Program Officer (Media Arts), Ontario Arts Council

The Ontario Arts Council is a publicly funded agency of Ontario’s Tourism, Culture and Sport. We support professional artists and arts organizations to create and produce art for the benefit of all Ontarians, through grants, services, outreach and partnerships.

Program Officer (Media Arts)
Competition Number: 19-23
Deadline for Submissions: April 15, 2024
Location: Toronto (hybrid)
Contract Type: Regular full-time
Affiliation: Unionized
Remuneration: $71,209 – $107,865

The Ontario Arts Council (OAC) has an opportunity for an accomplished mid to senior level media arts professional who is 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 extensive work experience in media arts, leadership skills, combined with an innovative and thoughtful approach regarding the diverse needs of Ontario’s media arts community 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 information on the granting process

Key Qualifications:

  • Direct working knowledge of the history, current status and trends and key issues in media arts and experience working in support of media artists and arts organizations
  • 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
  • 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 with problem solving and multi-tasking abilities
  • Excellent interpersonal, teambuilding, and consultative skills
  • Sound judgement, initiative and flexibility
  • 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, and familiarity with grants management software solutions an asset
  • Willingness and ability to occasionally work overtime and travel within Ontario
  • A valid driver’s license is preferred

OAC recognizes that interested individuals may not meet all of the above qualifications and possess other relevant education, and professional and lived experience that would make them the right candidate. Applicants are invited to share this with us in their cover letter.

OAC is committed to building a skilled and diverse workforce. Applications from all interested individuals are welcome and individuals from equity-deserving groups are encouraged to apply and indicate this in your application. OAC values a diversity of perspectives, ideas and lived experiences as an asset in serving Ontario’s arts community.

Interested individuals are invited to submit a cover letter and resume (please note that applications that do not include a cover letter will not be considered):

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

While we thank all candidates for their interest, only those selected for interview will be contacted.

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