Employment Opportunities

To Apply

Please send cover letter and resume by mail (Friends of Medalta Society, 713 Medalta Ave SE, Medicine Hat, Alberta, T1A 3K9) or email  (Laurie@medalta.org) as soon as possible.

Job Summary:

Be a part of our team! The Marketing & Communications Coordinator is a part-time senior staff position responsible for planning, developing, designing, and implementing communications, marketing and public relations strategies for all aspects of Medalta in the Historic Clay District.

Medalta is an equal opportunity employer and employs personnel without regard to race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, language, creed, religion, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, visible or invisible disability, or financial ability. While remaining alert and sensitive to the issue of fair and equitable treatment for all, Friends of Medalta Society recognizes that, at this time not all positions within the organization are suitable for persons with severe mobility issues.

Medicine Hat is located along the South Saskatchewan River in southeast Alberta. It is approximately 169 km (105 mi) east of Lethbridge and 295 km (183 mi) southeast of Calgary. This city and the adjacent Town of Redcliff to the northwest are within Cypress County. Medicine Hat had a population 65,441 in 2019.

Major Duties and Responsibilities include:

  • Implement and refresh where necessary, the comprehensive marketing plan to ensure that the organization’s programming is delivered to the widest possible audience. The plan focuses on the local, regional, and provincial audiences, with consideration directed to attracting the national and international audiences;
  • Develop a comprehensive integrated sales strategy for the organization’s various business units;
  • Plan and undertake cooperative communications and public relations projects with the four pillars of the organization (Creativity, Learning, Heritage and Community) in mind to ensure all aspects of the organization are given equal representation, such that the various publics are kept informed about activities and developments at the various sites within the Historic Clay District;
  • Manage and create content for all Social Media accounts including Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for the Medalta main brand as well as Market at Medalta and Medalta International Artists in Residence.
  • Ensure there is clear, efficient communication with the public about the donor programs;
  • Review, refresh, and oversee the use of the Medalta in the Historic Clay District brand;
  • Routine maintenance and updates for the medalta.org website
  • Design collateral for digital and physical materials for all Medalta sanctioned events and programming including children’s education, museum, gift shop, Medalta International Artists in Residence program, weddings, musical events, Market at Medalta, and exhibitions.
  • Keep analytical metrics updated to adequately monitor the success of the programming;
  • Establish partnerships and relationships with local media, organizations, and business to meet approved communications and marketing goals; and
  • Undertake related tasks and projects consistent with these responsibilities, as assigned.

Necessary Training and Experience:

  • Diploma or Degree in Public Relations, Marketing, or related discipline.
  • Minimum of five (5) years successful experience working in advertising, media relations, publicity, or a related field.
  • Minimum of two (2) years’ experience in graphic and advertising design using Adobe Creative Suite products.
  • Experience in the not-for-profit and/or museum environments is considered an asset.
  • Experience in developing community partnerships.
  • An equivalent combination of training and experience may be considered.

Necessary Knowledge, Abilities and Skills:

  • Excellent written, oral and presentation skills, along with strong interpersonal skills and the demonstrated ability to establish effective working relationships with the public and team members.
  • Excellent organizational skills and highly developed computer skills consistent with the position.
  • Knowledge of the ceramic arts process is considered an asset.

Salary: Commensurate with experience; negotiable; permanent part-time staff position, following three month probationary period.

Hours: Part-time salaried position (3 days/week, 24 hours/week.).

Start Date: Immediately.

To Apply: Please apply by November 10th, 2021. Send Cover letter and resume to Laurie Switzer: laurie@medalta.org.

Job Summary:

The Residency Coordinator is a senior staff position responsible for planning and implementing the programming of the SHAW International Centre for Contemporary Ceramics, including the highly-respected Medalta International Artists in Residence (MIAIR) Program.

Located within the Historic Clay District and housed in the purpose-renovated 12,000 square foot SHAW International Centre for Contemporary Ceramics is a state-of-the-art facility attracting ceramic artists from all over the world to participate in self-directed residencies, short-term workshops, kiln rentals, and special events. Optional accommodation at the purpose-renovated, communal living space, BMO Artists’ Lodge, which enhances the participants’ sense of community.

Reporting directly to the Executive Director, the Residency Coordinator is responsible for the successful leadership and overall management of the SHAW Centre in a manner consistent with the strategic direction set by the Friends of Medalta Society (FOMS), a not-for-profit organization with charitable status. Responsible for all aspects of the SHAW Centre; from budgeting and planning, to scheduling and management of programming, to documentation and reporting, the Residency Coordinator will liaise with other areas of the organization to assist in the implementation of other programming initiated by the Board.

Medalta is an equal opportunity employer and employs personnel without regard to race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, language, creed, religion, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, visible or invisible disability, or financial ability. While remaining alert and sensitive to the issue of fair and equitable treatment for all, Friends of Medalta Society recognizes that, at this time not all positions within the organization are suitable for persons with severe mobility issues.

Medicine Hat is located along the South Saskatchewan River in southeast Alberta. It is approximately 169 km (105 mi) east of Lethbridge and 295 km (183 mi) southeast of Calgary. This city and the adjacent Town of Redcliff to the northwest are within Cypress County. Medicine Hat had a population 65,441 in 2019.

