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Program Administrator (Indigenous Arts Programs)

Program Administrator (Indigenous Arts Programs)
  • Full Time
  • Toronto

Ontario Arts Council

The Ontario Arts Council is a publicly funded agency of Ontario’s Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport. We award grants to professional artists and arts organizations in support of our mandate to foster the creation and production of art of the benefit of all Ontarians.

  • Program Administrator (Indigenous Arts Programs)
  • Competition number: 9-22
  • Deadline date for submissions: April 17, 2023
  • Contract type: Regular-Full Time
  • Affiliation: Unionized
  • Location: Toronto (Hybrid)
  • Remuneration: $43,368 – $65,694

In accordance with the OAC’s hiring mandate for this designated program area and pursuant to Section 24 of the Ontario Human Rights Code, the selection will be limited to Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit, Métis) applicants. As such, candidates from this group must self-identify within their application.

The Ontario Arts Council (OAC) requires an experienced Administrator to provide key administrative and logistical support services for granting programs, processes and projects for Indigenous artists, collectives and organizations in the province. The Indigenous Arts Program Administrator will work closely with the Indigenous Arts Program Officer and will be responsible for communicating detailed information to Indigenous applicants on grant requirements and how to apply.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Supports Indigenous applicants and responds to inquiries and follows up by phone, e-mail, video conferencing, or in person about granting program processes and application requirements and how to use the on-line grants system
  • Provides comprehensive administrative support through all stages of the grant application cycle, such as reviewing application eligibility and completeness of data entry, proofreading, preparing payments and managing records
  • Supports the grant review peer assessment panels by providing administrative and technical support throughout the process, such as access to applications, score sheets and audio-visual materials, and notetaking
  • Makes logistical arrangements for meetings, such as room bookings, hotel, travel and catering
  • Coordinates meetings of working groups on Indigenous Arts, and may participate as required

Key Qualifications:

  • Experience working directly with and supporting Indigenous communities will be given priority
  • Administrative experience preferably for Indigenous community organizations, within a not-for-profit arts context, combined with relevant training and/or education
  • Knowledge, understanding, appreciation and familiarity with a broad range of art forms and not-for-profit arts management, with preference given to individuals with direct experience with Indigenous arts
  • A supportive, positive attitude when communicating with artists and arts administrators that have barriers in applying, different needs, capabilities and are from diverse Indigenous communities across Ontario including the Far North
  • Knowledge, appreciation and understanding of the unique experiences and barriers of Indigenous applicants
  • English at an excellent level is a requirement for reading, writing and verbal communication
  • Proficiency in an Indigenous language, French, or ASL is an asset
  • Results-oriented person with strong ability to work under pressure to meet tight deadlines in a fast-paced environment with multiple priorities
  • Highly organized, attentive to detail, with strong multi-tasking and time management skills
  • Works well independently as well as in a collaborative team setting
  • Communicates in a professional manner with a customer service focus
  • Strong resiliency skills for observing, listening and reading difficult information which deals with historical and intergenerational trauma and colonialism
  • Intermediate to advanced proficiency with Word and Excel is essential, experience with Microsoft Office 365 and Teams is an asset
  • Technically adept in the use of audio-visual equipment and databases
  • May need to work overtime periodically

OAC recognizes that interested candidates may not meet all of the above requirements and possess other relevant education, and professional and lived experience. Candidates are invited to share this with us in their cover letter.

Interested candidates are invited to submit a cover letter and resume. Please note that applications that do not include a cover letter outlining the qualifications and experience working with Indigenous communities will not be considered):


Ontario Arts Council is committed to building a skilled and diverse workforce. OAC values a diversity of perspectives, ideas and lived experiences as an asset in serving Ontario’s communities. While we thank all candidates for their interest, only those selected for interview will be contacted.

Please contact Human Resources at hr@arts.on.ca if you are unable to apply on-line and/or require accommodations during the recruitment process due to a disability.

To apply for this job please visit www.arts.on.ca.

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