Toronto Arts Council and Toronto Arts Foundation
Toronto Arts Council has been the City of Toronto's funding body for artists and arts organizations since 1974. TAC plays a major role in sustaining the cultural heart of our city by supporting a wide range of artistic activity, from the emerging artists and arts the challenge convention, to the most established and celebrated institutions. This support cultivates a rich engagement between artists and audiences and reflects the vibrancy of the city of Toronto through the diversity of artists, arts communities and audiences that it serves. By supporting, celebrating, financing and advocating for Toronto’s local artists, Toronto Arts Foundation is improving the quality of life of all Torontonians. Incorporated in 1995 as a non-profit charitable organization, the Toronto Arts Foundation exists to provide the opportunity for individuals, private and public foundations, government agencies and corporate donors to join us in supporting all the various disciplines of art, from independent visual artists to theatre companies, choirs and film festivals, which enhance and enliven our city. Although separate entities, the Toronto Arts Council and Toronto Arts Foundation benefit by being run as sister organizations, ensuring close contact with the arts sector in Toronto and the continuous awareness of needs across the community.
Position: Outreach & Access Program Manager
Type: full time, permanent
Start Date: January 2021
Starting Salary: $64,000
The Outreach & Access Program Manager is a new position with responsibility for the management of new strategic program(s) in support of Black /African-diasporic arts communities, as well as management of outreach activities. Under the supervision of the Director of Granting, the Outreach & Access Program Manager will participate in new program development, facilitate the work of TAC grant review panels, contribute to policy development and strategies to support their program area, and develop and execute outreach strategies and plans for TAC granting programs.
Program Management Responsibilities:
Participate in program design of strategic grant program(s) in support of Black / African diasporic arts communities, and manage the grant program(s).
Manage and facilitate the peer assessment adjudication process.
Provide guidance and support to applicants.
Attend performances, exhibitions and events.
Work with the senior management team to develop outreach objectives, plans and communications for TAC granting programs.
Identify outreach opportunities to respond to under-served communities, and present information sessions and workshops in collaboration with other program managers and/or act as the lead presenter
Prepare presentation materials for information sessions, grant-writing workshops and focus groups.
Facilitate outreach activities including communications, bookings, logistics, documentation, and preparation of reports on activities.
Develop relationships with communities and organizations seeking information, and act as an ambassador for TAC with the public, liaising with stakeholders and partners on outreach initiatives and promotion.
Key requirements and qualifications:
Priority will be given to candidates who identify as Black or identify with the African diaspora.
Minimum of five years’ experience working in Toronto’s arts sector.
Knowledgeable about Toronto’s arts communities - particularly Black /African-diasporic arts communities - and the issues facing artists and organizations working in all arts disciplines.
Knowledgeable about accessibility accommodations.
Knowledge of equity and culturally inclusive practices and experience working with diverse communities and community groups.
Effective written and verbal communication and presentation skills.
Ability to establish effective and strong working relationships and trust with co-workers, community partners and volunteers.
Experience running social media campaigns.
Basic understanding of graphic design, photo editing and experience creating communication materials for outreach purposes.
Excellent interpersonal, facilitation and consultative skills.
Sound judgement, analytical and problem-solving abilities, and organizational skills.
Excellent organizational abilities and facility with project management planning tools.
High level of initiative and ability to self-manage.
Flexibility regarding work hours is a requirement. Many events will take place on evenings and weekends.
The Outreach & Access Program Manager understands the relationship between Toronto Arts Council and Toronto Arts Foundation and is able to communicate information on the respective roles of both organizations to the community. Performs other duties as assigned by the Director of Granting and the Deputy Director.
Conflict of Interest restrictions:
The successful candidate may not apply to any TAC grants program and may not work in any paid or volunteer capacities with organizations and collectives that apply to or receive funding through strategic TAC programs in support of Black /African-diasporic arts communities.
Please submit cover letter and resume to Andrew Suri - Director of Granting. In a single PDF attachment, by 5 pm on November 27, 2020.
Specify Outreach and Access Program Manager in the subject line.
Toronto Arts Council/Toronto Arts Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to diversity and inclusiveness in its employment. We welcome applications from individuals who identify as belonging to our equity priority groups: Persons of Colour, Deaf Persons, Persons with Disabilities, Persons Living with Mental Illness, Indigenous, 2SLGBTQIAP. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in the selection process.