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Position: Indigenous Arts Project Manager
Deadline: June 18, 2018
Status: Full-time employment
Classification: Professional staff

As a dynamic partner in Montreal’s professional arts community, the Conseil des arts de Montréal (CAM) identifies, supports, and recognizes the achievements of nearly 450 Montreal cultural organizations and collectives each year. Through its actions, it fosters openness, exploration, and fearlessness at the heart of Montreal’s creative landscape. Since 1956, the Conseil des arts de Montréal’s progressive actions have contributed to the establishment of “Montreal, Cultural Metropolis.”

As part of its 2018-2020 Strategic Plan major initiatives, the Conseil des arts de Montréal identified the need to better serve and include the Indigenous Arts community in Montreal. Measures toward this goal include Indigenous representation on its Board of Directors, the creation of an Indigenous Arts Committee to aid in the development of an Indigenous Arts program and dedicated new funding over the next five years for an Indigenous Arts program. An integral part of this commitment to engage and support the Indigenous Arts community in Montreal is to hire an Indigenous Arts Project Manager as a part of its permanent team.

Job description

The Conseil des arts de Montréal is seeking an Indigenous Arts Project Manager, who will be responsible for the development and management of CAM’s dedicated Indigenous Arts program. This program will be elaborated in concert with the Indigenous Arts Committee, and in collaboration with CAM’s staff members.

Reporting to the Director, Grants Programs and Strategic Initiatives, the Project Manager will provide outreach and guidance to Indigenous artist collectives and non-profit arts organizations as needed within the new Indigenous Arts program and CAM’s programs, building and fostering relationships with Indigenous arts communities and Indigenous communities at large.

Given the scope of this initiative and its transversal nature, CAM understands the necessity for larger wide-ranging integration to policy development and strategies within the organization as well. As such, the Project Manager will play an essential role in advising and guiding CAM’s management, members and staff on best practices and Indigenous ways of knowing that will lay the foundation for the long-term success of this initiative.

CAMrecognizes the culturally specific skills and knowledge relating to community and protocols that the Indigenous Arts Project Manager will possess, which are essential to this position. CAM values and respects the expertise of the Project Manager and commits to upholding Indigenous principles of self-determination, agency and autonomy in its support of the successful candidate.

The Indigenous Arts Project Manager responsibilities include:

  • Developing, managing and delivering Indigenous Arts programs
  • Coordinating the works of the Indigenous Arts Committee, in collaboration with CAM’s staff members
  • Developing and delivering community outreach initiatives to the Indigenous Arts communities
  • Providing guidance and support to applicants
  • Developing dedicated support and capacity-building initiatives to identify and serve Indigenous Arts community needs
  • Managing and facilitating peer assessment process when required
  • Identifying and recruiting jury members
  • Providing support and guidance to the Conseil’s team and program managers in their relationship with Indigenous Arts communities; contributing to communications strategies with Indigenous Arts communities, in close cooperation with the the Direction - Communications and territorial initiatives
  • Representing the Conseil, attending performances, exhibitions and events on evenings and weekends.


Key qualifications:

  • Knowledgeable about Montreal’s Indigenous Arts communities and the issues facing artists and organizations working in all arts disciplines
  • Knowledgeable about the diversity of Indigenous cultural practices
  • Knowledge of the arts community and the various cultural stakeholders in Montreal
  • Strong intercultural skills
  • Experience in community outreach and/or public awareness in relationship with Indigenous Arts or culture
  • Experience in managing grants program is an asset
  • Effective written and verbal communication and presentation skills
  • Good command of written and spoken French and good knowledge of written and spoken English
  • Excellent interpersonal, facilitation and consultative skills
  • Ability to develop and maintain relationships with various stakeholders
  • Ability to manage confidential information
  • Sound judgment, analytical and problem-solving abilities, and organizational skills
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite tools and database management tools is an asset.


Please note: priority will be given to applicants who self identify as Indigenous (Status or Non-Status First Nations, Métis, or Inuit).

Education and required experience

  • Undergraduate degree in arts, administration, or communication management, or training/experience deemed equivalent.


How to apply

Send (in .pdf format):

1. the completed application form, making sure to include the reference Indigenous Arts Project Manager Application form to download and complete.

2. in addition to:

  • a cover letter (maximum of 750 words) describing how your training and experience align with the requirements of the position in question;
  • your curriculum vitae;


before the deadline on June 18, 2018, exclusively by email to artsmontreal@ville.montreal.qc.ca

The Conseil des arts de Montréal values diversity in its workforce and encourages candidates to self-identify as members of the following designated groups: women, visible minorities, Indigenous (Status or Non-Status First Nations, Métis, or Inuit), and persons with disabilities.

We are committed to providing a workplace environment that is inclusive and accessible to all employees and applicants. Individuals with a physical disability requiring special accommodation at any stage of the process may contact France Laroche, Administration Director, by phone at 514-280-3589 or by email at france.laroche@ville.montreal.qc.ca.

While the Conseil wishes to thank all applicants for their interest, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.