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Program Officer, Explore and Create Program

Literature expertise

Closing date: 21 August, 2017
Competition: 3315 (Internal/External)
Status: Temporary Full-Time (with possibility of permanency)
Salary Scale: $72,206 to $87,112
Location: Ottawa

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 role

Under the direct supervision of the Program Manager, the Program Officer manages the delivery of grants or funds to individual artists, literary writers, arts groups, arts and/or literary organizations in accordance with established policies and procedures, including Equity policies and priorities.

As the Program Officer, you will:

  • 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;
  • work to ensure access for professional Canadian artists and arts organizations to Council programs and services, and perform other related duties.

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

Basic requirement of the position


  • 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 literature
  • Experience in various artistic disciplines (such as dance, media arts, music, theater, visual arts, literature or indigenous arts, etc.) would be an asset
  • Experience analyzing financial and statistical data


  • 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
  • General knowledge of culturally diverse practices in Canada, such as non-Western forms, Indigenous arts practices and Deaf and disability arts
  • An understanding of the interrelationships and complexities of the artistic milieu, including the organizations and institutions

Skills & Competencies

  • 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, in reading comprehension and in writing.

Those positions are located in Ottawa.

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.