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Director of Granting - Ontario Arts Council

Oct 15, 2019
Toronto, Ontario

The Ontario Arts Council is a publicly funded agency of Ontario’s Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport. OAC’s primary purpose is to award grants to professional artists and arts organizations.

Deadline for submissions: October 15, 2019 at 5pm

Affiliation: Non-Unionized

Remuneration: $112,280 - $160,400


The Ontario Arts Council (OAC) has an exciting and challenging opportunity for an experienced arts leader with in-depth knowledge of Ontario’s broad arts landscape as well as practical experience implementing funding policies, strategies, and programs, to provide leadership, vision and direction for OAC’s granting section.


Key Responsibilities: 

  • Contribute valuable strategic insight and participate in the highest-level of organizational decision-making, as a key member of OAC’s senior management team, including business, budget and strategic planning.
  • Provide leadership for all OAC granting programs, including program evaluations, partnerships and initiatives, and be responsible for the development of and adherence to the annual granting program budgets.
  • Lead the ongoing development and renewal of OAC granting programs to ensure responsiveness to changing community and societal needs and OAC strategic priorities.
  • Develop and implement granting program policies, processes and procedures to ensure consistency, efficiency, effectiveness and fairness across all granting programs.
  • Work closely with granting staff and granting committees to develop and implement granting program policies, guidelines, processes, procedures, partnerships and initiatives, and associated budgets.
  • Manage and supervise senior granting staff and provide direction, advise and support on difficult or complicated granting matters and the operations of their respective areas.
  • Act as the lead representative for the granting section at board meetings, meetings with stakeholders, and at public events.
  • Engage the arts community and other funders on a regular basis to keep abreast of current challenges and opportunities.


Key Qualifications:

  • Senior arts leadership experience with extensive knowledge of the history, current trends, and issues related to the arts in Ontario.
  • Clear understanding of OAC mandate and objectives, including sensitivity to related issues and concerns of OAC’s priority communities.
  • Sound knowledge of OAC granting policies, programs and processes as well as a thorough knowledge and understanding of the peer assessment process.
  • Excellent understanding of granting policy development and program evaluation, including good working knowledge of other granting programs available to artists and arts organizations.
  • Managerial and supervisory experience of a diverse team, with management experience in a unionized environment an asset.
  • Excellent interpersonal, consultative and teamwork skills.
  • Superior written and oral communications skills in English.
  • Bilingualism in French is an asset.
  • Adaptable and fast learner who has experience effectively prioritizing and multi-tasking.
  • Strong administrative and financial background with experience managing complex budgets.
  • Sound conceptual, analytical, and problem-solving skills and judgement.
  • Advanced computer proficiency.
  • Ability to travel and work a significant amount of unpaid overtime.


Qualified candidates are invited to submit a cover letter and resume by 5 p.m. (please note that applications that do not include a cover letter will not be considered):

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