Guelph Arts Council (GAC) is a charitable organization that champions and supports arts and culture in Guelph. We are currently seeking a dynamic individual for the role of Manager of Programs & Communications for a Parental Leave Contract to work closely with the Manager of Operations and the Executive Director to support GAC’s mission.

The successful candidate will be passionate about art and community, and contribute to GAC’s mission with  their programming vision and communications acumen. Specific duties will include: 

Programs (lead): in collaboration with GAC staff and volunteers, implementing and evaluating GAC programs, events, and projects, including volunteer recruitment and management, and supporting the creation and  development of new opportunities and community partnerships through programs and projects 

Communications (lead): championing GAC members, programs, and projects, and building awareness of the  value of the arts, through semi-monthly e-newsletters, social media, and; providing staff support  to related volunteer committees; and supporting the development of communications plans. The position will also be responsible for co-managing the ongoing content development and service  plans for website.

The position also supports the hiring, training, and supervision of seasonal staff and co-op or practicum students. 


  • Experience in planning and delivering arts programs and events 
  • Strong communication, interpersonal, customer service, and relationship-building skills
  • Strong project management skills with the ability to oversee concurrent projects, timelines, and deadlines
  • Ability to work independently and in a collaborative team environment, and to lead volunteer groups
  • Strong computer skills, including proficiency with Google Workspace and some familiarity with website content management systems (ie. WordPress)
  • Experience with social media and communication, design, virtual meeting and events platforms, including  Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Later, YouTube, and Zoom. Familiarity with Mailchimp, Airtable, Canva,  Eventbrite and/or similar online tools is an asset 


The ideal candidate will have a background in the arts, and be knowledgeable about the issues, opportunities, and challenges in the sector. Video-editing skills and facilitation experience would be considered assets but are not required.  

This part-time position is 20 hours per week with opportunities for project-based increases. Some evening and weekend work is required. The salary is $20,592 annually plus a benefits package. Expected start date is early November. Guelph Arts Council is located in downtown Guelph, Ontario. 

Please submit your resumé with cover letter by email only no later than 11:59 pm on Thursday, October 13. Only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. 


Send applications to: 

Damian Weston, Executive Director 

[email protected] 

Guelph Arts Council invites applications from all qualified individuals. We strive to be inclusive of BIPOC,  LGBTQ2S+, newcomer, youth, low-income, Deaf people, and people with disabilities in all our employment  practices. If you face any barriers to applying, please contact Damian at [email protected] or 519-836-3280.

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