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Director, Arts Granting Program

Closing date: 23 September 2021
Competition: 103500 (External)
Status: Regular Full-time
Section: Arts Across Canada and Arts Abroad Programs
Salary Scale: $112,300 to $132,100
Location: Ottawa

This competition is open to all candidates who meet the eligibility criteria. This competition will have a hiring priority for Indigenous people, Black people, Asian people and racialized people. Candidates from these groups who wish to qualify for preferential consideration must self-identify. This initiative is in support of the Council’s employment equity goals.

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 and Arts Abroad Programs

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.

Arts Abroad celebrates the creativity, innovation, and excellence of Canadian artists by helping to bring Canadian works to the world. This program supports artists, arts professionals, groups, and organizations to enhance international exposure, undertake artistic exploration or exchanges with international colleagues, and nurture new and existing art markets in a global context.

About the role

Under the direct supervision of the Director General, Arts Granting Programs Division, the Director 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.

As the Director, you will:

  • be responsible for advancing a holistic Council approach to better support individual artists and arts workers, collectives and organizations in all regions of Canada in the realms of creation, production, presentation/distribution to the public and professional development. He or she will ensure that the Council stimulates the emergence of new artists and new artistic endeavours for a diverse public and will enable the inclusion and participation of artists from Indigenous, culturally diverse, Deaf and disability, and Official Language Minority communities;
  • be responsible for the delivery of the Council’s funding model and granting programs working a flexible and collaborative leadership model. You will be assigned to lead specific programs, funds and initiatives by the Director General that may rotate based on operational and strategic needs;
  • be called upon to work hand in hand across the Division to achieve the goals of the Council.
  • oversee one or more programs, funds or initiatives with a focus on achieving stated program objectives and results;
  • support other Program Directors in carrying out their mandates;
  • monitor, analyze and report on results against objectives in collaboration with colleagues in Research Evaluation and Performance Measurement in order to inform decision-making and program evaluation;
  • develop and lead strategic initiatives to proactively support the achievement of Council’s commitments as set out in its Strategic Plan;
  • provide operational leadership in one or more programs to ensure efficiency and integrity in program delivery including respect of budgets;
  • explain, present, and advocat Canada Council’s position, acting as an internal and external representative and liaison;
  • provide strategic foresight related to arts and culture to the Director General of AGP in order to inform decision-making about programs, funds and special initiatives;
  • outline Council’s vision and strategic goals, ensuring that the Division is aligned with them, and outlines how the Division contributes to achieving these goals while guiding and motivating its team; and,
  • provide direct support to the Director General of AGP as required.

You may be required to travel up to forty (40) days per year and on occasion, work irregular hours. The duties of this position require the direct supervision of two Program Managers, and has overall management responsibility for a large team of over thirty (30) employees.

This position is in Ottawa. The Council provides eligible employees with financial assistance to help offset specific moving expenses associated with relocation to the National Capital Region (NCR).

Requirements of the position

*Important: Please submit your resume 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 resume and in the application form.


  • 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.


  • 5 – 7 years in a people leadership role
  • Seven or more years of progressively responsible arts management and administration positions

Skills & Competencies

  • Strong business acumen, with the ability to assess qualitative and quantitative outcomes against the financial and program objectives of Arts Across Canada and Arts Abroad, and the ability to effectively steward public funds by monitoring performance/output
  • Ability to translate the Council’s broad, strategic goals into program-specific actions and outcomes
  • Strong people leadership skills to motivate, guide and support staff in delivering on stated program deliverables; and, to support employees’ career development and performance management needs
  • Strong communications and collaboration skills, with the ability to develop and nurture relationships with key stakeholder groups (e.g. within Council, within arts communities in Canada and abroad, with governmental and/or institutional partners)

Bilingual Requirements

  • The Director is expected to be bilingual and to be able to provide his or her employees with coaching, guidance and performance management in the official language of their choice
  • 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.

How to apply

Canada Council for the Arts invites applications from all qualified candidates. Canada Council is partnering with BIPOC Executive Search to ensure an applicant list that includes Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour, thereby reflecting Canada’s diverse population. Interested candidates should submit their resume to: ukhan@bipocsearch.com.  

 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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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 ukhan@bipocsearch.com.

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Human Resources, The Canada Council for the Arts,
150 Elgin Street, P.O. Box 1047,
Ottawa, Ontario, K1P 5V8.