collaborative team builder
• Has a deep and passionate commitment to artistic creativity and innovation and its value to society and to the mission of The Banff Centre
• Strong organizational skills, can focus, prioritize and get it done
• An innovative and enthusiastic leader who inspires by example
• A mature bridge-builder, who engenders trust
• Intellectually curious and an out-of-the-box thinker
• Brings a sense of humour
• An enthusiastic fund-raiser
• Disciplined, takes initiative and accepts ownership with a hands-on approach
• Enjoys working under pressure, and is accomplished at multi-level multi-tasking
• Enjoys working and leading in a complex, open and transparent environment
• Comfortable living and working in a small community in the Rocky Mountains, eager to be involved in evening and weekend events
• Willing to travel across Canada and the world


THE ORGANIZATION 

At the intersection of art and ideas.

Our Mission is inspiring creativity. 

Our Vision is to be a global leader in arts and leadership development across disciplines and without boundaries. By making possible the creation of world-class original artistic work and developing innovative leadership solutions to current global challenges, The Banff Centre will be one of the great cultural institutions in a diverse and constantly evolving world.

The Banff Centre is a specialized Arts and Culture Institution providing non-parchment (non-degree) programs in the arts and leadership development.

Situated in one of the world’s most beautiful natural locations – the Rocky Mountains in Western Canada – The Banff Centre is the largest international arts and creativity incubator. From across Canada and around the world 7,000 artists, leaders, and researchers participate in programs at The Banff Centre every year. Every day new art and new ideas are born here.

Started in 1933 with a single course in drama, The Banff Centre continues its role in the 21st century as a catalyst for creativity. A globally respected arts, cultural, and educational institution and conference facility, The Banff Centre is a leader in the creation of original art and innovative leadership approaches across disciplines and sectors. The Banff Centre is also a major convenor of international conferences and summits. 

The governance and control of The Banff Centre is vested in a Board of Governors which consists of the President and 15 members. As a complex organization, The Banff Centre has a wide range of stakeholder groups including: artists and cultural organizations, aboriginal, business and government leaders, government departments, major donors, foundations and others.

Approximately 36 per cent of the annual operating budget of $53.5 million is provided by a direct grant from the Province of Alberta, the balance is generated by The Banff Centre itself through its conference-hosting business, hospitality services, fees, facilities rentals, donations from individuals, corporations and foundations, and other means. In addition, Arts programs are supported by funding from the Government of Canada through the Canada Council for the Arts, and the Department of Canadian Heritage. 

A visionary programming plan and an innovative new campus master plan will guide the dynamic learning and physical evolution of The Banff Centre for the next decade while continuing a record of excellent financial management. The organization is now engaged in raising considerable new funds to advance its strategic plan. 


COMPENSATION


A competitive compensation package including base salary, benefits and a house will be provided.


HOW TO APPLY

Please apply by Tuesday, September 30th, 2014 with your cover letter and resume to: thebanffcentre@searchlightcanada.com

We thank applicants for their interest, however, only those advancing in the process will be contacted.

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