Key Responsibilities include:

  • Develop and maintain operational policies for SHAW Centre programs, and Artists’ Lodge.
  • Facilitate internal communication with staff and resident artists.
  • Provide day-to-day oversight to the SHAW Centre Studio Technician, class instructors, and SHAW Centre volunteers.
  • Convey information about programming and resident artists to the marketing department in a timely manner, including information for website, social media, and print media.
  • Program and manage the artist residencies, workshops, classes, and special events.
  • Facilitate and oversee preparations for special events.
  • Grant application writing and reporting for funding programming pertaining to the SHAW Centre, Artists’ Lodge, and special events (conferences, symposia, etc.).
  • Manage kiln rental bookings, and accommodations at the Artists’ Lodge.
  • Prepare invoicing for sales from within the SHAW Centre, including kiln rentals, decal printing, and ceramic material purchases in accordance with FOMS financial policies.
  • Prepare purchase orders for procurements to the SHAW Centre in accordance with the FOMS purchasing policies.
  • Liaise with curatorial and exhibition programming for the Yuill Family Gallery.
  • Maintain an active presence in the local and national arts communities, represent the organization to funding agencies, and act as a spokesperson through interactions and networking with the press, community groups, and other national and international arts organizations.
  • Undertake related tasks and projects consistent with these responsibilities, as assigned.
  • Maintain an active ceramics practice in the studio space provided at the SHAW Centre.
  • Work with the Executive Director to prepare and manage budgets for the SHAW Centre, Artists’ Lodge, and programming.
  • Provide regular updates to the Executive Director.

Necessary Training and Experience:

  • Minimum of three (3) years working in a co-operative studio environment.
  • Minimum of three (3) years independent studio practice.
  • A Master of Fine Arts (MFA) Degree in Ceramics.
  • An equivalent combination of training (BFA) and experience may be considered.

Necessary Skills:

Knowledge of:

  • Technical processes and procedures related to ceramic materials and techniques.
  • Proficiency with various firing techniques including electric and fuel-fired kilns (gas, wood-fired, raku, etc.).

Ability to:

  • Understand and follow general direction, and work on own initiative.
  • Demonstrate strong administrative and organizational skills as they relate to project management, and the ability to set ongoing goals and objectives, manage competing priorities, and work in a self-directed manner.
  • Develop and schedule complex procedures, and coordinate and oversee the work of others.
  • Be proficient in the use of computer software for: word processing, financial management, contact management, and Internet presence. Strong computer skills with superior knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite and MS Office are essential. Knowledge of Constant Contact, PayPal an asset.
  • Document and archive video and photo-imagery of the activities at the SHAW Centre with the tools provided.
  • Demonstrate a high level of written, oral, and presentation skills.
  • Communicate effectively, possess a high degree of interpersonal communication skills, and the ability to establish effective working relationships with staff and resident artists.
  • Demonstrate excellent organizational skills including; analysis, decision making, problem solving, record keeping, and time management.

Performance Criteria:

  • Successfully carrying out the prime functions of the job description.
  • Development of strong working relationships with the Executive Director, and all relevant individuals and organizations.
  • Taking advantage of opportunities for professional development.

Salary: $42,000

Hours: This is a full-time salaried position (4 days/week, 32 hours/week. Programming may require some evening or weekend hours), with access to shared studio space, clay and glaze materials, and firings.

Start Date: Immediately.

To Apply: Please apply by November 12th, 2021. Send Cover letter and resume to Laurie Switzer: laurie@medalta.org.

Casual Event Staff

Job Summary:

Be a part of our team and join our Event Staff! This part-time casual position is for outgoing folks who can pour a mean glass of wine and know how to count to $6.00. While the primary responsibilities of our Event Staff is supervising and bartending at our various events, they also provide guests/renters/vendors with a positive experience while at Medalta. This position requires individuals who are energetic, personable and can work well in a team environment.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Event Staff will be scheduled as required for a variety of events including, but not limited to: weddings, private events, corporate events and internal functions.
  • Event staff will receive training for, and may be scheduled to work as, a Bartender, Event Supervisor or Event Assistant as required.
  • These positions are responsible for interacting positively with facility renters and the public while performing assigned tasks.
  • Enforce facility policies and procedures.
  • Identify and respond to emergencies according to emergency protocols. Involve Event Supervisor as needed.
  • Respond creatively and proactively to renters and guests that may have an issue and/or complaint and involve Event Supervisor as needed.
  • Work flexible hours including evenings and weekends. Several shifts are available including but not limited to Saturday evenings until 2:30 am.

Necessary Knowledge, Abilities and Skills:

  • Demonstrate strong problem-solving skills and ability to deal effectively with customer complaints/conflict; customer service experience preferred.
  • Have valid AGLC ProServe and ProTect certifications or be willing to secure.
  • Ability to work on hard floor surfaces for long hours.
  • Excellent physical health as some lifting required.
  • Strong communication and troubleshooting skills required.
  • Ability to work effectively with a team or independently.
  • Ability to stay calm and collected in a very active service environment.

Wage: Between $15.00 and $16.50 per hour depending on experience and position worked.

To Apply: Please send cover letter and resume to laurie@medalta.org as soon as possible.

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