Director Funding & Grants

Date Posted: May 03, 2021
Application Deadline: Dec 31, 2021
Start Date: May 05, 2021

Salary From: 100K To 100K
Province: Ontario
Region: Metro Toronto Area
City: Toronto
Employee Benefits: Health, Other (e.g. flex time, comp tickets, etc.)
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Organization's Field/Discipline: Cultural Industries
Job's focus: Creative & Administrative
Job Type: Full-time
Career Level: Upper management

Organization Description

Big Coat Media
Big Coat Media specializes in unscripted entertainment-based programming and documentaries. We have established a solid reputation due to our ability to deliver innovative, adaptive, and engaging productions of the highest quality. The company's long-term success is also based on the important relationships we build with clients and broadcast partners, and ensuring we consistently serve their needs.

Job Description

The Director, Funding & Grants leads ISO’s funding and grants initiatives in alignment with ISO’s mission to support and develop Indigenous screen storytellers and Indigenous stories on screens through increased representation of Indigenous peoples throughout the screen industries.
  • Provide strategic leadership in the development, delivery and monitoring of the ISO funding and grants programs, and initiatives that contribute to achieving their objectives;
  • Provide expert analysis and advice in the area of issues management; identify strategies and solutions to address sensitive issues;
  • Work with Managing Director and granting team to deliver a coherent suite of policies, approaches and processes for funding and grants for Indigenous screen storytellers in Canada;
  • Supervise granting team members including Program Manager, Program Coordinator and future team members;
  • Manage the design and implementation process for ISO funding and grants programs;
  • Oversee policy and process development for ISO funding and grants programs, including the roll-out and ongoing development of a grants management technology system;
  • Working with the Managing Director, oversee partnership programs associated with the delivery of funding and opportunities for Indigenous storytellers;
  • Ensure equitable representation in ISO funding delivery; identify gaps and strategies for addressing inequities or areas for additional engagement or support;
  • Develop outreach strategies; work with the communications team to ensure effective dissemination of ISO program information;
  • Ensure the continuous improvement of strategies, approaches and initiatives to enable Indigenous screen storytellers increase their representation throughout the screen industries;
  • Lead the development and implementation of strategies, approaches and initiatives to encourage Indigenous storytellers and Indigenous screen-focused organizations to maintain a continuous dialogue and engagement with ISO;
  • Represent ISO in its interactions with Indigenous screen storytellers, communities and organizations with respect to the screen industries;
  • Collaborate with the Managing Director on the development and implementation of effective management practices to ensure efficient and effective utilization of human, financial, material and technical resources;
  • Ensure the integrity, transparency and effectiveness of the assessment and allocation processes;
  • Lead the development, implementation, revision and continuous improvement of the funding and grants programs’ results-focused and integrated business planning frameworks and mechanisms to ensure the ISO’s information and data needs are met;
  • Collaborate and participate in the development of strategies of support/promotion relating to the Indigenous screen storytellers and their representation throughout the screen industries.
  • Advise the Executive Director and Managing Director on evolving issues; identify risks to ISO’s programs and reputation; recommend solutions;
  • Ensure the ISO’s programs promote the principles of narrative sovereignty and self-determination of the Indigenous screen storytellers.


  • Demonstrated commitment to and understanding of the mission and values of ISO;
  • Knowledge of not-for-profit funding practices and governance structures;
  • 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 grant funding application and reporting policies and procedures for Federal, Provincial and Municipal grant programs;
  • Ability to develop and produce concise (strong attention to detail) and complete grant applications and other proposals;
  • Ability to determine grant proposal and concepts by identifying and clarifying opportunities and needs project objectives, project outcomes and deliverables;
  • Superior donor relations skills, as well as excellent interpersonal and very strong person-to-person relationship-building skills;
  • Excellent proposal writing and proposal development skills;
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills;
  • Demonstrated ability to handle multiple priorities and be self-motivated in a high pressure and demanding work environment;
  • High level of business administration skills, including Microsoft Office;
  • Demonstrated analytical, critical and strategic thinking skills;
  • Proven ability to exercise diplomacy and good judgment;
  • Exemplary attention to detail with excellent planning, organizational and time management skills;
  • Ability to commit to personal growth, development, and leadership opportunities;
  • Ability to take initiative to participate in a culture of learning, mentoring, and sharing;
  • Ability to contribute to building and being a part of a positive culture;
  • Proficiency in the French and Indigenous language will be considered an asset;
  • Ability to work flexible hours including evenings and weekends as required.

How to Apply:

To apply, please submit a cover letter outlining the qualifications and experience you would bring to the position including your experience working with Indigenous communities or in-depth knowledge of Indigenous governance, administration and policy issues through lived or learned experience and resume to
No phone calls, please.
Applicants will be reviewed immediately until the role is filled. (There isn't an official deadline).

Applicants with disabilities who are qualified and selected for an interview will be accommodated upon request.
Indigenous Screen Office wishes to thank all those that apply, however, only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. Indigenous Screen Office is an equal opportunity employer.

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