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Program Officer

Creating, Knowing and Sharing: The Arts and Cultures of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples

Closing date: 31 May, 2018
Competition: 1211 (Internal/External)
Status: Temporary full-time until June 28, 2019
Salary Scale: $72,206 to $87,112
Location: Ottawa

This opportunity is open to Canadian Citizens who self-identify as Indigenous.

The results of this competition may also be used to fill other similar vacancies, on a temporary or regular basis.

About the Canada Council for the Arts

Join our team and play a role in supporting Canadian creativity. The Canada Council is a dynamic, highly-respected federal Crown corporation with a mandate to foster and promote the study and enjoyment of, and production of works in, the arts for the benefit of all Canadians. We offer competitive salaries and benefit package. For more information about the Canada Council for the Arts, please visit our website at www.canadacouncil.ca.

About the Program Officer role

Under the direct supervision of the Program Manager, Creating, Knowing and Sharing: The Arts and Cultures of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples, the Program Officer manages the delivery of grants or funds to Indigenous artists, cultural carriers, arts groups, and/or arts organizations in accordance with established policies and procedures, including Equity policies and priorities.

As the Program Officer, you will:

  • contribute to the development and modification of initiatives and programs to respond effectively to the needs of Indigenous artists
  • work to ensure access for Indigenous artists and arts organizations to Council programs and services
  • assess the eligibility of applicants and projects and follows-up as needed
  • chair or participate in working groups and committees
  • provide assessments in internal committees
  • provide information and impartial commentary during peer assessment committee meetings
  • contribute to advancing program outcomes, Council’s strategic direction and the development of Council policies
  • sustain relationships in the arts communities and share knowledge of artistic practices
  • review artistic profiles and grant applications for eligibility
  • provide financial and organizational analysis
  • propose committee composition
  • make recommendation for grant recipients and amounts;
  • represent the Council at various events;
  • contribute to the ongoing improvement of programs and processes
  • validate reporting data, including CADAC statistical data, and perform other related duties

You may be required to travel up to 30 days per year and on occasion, work irregular hours.

This position is located in Ottawa.

Basic requirements of the positions


  • An undergraduate degree in arts practices, arts administration or an equivalent combination of education and professional experience related to the responsibilities of the position


  • Five (5) years of experience in the arts directly related to the principal responsibilities of the position
  • Three (3) years of experience in Indigenous arts
  • Experience in a national context in the production and dissemination of work by Indigenous artists
  • Experience analyzing financial and statistical data
  • Experience in varies artistic disciplines would be an asset


  • Strong knowledge of First Nations, Inuit and Métis arts and culture
  • An understanding of the interrelationships and complexities of Indigenous communities in Canada and Internationally
  • General knowledge of diverse Indigenous arts groups and communities of Canada
  • Strong knowledge of one or more artistic disciplines
  • General knowledge of the current state of the arts in Canada and of trends and new developments in the arts, including more recent forms such as digital arts
  • An understanding of the interrelationships and complexities of the artistic milieu, including the organizations and institutions
  • Knowledge of the current discourses in Indigenous self-determination, specifically as it relates to arts and culture

Skills & Competencies

  • The ability to speak an Indigenous language would be an asset
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, team working, problem-solving and analytical skills
  • Excellent judgment, time and priority management, organizational and leadership skills
  • High degree of professionalism, diplomacy, tact and sensitivity
  • Ability to perform analysis of financial statements and statistical data
  • Ability to adapt and take on responsibilities related to new programs and services
  • Ability to synthesize information, write reports, analyze budgets and understand financial statements
  • Ability to facilitate consensus and resolve conflicts
  • Ability to chair and manage committees

 Bilingual Requirements

  • This position requires the use of both official languages. The requirements in the second official language are: an intermediate level in oral, reading comprehension and in writing.

How to apply

Send the completed Application Form, your cover letter and resume prior to the closing date by email at competition@canadacouncil.ca quoting the competition number(s) that you are applying for. If possible, please send all documents as one PDF file.

For more information please contact Mylène Mougeot at 613-566-4414 or 1-800-263-5588, extension 4124 or by e-mail at competition@canadacouncil.ca.

We thank all applicants for their interest; only those selected for an interview and/or a written exam will be contacted.


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The Canada Council for the Arts is committed to building a skilled and diverse workforce that reflects the Canadians we serve. We promote employment equity and encourage you to indicate if you belong to one of the targeted groups (women, visible minorities, Aboriginal peoples and persons with disabilities) when you apply.

We are committed to providing a workplace that is inclusive and accessible to all. Should you require accommodation during the staffing process, please do not hesitate to contact a member of our Human Resources team.

Application Form

PDF Application Form [PDF, 149 KB] 

Send the completed form to:

email: competition@canadacouncil.ca

Human Resources, The Canada Council for the Arts,
150 Elgin Street, P.O. Box 1047,
Ottawa, Ontario, K1P 5V8.