Grant Program Specialist

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Grant Program Specialist

We are recruiting two (2) full-time grant program specialists to join our team. These positions will work across the grant investment program portfolio and collaborate closely with the Community Investment team to co-design and implement granting programs for arts organizations, artist collectives and individual artists.


  • Co-design and implement grant investment programs in alignment with Calgary Arts Development’s mission, vision, values and strategic framework.
  • Ensure that the process is straightforward, transparent and adheres to published program guidelines and timelines.
  • Build relationships with artists and arts organizations through one-on-one meetings, feedback, direct application support and technical support for the online grant interface and audio/video applications.
  • Communicate grant programs, host information sessions and deliver grant-writing workshops.
  • Select and train assessment committees in the grant programs and online grant interface and facilitate the assessment process in a fair manner according to the published program guidelines and criteria.
  • Track and manage grant applications through the online grant interface software.
  • Work with Calgary Arts Development staff to ensure that the values of Truth and Reconciliation and equity, diversity, inclusion and accessibility are embedded in the design and implementation of all investment programs.
Who Are You?

You see yourself in Calgary Arts Development’s impact statement: To support and nurture diverse art and artist-led city building to foster not only a resilient and sustainable arts ecosystem but to achieve a truly equitable, inclusive and accessible city where everyone belongs.  You are interested in transforming funding practices and considering new ways of investing in the arts sector. You are familiar with the arts ecosystem in Calgary and have lived experience engaging with arts organizations and individual artists.  You have a deep curiosity for all the many different ways art is made and shared, and enjoy working with people, both one on one and in groups.

You’re not all things to all people, but you’re probably already a few of these things:

  • You have worked in a decision-making capacity with non-profit organizations, either as a staff member or board member.
  • You are familiar with financial processes, governance models, and programming for arts organizations.
  • You are well connected in the arts scene in Calgary.
  • You are familiar with processes around art making, both traditional and contemporary.
  • You are enthusiastic about acting as a resource for artists and arts organizations and are curious and diligent in your work.
  • You are comfortable with public speaking and leading and facilitating group conversations.
  • You are committed to growing your awareness of equity, diversity, inclusion and accessibility, and want to ensure that our systems reflect those values, but this is not new work for you.
  • You are passionate about working with people and interested in building relationships.
  • You are familiar with processes around grant investment, including project planning and budgets.
  • You have experience working with Indigenous artists, Elders and Indigenous communities in Treaty 7.
  • You are familiar with evaluation processes and practices.
  • You adapt quickly to using new technologies.
  • You are comfortable working in a collaborative and open work environment.
  • You are a self-starter who is adaptable to working both independently and with a team.
  • You are a lifelong learner.

If you see yourself in this opportunity, we would love to have a conversation with you. And if you’re not sure, you can learn more about us by exploring our website.

We are also open to having conversations with individuals in advance of the submission of an application to clarify questions about this posting. Please address those inquiries to Allan Rosales, Manager, Community Investment at

How to Apply

Please indicate your interest by emailing with your resume and cover letter. Please use the subject line: Grant Program Specialist Job Posting.

In your cover letter, please respond to the question “What role do you believe the arts play in fostering equity, diversity, inclusion and accessibility?”

For best consideration, apply by January 26, 2024. This deadline has been extended from the original date of January 12, 2024. We are hoping to fill this position by March 1, 2024, but our commitment to finding the right fit may require more time.

Minimum annual salary is $55,000 in addition to an extended health benefits package, and a matching RRSP program.

If you would like to request application assistance, please contact or call 403.264.5330.

Details around application assistance are outlined in detail at the link below.

For the full description, visit Grant Program Specialist | Community Investment.

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