Director, Carleton Dominion Chalmers Centre



The newly acquired Carleton DC Centre (CDCC) is one of Ottawa’s finest concert and performance facilities. It is valued for its central downtown location, its heritage, cachet, beauty, and its outstanding acoustics, which are second only to the National Arts Centre (NAC).

The Centre will host Carleton’s music department’s regular and numerous concerts, lecture-recitals, masterclasses, showcase events, conferences and graduation recitals. It will provide a new home for the Carleton Sound recording label and classroom space for academic programs. The Centre is also home to community organizations which will use the facility. The Carleton DC Centre is an academic and artistic hub that will benefit students through experiential learning opportunities and provide community artistic organizations access to a superior performance venue.


Duties and Responsibilities:

The Director is responsible for the efficient and viable operation of the Centre. This role has a strong coordination aspect between university groups and community organizations. The incumbent is the face of the Centre within the community and must balance academic requirements with community demands. There is a strong service aspect to this role as it supports building occupants and users of the performance venues.

As part of Carleton Ancillary Operations, key success metrics include ongoing financial sustainability, occupancy and facilities utilization, and community engagement. The Director leads, trains, and empowers a team of support staff, customer service representatives, and various contracted casual positions to provide operational and technical support to the Centre.


Along with the required credentials, you are a proven leader with an entrepreneurial spirit who is passionate about the performing arts. You are an innovative, resourceful and flexible thinker who is capable of balancing multiple projects and events. You enjoy managing staff and leveraging team intelligence to ensure the smooth operation of the Centre and its events.

You enjoy building relationships within the community and are naturally focused on providing internal stakeholders and external clients with high quality service.


• Strong working knowledge of the professional performance arts with a focus on music and events
• Familiarity with marketing and public relations practices would be an asset
• Project management experience would be an asset
• Superior interpersonal and communication skills
• Ability to prioritize, organize, and multi-task in order to address scheduling demands from internal and external clients
• Demonstrated leadership abilities to engage and motivate staff
• Basic accounting knowledge and ability to oversee handling of financial transactions
• Demonstrated leadership in community engagement

Education and Experience:

• University degree in Business, Arts or similar field of study from a recognized academic institution
• Five years of experience managing arts facilities or large scale events
• Experience managing staff and budgets
• Experience with scheduling and financial systems and data management

HR Note:

We thank all applicants for their interest in this position; however, only those selected for interviews will be contacted. Please note that we do not accept phone or email inquiries regarding open positions.

Equivalencies will be considered. Applicants are encouraged to provide information which may demonstrate equivalent qualifications.

Carleton University is strongly committed to fostering diversity within its community as a source of excellence, cultural enrichment, and social strength. We welcome those who would contribute to the further diversification of our University including, but not limited to: women; visible minorities; First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples; persons with disabilities; and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expressions.

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