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Job: Program Officer, Writing and Publishing Section, Canadian Council for the Arts (deadline: Nov. 22 2016)

Program Officer, Writing and Publishing Section

Competition : 3315 (Internal/External)
Status : Temporary Full-time until September 30, 2017
Salary Scale : $71,139 to $85,825
Closing date : November 22, 2016

The Council may inventory the information received from candidates for other similar positions.

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

About the role
Under the direct supervision of the Director, Writing and Publishing Section, the Program Officer manages programs of assistance for individual artists, arts groups, and/or arts organizations, according to established policies and procedures.

As the Program Officer, you will:

  • chair assessment committee meetings;
  • contribute to the development of Council policies;
  • provide information services and support to the artistic community;
  • work to ensure access for professional Canadian artists and arts organizations to Council programs and services;
  • anticipate and respond to the development needs of the arts practice; and perform other related duties.

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

Basic requirements of the position


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


  • Five (5) years of experience in the arts related to the responsibilities of the position
  • Three (3) years of experience in publishing and editing of literary books
  • Experience in varied arts disciplines would be an asset


  • An understanding of the interrelationships and complexities of the artistic milieu, including the organizations and institutions in the discipline
  • Knowledge of the history and current status of the arts and most notably in the field of the contemporary Canadian literature and publishing practices
  • General knowledge of the diversity of cultural practices in Canada, including non-Western forms and Aboriginal arts practices

Skills & Competencies

  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, team working, problem-solving, analytical, time and priority management, organizational and leadership skills
  • Ability to adapt and take on responsibilities related to new programs and services
  • Ability to synthesize information, write reports, analyze budgets and understand financial statements
  • Ability to facilitate consensus and resolve conflicts
  • Ability to chair and manage committees

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 expression.

This position is located in Ottawa.

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

For more information please contact Mylène Mougeot at 613-566-4414 or 1-800-263-5588, extension 4124 or by e-mail at

We thank all applicants for their interest; only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

We value diversity in our workforce and encourage candidates to self-identify as members of the following designated groups: women, visible minorities, Aboriginal peoples and persons with disabilities.

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.

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