Arts Learning Programs Manager


The ACT Arts Centre


Until filled

Organization Description: 

The ACT Arts Centre (The ACT), centered in the heart of the scenic, growing community of Maple Ridge, is the leading provider of engaging, vibrant and excellent Arts Learning Programs, Gallery Exhibitions and Performing Arts Presentations for the growing communities of the region. Opened in 2003, the 486-seat theatre, studios, classrooms and Art Gallery are home to many cultural and community events, delivering an impressive array of diverse arts and cultural programming and activities to over 80,000 patrons annually.


Job Description: 

Position Summary:
A member the Senior Management team, the Arts Learning Programs Manager joins a dynamic, energetic and creative professional administrative team, with the responsibility of providing leadership in all areas of the ACT Arts Centre’s learning and experiential programs. 

The ALPM envisions, develops and ensures successful delivery of a diversity of introductory and progressive fine arts educational and learning programs for all ages, from infants to seniors, by developing and overseeing courses, classes and activities in the areas of music, theatre, dance, and the visual arts, ceramics and digital media arts learning programs. The ALPM is responsible for meeting departmental and organizational goals set out in the ACT Art Centre’s Strategic Plan. 

The ALMP chooses, staffs and manages 300+ classes and activities annually, currently serving 3,400 participants of all ages. The majority of learning programs are coordinated with and promoted through the City of Maple Ridge Parks, Recreation and Culture Department, with additional programs offered in after-school programs for School District 42, local Home Learning classes and in special projects. Programs take place within the facility’s teaching studios and in outreach locations throughout Maple Ridge.

The position manages and supervises departmental current and future staff, providing direction and leadership in daily and weekly operations and in long-term planning; and liaises with the ACT Art Gallery Curator and Executive Director to envision and coordinate learning opportunities around Gallery exhibitions and the ACT Presents performing arts series. 

The Arts Learning Programs Manager is passionate about the power of making and learning in traditional and evolving art forms to transform lives and communities, and committed to delivering exceptional learning experiences to a growing community.


Specific Responsibilities:

Program Content and Curriculum:

  • Develops and manages all fine arts learning programs, courses and classes for the ACT Arts Centre for participants of all ages and abilities, including: 

    • Recruiting, hiring, managing and assessing a team of contract instructors to develop introductory and progressive class curriculums and content in areas of the visual, digital and performing arts, currently in the areas of Theatre, Dance, Music, Visual and Digital Arts. 

    • Planning an on-going suite of fine arts programs each term – Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer – and special programs for Spring Break and holidays.

    • Working with input from SD 42 and educators, designing and scheduling after-school Arts Learning Programs opportunities at SD 42 schools 

  • Working with Home Schooling groups to program classes

  • Develops new programming/activities that strengthen and increase the opportunities for arts learning in the community.

  • Seeks out new opportunities for learning programs through collaborations within the community.

  • Works closely with Marketing Department to promote classes, including scheduling and staffing the mobile ArtCart for community events. 

Management Responsibilities: 

  • Hires, supervises, supports and provides performance feedback for all department staff. 

  • Develops, monitors, and administers department budget, work plans, and reports. 

  • Monitors and executes department strategic plans 

  • Acts as the liaison for board committees as assigned 

  • Acts as an Arts and Culture representative on various community and municipal taskforces and committees as may be assigned.


  • Prepares and monitors the annual departmental budget, meeting or exceeding annual revenue and expense targets. 

  • Negotiates and executes contracts for all instructors

  • Approves and oversees processing of instructor invoices/timesheets 

  • Oversees the set-up, data entry and reporting for programs in Perfect Mind software system. 

  • Ensures learning spaces are properly set up and materials are appropriately stocked and provided for classes and activities. 

  • Assists as needed with Departmental grant applications and reporting 

Coordination of Community Initiatives: 

  • Liaises with the City of Maple Ridge Parks, Recreation and Culture Programmers 

  • Coordinates learning activities that promote ACT arts learning programs at community events produced by the ACT Arts Centre and in appropriate off-site community events, including strategizing the deployment of the mobile ArtCart.

Other responsibilities: 

  • Works collaboratively with peers across the organization to set strategy, looking for synergies across functions.

  • Other duties, projects and responsibilities as assigned by the Executive Director.



  • University Degree in visual or performing arts, arts education or a related field.

  • Minimum two years’ experience and proven track record as a Programmer in a community setting, or equivalent combination of education and experience. 

  • Excellent written and spoken communication, leadership, interpersonal and presentation skills.

  • Experience managing a team of staff. 

  • Creativity and entrepreneurial drive. 

  • Demonstrated excellence in organizational skills and attention to detail; ability to help drive projects to completion and multi-task in an environment with multiple deadlines. 

  • Ability to work occasional weekends and evenings 

  • Must submit to a criminal background check.

Three professional references will be required of advancing candidates.

How to Apply: 

How to Apply: Please submit a cover letter and resume to Human Resources via email to:

No phone calls please – only those short-listed for interviews will be contacted. 
We wish to thank all those who apply. We encourage people to view our website for future job postings.


$50,000-60,000 annually

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