Manager, Arts & Creative Industries

The Opportunity

The City of Kitchener is seeking a dynamic leader who is passionate about making a difference in our community, to take on the role of Manager of Arts & Creative Industries. During a bold first 3 years, you will have the opportunity to help our community take major strides forward, tackle complex challenges and set our community up for long lasting, sustainable success. 


Position Overview

Kitchener has a strong and growing arts community and a burgeoning creative industry sector. Kitchener is home to a diversity of partners and stakeholders who are all committed to helping our community’s cultural vibrancy grow. These include major arts and cultural institutions, well-established and up-and-coming arts practitioners and organizations, strong university and college programs, and a vibrant festival scene. The community’s creative industry features a mix of nationally recognized companies, emerging startups, not-for-profit organizations, established individual practitioners and aspiring entrepreneurs.     

With these as our community’s foundation, the City of Kitchener is poised to make major, catalytic investments in an effort to help propel significant future growth in the local Arts & Creative Industries. These include the establishment of a new Creative Hub, the launch of a Film, Music & Interactive Media Office and the development of a new Arts & Culture Plan. In addition, key cultural institutions are bolstering and expanding their programming and facilities, with bold ambitions for future growth.    

Kitchener is not without its well documented and well debated challenges and opportunities, including: the sustainability of our key cultural institutions; access to performance and rehearsal space; depth and breadth of employment opportunities for creative practitioners; access to funding; affordability of work/studio space; access to amenities such as film studios, exhibition space, specialized equipment, etc.; advancement of the community’s overall cultural narrative; and, effective and mutually-beneficial integration of the arts and creative industry with other industries such as technology and manufacturing. 

Reporting to the Executive Director of Economic Development, you will guide the work of the Arts & Creative Industry team, which includes i) Coordinator of Arts & Creative Industries; ii) Program Administrator; and iii) Film, Music & Interactive Media Officer.   You will work collaboratively with the broader Economic Development team (which includes the Waterloo Region Small Business Centre, Business Development, Downtown Development, Special Events and the Kitchener Market) to advance the City’s economic development strategy Make It Kitchener. 


Leadership Qualities

As an accomplished leader, you have exceptional interpersonal skills with a proven track record of moving communities and businesses from ideas to actions. You think strategically and know how to create significant value with limited resources.

As a respected community builder and bridge builder, you work collaboratively with community stakeholders, leaders and partners to build consensus and advance a common agenda and collaborative initiatives. You challenge the status quo through a positive and inspiring approach.   

As a champion for the arts and creative industries, you have deep respect for, and expert knowledge of, the opportunities and challenges faced by artists, practitioners, community groups, institutions and creative companies. You are respected by your peers for your solutions-based approach.   You deeply value the value arts and culture play in the well-being and prosperity of our community.

As a passionate advocate and skilled communicator, you have experience growing and developing audiences, securing support from external organizations/funding bodies and elevating an overall community brand. 

As a coach and team player, you are able to lead and mentor a small team of professionals, in a collaborative work environment. 

First 3-Year Priorities & Goals

See the full job posting at for a complete description of the key priorities and accountabilities that the successful candidate will be expected to develop and implement. 


The successful candidate:

  • Must have a 4 year degree or diploma in a related field.
  • Must have a minimum 4 years of related experience.
  • Must possess the qualities outlined under “Leadership Qualities”.
  • Must have knowledge of the Canadian creative industries including fine arts, digital content development, performing arts facilities, music, interactive, and film industries, for-profit and not-for-profit organizations, and audience development.
  • Must have knowledge of trends and best practices, cultural planning and marketing strategies related to the arts and creative industries.
  • Must have knowledge of related Federal and Provincial legislation, government programs and funding related to the arts and creative industries.
  • Must have a working knowledge of project management processes, principles, and concepts. 
  • Must have proven ability to problem solve in order to facilitate problem resolution by bringing the correct resources and parties together to achieve solutions. 
  • Must have highly developed communication and human relations skills in order to represent Council to community groups, Provincial and Federal representatives, professional associations, senior management, business leaders and the media; provide Council with advice regarding relevant policy issues. 
  • Must have proven skill in the use of a personal computer with the ability to use software programs such as Microsoft Office, Outlook, Project and PowerPoint.  
  • Must have the ability to support and project the organization's core values of trust and respect, collaboration, and change and growth, as well as our leadership traits.

Location:  Kitchener City Hall, City Of Kitchener

Salary:    $86,884 - $108, 605 annually

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