Indigenous Arts Program Manager

Date Posted: Jan 10, 2019
Application Deadline: Feb 01, 2019
Start Date: Feb 25, 2019

Salary Range: 30K - 40K
Province: Ontario
Region: Metro Toronto Area
City: Toronto
Employee Benefits: N/A
Organization's Field/Discipline: The Arts
Job's focus: Both
Job Type: Part-time
Career Level: Middle management

Organization Description

Toronto Arts Council and Toronto Arts Foundation

Toronto Arts Council has been the City of Toronto's funding body for artists and arts organizations since 1974. TAC plays a major role in sustaining the cultural heart of our city by supporting a wide range of artistic activity, from the emerging artists and arts the challenge convention, to the most established and celebrated institutions. This support cultivates a rich engagement between artists and audiences and reflects the vibrancy of the city of Toronto through the diversity of artists, arts communities and audiences that it serves. By supporting, celebrating, financing and advocating for Toronto’s local artists, Toronto Arts Foundation is improving the quality of life of all Torontonians. Incorporated in 1995 as a non-profit charitable organization, the Toronto Arts Foundation exists to provide the opportunity for individuals, private and public foundations, government agencies and corporate donors to join us in supporting all the various disciplines of art, from independent visual artists to theatre companies, choirs and film festivals, which enhance and enliven our city. Although separate entities, the Toronto Arts Council and Toronto Arts Foundation benefit by being run as sister organizations, ensuring close contact with the arts sector in Toronto and the continuous awareness of needs across the community.

Job Description

The Indigenous Arts Program Manager is responsible for the management of TAC’s Indigenous Arts Projects program which provides grants to Indigenous arts organizations, collectives and individuals.  In addition to program management, the program manager will recruit and facilitate the work of the jury, contribute to policy development and strategies to support the program area and provide information services and support to the arts community.


Responsibilities include:
  • Managing and delivering the Indigenous Arts Projects program
  • Managing and facilitating the peer assessment adjudication process.
  • Providing guidance and support to applicants.
  • Community outreach
  • Attending performances, exhibitions and events on evenings and weekends
Key qualifications:
  • Must identify as Indigenous (Status or Non-Status First Nations, M├ętis, or Inuit)
  • Minimum of five years’ experience working in Toronto’s arts sector
  • Knowledgeable about Toronto’s Indigenous arts communities and the issues facing artists and organizations working in all arts disciplines
  • Experience in managing a grants program for a public funder is an asset
  • Effective written and verbal communication and presentation skills
  • Excellent interpersonal, facilitation and consultative skills
  • Sound judgment, analytical and problem-solving abilities, and organizational skills

Additional Info:

TAC’S Indigenous Arts Projects grants program has an ongoing application deadline with submissions anytime between January 2 and November 4, 2019. Applications are assessed 3 or 4 times per year as required.
The Grant Program Manager will be required to work approximately 20 hours per week on a self-managed schedule that includes 2.5 designated days working from the TAC office, as well as attending TAC’s office for staff and client meetings and adjudications. 
Contract Range:  $31,000-$34,000 per year
Conflict of Interest restrictions:
The successful candidate may not apply to any TAC grants program and may not work in any paid or volunteer capacities with organizations and collectives that apply to or receive funding through the Indigenous Arts Projects program.

How to Apply:

Please submit cover letter and resume to Andrew Suri - Director, Grants Management  in a single pdf attachment, by February 1, 2019, with Indigenous Arts Program Manager in the subject line.
Toronto Arts Council/Toronto Arts Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to diversity and inclusiveness in its employment. We welcome applications from individuals who identify as belonging to our equity priority groups:  Persons of Colour, Deaf Persons, Persons with Disabilities, Persons Living with Mental Illness, Indigenous, 2SLGBTQIAP.  Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in the selection process.