New Job Program Officer In Ontario

Program Officer
Program Officer

Program Officer

Company : Ontario Arts Council
Salary : $71,209–$107,865 a year
Location : Ontario

Full Description

Program Officer (Community Engaged Arts & Arts Education) 9-23
Program Officer (Literature) 10-23
Program Officer (Theatre) 11-23

The Ontario Arts Council (OAC) has three Program Officer opportunities for accomplished mid to senior level arts professionals who are interested in applying their arts administration experience and broad arts discipline knowledge to lead the development, oversight and administration of assigned granting programs in support of individual artists, arts groups, and arts organizations.

Your leadership, combined with an innovative and thoughtful approach regarding the diverse needs of Ontario’s Community Engaged Arts & Arts Education or Literature or Theatre arts communities enables you to act as a critical link between them and the OAC.

Key Responsibilities

  • Responsible for applicant granting support, feedback and consultation; communicate program goals, priorities, principles and strategies; provide information and advice on programs and the application process
  • Manage, develop and provide administrative oversight of the assigned granting programs
  • Guide the granting process, includes reviewing applications, selecting assessors, facilitating assessment meetings, making oral presentations and written grant recommendations and reports, and communicating results
  • Analyze, manage and administer program budgets and program workflow
  • Supervise and support associated staff, ensuring program administration is timely and accurate.
  • Handle, in conjunction with the manager, any issues and concerns
  • Develop and maintain relationships with arts communities, organizations, funders and partners
  • Identify needs of specified or discipline-specific artists and arts organizations, provide input into related strategies and policies, and support the implementation of programs and services in response to those needs
  • Engage in consultation around the assigned grant programs to determine continued relevance to identified needs
  • Conduct outreach and development for the arts communities represented by the assigned granting programs
  • Provide support to various programs when Officers require additional assistance due to absences, work on special projects, and high-volume periods
  • Work occasional overtime, attend events on evenings and weekends and travel to different regions in Ontario to meet with artists and arts organizations to build awareness of OAC programs, and provide hands-on training on the granting process

Key Qualifications

  • A minimum of 5 years’ mid-to-senior level arts administration experience in arts and culture management
  • A post-secondary education in the arts or an equivalent combination of professional experience and education related to the responsibilities is required
  • Experience and knowledge in grant writing and public funding systems
  • Experience facilitating group decision making processes
  • Experience managing client and stakeholder relationships
  • Successful experience in program delivery or project management, with supervision of project plans and the workflow of staff
  • Practical financial knowledge and direct experience with project and organization operating budgets
  • Sound knowledge and understanding of the trends and key issues in the relevant artistic discipline and arts sector generally
  • Multidisciplinary arts knowledge and experience working in support of artists and arts organizations in different disciplines is an asset
  • Excellent and effective oral and written communication and presentation skills in English; with knowledge of French, ASL or other languages an asset
  • Solid organizational and administrative practices and the ability to multi-task
  • Excellent interpersonal, and consultative skills
  • Sound judgement, initiative and flexibility
  • Good teamwork skills and known to work collaboratively with and in support of individuals and groups with diverse identities, lived experiences, and perspectives
  • Advanced computer proficiency in Microsoft 365 Office Suite
  • Willingness and ability to work occasional overtime and to travel throughout Ontario
  • A valid driver’s license is preferred

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: $71,209.00-$107,865.00 per year


  • Dental care
  • Paid time off


  • Monday to Friday

Work Location: Hybrid remote in Toronto, ON M4W 3M5