Programs, Culture and Events Manager

We are looking for the next great contributor to make an impact on their community working with the Town of New Glasgow. This is a challenging, multi-faceted position with an innovative employer offering the opportunity to make a real change. 

Below, we've outlined the position description and corporate culture of the municipality. 

To apply, please send resumes and cover letters via email to:


subject: PCE-Manager

Why New Glasgow?

New Glasgow is a beautiful riverside town of 9,075 residents, located in northern Nova Scotia, which serves as the commercial service centre for the region of Pictou County with a population of 43,748 and the wider Northern Nova Scotia area. The Town’s key strategies are attracting investment in commercial development, building the creative economy, environmental stewardship, downtown revitalization, cultural diversity & inclusion and strategic partnerships. These combined with strong core services set the stage for commercial and tourism growth for New Glasgow.

The Town of New Glasgow has been cited by Communities in Bloom for its environmental stewardship, riverfront

revitalization, public space making, heritage preservation, tidiness, population health and community involvement. In 2011 the Town received the top award in its population category of 7,500-10,000 and was also given the Parks Canada Sustainable Tourism Award at the Tourism Industry Association Crystal awards. In 2013, New Glasgow won the best community display at the national CIB Symposium and has been a member of the Communities in Bloom Circle of Excellence since 2012. The Canadian Federation of Independent Business also rated New Glasgow as one of the top entrepreneurial communities in Canada in 2016. The Town of New Glasgow was named one of the 2016 Nova Scotia Lt. Governor's Community Spirit Award winners.

Position Title: Programs, Culture and Events Manager

Reports To: Director of Community Economic Development

The Programs, Culture and Events Manager is responsible for leading the integrated approach to the Town of New Glasgow programs and events management, destination development, and the town service delivery for such activities and initiatives. In addition to leading the Town programs and events, the Manager will play an integral role in supporting non-profit events hosted in New Glasgow such as, but not limited to, the respective community centre winter carnivals, Festival of the Tartans, Johnny Miles Running Events, New Glasgow Riverfront Jubilee, New Glasgow Farmers Market Harvest Time, Race on the River and Art at Night.


This position interacts on a day-to-day basis with the other Town Directors, Managers, Supervisors and staff regarding matters related to programs, events, or to obtain information relevant to providing an integrated approach to service delivery for programs and events taking place in the Town of New Glasgow.  Key external contacts are the senior officials of various community organizations, groups, volunteers and government agencies. These relationships are characterized by professionalism and competence.

Purpose and Objective


  • To provide leadership in the delivery and coordination of community programs and events which support the tourism destination and recreation/active living strategies for the Town of New Glasgow.

  • To contribute to the community engagement of the residents of the area served, by encouraging and providing advice and assistance to community groups wishing to organize and operate leisure time programs, cultural events, activities, and special events.

  • To facilitate training programs and funding support for government programs to interested volunteers and groups with the aim to provide quality programs and events through community groups and organizations.

  • To provide an integrated approach with coordination of the town services required for community, cultural and special events sponsored by organizations and/or other agencies, with the view to enhance the quality of place and community spirit within the Town of New Glasgow, Pictou County.

  • To manage the operations of the Glasgow Square.

Education and Qualifications


Completion of a post secondary education in Business Administration, Public Relations, Marketing or equivalent.  Preferred candidates will have a background in program and event management.

Additional qualifications include:

  • Demonstrated experience in the field of community programs, culture and/or event management.

  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with community groups, partners, stakeholders and volunteers.

  • Possess excellent oral and written communication and organizational skills.

  • Possess effective people management and leadership skills.

  • Demonstrated flexibility, ability to deal with changing priorities and multiple stakeholders.

  • Demonstrated ability to write proposals, business plans and government funding applications.

  • Familiarity with the entertainment industry would be considered an asset

  • Demonstrated ability to manage cash operations and financial reports as related to Glasgow Square.

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