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Program Consultant for Indigenous Arts

Saskatchewan Arts Board, Regina
Deadline: June 17, 2019 - July 12, 2019

Contact

Name: G. Paul Armstrong, Director of Administration, Saskatchewan Arts Board

E-mail: careers@saskartsboard.ca

Website: https://saskartsboard.com/menu/what-s-new/latest-news/866-arts-board-seeks-program-consultant-for-indigenous-arts.html

Deadline

July 12, 2019

The Saskatchewan Arts Board is seeking a highly motivated, results-oriented individual to join its multifaceted and dynamic team to fill the position of Program Consultant.

Essential to the position is a comprehensive knowledge of Indigenous artists and arts organizations in Saskatchewan and their traditional and contemporary art forms and practices. The successful applicant also will have formal education applicable to the position, considerable experience working with collaborative arts programming, and a track record of successfully working with artists and arts organizations.

As a member of a talented team of consultants, the incumbent is responsible for developing strategies, policies, programs, services, partnerships and relationships specific to Indigenous arts, artists, organizations and communities. The individual in this position also develops and delivers other Arts Board funding programs and special initiatives and works with a variety of partners including professional artists working independently or collaboratively; arts organizations, schools and communities engaging in arts activities in partnership with Saskatchewan artists; and others who are seeking to benefit from involvement in the arts. The Consultant is responsible for decisions that require professionalism, independent judgement and proactive approaches to problem solving.

The work is undertaken both in an office and in the field, and in a unionized environment. Travel is required. The Consultant works independently to manage their portfolio and time within the monthly allocation of hours. The successful candidate shall be subject to a Criminal Record Check as a condition of employment.

Location: Regina preferred (Saskatoon may be an alternate location)

Start Date: Negotiable

Employment Type: Full-time, Field, In-Scope

Salary Range: $5,401 to $6,320 monthly (Pay Band 9, Steps 1 through 5)

(Salary increases available through the annual increment steps)

Applications must include:

Current resumé and cover letter. The cover letter will include details that demonstrate how you meet the essential competencies and qualifications.

E-mail applications to:

careers@saskartsboard.ca
Attention: G. Paul Armstrong, Director of Administration, Saskatchewan Arts Board

The Saskatchewan Arts Board strives to be a workplace of choice that recognizes and empowers its people, promotes continuous learning and improvement, and provides value for the public. The Arts Board is committed to employment equity and workplace diversity, and encourages applications from all qualified women and men, including Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, visible minorities and new Canadians.

While we appreciate and thank you for your interest, only applicants with the required knowledge and experience will be considered and only those selected for interviews will be contacted.

JOB DESCRIPTION
The position of Program Consultant is integral to the implementation of the Saskatchewan Arts Board’s strategic plan and primary organizational objectives, and contributes to public recognition of the Arts Board as an organization that is shaped by the creative strengths and diversity of the province’s artists, arts organizations and arts community.

As a member of a talented team of consultants, the incumbent is responsible for developing strategies, policies, programs, services, partnerships and relationships specific to Indigenous arts, artists, organizations and communities. The individual in this position also develops and delivers other Arts Board funding programs and special initiatives, and works with a variety of partners including professional artists working independently or collaboratively; arts organizations, schools and communities engaging in arts activities in partnership with Saskatchewan artists; and those who are seeking to benefit from involvement in the arts. The consultant is responsible for decisions that require professionalism, independent judgement and proactive approaches to problem solving.

The work is undertaken both in an office and in the field, and in a unionized environment. Travel is required. The consultant works independently to manage their portfolio and time within the monthly allocation of hours.

The knowledge and skills necessary for this position have been acquired through a combination of formal education, comprehensive knowledge of Indigenous artists and arts organizations in Saskatchewan and their traditional and contemporary art forms and practices, considerable experience working with collaborative arts programming, and a track record of success working with artists and arts organizations.

