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Program Officers (Media Arts)

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 hands-on training 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
Application Deadline: 
Monday, April 15, 2024
Type of Work: 
Full Time
Education Level: 
University (Undergraduate)
Prefered Method(s) of Application: 
Apply Online

Employer Details

Ontario Arts Council

Victoria Miklea
121 Bloor St E
Toronto, ON M4W3M5

n 1962, several visionary Ontarians approached John Robarts, Premier of Ontario, with the idea of establishing a provincial arts council. This group, led by Arthur Gelber, represented the fledgling arts infrastructure that existed then in Ontario. On April 26, 1963, Bill 162 – the legislation setting up the arts council – was given its final reading in the Ontario Legislature, creating the Ontario Arts Council (OAC). Ontarians, through their elected officials, had decided that the arts were important to their lives and deserved support through public funding. It was the beginning of a system that, with the assistance of other municipal, provincial, and federal funders, has enabled Ontario to flourish as an artistically rich and creative province. OAC is an agency that operates at arm's length from the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport. The OAC's grants and services to professional, Ontario-based artists and arts organizations support arts education, Indigenous arts, community arts, crafts, dance, Francophone arts, literature, media arts, multidisciplinary arts, music, theatre, touring, and visual arts. The OAC is directed by 12 volunteer board (council) members who come from communities throughout the province. They are appointed by the Government of Ontario for a three-year term. The OAC's board is responsible for setting OAC's policies and oversees the organization's operation. For 60 years, the Ontario Arts Council has played a vital role in promoting and assisting the development of the arts for the enjoyment and benefit of Ontarians. In 2021-22, OAC invested its grant program budget of $56.4 million in 237 communities across Ontario through 2,665 grants to individual artists and 1,050 grants to organizations.