The position of Program Consultant is integral to the achievement 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 performing and media arts organizations, literary publishers and independent artists working in the media arts. 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, arts organizations, communities engaging in activities 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, considerable experience working with collaborative arts programming and a track record of success working with artists and arts organizations.
· Developing and delivering strategies, policies, programs and services that are available to:
o Literary publishing and performing/media arts organizations providing professional arts programs and services to the public;
o Artists working in the media arts; and
o Artists and arts entrepreneurs training to build sustainable arts business ventures.
· Exploring, initiating and maintaining mutually-beneficial relationships with 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 providing written reports.
· Representing the Arts Board through relationships with individuals, organizations and communities; with the media through print, video, television or radio interviews; 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 program team.
· Contribute to the overall proficiency and effectiveness of the Arts Board by supporting other consultants, particularly during periods of heavy workload or during vacations, and advancing a process of continuous improvement within the agency.
The successful candidate is subject to a Criminal Record Check as a condition of employment.
E-mail applications to:
G. Paul Armstrong, Director of Administration, Saskatchewan Arts Board
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Desired Skills & Experience
ESSENTIAL COMPETENCIES AND QUALIFICATIONS:
· Post-secondary education in an arts discipline, arts education or arts management supplemented by:
o Comprehensive knowledge and a track record of success working with arts organizations (particularly media and performing arts companies and/or literary publishers) and artists in the media arts;
o No less than five years’ experience working with arts organizations, collaborative arts programming, and/or arts grant programs.
· 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.
· 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 Saskatchewan driver’s license.
· Knowledge of Saskatchewan’s Indigenous and Métis communities and cultures is an asset.
· Fluency in French (both oral and written) is an asset.
To apply submit your resumes to firstname.lastname@example.org