Director of Indigenous Arts Funding Program
Spirit Omega Inc.
Ottawa, ON, CA
2d ago


18-month term contract)

Want a position that plays a role in supporting Canadian creativity? Then look no further. If you’re our client’s successful candidate, you’ll help promote the organization’s mandate of promoting the study, enjoyment, and production of works in the arts.

As the Director of Creating, Knowing and Sharing, you and your team will be responsible for delivery grant funding to Indigenous artists, groups, and organizations according to the established organizational policies.

Reporting to the General Director, you’re tasked with shaping, directing, and advancing a holistic approach supporting First Nations, Inuit and Mà tis artists, communities and arts organizations in the areas of creation, production, and professional development.

In this exciting position, you’ll not only act as a key member of the management team but be the link between the organization and the Indigenous communities, artists, and arts organizations it supports.

With a focus on maintaining productive dialogues with representatives of Indigenous artists and their communities, you’ll work to identify and address artistic and cultural issues.

As the DIRECTOR, you will :

  • Support other Program Directors in carrying out their mandates
  • Oversee one or more programs or funds with a focus on achieving stated program objectives and results
  • Monitor, analyze, and report on program results against objectives in collaboration with colleagues in Research, Measurement and Data Analytics in order to inform decision-making and program evaluation
  • Develop and lead strategic initiatives to proactively support the achievement of the organization’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 advocate the organization’s position, acting as an internal and external representative and liaison
  • Provide strategic foresight related to arts and culture to the Director General in order to inform decision-making about programs, funds and special initiatives
  • Provide direct support to the Director General as required
  • If this sounds like you, then we encourage you to apply today!

    Our Ideal Candidate will have :

  • An undergraduate degree in arts management, communications, administration or a related field or an equivalent combination of professional experience and education related to the responsibilities of the position and in Indigenous arts
  • 10 years of experience directly related to the principal responsibilities of the position with at least 3 of them within an Indigenous arts and cultural environment
  • 3 years of management experience including leading and supervising employees, financial management and organizational change management
  • Experience in strategic planning, policy development, leading multi-lateral projects and working with multinational groups and senior leaders in the Canadian arts community would be an asset
  • Knowledge & Competencies required for the role

  • MUST HAVE extensive knowledge of the diverse Indigenous communities (First Nations, MÃ tis and Inuit) across Canada, including their needs and interests
  • MUST HAVE a thorough knowledge of the history and current state of a variety of Indigenous arts in Canada and of the trends and new developments in the arts
  • Knowledge of national and international arts communities and cultural policy
  • Understanding of integrated planning processes and tools
  • Ability to communicate authoritatively and credibly about arts policy, planning, and trends
  • Skills in relationship-building, networking, and collaboration
  • Ability to facilitate discussions and build consensus
  • Excellent project management skills, with the ability to conceptualize, develop, implement and manage projects of a diverse nature, while meeting objectives, timeframes and budgets
  • Excellent communication skills, the ability to write and speak in clear English, accessible, and compelling language with a high degree of professionalism and diplomacy
  • Strong ability to provide strategic advice based on strong policy analysis, and to organize and lead work on behalf of various stakeholders
  • High level of organizational and business administration skills, with particular strengths in strategic planning, human resources and financial management
  • Excellent judgment, analytical, problem-solving and decision-making abilities
  • The ability to speak and write proficiently in French and English or the willingness to complete course work to learn. (If you don’t speak or write French, we strongly encourage you to apply should you feel you match the other mentioned requirements for the role.)
  • You may be required to travel up to 40 days per year and on occasion, work irregular hours.

    This position is located in Ottawa.

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