Join our team – now hiring part-time Operations Manager!

The Okanagan School of the Arts is seeking a motivated person who can work with the Board and a small staff team to implement a sustainable social enterprise business model for the Shatford Centre.

Established in 1960, the OSA is one of the longest-running schools of its type in Canada. The OSA offers arts courses for students of all ages and stages of development, and hosts periodic visual art exhibitions. Our home is the Shatford Centre, a centre of creativity that has been a part of Penticton’s history for almost 100 years. We are moving forward with a renewed vision and are solidifying our role as a fixture in the Penticton community.

The part-time Operations Coordinator will coordinate with the Executive Director to implement and improve a strategy to increase utilization of, and revenue from, facility rentals and events. They will oversee facility scheduling, logistics planning, and relationships with tenants/renters.


  • Implement a strategy to increase utilization of, and revenue from, the Shatford Centre
  • Manage rental and tenant inquiries, facility scheduling, and rental agreements
  • Maintain detailed rental and lease records
  • Act as primary point of contact for tenants, short term renters, and events
  • Distribute invoices and collect damage deposits, fees, rents, and other payments as required
  • Distribute, track, and manage keys, key codes, fobs, and other security system tools for users of the Shatford building
  • Ensure equipment and supplies are ordered and stocked to ensure efficient facility usage in accordance with the budget
  • Lead and supervise building maintenance, event set up, contractors, and volunteers
  • Plan, support, and implement key events, programs, and activities in collaboration with the Executive Director
  • Assist with the maintenance, upkeep, and improvements to the building and assets
  • Advise and assist the Executive Director with capital improvement projects, renovations, and building improvements
  • Ensure building security standards are established and met
  • Act as a point of contact for security alarm response
  • Communicate a monthly report to the Board of Directors through the Executive Director

Reports to: Executive Director

Member of: operations team made up of the Executive Director, custodial staff, summer students, volunteers, and other staff as the operations budget permits.

Terms and Conditions:

Approximately 15 to 30 hours per week, with the option to move to full-time employment if revenue targets are met/exceeded.

Apply by sending a resume and cover letter to at your earliest convenience.

Halloween Costume Building at the Ideaforge Maker Space

Want to build an amazing costume but need tools, expertise, or space? Join us for family-friendly drop-in sessions in the basement of the Shatford Centre!

Bring the main components of your costume, and we’ll have cardboard, fabric, pain, wire, hot glue, foam, and loads of tools to help you look your gruesome best this Halloween.

Experienced costume builders will be on hand to lend guidance if needed.

$15 drop-in fee (free for Ideaforge members)

Every Thursday in October, 5:00 pm – 8:30 pm, and on October 31 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Ideaforge Maker Studio

The Ideaforge Maker Studio is a shared creative workshop space where you can access specialized equipment and tools for making of all kinds – sewing, crafting, painting, prototyping – the possibilities are endless!

The Ideaforge features a range of quality tools that support creative production, including a 3D printer, a laser cutter/engraver, sewing machines, hand tools, photography boxes, foam cutters, and more.

The hours for the Ideaforge Maker Studio are Monday to Friday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, and Saturday, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm (except holidays and Shatford Centre closures).

Maker memberships are available now!

If you would like to use the space on a temporary basis, a drop-in session costs just $15. 

If you would like to volunteer or donate materials, please let us know. 

Okanagan School of the Arts’ 2018-2019 Board of Directors

Introducing the Okanagan School of the Arts’ 2018-2019 Board of Directors Elected at our AGM November 26, 2018

Back row – left to right

Tiffany Warkentin, Keith MacIntyre, Cole Ferencz, Bill Everden, Treasurer Nathan Grant

Front row – left to right

Secretary Karen Collins, Vice President Georgia Krebs, Louise Punnett, President Robin Robertson

Missing from photo – Jesse Martin

Strong Community Support at Shatford Centre Open House

About 200 community members from all walks of life attended The Okanagan School of the Arts open house, Monday night, at Penticton’s Shatford Centre.

At the meeting, billed as a night of creative disruption, attendees were invited to speak with board members, staff and others about a new vision for how the arts, creativity and innovation sector can become a stronger driver for economic and social well-being for our community.

OSA will use what they hear to make decisions about the future of the Shatford Centre and create a plan for arts and creativity programming that will help realize the community’s vision.

The lively open house was sponsored by Valley First, a Division of First West Credit Union.

A survey has also been created as part of OSA’s efforts to engage the community in developing a strategic plan for arts and creativity programming.

Here is the link: