Joyce Murray

Your member of parliament for

Vancouver Quadra

Joyce Murray

Your member of parliament for

Vancouver Quadra


Members, Canada Council for the Arts

Appointment Opportunities

We know that our country is stronger — and our government more effective — when decision-makers reflect Canada’s diversity. Moving forward, the Government of Canada will use an appointment process that is transparent and merit-based, strives for gender parity, and ensures that Indigenous Canadians and minority groups are properly represented in positions of leadership. We will continue to search for Canadians who reflect the values that we all embrace: inclusion, honesty, fiscal prudence, and generosity of spirit. Together, we will build a government as diverse as Canada.

The overarching goal of the Minister of Canadian Heritage is to implement the government’s plan to strengthen our cultural and creative industries.

The Government of Canada is currently seeking applications from diverse and talented Canadians from across the country who are interested in the following positions:

Members (part-time positions)

Canada Council for the Arts

In 1957, the Canada Council for the Arts was created to promote and celebrate Canadian art and culture throughout our country and around the world.

Since then, the Canada Council has supported professional Canadian artists and arts organizations – in all artistic disciplines – so that people from coast to coast have the opportunity to experience and enjoy the very best of Canadian culture. It offers a broad range of grants and services to professional Canadian artists and arts organizations in all artistic disciplines, including emerging disciplines such as digital arts.

The Canada Council for the Arts works tirelessly to raise public awareness of the arts through extensive communications, research, and promotion activities. The most well-known of these activities are the Canada Council’s prizes and fellowships, which celebrate creativity by recognizing exceptional Canadians in the arts, humanities, and sciences. Both the Killam Program and the internationally recognized Canadian Commission of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) operate under the general authority of the Canada Council.

Strategically, the Canada Council takes concrete steps to enrich the artistic and cultural experience of Canadians across the country. In order to further support artists, stimulate culture, and ensure it is enjoyed by more Canadians than ever, the Canada Council’s budget will be doubled over the next five years.

As stewards of the organization, members of the Board are responsible for the ongoing governance of the organization. More specifically, the Board must oversee the business conduct of the Canada Council, it must supervise management, and it must take clear action to ensure that all major issues that affect the organization are given proper consideration.

Further details about the organization and its activities can be found on the Canada Council for the Arts’ website.

Candidates must apply online by October 24, 2016 via the Governor in Council website. Your cover letter should be addressed to the Assistant Secretary to the Cabinet (Senior Personnel), Privy Council Office, and should be sent only through the on-line application.

Per Diem: $310 – $375

Annual Retainer: $4,000 – $4,700

Official Languages and Diversity

The Government of Canada will consider bilingual proficiency and diversity in assessing candidates for these positions. You are therefore encouraged to include in your online profile your ability to speak and understand your second official language. Preference may be given to candidates who are members of one or more of the following groups: women, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, and members of visible minorities.

To be considered for one of these positions, please provide examples from your career that clearly demonstrate how you meet the following requirements in your application:

Education and Experience

  • A degree from a recognized university in a relevant field of study or an acceptable combination of education, job-related training and/or experience;
  • A professional accounting designation (CPA) or a law degree would be considered an asset;
  • Experience in implementing modern corporate governance and best practices would be considered an asset;
  • Experience in the financial and investment field would be considered an asset;
  • Experience on a board of directors/trustees of a public, private or not-for-profit sector organization would be considered an asset;
  • Experience in the arts community or a background in the arts either as an artist, arts professional, arts administrator or volunteer would be considered an asset; and
  • Experience in the communications, social media, and media sector, such as the distribution of creative and digital content, would also be considered an asset.

If you are selected for an interview, the following criteria will be assessed:

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of the mandate and mission of the Canada Council for the Arts (Council), its business activities, strategic priorities and public policy issues, as well as its governing legislation;
  • Knowledge of the current challenges and opportunities for Canadian cultural institutions;
  • Knowledge of the diversity of cultural practices in Canada, including non-Western forms and Aboriginal arts practices;
  • Knowledge of the arts and cultural sectors, and familiarity with a range of artistic disciplines would be an asset;
  • Knowledge in the areas of information technology, technological evolution related to digital, the supporting environment of national creative content, government relations, human resources or marketing would be an asset;
  • Ability to identify, analyse and define priorities and strategies;
  • Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with other members of the Council and the Council’s partners and stakeholders, and actively participate in debate and discussions among Council members; and
  • Ability to recognize and address emerging issues, to seize opportunities, and to advance ideas and innovation.

If you move on to the next stage of the selection process, we will contact your references to verify how you have demonstrated the Experience requirements and the following Personal Attributes in your current and recently held positions:

  • A passion and commitment to the arts and cultural sector
  • Sound judgment, integrity, and impartiality
  • High ethical standards
  • Superior interpersonal skills
  • Diplomacy, tact and discretion
  • Collegiality

Eligibility Factors and Conditions of Employment

In your application, it will be important that you confirm you meet the following requirements:

  • You are expected to attend each Board meeting held at least three times per year in Ottawa.
  • You should be available for conference calls when required.
  • Your average annual time commitment, excluding committee work is four weeks.

If you are appointed to one of these positions:

You must comply with the Ethical and Political Activity Guidelines for Public Office Holders throughout your appointment as a term and condition of employment. The guidelines are available on the Governor in Council Appointments Web site, under Forms and reference material.

You will be subject to the Conflict of Interest Act. For more information, please visit the Office of the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner’s website.

A link to this notice will be placed in the Canada Gazette to assist the Governor in Council in identifying qualified candidates for these positions. It is not, however, intended to be the sole means of recruitment.

A roster of qualified candidates may be established and may be used for similar opportunities.


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