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Program Officer

Closing date: 28 August, 2020
Competition: 140019-103209 (Internal/External)
Status: Regular Full-time
Section: Create, Knowing and Sharing: The Arts and Cultures of First Nations, Inuits and Métis Peoples
Salary Scale: $78,172 to $92,002
Location: Ottawa

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

This competition will be used to fill two regular full-time vacancies.

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 Creating, Knowing and Sharing: The Arts and Cultures of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples team, and under the direct supervision of the Program Manager, the incumbent manages the delivery of grants or funds to Indigenous artists, cultural carriers, arts groups, and/or arts organizations in accordance with established policies and procedures, including Equity policies and priorities.

As the Program Officer, you will:

  • manage grant competition cycles and carry out related administrative tasks;
  • review artistic profiles and grant applications for eligibility;
  • propose committee composition and facilitate peer assessment committee meetings;
  • make recommendations for grant recipients and amounts;
  • oversee the delivery of grant payment installments;
  • validate reporting data, including financial and statistical data for individuals and organizations;
  • provide financial and organizational analysis;
  • chair or participate in working groups and committees;
  • provide assessments in internal committees;
  • sustain relationships in Indigenous arts communities and share knowledge of artistic practices;
  • represent the Council at various events;
  • work to ensure access for Indigenous artists and arts organizations to Council programs and services;
  • contribute to the development and modification of initiatives and programs to respond effectively to the needs of Indigenous artists;
  • contribute to the ongoing improvement of programs and processes;
  • contribute to advancing program outcomes, Council’s strategic direction and the development of Council policies;
  • and perform other related duties.

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

This position is located in Ottawa.

Requirements of the position


  • An undergraduate degree in arts practices, arts administration, Indigenous Studies, or an equivalent combination of education and professional experience related to the responsibilities of the position


  • Five (5) years of experience related to the principal responsibilities of the position
  • Three (3) years of demonstrated experience working in Indigenous arts and culture
  • Experience analyzing financial and statistical data
  • Experience in a national context in the production and dissemination of work by Indigenous artists would be an asset
  • Experience in various artistic disciplines would be an asset


  • Strong knowledgeof First Nations, Inuit and Métis arts and cultures
  • Knowledge of the interrelationships, complexities and diversity of Indigenous communities in Canada and Internationally
  • 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
  • Knowledge of the current discourses in Indigenous self-determination, specifically as it relates to arts and culture

Skills & Competencies

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Excellent time and priority management
  • High degree of professionalism, diplomacy, and sensitivity
  • Proven ability to exercise good judgement
  • Ability to synthesize information, write reports, analyze data and budgets and understand financial statements
  • Ability to effectively adapt to change in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to collaborate in a team setting
  • Demonstrates initiative and ability to work independently
  • Demonstrated leadership skills
  • Ability to effectively chair and manage committees in a spirit of collaboration
  • The ability to speak an Indigenous language would be an asset
  • Bilingualism (English and French) would be an asset

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.

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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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.

Application Form

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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.