Job Opportunity - Ontario Arts Council

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

5 Year Renewable Term
Salary Range: $62,000 - $93,000

The Ontario Arts Council (OAC) requires an accomplished literary arts professional with broad knowledge of the interrelationships and complexities affecting literature in Ontario to support the advancement of the field through OAC’s granting programs. 

Your extensive work experience in the literature field, combined with your leadership skills, innovativeness and thoughtful approach regarding the diverse needs of Ontario’s literary communities, enable you to act as a critical link between them and the OAC. 

Key Responsibilities:

  • Administer, develop and evaluate granting programs and policies;
  • Manage and facilitate the peer assessment granting process;
  • Assess grant requests in collaboration with jurors and advisors;
  • Present grant recommendations to Directors and Board;
  • Develop policies, programs, strategies and services relevant to literature and OAC’s priorities;
  • Provide information, consultative advice and feedback to applying artists, arts organizations and publishers;
  • Conduct outreach and development to increase access to, and awareness of, OAC and its programs;
  • Manage program budgets and program workflow;
  • Supervise, manage and collaborate with staff in a team setting;
  • Attend events on evenings and weekends and travel throughout Ontario to meet with artists and arts organizations.

Key Selection Criteria/Qualifications:

  • Working knowledge of the history, current status and issues of the literature field,  including literary cultural industries;
  • Progressive experience working in the literary arts as an artist and/or administrator;
  • Proven ability to provide direction and leadership in the implementation of arts development strategies, programs and initiatives;
  • Experienced and knowledgeable in grant writing and public funding systems available for literature;
  • Sound project planning, organizational and administrative skills, backed by judgment and the ability to problem-solve and multi-task;
  • Practical financial knowledge and experience with operating and project budgets;
  • Demonstrated effective communication, interpersonal, consultative, facilitation and presentation skills;
  • Ability to work collaboratively with a diverse set of individuals internally and externally;
  • Understanding of how Ontario’s Aboriginal, culturally diverse, regional and new generation voices are represented in literature.
  • Computer proficiency in Excel, Word, Outlook and database programs.
  • Ability to work overtime evenings and weekends and travel.

Qualified candidates are invited to submit a cover letter and resume, by June 14, 2013 using one of the following methods:

Mail:        Ontario Arts Council, Human Resources Office, FILE #03-13, 151 Bloor Street West, 5th Floor, Toronto, Ontario  M5S 1T6

                Online:    Online Application Form (

If you are a person with a disability and require accommodation in any stage of the recruitment process please contact Nina Small at 1-800-387-0058 x 7426 or

The Ontario Arts Council is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and strongly supports and values diversity in the workplace. Applications from all qualified candidates are welcome and individuals from equity-seeking groups are encouraged to apply. While we thank all candidates for their interest, only those selected for interview will be contacted.