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Director  General, Arts  Granting Programs

Closing date: Open
Competition: 2300 (Internal/External)
Status: Regular Full-time
Salary Scale: $133,900 to $157,500
Location: Ottawa

About the Canada Council for the Arts

The Canada Council for the Arts is Canada’s public arts funder, with a mandate to foster and promote the study and enjoyment of, and the production of works in, the arts. The Council champions and invests in artistic excellence through a range of grants, services, prizes and payments to professional Canadian artists and arts organizations. Its work ensures that excellent, vibrant and diverse art and literature engages Canadians, enriches their communities and reaches markets around the world.

It's a dynamic time for the Canada Council - it has completed transforming the grants funding model and the federal government has announced the doubling of the Council’s budget over the next four years. The Council is seeking a motivated and collaborative leader to be the new Director General, Arts Granting Programs.

About the role

The Director General will be responsible for the delivery, continued renewal and evolution of the national arts funding programs that enable the Council to invest annually, by 2021, more than $310 million to support the creation, promotion, excellence, and diversity of Canadian arts and literature, at the local, national and international levels. The Director General will play the key leadership role of overseeing the suite of granting activities and services to achieve Council's desired results, integrating the diverse arts-related processes, perspectives and specializations that are assembled within the Canada Council, and will ensure the maintenance and strategic development of in-depth knowledge and expertise in all arts disciplines the Council supports now and in the future.

As the ideal candidate you combine intellectual curiosity with a comprehensive knowledge of the trends, issues, and challenges shaping the arts and culture sector in Canada and the world, in all of its diversity and complexity. You have an in depth appreciation of and commitment to Canada's diverse arts communities as well as Indigenous arts in all its forms.  You are attuned to the Council's values, and will work tirelessly to represent the arts, in all its forms, from coast to coast to coast. You have a talent for maximizing the great potential of teams, are an excellent manager and mentor, and understand that the Canada Council must be a place that encourages engagement, innovation, reflection, accountability, efficiency, and optimal performance in order to best serve the arts sector and Canadians. You are a gifted bilingual communicator, a strategic leader, and are excited to help the Council to increase its strategic impact, enhance its capacity to invest in the arts and ultimately, benefit all Canadians.

As the new Director General, Arts Granting Programs, you will:

  • provide corporate leadership and direction for the formulation, development, implementation and management of the program policy and delivery framework for the Council's arts granting programs
  • establish and maintain a collaborative relationship with the Director General, Strategy and Public Affairs to identify information needs and create analytical frameworks for the collection and analysis of trends and developments in the arts communities
  • provide a program delivery perspective for the development and evaluation of program policies and programs
  • direct the development, implementation, revision and continuous improvement of the practices, processes, and tools required to ensure the Council's stewardship of the assessment process
  • lead the development and implementation of strategies, approaches and initiatives to enhance the quality, integrity and representativeness of the Council's assessment process
  • direct the development and implementation of approaches, initiatives and systems to ensure that the Council has the right level and mix of resources to sustain the assessment process.
  • represent the Council in its interactions with government and arts organizations with respect to the assessment process both nationally and internationally
  • establish coordinated work plans and effective management practices in collaboration with the Director General of Strategy and Public Affairs and the Program Directors to ensure efficient and economical utilization of human, financial, material and technical resources
  • lead the development, implementation, revision and continuous improvement of the Division's results-focused and integrated business planning frameworks and mechanisms, including the identification of planning information needs and analytical frameworks 

Basic requirements of the position


  • An undergraduate degree in arts management, communication, administration or a related field from a recognized university or an equivalent combination of education and professional experience related to the responsibilities of the position


  • Ten (10) years of experience directly related to the responsibilities of this position
  • Five (5) year of significant management experience including managing human and financial resources
  • Significant experience providing strategic and operational advice to senior management


  • In-depth knowledge of at least one discipline and general knowledge of professional arts practices in Canada and internationally
  • Strong knowledge of theories and exemplary practices for the management of human resources, financial resources, project management and risk analysis
  • Good knowledge of the mandate, policies and programs of the Canada Council
  • Knowledge of government legislation and regulations pertaining to the Canada Council

Skills & Competencies

  • High level of confidence in your own abilities and an understanding of the value of public investments in the arts
  • An open, flexible and collegial approach, integrity, and excellent interpersonal skills are the hallmarks of your leadership style
  • Excellent analytical, facilitation, problem solving, team-building, multi-tasking, and negotiating skills
  • Excellent communication skills, the ability to write and speak in clear, accessible, and compelling language with a high degree of professionalism and diplomacy
  • Ability to deal with conflicting priorities and differing points of view
  • Ability to deal concurrently with a multiplicity of competing demands, tasks, and deadlines
  • Strong planning and project management skills
  • Strong ability to make objective decisions
  • Ability to administer funds and programs in a grant-giving, not-for-profit organization or crown corporation
  • Ability to motivate diverse groups of stakeholders by successfully delivering the vision and objectives of the Council
  • Ability to work effectively at senior levels, with directors of arts organizations, and regional, national and international arts funding agencies, cultural ministries as well as a diversity of non-government organizations

Bilingual Requirements

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

This position is located in Ottawa and the incumbent may be required to travel up to thirty (30) days per year. 


To learn more about this exciting opportunity, please contact Éric Lathrop (elathrop@boyden.com) or Kathy Rahme (krahme@boyden.com) of Boyden in Ottawa, or call 613-742-3204.

We thank all applicants for their interest, however only those under consideration for the role will be contacted.