Job Posting

Manager, Banff International String Quartet Competition (BISQC)

Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity is seeking a Manager, BISQC (Banff International String Quartet Competition).

This is a termed position from April 2018 through November 2019.

The Opportunity

The Banff International String Quartet Competition (BISQC) is one of the leading international music competitions. Since its inception in 1983, every three years select quartets from around the world are invited to Banff Centre to perform various pieces of work over seven days, competing for the grand prize of a three-year career development program worth over $150,000 including a cash prize, concert tours throughout Europe and North America, and a Banff Centre residency which includes recording an album. The 13th BISQC will take place August 26 to September 1, 2019.

Supporting the Director, the Manager, BISQC will be responsible for the planning and delivery of all administrative and logistic requirements of this renowned competition from planning to execution to post-event wrap-up.

Specific Accountabilities

- Plans, executes and delivers all administrative and logistic aspects of the Banff International String Quartet Competition (BISQC) ensuring all work timeline duties and deadlines are met.
- Manages all logistics for the competition including quartet communication, repertoire confirmation and preparations, preliminary jury adjudications, competition jury, special guests, media confirmations, competition vendors and partners, and travel arrangements.
- Manages and develops all ancillary BISQC programs, including, but not limited to: Quartet in the Community, Rolston/ Szekely program, competition lecture series, festival events and alumni concert.
- Undertakes all planning and delivery of the winning quartet’s career development prize package, including tours (North America, Europe), recording contracts, and residency development.
- Negotiates partnerships with presenters, regional, national, and international. Maintains and develops relationships on behalf of Banff Centre, with the World Federation of International Music competitions.
- Contributes to discussions regarding donations and sponsorships for the competition. Maintains existing donor relations; works with Development to research other funding possibilities; explores grant opportunities and sponsorship ideas.
- Collaborates with Managing Director and with Marketing & Communications department on developing a marketing and communications and content dissemination plan for the competition.
- Acts as the lead with production areas ensuring all production and broadcast resources are hired/booked and scheduled for competition.
- Ensures all required contracts and releases are executed and returned.
- Ensures all BISQC activity falls within sustainable financial parameters set by Managing Director, Events and - Public Engagement and based on funding cycles. Assumes accountability for all BISQC expenses, reviews budget, and revises forecast with managing director.
- Establishes price-point for all competition revenue (audience packages) based on research and audience development plan. Works with Box Office, Conferences and Reservations on ticket packages.
- Contributes to the development of a strategic and financial plan for future BISQC competitions cycles, in conjunction with Managing Director, Events and Public Engagement and Director, BISQC.
- Be the main point for communication and correspondence with special guests and VIP audience members.
- Develops and executes the BISQC volunteer program.
- Prepares and distributes BISQC overall schedule and specific agendas of activities/concerts and lectures.
- Ensures all BISQC activity is in accordance with the collective agreement.
- Other duties as assigned.

Qualification and Educational Requirements

- 5+ years’ project management/event producing experience.
- University degree in a related field or equivalent combination of education and experience.
- Experience and proven success with organizing events.
- Proven programming experience, event or culture-based.
- Effective interpersonal skills used to build relationships, work cooperatively and interact with a range of stakeholders.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
- Strong organizational skills used to effectively manage an environment with competing demands and expectations.
- Applies good management principles in an artistic environment.
- Has an ability to formulate long and short range goals, while anticipating and responding to flexible program needs.
- Being able to communicate in more than one language is an asset.

Special Requirements

Candidates offered a position with Banff Centre, in this capacity, will be required to obtain a criminal record check verifying a clear record before a final job offer can be finalized.

Employment Terms & Benefits

In accordance with the terms of employment governing Management/PSP employees, this is a termed position subject to a 12-month probationary period.

This position pays between $60,000 and $65,000 annually, depending on qualifications.

The anticipated work schedule is as follows:

April through August 2018: 4 days per week

September 2018 through September 2019: full time

October and November 2019: 3 days per week

Banff Centre offers on-the-job training, a supportive work environment, a staff cafeteria, subsidized fitness memberships, staff events, and free/reduced admission to many Banff Centre concerts, films, lectures and exhibitions. For more information please visit our benefits page.

Application Process

We are accepting applications for the Manager, BISQC until February 25, 2018. Please include a cover letter demonstrating how your experience translates to this position and why you are interested in becoming part of our team.

Submit your application, resume and cover letter online via Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity careers website at

Hourly Wage, Salary or Salary Range: 
60,000 to 65,000 + benefits
Application Deadline: 
Sunday, February 25, 2018
Start Date: 
Monday, April 2, 2018
Type of Work: 
Full Time
Education Level: 
University (Undergraduate)
Prefered Method(s) of Application: 
Apply Online

Employer Details

Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity

Meaghan Connell
107 Tunnel Mountain Drive
P.O. Box 1020
Banff, AB T1L 1H5

Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity is a catalyst for creativity. The global leader in arts, culture, and creativity, Banff Centre is a leader in the development and promotion of creative work in the arts, sciences, business, and the environment.