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Closing date: TBD
Competition: 101200(Internal/External)
Status: for 18 month period from date of hire
Section: Creating, Knowing and Sharing: The Arts and Cultures of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples
Salary Scale: $112,300 to $132,100
Location: Ottawa

This is position is designated for Canadian Citizens who self-identify as First Nations, Inuit or Métis.

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

As a member of the First Nations, Inuit or Métis Peoples and as a member of a senior team of Directors in the Arts Granting Programs, the Director of the Creating, Knowing and Sharing: The Arts and Cultures of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples (referred as CKS in this document), under the supervision of the Director General, Arts Granting Programs, plays a leadership role to enhance the Council’s dynamic support system for the arts in Canada. This includes:

  • Funding Canadian artists, arts professionals, groups and organizations; advancing public engagement with the arts in Canada and internationally; and advancing conditions for the creation and sharing of the arts in Canada.
  • Contributing to a growing network of resources available to strengthen the arts and inspiring sector innovation by supporting collaboration, targeted initiatives and career development opportunities for Canadian artists and arts professionals.

The Director is responsible for shaping, directing and advancing a holistic Council approach to better supporting First Nations, Inuit and Métis artists, communities and arts organizations in the realms of creation, production, presentation and professional development. Through the delivery of the CKS Program, the Director promotes and fosters First Nations, Inuit and Métis artistic expression in respect of cultural protocols and Indigenous rights. He/she ensures that the Council’s interventions respect the principles of cultural sovereignty and self-determination of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples.

The incumbent will ensure that the Council stimulates the emergence of new artists and new artistic endeavors for diversified publics, and will ensure the inclusion and participation of  minorities, deaf, disabled and other vulnerable members of Indigenous communities in their artistic and cultural endeavors, in all regions of Canada and internationally.

As the Director, you will:

  • Provide strategic leadership in the development, delivery and monitoring of the CKS program, and initiatives that contribute to achieving its objectives;
  • Provide expert analysis and advice in the area of issues management; identify strategies and solutions to address sensitive issues.
  • Develop a collaborative relationship with the Program Directors across the Division to deliver a coherent suite of policies, approaches and processes for arts funding in Canada;
  • Ensure the continuous improvement of strategies, approaches and initiatives to enable Indigenous artists and arts organizations to play an artistic leadership role in Indigenous communities and elsewhere;
  • Lead the development and implementation of strategies, approaches and initiatives to ensure the maintenance and renewal of Indigenous representation within the Creating, Knowing and Sharing Program and Indigenous participation in the Program’s assessment process;
  • Lead the development and implementation of strategies, approaches and initiatives to encourage Indigenous artists and arts organizations to maintain a continuous dialogue on identifying and addressing issues of common interest;
  • Represent the Council in its interactions with Indigenous artists, communities and arts organizations with respect to the Creating, Knowing and Sharing;
  • Collaborate with the Director General and the Program Directors on the development and implementation of effective management practices to ensure efficient and effective utilization of human, financial, material and technical resources;
  • Ensure the integrity, transparency and effectiveness of the assessment and allocation processes.
  • Lead the development, implementation, revision and continuous improvement of the Program’s results-focused and integrated business planning frameworks and mechanisms, to ensure the Council’s information and data needs are met;
  • Collaborate and participate in the development of strategies of support/promotion relating to the Indigenous arts with the division of Strategy, Public Affairs and Arts Engagement.
  • Advise the Director General, and other senior executives on evolving issues; identify risks to Council’s programs and reputation; recommend solutions.

You may be required to travel up to 40 days per year and on occasion, work irregular hours. The Director oversees the management of approximately ten (10) employees.

Requirements of the position


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


  • Ten (10) years of experience directly related to the principal responsibilities of the position with at least three (3) of them in an Indigenous arts and cultural environment
  • Three (3) years of management experience including leading and supervising employees, financial management and organizational change management
  • Experience in strategic planning, policy development, leading multi-lateral projects and working with multinational groups and senior leaders in the Canadian arts community would be an asset


  • Extensive knowledge of the diverse Indigenous communities across Canada, including their needs and interests
  • Knowledge of the Canada Council, its history, mandate, policies, programs, procedures and regulations
  • Thorough knowledge of the history and current state of a variety of Indigenous arts in Canada and of the trends and new developments in the arts
  • Knowledge of national and international arts communities and cultural policy
  • Understanding of integrated planning processes and tools

Skills & Competencies

  • Ability to communicate authoritatively and credibly about arts policy, planning, and trends;
  • Skills in relationship-building, networking, and collaboration,
  • Ability to facilitate discussions and build consensus
  • Excellent project management skills, with the ability to conceptualize, develop, implement and manage projects of a diverse nature, while meeting objectives, timeframes and budgets
  • Excellent communication skills, the ability to write and speak in clear, accessible, and compelling language with a high degree of professionalism and diplomacy
  • Strong ability to provide strategic advice based on strong policy analysis, and to organize and lead work on behalf of various stakeholders
  • High level of organizational and business administration skills, with particular strengths in strategic planning, human resources and financial management
  • Excellent judgment, analytical, problem-solving and decision-making abilities

Bilingual Requirements

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

This position is located in Ottawa. The Council offers a relocation allowance to assist with moving expenses.


How to apply

Interested candidates should submit their cover letter and resume prior to the closing date by email at: amber@spiritstaffing.com. If possible, please send all documents as one PDF file.

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

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, Indigenous peoples and persons with disabilities) when you apply. Please note that while Council uses other terms such as Indigenous (for Aboriginal peoples) in this posting, Council uses the terminology prescribed by legislation for the purposes of employment equity monitoring and reporting. 

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.