General Manager - Operations/Office

The Works International Visual Arts Society - Edmonton, AB (8 months ago)

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General Manager

This full-time position is responsible for office administration, information technology, security and facility management and the orientation of staff, interns and volunteers. The successful candidate will administer fund/grant reporting, prepare work schedules and draft contracts as defined by projects and programming. The General Manager will work collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders and contribute to the over-all effectiveness of strategies, policies and practices to ensure operational excellence.

Working in a collaborative, dynamic workplace the General Manager will support the Executive Artistic Director and Chief Operating Officer by applying their administrative knowledge and skills to support festival operations, financial and Human Resources along with running the day-to-day operations of the Works Society.

The Works International Visual Arts Society is a not-for-profit charitable organization that advances the development, awareness and appreciation of art and design in Canada and provides artists, designers and the public a forum for exchanging ideas. The Works Art & Design Festival, entering its 35th year, is the most unique, free event of its kind. It attracts artists, designers and patrons from around the world – boosting the city’s energy and imagination for 13 days each summer.

Ideal Qualifications:

  • Diploma in Business Administration or Not-for-Profit/ Arts Management; coursework in management,accounting, human resources, project management, and organizational behaviour. Equivalencies in education and experience will be considered.
  • Minimum of 2 years’ experience in administration, project management and over-all operations oversight, preferably within a non-profit organization.
  • Knowledge/experience in resource management, facility and risk management.
  • Solid knowledge of financial processes, procedures and general accounting practices.
  • Excellent critical thinking and problem solving skills.
  • Demonstrated initiative, excellent organizational skills, logical thinker.
  • Proven track record in effectively managing conflicting priorities, collaborating with others and exercising sound judgment within a team environment.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Proficient with all Microsoft Office software applications.
  • Strong working knowledge of records and database management, office equipment, etc.
  • Experience with grant applications is an asset.

Work Environment:

The Works Office is in a heritage property east of Downtown. All staff work cross functionally in order to meet project-based priorities, including, annually, The Works Art & Design Festival. Regular business hour availability is required for this position, as well as some evening and weekend work to effectively organize and to adapt to seasonal and project-based concentrations. There are 5 stairs or ramp access to the main floor, and 15 stairs to the second floor

The Works is committed to upholding the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion. In pursuit of this, we seek members who will work respectfully and constructively with differences and across levels of power. We actively encourage applications from members of groups experiencing barriers to equity, including, but not limited to:

  • First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples, and all other Indigenous peoples;
  • members of groups that commonly experience discrimination due to race, ancestry, colour, religion and/or spiritual beliefs, or place of origin;
  • persons with disabilities; and
  • persons of marginalized sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions.

Posting Closes: March 13, 2020. We encourage early applications as candidates may be interviewed as resumes are received, resulting in an early closing date.

Forward your resume and cover letteroutlining your interest in this position by email.


  • Flexible working hours
  • Extended health care
  • Dental care

Job Types: Full-time, Permanent

Salary: $36,000.00 to $48,000.00 /year


  • Non profit management: 2 years (Preferred)
  • Office or Financial Management: 2 years (Preferred)