Job Posting

Facility Operations Manager

Facility Operations Manager

Francis Winspear Centre for Music & Edmonton Symphony Orchestra


Are you known for maintaining the highest quality standards?

Do you enjoy the challenge of managing assets to achieve the greatest return?

Would you like to work in the heart of the Downtown Arts District?


The Francis Winspear Centre for Music is recognized as one of North America’s finest acoustic concert facilities. It is home to the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, hosts internationally recognized groups and artists, and serves many of the city’s businesses and arts and community service organizations with over 400 events per year. The Winspear Centre’s vision is to present top-quality events, maintain the venue as a welcoming gathering space, and maximize the use of the facility as a community resource while reducing barriers for people to access musical arts experiences.


We are seeking a Facility Operations Manager. Reporting to the Director of Finance & Operations, this position is responsible for making sure the facility runs smoothly by creating a safe and productive workplace and by taking care of issues related to daily operations, maintenance, safety (including OH&S), and comfort. You oversee the life cycle of physical assets as per the capital plan, including maintenance, upgrades, and disposal of assets, and provide the required level of service in the most cost-effective manner. You track fixed assets for the purposes of financial accounting and provide input to establish strategies to manage assets (such as plant and equipment) to achieve the greatest return. Through careful supervision of information technology and maintenance support services, you ensure organizational effectiveness by providing the best possible infrastructure and service to all users (internal and external).


To succeed in this role, you have a sound understanding of building design, maintenance, and other relevant functions sufficient to exercise independent judgment and you possess the knowledge required to ensure functionality of the building environment by integrating people, places, processes, equipment, and technology. This role is ideal for someone who excels at operating in a fast-paced, community environment and is an excellent people manager, open to direction and a collaborative work style. You delegate responsibilities effectively to staff and subcontractors, empower your team to make strategic decisions through training and access to necessary information, and hold yourself and your team to impeccable professional ethical standards. Respecting that the Winspear is a not-for-profit public facility, you demonstrate shrewdness and strategic mindfulness when it comes to getting the job done promptly at the highest quality standards.


Your qualifications include a post-secondary degree and/or Facilities Management Administrator (FMA) Designation with related experience in building operations and facilities administration. To succeed in this role, you have the ability to constructively challenge and debate issues of importance to the organization and the ability to look at situations from several points of view. You are a strong communicator, in person and in writing, who is conscientious, organized, and diligent with details. Understanding of IT infrastructure and a solid background in finance are strong advantages. Remuneration will be commensurate with qualifications and previous work experience.


If you would enjoy the challenge of maintaining one of North America’s finest arts venues as a welcoming space for the community to gather, submit your application to begin your career with an anchor arts organization in Alberta’s capital city. Email your cover letter and résumé as a single attachment PDF to Meghan Unterschultz at Subject line: Facility Operations Manager.


Please submit your application by July 18. Interviews will begin no earlier than the last week of July and will continue until a suitable candidate is found. We thank all candidates for their interest. Qualified candidates will be contacted for an interview. Please no phone calls.


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Application Deadline: 
Friday, July 18, 2014
Type of Work: 
Full Time
Education Level: 
Prefered Method(s) of Application: 
By E-Mail

Employer Details

Edmonton Symphony Orchestra & Francis Winspear Centre for Music

Julia Darby
9720-102 Avenue
Edmonton, AB T5J4B2

The Edmonton Symphony Orchestra is one of Canada’s major orchestras, with 56 full-time musicians and a performance season which runs from September through early June. The ESO’s adventurous programming reflects the diversity of the communities it serves and stimulates joy and inspiration in local, national, and international audiences. The orchestra serves the community of Edmonton and northern Alberta, performing more than 80 concerts each season. The ESO’s home is the Francis Winspear Centre for Music, Alberta’s premier concert hall. With an international reputation in the musical arts industry as an aesthetically delightful and acoustically superior concert hall, the Winspear Centre is recognized as an important artistic centre and magnet for performers from at home and abroad. Over 400 distinct events take place at the Winspear Centre each year, with 250,000 people coming through the facility for everything from black-tie Gala events, family concerts, and rock shows to corporate receptions, weddings, and yoga classes. In addition to hall rentals for third-party events, the Winspear Centre has its own artistic programming through Live at the Winspear.