Business / Arts Events & Program Manager

Business / Arts is committed to equity in our policies, practices, and programs. We strongly encourage and welcome applications from people who identify as Indigenous, racialized, 2SLGBTQ+, living with a disability, or a religious minority.

This will be a remote-work position so we are open to accepting applications from anywhere in Canada.

The Ideal Candidate:

The Events & Program Manager is a self-starter and innovative thinker who has the pulse on what’s trending in online and in-person events and has the organizational ability to simultaneously manage multiple projects. With a passion for the arts, they are forward-thinking with an entrepreneurial spirit, self-motivated, goal-oriented and love working within a collaborative team.

About the Role:

The Events & Program Manager is an integral member of our team, responsible for managing Business / Arts programs and affiliated events including Speaker Series, Awards Celebration, Canadian Arts Summit, and more! You’ll work very closely with the communications team and the Canadian Arts Summit Program Director, as well as with senior management, leading project management. The Event & Program Manager will need a keen ability to take initiative, set goals and spot opportunities for the short and long-term success of Business / Arts.

Key Responsibilities:

The Events & Program Manager is the lead project manager for the following core Business / Arts programs and events:

  • Speaker Series – A monthly, free webinar that brings together arts and business leaders from across Canada together to share advice, insight, knowledge, and best practices. First launched as a crisis response to the COVID lockdown, the Speaker Series continues to provide insightful discussions focused on the pressing issues facing the sector, both directly and indirectly linked to the pandemic.
  • Canadian Arts Summit – This annual event gathers Canada’s senior art leaders, including artistic directors, executive directors and volunteer board chairs of Canada’s largest arts institutions. The Summit plays a vital role in bringing together leading voices from Canada and internationally to help shape the future of arts in Canada. In 2021, the Summit was held as a fully virtual event. Plans are being developed for a hybrid event in 2022.
  • Business / Arts Awards Celebration – The Business / Arts Awards recognize and celebrate partnerships between business and the arts, and profiles exceptional volunteers and leaders in the business and arts community who have made a significant impact on the arts in Canada. These prestigious awards are presented at an annual gala.

The Events and Program Manager also plays an important coordination and collaborative role on these Business / Arts programs:

  • artsvest – Business / Arts’ signature mentorship training program, artsvest is designed to build capacity in Canada’s cultural sector. artsvest provides small to mid-sized arts, culture and heritage organizations with resources, expertise and training in marketing, board governance and sponsorship along with matching incentive funds and peer-to-peer networking.
  • Executive Leadership – This two-year pilot program was developed in response to a need and demand to nurture a talent pool of arts leaders in Canada and prepare them to transition and extend their current leadership to take on roles in leading some of Canada’s largest arts institutions. The Events and Program Manager will be involved in the wrap-up of year two of the pilot, including evaluation and reporting of program impacts.
  • Arts Response Tracking Survey and other B/A research – The goal of our research is to show the impact of the arts on the lives of Canadians and to inform business investment in the arts and act as a resource for arts organizations.
  • boardlink – A national program and online portal that matches young business professionals with arts organizations to find volunteer board and committee roles in the arts.

Principle Tasks:

  • Collaborate on long term vision, programming and research
  • Identify and work to build interconnections and thematic links between all Business / Arts programs and activities
  • Collaborate closely with Communications team, Canadian Arts Summit Program Director and Senior Management
  • Research virtual and live events best practices and attend event industry webinars to stay up-to-date on the latest technology and trends
  • Create and maintain work back schedules for core programs and events
  • Delegate and manage follow-through of responsibilities for core programs and events
  • Act as “Stage Manager” for both in-person and virtual events, ensuring events runs smoothly and on-time
  • Build and share event agendas, coordinating prep sessions and tech runs
  • Update and maintain Business / Arts master speaker database
  • Manage relationship with speakers and special guests for Speaker Series and Summit
  • Coordinate bookings and requirements with third-party service providers (ALS, entertainment, facilities, vendors, catering, etc.) for all events
  • Update and maintain event registration lists, managing RSVPs, guest services and special requests
  • For in-person events, manage and track all travel and accommodation information for special guests and speakers
  • Coordinate award nominations and the jury process for Business / Arts’ annual Awards celebration.
  • Act as the main point of contact for award recipients
  • Collaborate with the artsvest team on coordination and alignment of program activities with other Business / Arts events.
  • Support coordination of year 2 cohort Executive Leadership events within the Canadian Arts Summit.
  • Coordinate and implement surveys, 1-on-1 interviews and other impact reporting tools for the evaluation of the Executive Leadership pilot.

About Business / Arts:

Business / Arts champions business investment in the arts and builds strong, lasting partnerships between the arts, business and government in Canada. Since March 2020, Business / Arts has hosted over 35 online sessions attracting over 15,000 viewers, providing urgently needed information, skills, training and comfort to thousands of arts organizations nationwide.

Business / Arts has been a lifeline for the Canadian arts sector during these uncertain times and will continue to deliver on our mission and role as a national convener, as the power of partnership has never been more important.

Our vision is for the arts to intersect with our daily lives and be considered a visible and vital contribution to the way we function as a society socially, culturally and economically.

What you can expect:

This is a six-month contract position with an opportunity for full-time employment at the end of the contract period following evaluation.

The monthly contractor fee ranges from $3,750 – $4,000.

Flexible work schedule that allows for work-life balance.

Business / Arts welcomes and encourages applications from all qualified individuals. We are particularly interested in and encouraged to receive applications from equity-seeking communities, including women, racialized and Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities,
and persons of all sexual orientations and gender identities/expressions.

This will be a remote-work position so we are open to accepting applications from anywhere in Canada.

How to apply:

Please send an application with the subject line “Events & Program Manager” to [email protected] by October 8, 2021

Email: [email protected]