Executive Director

The Manitoba Arts Council (MAC) is an arms-length agency of the Province of Manitoba, established in 1965 “to promote the study, enjoyment, production and performance of works in the arts.” The Council makes awards to professional arts organizations and individuals in all art forms including theatre, literature, dance, music, painting, sculpture, architecture or the graphic arts, and includes other similar creative or interpretative activity, including arts education. The Council uses peer-assessment in making awards.

The Council is funded through Manitoba Sport, Culture and Heritage. Council reports annually through the Minister of Sport, Culture and Heritage to the Provincial Legislature in its Annual Report.


Artists, organizations, and communities working together to create a vibrant, innovative, and inclusive Manitoba.


We champion excellence in the arts through support for professional artists and arts organizations in Manitoba.


The aims and objects of the Council are to promote the study, enjoyment, production, and performance of works in the arts; and for that purpose, the council may:

  • Make grants to, assist, co-operate with, and enlist the aid of organizations whose objects are similar to the objects of the Council, and co-operate with Canada Council;
  • Provide, through appropriate organizations or otherwise, grants and scholarships to citizens of Manitoba for study or research in the arts; and
  • Make awards to citizens of Manitoba for outstanding accomplishments in the arts.

The Opportunity

MAC is seeking a new Executive Director to work collaboratively with Council, the government, the staff, and the community to implement the strategic directions established by Council. The position reports to Council through the Council Chair.

As the ideal candidate you will:

  • Understand and appreciate the role of the arts in Manitoba;
  • Enjoy working collaboratively with Council, Council Chair and Staff who demonstrate passion for the arts, the community and its role with government;
  • Thrive on finding common ground and managing expectations with a diverse stakeholder community; and
  • Possess the experience and knowledge to understand what information government needs in order to invest in the arts.

As a manager you are:

  • A well-experienced administrator who can balance fiscal responsibility and process with the big picture;
  • Open-minded and a good listener who hears all perspectives before making a decision;
  • Appreciative and respectful of the knowledge and contribution of others;
  • Able to build and maintain relationships with Council, government, staff, the arts community and other stakeholders; and
  • A strategic and creative thinker.

Additional Qualifications

  • Proven senior leadership experience;
  • Experience working with government and other stakeholders;
  • Previous success in working collaboratively with Boards of Directors and Board Chairs;
  • Bilingual (English/French) capability is an asset;
  • Proven success in managing change;
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to be comfortable, collaborative and effective with MAC’s internal and external stakeholders;
  • Strong business acumen;
  • Experience working within a unionized environment; and
  • Experience managing and reporting on budgets and financial results.

Expected Outcomes

  • The Executive Director works collaboratively with Council Chair and Council;
  • Council has the information needed to conduct appropriate oversight and make decisions;
  • The Council-approved strategic plan and Council priorities are implemented; progress is regularly reported back to Council;
  • Staff engagement is measured and management takes action to resolve issues;
  • There are positive relationships with all stakeholders; and
  • MAC reports an annual balanced budget and balanced financial results.

MAC offers a salary and benefits package within the Province of Manitoba salary schedule.

Council thanks all applicants for their interest. Only those invited for an interview will be contacted.

If you are interested in this exciting opportunity, please send your resume by February 28th, 2019 to:

Roberta Christianson, Council Chair