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International Coordination and Partnerships Officer

Closing date: 26 July 2021
Competition: 140065 (Internal/External)
Status: Regular Full-time
Section: International Coordination, Cultural Diplomacy and Partnerships
Salary Scale: $78,172 to $92,002  As of July 1, 2021: $79,344 to $93,382
Location: Ottawa

This competition is open to all candidates who meet the eligibility criteria. This competition will have a hiring priority for Indigenous 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 role

Under the direct supervision of the Head, International Coordination and Partnerships, the incumbent develops and maintains effective relationships with other government departments and agencies and a broad range of Canadian, Indigenous (in Canada and abroad) and international stakeholders, and shows significant expertise in Canadian and foreign governments and their networks of agencies and missions abroad.

As the International Coordination and Partnerships Officer, you will:

  • utilize your significant knowledge of Indigenous communities and institutions in Canada and abroad;
  • work on international platforms, events, partnerships and initiatives that advance the Canada Council’s international and cultural diplomacy strategies;
  • contribute to analysis and reporting on trends and developments in the international environment, particularly related to Indigenous peoples;
  • recommend and maintain high-impact initiatives with public and private international partners that augment the Canada Council’s impact and sphere of influence;
  • leverage significant expertise in international relations in order to contribute to the development and implementation of international strategies, partnerships, events, platforms and initiatives, and to anticipate shifts and opportunities in the field;
  • provide support to the Canada Council’s internal International Committee and/or Team;
  • work collaboratively within the Strategy, Public Affairs and Arts Engagement Division;
  • collaborate and advise on initiatives and strategies involving the Arts Granting Programs Division (in particular, the Arts Abroad Program and the Creating, Knowing and Sharing: The Arts and Cultures of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples program,) and other divisions of the Council;
  • collaborate and share information with the Canadian Commission for UNESCO;
  • proactively share knowledge and expertise, both internally and externally on Indigenous national and international relations and protocols;
  • perform other related duties.

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

This position is located 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.


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


  • Five (5) years of experience directly related to the key responsibilities of the position
  • Experience in a national or international context in the production and dissemination of work by Indigenous artists would be an asset


  • Knowledge of the context, environment and interrelationships with and among the Indigenous arts community at the national and international levels
  • Knowledge of the context, environment and interrelationships with and among the arts community and funding bodies at the national and international levels
  • Knowledge of government partners engaged in arts and culture at the international level (e.g. Department of Canadian Heritage, Global Affairs Canada including Canadian missions abroad, etc.)
  • Knowledge of various Canadian and international organizations engaged in arts and culture at the international level (e.g. international arts funders and networks, foreign embassies in Canada, etc.)
  • Significant knowledge of Indigenous traditional knowledge and governance systems

Skills & Competencies

  • Ability to coordinate international initiatives led by the Canada Council and the participation of Canadian and Indigenous artists and arts organizations.
  • Ability to coordinate information between stakeholders, track progress and results, and identify gaps and opportunities
  • Ability to recommend approaches and opportunities in supporting and promoting Canadian arts abroad
  • Ability to provide advice and suggest solutions to management on international issues and opportunities
  • Ability to facilitate consensus and resolve conflicts
  • Ability to communicate clearly, with professionalism and tact, both verbally and in writing

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

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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email: competition@canadacouncil.ca

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