Executive & Artistic Director
APPLICATION DEADLINE: September 1, 2023
Golden & District Arts Council, known as Kicking Horse Culture (KHC) is seeking an Executive & Artistic Director (EAD) to lead, manage and plan arts and cultural programs for the region. This is an exciting and unique opportunity for a creative professional who can bring together their vision, experience and passion for a wide range of artistic endeavours.
About Golden and Kicking Horse Country
Golden, BC is on the Trans-Canada highway, an 8-hour drive east of Vancouver and 3 hours west of Calgary. It is nestled in the Columbia River valley, with the Rocky Mountains to the east and the Purcell Mountains to the west, at the confluence of the Kicking Horse and Columbia Rivers. Combining a traditional BC industrial base with a growing tourism sector, Golden attracts a broad cross-section of people from all over the world, who come to work, play and stay. With spectacular scenery, access to numerous parks and wilderness areas, an 18-hole championship golf course and the renowned Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden is an enthusiastic mountain town offering plenty of outdoor recreational opportunities and cultural experiences. The population is clustered in town and spread out in rural settings (together, Kicking Horse Country). It is filled with long-standing residents, newcomers and tourists.
If you want to get a few runs in on the ski hill or bike any of the 129 km of cross-country trails before heading to work, where you will ensure the cultural vibrancy of your community – Golden is for you.
KHC is an established, professionally-managed organization that serves the Town of Golden (population 4,000) and the Columbia Shuswap Regional District Area ‘A’ with another 3,000 residents within a 70 km radius. KHC plays a central, leadership role in the community by engaging collaborative partnerships to deliver a broad variety of professional cultural programming, arts education, and community arts activities.
Its mission is to engage, energize and enrich the cultural life of Kicking Horse Country. In 2006, when KHC began to receive operational funding for its programs from the Town and Regional District, it made three promises to the community, which remain relevant today:
With an annual budget of $600,000 and a membership of 700, KHC operates the Art Gallery of Golden and Studio Gift Shop and manages, on behalf of the Town of Golden, the operations of the renovated and restored Golden Civic Centre, where it stages performances, and where a variety of community activities (meetings, camps, weddings, and clubs) are held.
Specific programs include:
The EAD reports to a volunteer Board of Directors and is responsible for the overall vision and operations of the organization. Working with a team of employees and volunteers, the EAD will set the collaborative tone in the organization, empowering the team to contribute to its overall success. A visionary programmer, the EAD will ensure a diversity of artistic offerings that will engage with the broadest cross-section of the population and their interests. A community builder, the EAD will be equally comfortable working with community organizations and government officials, ensuring a thriving local arts sector. The successful candidate will display a passion for arts and culture and a commitment to promoting diversity, equity and inclusion in the arts. Providing a public face for KHC, the Director will be active in the community, both responding to its needs and providing it with challenging and interesting opportunities to experience all art forms. The EAD will recognize the exponential growth KHC has experienced in the last decade and a half and will have a vision to build on the success that exists.
Roles and Responsibilities
Communications, Partnerships and Relationships
Finance and Administration
Qualified candidates will have at least 5 years of progressive experience at a leadership level in arts organizations, preferably community-serving arts organizations. A proven track record of performing arts programming and/or visual arts exhibitions. Strong communication skills – verbal and written are a must. Ability to be a community and relationship builder. Excellent organizational skills.
$70,000 – $80,000 per annum, commensurate with experience. Competitive benefits package.
Please send your resume and a cover letter, explaining why you are a good fit for the position, to firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline: 5:00 pm PDT on September 1, 2023.
We thank all applicants, but only those considered for an interview will be contacted.