Executive Director


Closing Date: July 21, 2017

The Society is currently seeking an Executive Director who will work closely with Society staff and volunteers
to maintain a thriving, year-round music calendar that enhances the quality of life in our community. The successful candidate for the Society’s key leadership role will be accountable to the Board of Directors for the success and long-term sustainability of the Society.


Whether it’s scheduling the best and the brightest musical acts, delivering a new community experience or developing programs that sustain us as a thriving arts organization, there is never a dull moment with our team. We are energetic collaborative, exceptional and passionate community leaders. Our commitment to delivering great results is evident in our everyday work and, like the rest of or our organization, we radiate our passion for exceptional musical experiences.

Since 1979, the Folk Festival Society of Calgary has produced the Calgary Folk Music Festival at Prince’s Island Park, as well as related events at other venues throughout the year. In 2013, the Society opened Festival Hall in Inglewood, which added another exciting dimension to the continuing evolution of the Society as one of the premier arts organizations in Calgary. In 2016, Block Heater was introduced to warm up the winter months in Inglewood. These recent accomplishments truly made the Society into a year-round operation.


Whether you start your day with a cup of coffee or a daily scrum to redefine priorities, no two days will be the same. You may pick up where you left off on the budgeting process, while attending to immediate requests from the press. You might be asked for feedback on enhancing operations, then ask your team for agenda items for the upcoming staff meeting. You might decide to sneak lunch in with a potential donor before heading downtown to represent the Society at an arts funding meeting. Your afternoon might consist of preparing for the monthly Board meeting, addressing volunteer challenges, and completing performance reviews as you listen to upcoming artists. At the end of the day, you find it hard to believe how fast time flies by as you say good night to the team and get ready for another exciting day!


As Executive Director, you are the ‘glue’ that holds the team together to ensure the Society is supported with strong leadership and accountability. You demonstrate a standard of excellence, embrace challenges, and proactively anticipate needs. You will be responsible for several key functions within our dynamic team:

  • Managing Society operations including the summer Festival, winter Block Heater festival, year-round concerts, community programming and Festival Hall;

  • Leading a highly committed and dedicated team of nine full-time staff, six part-time, and almost 1,500 volunteers;

  • Ensuring sustainable fiscal management of an annual budget exceeding $5million with multiple revenue streams;

  • Engaging the broader community as a spokesperson for the Society, developing new opportunities and maintaining Society presence within our stakeholder groups.

  • Minimum of 10 years non-profit and/or arts leadership experience;

  • Experience managing budgets in excess of $3 million;

  • Strategic thinker capable to see above the operational lens is a must;

  • Inspirational leader capable of motivating staff and volunteer teams;

  • Fund development and donor stewardship experience;

  • Understanding of arts marketing and audience development;

  • Excellent verbal and oral communications skills;

  • CFRE or other applicable certifications are assets;

  • Passion for music and community building

The search committee will consider candidates until July 21, 2017. Please send one PDF file containing a cover letter and resume to: cfmfed@gmail.com
We thank all candidates for applying, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls please. If you have questions, please contact Jaci Lyndon, Chair, Human Resources Committee at cfmfed@gmail.com.