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Director, Arts Across Canada

Expertise in literature

Closing date: 27 October, 2017
Competition: 3300 (Internal/External)
Status: Regular Full-time
Salary Scale: $106,900 to $125,700
Location: Ottawa

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 Arts Across Canada Program

Arts Across Canada fosters meaningful relationships and exchanges between artists and the Canadian public.

Artists, arts professionals, groups and arts organizations can apply to present and share artistic work with diverse communities across the country, engage more deeply with the public and develop a stronger national profile. Festival organizers and other presenters can apply to highlight the work of Canadian and international artists, and contribute to the growing dialogue and exchange on the arts in Canada.

The Arts Across Canada program includes seven components: Travel, Representation and Promotion, Translation, Circulation and Touring, Foreign Artist Tours, Public Outreach, Arts Festivals and Presenters.

About the role

Under the direct supervision of the Director General, Arts Granting Programs Division, the Director is responsible for the general direction, implementation and management of Council funding activities aimed at supporting the interaction between the public and artists in Canada. He or she must develop a strategic vision of the program and monitor its compliance with the Council's principles, objectives and policies and see that it supports the priorities defined in strategic plans.

The Director will also be responsible for the Strategic Foresight of the literary milieu.

As the Director, you will:

  • Provide informed leadership in the development, implementation and management of the Council's Arts Across Canada program;
  • Develop a collaborative relationship with program directors in the Division to offer a coherent set of policies, approaches and processes with respect to arts funding in Canada;
  • Ensure continuous improvement of strategies, partnerships, approaches, and initiatives aimed at enabling artists and arts organizations to play an artistic leadership role;
  • Direct the development and implementation of strategies, approaches, and initiatives to ensure the maintenance and renewal of expertise in literature and publishing within the granting programs, and for the make-up of program assessment committees;
  • Direct the development and implementation of strategies, partnerships, approaches, and initiatives aimed at encouraging artists and arts organizations to continue the dialogue on issues of interest
  • Represent the Council both nationally and internationally in its interactions with artists, communities and arts organizations in relation to Arts Across Canada;
  • Collaborate with the Director General and program directors in developing and implementing rigorous management practices to ensure effective and efficient use of human, financial, material, and technical resources;
  • Direct the development, implementation, review and continuous improvement of the frameworks and mechanisms for planning and assessing results of program activities and ensuring that the Council's information and data needs are taken into account and met
  • Collaborate and participate in the development of communications, partnership and support strategies with the Strategy and Public Affairs and Communications and Public Engagement Divisions; and perform other related duties.

You may be required to travel up to 40 days per year and on occasion, work irregular hours.

Basic requirement of the position


  • Undergraduate degree in arts management, communications, administration, or a related field, or an equivalent combination of education and work experience in a field related to the responsibilities of the position.


  • Ten (10) years' experience directly related to the main responsibilities of the position, including at least five (5) years' experience in literature or literary programming and publishing.
  • Three (3) years' management experience, particularly in employee management and supervision, budget management, and organizational change management.
  • Experience in strategic planning, program and policy development, multilateral project management, and working with teams and senior managers in the Canadian arts community will be considered a real asset.


  • Sound knowledge of Canada's various arts communities, particularly with respect to their needs and interests.
  • Knowledge of the Canada Council for the Arts, its history, mandate, policies, programs, procedures, and regulations.
  • In-depth knowledge of the history and current state of the arts in Canada and of literature in particular.
  • Knowledge of national and international literary and arts communities.
  • Understanding of the integrated planning process and tools.

Skills & Competencies

  • Ability to handle arts policy, planning, and trends with authority and credibility.
  • Ability to establish relationships, networks, and partnerships.
  • Ability to facilitate discussion and establish consensus.
  • Excellent project management skills and ability to design, develop, implement, and manage various types of projects, while respecting objectives, deadlines and budgets.
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to write and speak, using clear, convincing, and easy to understand language that shows professionalism and diplomacy.
  • Strong ability to provide strategic advice based on rigorous strategic analysis, and to organize and direct work on behalf of various stakeholders.
  • High level of competency in organization and business administration, particularly in terms of strategic planning, human resources and budget management.
  • Good judgment, ability to analyze, problem solve and make decisions.

Language Requirements

  • The position requires use of both official languages. Second official language requirements are as follows: Oral competency and reading comprehension – advanced; written expression – intermediate.

This position is located in Ottawa.

Salary is subject to the performance pay program similar to that of the Treasury Board Secretariat. Under this program, the incumbent will be eligible for an annual performance bonus.

How to apply

Send the complete Application Form quoting the competition number listed above and a copy of your resume to the attention of Mylène Mougeot, Human Resources, prior to the closing date by email at competition@canadacouncil.ca. 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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We value diversity in our workforce and encourage candidates to self-identify as members of the following designated groups:  women, visible minorities, Indigenous peoples and persons with disabilities.

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.