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Artistic Director

Artistic Director

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

Deadline to apply: July 28, 2021 or 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 August 1, 2021

Compensation: $15 per hour, CAD; This position is supported by the Canada Summer Jobs program. Working hours will be 20 hours per week for 14 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 arts 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: 

  • Develop the annual, community Nutcracker Performance to be showcased in December 2021
  • Support the St. Paul & District Arts Foundation mandate, mission, and vision
  • Work collaboratively with artistic film director, choreographers, music director, costume & set designers, and board of directors.
  • ensure availability onsite for all important dates (auditions, performance dates, rehearsals) 
  • develop an overall concept for the performance and communicate that concept to other team members 
  • provide a script for the performance that includes all those involved, major lighting and sound cues, and the transitions between scenes
  • create 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 
  • provide a stage layout
  • Operate within the confines of a predetermined budget and provide accountability for dollars spent
  • book venue(s) (if applicable)
  • assist with auditions and selection of community participants
  • Coordinate and recruit volunteers 
  • perform other duties as directed by the assigned mentor or 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)

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 intend to return to school on a full-time basis in the next academic year;
    • 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:
    • Post-secondary education related to performing arts or a post-secondary student enrolled in performing arts. 
  •  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.