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Equity, Access and Outreach Manager

The deadline for this opportunity has passed.

The application deadline is June 27, 2019.

About the Canada Council for the Arts

Join our team and play a role in supporting Canadian creativity. The Canada Council is a dynamic, highly-respected federal Crown corporation with a mandate to foster and promote the study and enjoyment of, and production of works in, the arts for the benefit of all Canadians. We offer competitive salaries and benefits package.

For more information about the Canada Council for the Arts, please visit

About the role

Under the direct supervision of the director, granting program operations, the equity, access and outreach manager advances the guiding principles of equity, diversity, inclusion, and access throughout the Canada Council to positively impact the Canadian arts sector and through it, the general public.

As the manager, you will:

  • Manage, coordinate and provide senior-level advice/analyses on a wide array of related issues in the arts, including gender parity, anti-racism, ethical arts practices, respectful workplaces, diversity and inclusion.
  • Make recommendations and implements changes related to granting documents, policies and procedures;
    act as a resource for arts granting programs division staff, including providing relevant training and orientation.
  • Support increased equity of access to Canada Council’s grants and services for professional artists, arts organizations and communities that face systemic barriers through developing and implementing policies, outreach, special initiatives and funding strategies. These include applicants from culturally diverse (Canadian artists of African, Asian, Middle Eastern, Latin American or mixed racial heritage), Deaf and disability, and official language minority communities.
  • Oversee the work of the disability arts officer in the development and implementation of the Council’s Deaf and disability arts strategies.
  • Performs other related duties.

You may be required to travel up to 20 days per year and on occasion, work irregular hours. The duties of this position require the direct supervision of 1 employee.

This position is located in Ottawa.

Requirements of the Position


  • An undergraduate degree in related field or an equivalent combination of education and professional experience related to equity, diversity and the arts.


  • Five years of progressively responsible experience working in equity or human rights related portfolios in diverse communities, arts organizations or public funding institutions.
  • One years of experience in a supervisory role.
  • Significant experience in developing, analyzing and implementing policies, initiatives, and plans focusing on equity issues.
  • Significant experience of working with diverse and marginalized arts communities of Canada.
  • Experience in leading and developing cross-sectoral and other high impact initiatives and partnerships.
  • Experience in presenting on sensitive subjects to stakeholders, the media, and the public.


  • Extensive knowledge of social justice movements and the impact of these on diverse and marginalized arts communities across Canada.
  • Ability to understand equity issues which impact the Canadian arts milieu, to forecast potential issues, challenges, trends, and to develop options and solutions to mitigate risks.
  • Thorough knowledge of the principles, theories and practical aspects of management including human resources and financial management.
  • Knowledge of the Canada Council, its mandate and programs is an asset.
  • Knowledge of national laws, conventions, policies and practices of equity.

Skills & Competencies:

  • Demonstrates a high level of diplomacy, critical thinking and analysis.
  • Excellent communication and public speaking skills, the ability to write and speak in clear, accessible, and compelling language with a high degree of professionalism and diplomacy.
  • Excellent project management skills, including meeting objectives, time frames, and budgets.
  • Excellent skills in relationship and partnership-building, networking, and collaboration, including the ability to facilitate discussions and build consensus.
  • Ability to lead and deliver training and professional development workshops, information sessions, focus groups, public forums and other events are essential.

Bilingual Requirements:

This position requires the use of both official languages. The requirements in the second official language are an advanced level in oral and reading comprehension and an intermediate level in writing.

How to Apply

Send the complete application form quoting the competition number listed above and a copy of your resume to the attention of Mylène Mougeot, Human Resources, prior to the closing date by email at

Salary Scale: $78,810 – $95,077

The application deadline is June 27, 2019.

For more information please contact Mylène Mougeot at 613.566.4414 or 1.800.263.5588, extension 4124 or by email at

We thank all applicants for their interest; only those selected for an interview and/or a written exam will be contacted.