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Executive Director – Atlas Coal Mine National Historic Site

May 31, 2016
May 9, 2016
Atlas Coal Mine National Historic Site

Tell us a story.

  • Tell us a story about a town that, in 1911, had a population of less than 50 people. And yet, five short years later, grew to over 12,000 individuals.
  • Tell us a story about a region that is world renowned for dinosaurs, yet once warmed the homes of Canadians for decades.
  • Tell us a story about what “thunder in the valley” really meant, when 139 coal mines shook the walls of the Canadian Badlands.
  • Tell us a story about the softball games, May Day parades, and brothels that entertained miners through good times and bad.
  • Now, tell us a story of the over 200 souls who lost their lives to those same coal mines, and how their sacrifices impact what our history is today.

The Atlas Coal Mine National Historic Site immerses visitors in an unforgettable experience set in a story-rich, historic landscape featuring the last wooden mine tipple in Canada. We take you underground, into the stunning Alberta badlands, so you can breathe, smell, and feel the life of a miner at a time when “coal was king.”

Are you ready to tell that story?

We at the Atlas are looking for a new Executive Director to help us continue building on those stories and our mission: “to enhance appreciation for Alberta’s coal mining heritage, with emphasis on the Atlas Coal Mine and Drumheller valley, through presentation of, and interaction with, unique artifacts, buildings and stories.”

The Executive Director Role

The Executive Director plans and leads the stewardship, development and sustainability of Atlas Coal Mine National Historic Site. Key duties include:

  • Work closely with the Board of Directors to develop and implement annual operating plans and budgets, guided by Atlas’ “tunnelVISION” Strategic Plan.
  • Collaborate with stakeholders, contractors and staff in planning, driving and managing site development and built heritage restoration / conservation projects.
  • Develop and execute sustainability-building strategies in all facets of sustainability per Alberta Museums Association recommendations.
  • Build and maintain relationships and partnerships with stakeholders, community groups, and local mine families.
  • Strive for museum operational excellence while working creatively within budget limits, with particular focus on nurturing Atlas’ high-impact interpretation program.
  • Work with Board members to cultivate opportunities and grow donated and earned revenues for capital projects and operations.
  • Model, support, and nurture Atlas’ positive organizational culture and coach and empower staff to be the best they can be.
  • Develop annual staffing plans and oversee implementation of human resources policies and practices. Maintain a positive, healthy and safe work and visitation environment in accordance with risk management standards and regulations.
  • Plan and implement effective marketing and promotional programs and partnerships.
  • Plan, implement, and evaluate special projects and initiatives.


  • Six to eight years of institutional or unit leadership in a cultural heritage facility or site
  • Creative, entrepreneurial spirit with passion and drive for delivering results; a strong and accountable self-starter with an excellent work ethic.
  • Excellent communications and influencing skills with a passion for building enthusiasm and commitment to an institution’s story and mission.
  • Inspiring people leadership skills in accordance with Atlas’ Workplace Ethos Statement.
  • Demonstrated success in building and maintaining stakeholder and community relationships and in marketing and growing audiences, supporters, or revenues.
  • Strong strategic thinking, planning and organizing skills; excellent problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Broad experience in stewardship and maintenance of a rural industrial heritage site, including restoration and conservation, project management and maintenance.
  • Demonstrated understanding of heritage organizations, their functions, sustainability and importance to society. Practical knowledge of museum best practices and/or enthusiasm for industrial history are definite assets.
  • Strong generalist administrative skills; working knowledge of relevant legislation.
  • Flexibility and resilience, positive attitude and a wonderful sense of humour.


  • The salary range for this role is $58,000 - $72,000 depending on qualifications.
  • Atlas offers a comprehensive employee health benefit package.

Working Conditions

  • Atlas Coal Mine is a preserved outdoor historic industrial site in a rural location with programs in large industrial structures and offices in heritage buildings. Candidates must be comfortable and physically capable of working safely in this environment.
  • While a standard work week exists for all roles at Atlas, incumbents will be expected to accommodate irregular and overtime hours for activities such as Board meetings, special events, and representing Atlas at public events.


  • Our website:
  • Temporary website for prospective candidates with further information about Atlas Coal Mine and our exciting future:
  • Applications with resume or additional enquiries should be made to:

Closing Date: May 31, 2016