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Program Officer

Closing date: 27 January 2023
Competition: 103311 (Internal/External)
Status: Temporary full-time until March 1, 2024
Section: Prizes
Salary Scale: $79,344 to $93,382
Location: Hybrid (telework with onsite expectations in Ottawa)

About the Canada Council for the Arts

Join our team and play a role in supporting Canadian artistic creativity and cultural life. The Council for the Arts (the “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 a considerable benefits package. For more information about the Council, please visit our website at www.canadacouncil.ca.

About the role

Under the direct supervision of the Manager, Prizes, the incumbent manages the delivery of programs relating to prizes, according to established policies and procedures.

As the Program Officer, you will:

  • assess the eligibility of applications and nominations and ensure follow-up as needed;
  • chair or participate in working groups and 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;
  • lead cross-divisional projects related to prize programs;
  • develop and deliver information sessions on section programs and participate in community consultations;
  • sustain relationships in the arts communities and share knowledge of artistic practices;
  • provide financial and organizational analysis;
  • propose committee composition;
  • represent the Council at various events;
  • contribute to the ongoing improvement of programs and processes;
  • validate reporting data;
  • work to ensure access for professional Canadian artists and arts organizations to Council prizes, fellowships and awards programs and services;
  • assist the Manager with the coordination of activities and the development of opportunities related to donor/partner/sponsor acquisition and relations;
  • perform other related duties.

You may be required to travel up to 10 days per year and, on occasion, work irregular hours.

This position is located in Ottawa.

Requirements of the position

*Important: Please submit your resume and a cover letter clearly demonstrating how you meet the following qualifications for Education and Experience. Please note that selection for further consideration will be based solely on the information provided in your cover letter, resume and application form.


  • 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 directly related to the principal responsibilities of the position
  • Experience in negotiating contracts and soliciting partnerships would be an asset
  • Experience analyzing financial and statistical data would be an asset
  • Experience managing project teams would be an asset
  • Experience in organizing special events would be an asset


  • Knowledge of prize promotion aspects (or a related program) and leveraging partnerships, traditional and new media channels to increase awareness of programs, prizes and winners
  • General knowledge of culturally diverse practices in Canada, such as non-Western forms, Indigenous arts practices and Deaf and disability arts
  • Good knowledge of one or more artistic discipline, preferably in the field of literature.

Skills and competencies

  • An understanding of the interrelationships of the complexities of the artistic milieu, including the relevant organizations and institutions
  • Excellent project management, leadership, organizational, problem-solving, analytical, time and priority management skills
  • Excellent writing, communication, interpersonal and negotiation skills and ability to work effectively and collaboratively on teams
  • Excellent judgment, high degree of professionalism, diplomacy, tact and sensitivity
  • Ability to synthesize information, write reports, articulate goals, strategies, timelines, and deliverables, and make recommendations
  • Ability to develop and revise budgets
  • Ability to adapt and take on responsibilities related to new programs and services
  • 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 advanced level in oral and reading comprehension and an intermediate level in writing.

How to Apply

In addition to filling out the application formplease submit your resume and cover letter in a single PDF to competition@canadacouncil.ca. Please address them to the attention of Chantal Riendeau, Talent Acquisition Specialist. Please ensure you submit both components of your application before the deadline indicated on the job posting.


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.

For people who are Deaf, hard of hearing, or TTY users, please use your preferred MRS (Message Relay Service) or IP service to contact us.

Employment equity

The Canada Council for the Arts is committed to building a skilled and diverse workforce that reflects the individuals and communities we serve. We invite applications from individuals with any combination of backgrounds, origins, identities and forms of self-expression. The Council is committed to enhancing representation of the following groups within its workforce: Indigenous people, Black people, racialized people, Deaf people, people with disabilities, women, and members of 2SLGBTQI+ and gender diverse communities.


We encourage you to include information on how you identify in the Voluntary Self-Identification section of the application form. This information is used during the recruitment process to enhance representation of historically underserved and marginalized communities, as per the Employment Equity Act and the Council’s ongoing commitment to equity. This information is also used for reporting at an aggregate level.