Job Details

Requisition Number 17-0045
Post Date 3/8/2017
Title Manager, Agriculture Competitions
Department Agriculture and Western Events
Pay Level 10
City Calgary
Description For over 100 years the Calgary Stampede has been the heart and soul of our city. It is both where and how we come together to celebrate our unique brand of western hospitality and community spirit. As we embark on the next chapter of our story, we will deliver exceptional experiences that entertain, educate and engage visitors. We will build inspired spaces to bring our community together to celebrate, and we will further energize the brand that has come to define our city. Our vision is to create a world-class, year-round gathering place in the heart of our great city.

Position Summary
The Manager, Agriculture Competitions, is a member of the Agriculture and Western Events department, responsible for managing agriculture competitions/programming and the development of new competitions/programming that deliver exceptional guest experiences by creating inspired spaces that feature animals, industry showcases, competitions and programs that develop youth.

This individual will lead a diverse portfolio of 10-day and year round agriculture competitions such as Heavy Horse Show, Team Cattle Penning, World Series of Cutting, Working Cow Horse Classic, Cowboy UP Classic, Heavy Horse Pull, Junior Steer Classic, Dairy Classic, 4-H on Parade and the World Stock Dog Championships to name a few.

This position involves planning and execution to achieve department and organizational goals in concert with key stakeholders of volunteers, exhibitors, associations, industry leaders, and partners.

Responsibilities of this role include, but are not limited to:

Ensure business goals meet or exceed programming expectations and ensure the execution of these programs is to the highest level of standards.
Participate actively in cross-organizational management groups to identify and drive new programming.
Represent the company at various business/industry functions to continually develop and strengthen industry relationships, increase knowledge of emerging industry trends, and promote the Calgary Stampede brand, its venues and services.
Function as a management team member, with the ability to inspire, motivate and lead a dynamic team.
Documenting, strengthening, managing and executing against all Calgary Stampede animal welfare codes. Continuous improvement of our animal welfare codes through review, analysis and conducting regular operational and risk management reviews.
Provide leadership to various internal and external stakeholders, creating engaging environments of professionalism and mutual respect.
Negotiate agreements and proposals.
Prepare and deliver presentations to a variety of both internal and external clients and stakeholders.
Act as liaison for the program committee to ensure successful execution of event / program
Participate in committee meetings and play an active role in cooperatively leading decisions and program elevation forward through planning and budgeting
Liaise with internal and external stakeholders, community, Calgary Stampede, Calgary Stampede Foundation as it relates to community event requests.
Serve as staff liaison, participating in committee meetings and playing an active role in cooperatively leading decisions, planning, and budgeting. Liaise with stakeholders (volunteer and staff) through effective communication.
Engage a network of contacts in a variety of industries within agriculture and education to ensure an awareness of current industry trends
Develop, manage and maximize the investment of operating and program budgets and related reporting requirements.
Ensures all competition protocols are adhered to and executed to the highest level of standards.


The ideal candidate will be able to drive programming outcomes and be leadership-oriented. He/she will have a degree/certificate in Business Administration, Communication-Marketing, Education, Agriculture or a related field from an accredited university or college, as well as the following:

At least 8-10 years of related experience in the agriculture marketing, competition sporting events, recreational events, and livestock exhibition and showcases.
Strong execution and delivery skills.
Excellent organizational and presentation skills, including the ability to work effectively under pressure and manage multiple priorities.
Excellent communication, leadership and interpersonal skills.
Ability to thrive in a team-oriented, collaborative environment.
Strong knowledge of MS Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook).
A working knowledge of EBMS system is an asset.
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