Director, Strategic Projects, contract, Spark, Calgary, AB (29/01/21)

  • 8 Jan 2021 2:09 PM
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    About Spark

    The purpose of Calgary’s science centre is unwavering. Spark exists to make lives — and the world —

    better through an affinity for science. Through visits to Spark, and encounters with Spark in the

    community, people are lifted up by the positive power of curiosity, experimentation and creativity.

    Spark is a registered charity.

    The outcome is profound. Spark helps people of all ages fuel up for the future because at Spark, science,

    technology and invention are embedded in cultural experiences. This means designing and delivering

    transformative moments that engage and delight through story, technology, immersive experiences and

    human connection. Through this we create new points of access to the disciplines at the core of

    innovation. Join the Spark team to transform lives and inspire the future.

    Position Overview

    The Director, Strategic Projects, reports directly to the CEO and is accountable for leading the

    development and implementation of special projects that span across all areas of the organization. This

    role is a key public-facing representative of the organization, responsible for building partnerships that

    engage the community in the development of Calgary’s science centre.

    This is a leadership team position that helps to instigate an inspired culture at Spark where the whole

    team acts with agility toward positive change. As a result, this is a key cultural role at Spark with

    influence on the reputation and experience of Spark in the community.

    This position plays a key role in managing and implementing cross-functional projects that support the

    mission while growing audience and revenues. This position leads Spark in providing excellent project

    management with business acumen and scientific integrity in areas including but not limited to:

     Connecting operational improvements to science content and experiences

     Renovations to the building

     New gallery and exhibit renovations

     Special project technology upgrades such as Dome Theatre operations and programming

     Liaising with strategic consultants and contractors

     Special projects

    Key Responsibilities

     Develop strategic operational plans for special projects to ensure they are connected to Spark’s

    Roadmap for the 2020s.

     Work closely with the CEO to advance cross-functional projects that support the mission, longterm vision, and public brand of Spark.

     Manage partnership and government related special projects.

     Lead the creation of special programs and initiatives that relate to different parts of the

    organization built on high quality learning pedagogy to support the creation, implementation

    and operation of creative experiences that span across functional areas.

     Build strong relationships with other Directors to help infuse a culture of strong project

    management and creative learning across the organization.

     Foster a culture that embraces all roles as equally valuable within the organization.

     Create a culture that is impact-oriented.

     Continually assesses and upgrade experiences for visitors.

     Assess the opportunities for continuing conversations digitally.

     Identify, acquire and develop the talent pool to deliver on established targets, while ensuring

    effective succession planning.

     Analyze and identify issues affecting operational performance and establish initiatives for

    continuous improvement.

     Develop long-term, value-added relationships with partners locally, regionally, nationally or

    internationally as appropriate.

     Represent Spark as a spokesperson to business, public organizations, stakeholder groups and/or

    general public while actively seeking partnership opportunities in order to further organizational


     Participate in related associations to establish provincial and national awareness and impact of

    Spark, and learn from the field.

     Ensure the delivery of optimal results against appropriate financial and associated performance


     Establish and implement monitoring systems to provide operational and strategic indicators for

    prudent management of Spark resources.

     Seek opportunities for further expansion, and actively support business development in new



     10+ years of progressive experience in project management and/or partner relations and

    strategy with a proven track record of achieving program growth and financial stability.

     5+ years leading an operational team.

     Understanding and experience with the challenges associated with operating and maintaining a

    high performing creative and technical team with connections to development, marketing and

    communications in a non-profit setting.

     A solid understanding of project management, budgeting, operational planning, systems,

    controls and compliance.

     The successful candidate must successfully complete a criminal record check.

    Culture at Spark

    Spark’s goal is to become one of the top 10 most-worth-visiting science centres in the world. Through

    skilled and confident programming, Spark will attract visitors from around the city, province and globe,

    and immerse them in emotive experiences as they explore ever-evolving, quirky and thought-provoking

    galleries. The skilled programming at this level of success will only be possible with an organization-wide

    commitment to effective performance. High performance at Spark is both defined and experienced by

    diverse cultures and proactively advances equity among all human beings as part of the definition of


    Spark’s high performance culture is driven by a shared purpose. Team members are united by values

    and proud of the reputation we are building together. What does high performance look like at Spark?

     Commitment to Purpose. Everyone at Spark is a purpose driven leader. You are passionate

    about entertaining people of all ages in creative encounters with science, technology and

    engineering, and the output of your work reflects our values: collaboration, curiosity, courage,

    commitment, and creativity.

     Commitment to Continuous Learning. Your individual growth is driven by a desire to be a part

    of the team that makes Spark one of the best science centres in the world. Every day is a

    professional development day at Spark. You are expected to seek out learning opportunities and

    pursue professional growth. At times the growth may be uncomfortable, and you embrace it as

    part of the journey.

     Agents of Change. We are a culture of experimentalists. It is expected and encouraged for staff

    to make suggestions that can improve a program, presentation, process or service. It is also

    expected and encouraged for suggestions to be accepted and tried with a thank you for helping

    each other get even stronger.

     Coaching Mindset. Sparklers are committed to helping each other become even stronger in our

    roles. Upgrading each other’s work is enjoyable and rewarding because teams are built on trust.

    Supervisor feedback feels like coaching, not criticism or punishment. Remember, you can say

    anything if you are kind, clear and non-judgmental. This is how high performance teams are


     Winning and Losing as a Team. We work together to drive action and results that are aligned

    with Spark’s mission in the outside world. We encourage healthy debate and science-based

    decision making. Our relationships allow us to make big asks of each other and get big things

    done together with a sense of urgency and excellence. If someone appears to fail, you ask,

    “What did I do or not do to contribute to that, as it is my failure too.”

     Achieving Results. Spark is dedicated to excellence in all aspects of communicating science and

    we carry that dedication to excellence in every aspect of Spark’s work. We encourage each

    other to set stretch goals and work together across all departments to exceed them.

    To Apply: Interested candidates can submit their cover letter and resume, in confidence, to with “Director, Strategic Projects” in the subject line.

    Closing Date: January 29, 2020

    We thank all applicants for their interest. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

    Spark is committed to employment equity and diversity and encourages applications from all qualified


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