Executive Director Medalta
Organization: Medalta Job Title: Executive Director Hours: Full-time (40 hours per week, plus some evenings and weekends) Deadline: April 4, 2019 Start...

Organization: Medalta
Job Title: Executive Director
Hours: Full-time (40 hours per week, plus some evenings and weekends)
Deadline: April 4, 2019
Start date: ASAP

The Friends of Medalta Society is looking for a new Executive Director

Medalta is a National Historic Site in Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada, which has been converted into an industrial heritage museum. Working from a mixed economy business model, this once static museum has been transformed into a dynamic space that activates community and inspires change. Our education program is a leader in delivering experience-based curriculum utilizing the many modules on our 46-acre campus. We are currently producing pottery that is sold across Canada using materials that are mined from within 200 km and fired using energy that is pumped from under the facility. Our Artist-in-Residence program attracts artists from around the world to our community to engage in research in a proximal learning environment. In addition, we run a social enterprise business that manufactures and distributes clay and clay products throughout Canada and into the US. With an emphasis on material, we take lessons from our industrial & entrepreneurial past and align them with social, artistic, and business priorities to create an enriching, relevant and forward-thinking cultural organization that engages a local, regional and international audience. Our main Medalta Potteries, Shaw Centre, and Artist Lodge facilities are fully accessible, while some of our less used spaces like Hycroft China and Medicine Hat Brick & Tile are partially accessible.


The Executive Director is responsible for the overall vision and management of the organization. Reporting directly to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director will:

  • Oversee fundraising, fund development planning, implementation, and grant writing
  • Collaborate with coordinators on program development and implementation. These include the areas of Museum, Artist-in-Residence, Facilities, Education, Marketing, Facility Rentals and Collections
  • Manage an administrative team
  • Facilitate strategic planning and policy development
  • Manage and maintain a heritage building within the provincially mandated regulatory environment, and administer lease agreements with tenants
  • Foster partnerships within local, national and international arts communities
  • Hire, supervise and mentor staff
  • Attend Board meetings; actively support the board and its committees with appropriate administration. Provide useful and accurate information in the form of reports so the Board may make sound governance decisions
  • Develop broad community engagement through inclusive programming, networking and development
  • Act as a spokesperson representing Medalta to the diverse communities that it serves

Ideal candidate will have:

  • The ability to work collaboratively with staff, board, government and community stakeholders
  • Proven leadership in the Arts and Culture sector
  • An understanding of the regulatory environment for historic sites and heritage structures
  • Extensive experience managing operational and capital budgets
  • Proven ability to develop an empathetic, transparent and sustainable work environment
  • Previous history of successful grant writing and fundraising experience
  • Excellent communication, presentation and writing skills
  • Strong planning and organization skills including the ability to prioritize projects and manage time effectively
  • Developed community relations and promote Medalta locally, nationally and internationally
  • Proven managerial experience, creativity and vision
  • Experience working with a Board of Directors and volunteers
  • Experience in property management, including lease agreements and maintenance cycles

Compensation based on experience, competitive with cultural institutes across Canada, and a comprehensive benefit package.

Medalta encourages applications from candidates who identify as visible minorities, women, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and others with the skills and knowledge to productively engage within diverse communities

How to Apply:

Applicants are asked to submit a letter of interest and CV as well as three professional references to the attention of:

Executive Director Hiring Committee, Friends of Medalta Society