Senior Policy Advisor, Indigenous Arts and Cultures

Canada Council for the Arts, Ottawa, ON

Closing Date

December 1, 2022 (11:59 p.m.)

Location Ottawa, ON Work Type  
Salary Range $102,900 to $129,100 Experience Level  - Job ID 140118
Job Description

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This competition is intended for candidates who identify as First Nations, Inuit or Métis. Candidates from these groups who wish to be considered must self-identify. This initiative is in support of the Council’s employment equity and diversity goals.

About the Canada Council for the Arts

Join our team and play a role in supporting Canadian artistic creativity and cultural life. The Council for the Arts (the “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 a considerable benefits package. For more information about the Council, please visit our website at

About the role

Under the direction of the Director, Strategic Policy and Planning, the Senior Policy Advisor:

  • leads strategic analysis – including policy research, policy reviews and policy development – and provides recommendations to inform senior-level decision-making and priority-setting on matters related to Indigenous arts and cultures;
  • provides leadership and expert advice across the organization on the implementation of the Council’s strategic plan commitments in the areas of sovereignty and self-determination of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples and to uphold their rights as the First peoples of this land, as well as contributes to the formulation of policy on other major, complex corporate issues including decolonization, equity, diversity and inclusion, social justice and environment;
  • represents the Council at a senior level on major policy questions related in particular to Indigenous arts/cultures, and decolonization;
  • fosters long-term relationships of trust, engages effectively with external stakeholders as well as staff and management at Council, identifies opportunities for collaboration, and protects and advances the Council’s reputation as an exemplary Crown Corporation; and
  • develops initiatives to better support Indigenous communities to participate more fully in the arts and cultural sector as well as strategies and actions as identified in the Council’s strategic plan to contribute to the inclusive expansion of the role of the arts in enriching Canada’s public life, specifically as they relate to the Indigenous peoples.
  • works collaboratively across Council, including with colleagues in Strategy, Public Affairs and Arts Engagement (in particular, International Coordination, Cultural Diplomacy and Partnerships) and Arts Granting Program Division (in particular Creating, Knowing and Sharing: The Arts and Culture of First Nations, Inuit and Métis People).
  • other related duties.

You may be required to travel up to 25 days per year and on occasion, work irregular hours.

This position is located in Ottawa. If relocation is applicable, the Council provides eligible employees with financial assistance to help offset specific moving expenses associated with relocation to the National Capital Region (NCR).

Requirements for the position

*Important: Please submit your resume & cover letter clearly demonstrating how you meet the following qualifications for Education and Experience. Please note that selection for further consideration will be based solely on the information provided in your cover letter, resume and in the application form.


  • An undergraduate degree in public administration, social sciences, arts management or policy, or a related field or an equivalent combination of professional experience and education related to the responsibilities of the position


  • Seven (7) years of progressively responsible experience in an arts or culture environment
  • Experience in providing strategic analysis and recommendation to senior leaders
  • Experience in working with government, funding organizations or related stakeholders
  • Experience in a leadership role would be an asset


  • Knowledge of the arts community and government policies regarding the arts and culture, especially Indigenous arts and cultures
  • Knowledge of the Canada Council, its mandate, policies, programs, legislation, and/or the field of social or cultural funding



  • A deep commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in all its forms, and a commitment to redressing systemic and structural disadvantage faced by Indigenous and racialized communities, persons with disabilities, and other equity seeking groups

    Skills & Competencies

  • Ability to speak credibly about Indigenous arts policy, planning, and sector trends
  • Strong ability to provide strategic advice based on robust policy analysis
  • Excellent judgment, autonomy, strategic thinking, and decision-making abilities
  • Strong leadership and influencing skills
  • Strong relationship-building and collaboration skills
  • Excellent skills in leading and organizing work with various internal and external stakeholders, with the ability to conceptualize, develop, implement, and manage initiatives
  • Excellent communication skills, the ability to write and speak in clear, accessible, and compelling manner with a high degree of professionalism and diplomacy

 Bilingual Requirements

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

How to Apply

In addition to filling out the application formplease submit your resume and cover letter in a single PDF to [email protected]. Please address them to the attention of Chantal Riendeau, Talent Acquisition Specialist. Please ensure that you submit both components of your application before the deadline indicated on the job posting.


We are committed to providing a workplace that is inclusive and accessible to all. Should you require accommodation during the staffing process, please do not hesitate to contact a member of our Human Resources team.

For people who are Deaf, hard of hearing, or TTY users, please use your preferred MRS (Message Relay Service) or IP service to contact us.

Employment equity

The Canada Council for the Arts is committed to building a skilled and diverse workforce that reflects the individuals and communities we serve. We invite applications from individuals with any combination of backgrounds, origins, identities and forms of self-expression. The Council is committed to enhancing representation of the following groups within its workforce: Indigenous people, Black people, racialized people, Deaf people, people with disabilities, women, and members of 2SLGBTQI+ and gender diverse communities.


We encourage you to include information on how you identify in the Voluntary Self-Identification section of the application form. This information is used during the recruitment process to enhance representation of historically underserved and marginalized communities, as per the Employment Equity Act and the Council’s ongoing commitment to equity. This information is also used for reporting at an aggregate level.