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Assiniboine Park Conservancy-Senior Director, Programming & Education-Thu, 07/22/2021 - 11:53am

Senior Director, Programming & Education


Assiniboine Park Conservancy
55 Pavilion Crescent
Winnipeg R3P 2N6

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Assiniboine Park is a place where people share the wonders of nature in a way that inspires them to conserve it for the future. In 2009, the Assiniboine Park Conservancy (APC) unveiled a visionary redevelopment plan that has transformed Assiniboine Park and Zoo.  APC will build on these achievements and continue to enhance the Park experience by offering something new, modern, and meaningful to visitors and tourists alike.

To contribute to this vision, APC is seeking their next Senior Director, Programming and Education.

Reporting to the VP, Guest Services, the Senior Director, Programming & Education will lead and direct Assiniboine Park Conservancy park-wide programming, activation, and community engagement strategy. This park-wide strategy will build upon APC’s strategic goal of building an inclusive place where people share the wonders of nature in a way that inspires them to conserve it for the future.  The programs and initiatives vary in scale from intimate to grand and from presentations, workshops, school and community-based programs to large-scale events, entertainment, and other performance presentations that engage the public.

This role is a key position to APC and will enhance and align programming, activation, and engagement initiatives by working with key stakeholders on the creation of a robust, diverse, and inclusive year-round programming calendar.


The Park

For over a century, Assiniboine Park has served Winnipeg as a hub of year-round activity, a joyful gathering place, and a natural oasis that allows visitors to reconnect with nature and each other.

The Park is home to popular attractions like the English Garden, The Pavilion, and the Leo Mol Sculpture Garden. Winding trails, wide open green spaces, and breathtaking gardens encourage people to get outdoors and be active. Educational programs, free outdoor entertainment at the Lyric Theatre, public art galleries, unique event venues, and a great variety of events and activities provide amazing opportunities for learning, celebration and recreation.

Explore the Outdoor Gardens at The Leaf

The new outdoor Gardens at The Leaf are open – with close to 30 acres of gardens and greenspace and six areas to explore - Indigenous Peoples Garden, Kitchen Garden, Sensory Garden, Performance Garden, Seasonal Garden, and The Grove. These young gardens will change with the seasons and mature gradually over the weeks, months and years to come.

The Zoo

Home to more than 180 animal species, the Assiniboine Park Zoo is a place for exploration and family fun in every season. Located in beautiful Assiniboine Park, the Zoo has been a favourite destination for families, tourists, school groups, and animal lovers for over a century.

As an accredited, modern zoological organization, Assiniboine Park Zoo focuses on meeting and exceeding the ever rising standards of animal care and welfare, safety, and veterinary programs and as well as demonstrating a commitment to education, conservation and research.

About the Assiniboine Park Conservancy:

The Assiniboine Park Conservancy (APC) is responsible for establishing the future vision for the Park and Zoo and carrying out this transformation while protecting the Park’s cherished character and ensuring its long-term financial viability.  It exists to enhance the Assiniboine Park experience for present and future generations.

APC is governed by a Board of Directors comprised of community leaders whose affection for Assiniboine Park translates into a deep sense of responsibility. They provide leadership, valuable guidance, and essential connections to the communities APC serves.

With the support of staff, volunteers, government partners, community funders, and private donors, APC has transformed the Park into a world-class destination that is uniquely Manitoban.

Duties & Responsibilities 
  • Ensure a dynamic balance of programming that deepens understanding, builds community engagement, provides diverse and inclusive experiences, and expands revenue growth.
  • Establish programming guidelines and ensure the integration and alignment of park-wide programming activities with other departments to provide an integrated programming model that supports Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Service, Access, and Outreach.
  • Facilitate the expansion of community engagement by illuminating and programming the stories, themes, events, and activation of spaces throughout APC
  • Provide leadership and support to the Manager of the Education and Programming Department, ensuring the development, design, and delivery of educational programs.
  • Work collaboratively with the Indigenous Programming Advisory Circle in relation to all park-wide Indigenous Programming.
  • Establish project management framework to manage shifting priorities, address time-sensitive programs or projects with multiple deadlines, and effectively delivery programs across the park.
  • Collaborate with key stakeholders to analyze growth or fiscal viability of programs, prepare, and distribute reports, provide recommendations for improvement and identify new opportunities.
  • Manage operating budgets and establish, maintain, and monitor compliance with department budget, cost/expenditure control measures.
Education and Experience 
  • You have either post-secondary education or equivalent experience in a wide variety of small  to large scale programming in conservation, arts and culture or a related discipline.
  • You have proven experience leading and directing programming and education teams, along with complex levels of stakeholder engagement.
  • You have experience being involved in strategic leadership initiatives and planning with multiple partners and stakeholders that achieved desired outcomes for multiple initiatives. 
  • You possess excellent verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to facilitate difficult dialogues, effectively listen to all points of view and ability to build consensus on initiatives and issues.
  • You have the proven ability, knowledge, skill, and experience with educational program planning, proposals, consultation, and engaging program development for all generations and demographics.
  • You have strong project management, process development, and problem-solving skills.
Application Instructions 

Applications are not being accepted via APC's career page. To submit your candidacy for this unique opportunity – please send your cover letter and resume to Annette Kohut, Executive Search at

For further information, please call Karin Pooley, VP, Executive Search at 204.940.3939.

Deadline: 8/21/2021

Full Name 
Gerald Dieleman