March 14, 2022 – Boston-based search firm Arts Consulting Group (ACG) has been enlisted to find the next president and CEO of Alberta, Canada-based Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. The organization wants a visionary leader who focuses on programmatic and educational innovation, pursues new and emerging trends, and embraces unique opportunities in the arts and education field, said the search firm. Reporting to the board of governors, the CEO will focus on the clarity of purpose in regrowing the programs and scale of business operations at Banff Centre. This individual will be expected to lead, manage, and mobilize Banff Centre’s human, physical, financial, and reputational resources in alignment with its institutional, ethical, and cultural mandates. The CEO must also set and meet both short- and long-term objectives as approved by the board of governors and collaborate regularly with the foundation board to oversee assets and increase philanthropic support for Banff Centre.
The organization’s new leader must have deep knowledge in and respect for the arts and culture sector, according to Arts Consulting Group. “This individual will have an innate ability to inspire, lead, listen, and organize people into action,” the firm said. “Motivated to conceptualize new ideas and translate subjective viewpoints into practical results, the president and CEO will deeply engage in multiple conversations with the Indigenous, national, and international arts and education communities to advance the field. They will be confident, innovative, and discerning.”
The incoming CEO must also have the capacity to set clear objectives, mobilize resources, and understand the human, financial, technological, and artistic resources needed to advance Banff Centre’s work and reverberating impacts. The organization wants an authentic and collaborative leader who balances both people- and task-oriented interactions, said ACG. The new leader should be adaptable to changing circumstances and respond in a flexible manner. A passionate yet thoughtful decision maker, the new CEO will be expected to energetically embody Banff Centre’s ambitious goals with creativity, intentionality, and humility. This individual will possess exceptional interpersonal and public presentation capabilities that convey the importance and outcomes of a leading post-secondary arts and leadership organization.
ACG said Banff Centre wants candidates with a master’s degree or equivalent experience and at least 10 years at a senior management level with increasing responsibility in a multi-disciplinary arts and culture organization. Post-secondary institution, international artistic endeavor, non-profit organization, or comparable government agency experience is required. Qualified candidates should have a demonstrable track record in contributed and earned revenue oversight, budget responsibility, staff management, and organizational capacity building in the creative industries.
Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity exists to inspire artists and leaders to make their unique contribution to society and aspires to be the global leader in arts, culture, and creativity. Founded in 1933, Banff Centre is a learning organization built upon a legacy of excellence in artistic and creative development. From its home in Banff, Alberta, in the Canadian Rocky Mountains, Banff Centre aims to inspire everyone who attends its campus – artists, leaders, and thinkers – to “unleash their creative potential and realize their unique contribution to society through cross-disciplinary learning opportunities, world-class performances, and public outreach.”
Arts and Culture Recruiters
Arts Consulting Group provides interim management, executive search, revenue enhancement consulting, facilities and program planning, and organizational development services for the arts and culture industry. The firm has identified senior-level leaders for the Long Beach Opera, Fort Worth Opera, Chicago Opera, Stockton Symphony Association and Portland Baroque Orchestra, among others. The firm has offices in Boston; Calgary; Chicago; Dallas; Denver; Halifax; Los Angeles; Nashville, TN; New York; Portland, OR; San Francisco; Tampa, FL; Toronto; and Washington, D.C.
Arts Consulting Group (ACG) has been enlisted to find the next artistic director for the Charlotte Ballet in North Carolina. Vice president Geoff Chang is leading the assignment. Last summer, Hope Muir stepped down from the ballet’s artistic director role to accept the same position with the National Ballet of Canada in Toronto. Christopher Stuart, program director of Charlotte Ballet II and rehearsal director for the main company, has been serving as interim artistic director.
The Charlotte Ballet’s artistic director is charged with providing inspirational leadership and setting the organization’s artistic vision with a focus on collaboration and community engagement, said ACG.
President Bruce D. Thibodeau founded ACG in 1997 and has been part of numerous projects in all practice areas to grow institutional sustainability, advance the arts and culture sector, and enhance communities served by the industry. Dr. Thibodeau has guided hundreds of non-profit, university and government clients in achieving effective leadership transitions, planning cultural facilities, increasing revenues, developing dynamic institutional brands and messages, crafting strategic plans and business models, and revitalizing board governance practices.
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