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Ontario Arts Council

Jobs for Individuals

The Ontario Arts Council (OAC) is a publicly funded agency of Ontario’s Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport.  The OAC’s primary purpose is to award grants to professional artists and arts organizations.

The OAC is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and strongly supports and values diversity in the workplace. The OAC is committed to equity, diversity, accessibility and inclusiveness in its employment practices and we respect the right of applicants and employees to fair and equitable treatment in accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code. Applications from all qualified candidates are welcome and individuals from equity-seeking groups are encouraged to apply. Please contact Human Resources at nsmall@arts.on.ca if you are unable to apply on-line and/or require accommodations during the recruitment process due to a disability.


Working at OAC

The OAC prides itself on its congenial and collegial work environment, surrounded by diverse and dedicated individuals who are passionate about the arts. Employees in permanent positions at OAC are provided with a comprehensive compensation package, which includes an insured healthcare benefits plan, a defined benefit pension plan, as well as other paid time-off provisions.

The OAC, as an agency of the provincial government, is bound to applicable government directives and rules for employees, such as the Public Service of Ontario Act (PSOA). OAC has its own Code of Conduct and Conflict of Interest policies, which stem from the PSOA. If you require more information on these policies before applying to OAC, please contact Human Resources.

The OAC’s employees who are non-managerial or working in a non-confidential capacity as it pertains to labour relations are represented by the union AMAPCEO.

When there are job competitions open to the public, they will be identified below.

Job Postings

REPORTS TO:                         
Board of Directors
DIRECT REPORTS:                  
Director of Communications, Director of Finance & Administration, Director of   Granting, Director of Human Resources, Director of Research, Policy & Evaluation, Executive Coordinator


Since its establishment in 1963, the Ontario Arts Council (OAC) has played a vital role in promoting and assisting the creation, production and development of the arts for the enjoyment and benefit of Ontarians; this is based on the essential role of the arts in the quality of life, cultural identity, social well-being and economic prosperity of Ontario.

OAC is an agency of the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport. On behalf of the people of Ontario, OAC invests in professional, Ontario-based artists and arts organizations through the provision of grants and services under four funding streams: creating and presenting; building audiences and markets; engaging communities and schools; and developing careers and arts services. The range of disciplines that OAC funds includes: dance, literature, media arts, multi and inter-arts, music, theatre and visual arts.

OAC is led by a Chair and 11 members of the Board of Directors who come from communities throughout the province. They are appointed by the Government of Ontario for a three-year term and may be reappointed for one additional term. OAC’s Board is responsible for approving OAC’s budgets, setting policies and, through the CEO, overseeing the organization’s operations.

In 2017-2018, OAC received 11,466 funding applications, and invested in 2,294 individual artists and 1,474 organizations in 231 communities throughout Ontario. A total of $58.7 million was awarded in grants, from an overall operating budget of $65 million.


Ontario Arts Council (OAC) seeks a dynamic, strategic and tactical arts administrator to lead and manage the organization in the position of Chief Executive Officer (CEO). As such, you will head Ontario’s primary agency dedicated to investing in, stimulating and developing the province’s vital artists and arts organizations. The CEO directs and administers all OAC programs and operations and supervises a 65-person professional and support staff, most whom are unionized under AMAPCEO. 

You will lead government relations, represent OAC, and advocate for the public value of the arts. This public service mission brings with it the opportunity for considerable impact in Ontario’s arts sector and, through it, significant economic benefit and improvement to the quality of life for the people of Ontario.
Deadline Date for Submissions
June 16, 2019
Contract Type
Regular Full-Time