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Artistic Director

Artistic Director, Performing Arts

Organization: St. Paul & District Arts Foundation in St. Paul, Alberta

Deadline to apply: Until a suitable applicant is found. We thank all applicants for their interest, but only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. 

Position type: Temporary  – starting May 30, 2022

Compensation: $20 per hour, CAD; This position is supported by the Canada Summer Jobs program. Working hours will be 30 hours per week for 8 weeks. 

Eligibility: This position is open to students and youth 15 to 30 years of age who are interested in gaining work experience in high-quality artistic performance and public art exhibitions. 

Reports to: St. Paul & District Arts Foundation Chair (supervisor) & Board of Directors 

The St. Paul & District Arts Foundation:  

Located approximately 200 km Northeast of Edmonton and 160 km Northwest of Lloydminster, the St. Paul & District Arts Foundation operates out of its home, the Maggie Porozni Foundation for the ARTS Building. The building includes a gallery, 2 dance studios, vocal studio, art room, Artist in Residency room, office, and waiting room. The St. Paul & District Arts Foundation is a registered charity and arts education centre focused on youth in St. Paul and surrounding areas. We provide educational programming in visual, theatrical, dance, music, circus, and literary arts. We are committed to the presence and contributions of all persons regardless of age, culture, abilities, bodies, ethnic origin, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation and gender identity, marital status, nationality, race, religion, or socioeconomic status. 

Mandate: To advance education by providing structured programs regarding visual, theatrical, dance, music, and literary arts, and by providing opportunities for students to publicly exhibit and present their skills; To advance the public’s appreciation of the arts by providing high-quality artistic performance in public venues accessible to members of the community; and To undertake activities ancillary and incidental to the aforementioned charitable purposes. 

Values: Fairness – We demonstrate diversity, equity, and accessibility in our programs and operations. Creativity – We encourage and support artistic curiosity, courage, and imagination. Community – We work in service to our community, by reaching out, building relationships, and providing programs that are inclusive. Education – We provide opportunities for learning and opportunities for teaching. Vision We bring community together to make art happen. 

Mission: Providing a home for making, learning, and appreciating art in all its forms.

Responsibilities and Duties 

The successful applicant will perform all or some of the following job description: 

  • Assist with directing the annual, community Nutcracker Performance to be showcased in December 2022
  • Support the St. Paul & District Arts Foundation mandate, mission, and vision
  • Assist with recruitment, overseeing, and mentoring of artistic and technical personnel, including, but not limited to, directors, performers, designers, technical directors, and stage managers.
  • Act as a spokesperson for The St. Paul & District Arts Foundation’s artistic purpose via speaking engagements, public and social appearances, and, as requested, at fundraising events and solicitations.
  • Foster the development of good relations with other cultural organizations by participating in meetings and joint activities where appropriate.
  • Assist with reports to the Board of Directors to give an update on artistic activity at monthly meetings.
  • Responsible for the maintenance of written procedures manual for directors and production staff.
  • Work with the Board of Directors, Executive Director, and Managing Director to coordinate donor development and fundraising activities to ensure The St. Paul & District Arts Foundation’s financial stability and promote sustainability.
  • Provide oversight for assessing needs of the production with respect to requirements for purchases and changes to the physical space.
  • Assist with the scheduling of the performance: production dates, auditions, workshops, and special events.
  • Assist with the development of the overall concept for the performance and communicate that concept to other team members 
  • Establish & maintain artistic standards & quality for productions
  • Assist with script development for the performance that includes all those involved, major lighting and sound cues, and the transitions between scenes
  • Assist with creating a Master Show Plan
  • provide choreographers and instructors with guidelines for their contributions’ length, music type, performance medium, recommended group sizes, performance roles/characters
  • provide guidance and check-ins with the show personnel 
  • Assist with providing a stage layout
  • Operate within the confines of a predetermined budget and provide accountability for dollars spent
  • assist with auditions and selection of community participants
  • perform other duties as directed by the organization’s board of directors

Qualifications and Skills 

The successful applicant will be dependable and professional and have:

  • a passion for the arts 
  • attention to detail
  • good organizational skills
  • the ability to work without supervision and as part of a team
  • strong communication and customer service skills 
  • computer literacy, and experience with new technologies
  • Effective problem solving and time-management skills 

Though it is not required, the ideal candidate will also have experience with:

  • Not-for-profit or charitable organizations
  • Directing large scale public exhibitions (e.g. performances or projects)
  • Knowledge of/experience with fundraising, grant writing, and working within a community 

Minimum Requirements  

  • The applicant:
    • is between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of the employment;
    • was registered as a full-time student in the current academic year and intends to return to school on a full-time basis in the next academic year;
    • has a personal practice as an artist, preferably as an actor and/or director
    • is a Canadian citizen or permanent resident; and
    • is legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial or territorial legislation and regulations.
    • Must provide a Criminal Record Check and Vulnerable Sector check
  • Preferred level of education:
    • Bachelor’s Degree in Theater Arts, Drama, Arts Administration or the equivalent in relevant experience and education
  •  The ideal candidate must be available to work onsite 

COVID-19 measures: All provincial restrictions will be strictly adhered to.

HOW TO APPLY 

Email your cover letter and resume to   If you have any questions, call us at 780-645-2781.