KEY DELIVERABLES:

Developing and delivering strategies, policies, programs and services that are available to:
Indigenous artists, arts organizations, communities and schools that explore, create or present both traditional and/or contemporary art forms and practices;
Communities, schools and organizations engaging in arts activities in partnership with Saskatchewan artists;
Arts organizations providing professional arts programs and services.
Exploring, initiating and maintaining mutually-beneficial relationships with Indigenous artists, communities, organizations and governments; and arts and community stakeholders including funding partners, recipients of Arts Board funding, individual artists, non-governmental and non-profit organizations, government ministries and agencies (federal and provincial), boards, the public and agency staff.
Managing advisory processes, committees and/or focus groups that solicit advice from artists, communities and the public about the Arts Board’s programs and services.
Researching programs and policies of other funding bodies, emerging art forms and the needs and practices of artists and arts organizations; identifying program outcomes; monitoring, reviewing and evaluating programs and services and implementing revisions as necessary.
Providing consultative and professional advisory support to the public, the Board of Directors, potential program applicants and recipients of Arts Board funding. This will include responding to enquiries about programs available to support specific activities, providing background and program information to the Board, consulting with applicants about their grant applications, advising grant recipients of reporting requirements and providing required advice about any challenges they may encounter while undertaking their funded projects.
Administering an adjudication process for funding programs by reviewing applications for eligibility and completeness, selecting jurors, managing jury panels, and ensuring all the materials and approvals required to administer the assessment, reporting, notification and grant payment processes are available to appropriate management and administrative teams.
Planning, developing and coordinating special projects and programs, and providing advice, expertise and leadership on projects and initiatives as assigned.
Fulfilling the requirements of program funding partners by collecting necessary information and statistical data and preparing written reports.
Representing the Arts Board through relationships with individuals, organizations and communities; with the media through print, video, television or radio interview; electronic and telephone communications; and public speaking opportunities.
Attending identified events, conferences, seminars, workshops, etc., as a representative of the Arts Board in order to build awareness of the agency and its programs and services, and to inform program development and project evaluation.
Collaborating with administrative staff to ensure that documents, files and the database are accurate and up-to-date, and material in mailings is properly compiled and timely.
Participating as a member of the Arts Board’s programs team and supporting other consultants, particularly during periods of heavy workload or during vacations, and contributing to a process of continuous improvement within the Arts Board.

COMPETENCIES AND QUALIFICATIONS:

A university degree in the arts, Indigenous arts, Indigenous studies or a related area supplemented by at least five years’ experience working with collaborative arts programming and a track record of success working with artists and arts organizations.
Comprehensive knowledge of the Indigenous artists and arts organizations in Saskatchewan, and their traditional and contemporary art forms and practices.
In-depth understanding and knowledge of Saskatchewan’s Indigenous communities and cultures.
Extensive knowledge of the arts, artists and arts organizations in Saskatchewan and awareness of the province’s arts ecology.
Knowledge of the legislation governing the Arts Board, the agency’s strategic objectives and its current programs.
In-depth understanding of the role of a Board of Directors, Board governance and Board/management relationships.
Knowledge of and experience with planning, developing, delivering and evaluating government funding programs, and in assessing projects and their impact.
Comprehensive understanding of the development and delivery of arts programs for a variety of non-professional arts audiences which can have diverse goals, including collaborative models for educator/artist partnerships inside and out of the classroom.
Proven ability to conceptualize, develop, negotiate, implement, monitor, evaluate and adjust programs and/or services taking into considering changing priorities and resources.
Forward-looking thinker skilled in discerning and analyzing issues, with a strong decision-making capability and proactive approach to problem solving.
Proven ability to identify and assess relevant data, trends and opportunities, consider a variety of options and then determine and recommend or implement an appropriate action or strategy.
Demonstrated ability to manage programs and projects, including the development and monitoring of budgets, timelines and communications plans.
Highly resourceful team player with the ability to handle confidential information with discretion, and to work independently and collaboratively to plan and carry out assignments in an effective, organized and timely manner with excellent attention to detail, especially when planning and managing multiple jobs at once and during periods of heavy workload.
Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to listen, accurately comprehend and appropriately respond clearly and sensitively to diverse internal and external stakeholders.
Adept at communication, both verbally and in writing, with a variety of audiences in a way that convinces, conveys information, builds support, educates or promotes understanding and overcomes challenges.
Knowledge of computer software applications and social media platforms.
Possession of a valid driver’s license.
Fluency in French (both oral and written) is an asset.