Trustee - AMENDMENT, National Gallery of Canada

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Portfolio:
Canadian Heritage
Position title:
Trustee - AMENDMENT
Type:
Part-time
Per diem:
$275.00 - $325.00
Annual retainer:
$3,600.00 - $4,200.00
Application Review Date:
July 26, 2021
Opportunity number:
J0521-0242

**If you have applied between July 5, 2021 and August 16, 2021, you do not need to re-apply to be considered for this position.

The National Gallery of Canada is one of the world's most respected arts institutions, renowned for its exceptional collection of approximately 90,000 works of art, revered for its scholarship, and applauded for its unique ability to engage audiences of all ages and all levels of artistic knowledge. Over the years, the National Gallery of Canada has built a world-class collection spanning all periods of Canadian art, including the largest collection of contemporary Indigenous Art in the world, and richly representing works by Europeans—from old masters to contemporary artists—and notable for strong holdings in photography, and contemporary American art. The mandate of the National Gallery of Canada is to develop, maintain, and make known, throughout Canada and internationally, a collection of works of art, both historic and contemporary, with special, but not exclusive, reference to Canada. The Gallery also has the mandate to further knowledge, understanding, and enjoyment of art in general among all Canadians. The Gallery is accountable to Parliament through the Minister of Canadian Heritage.

The National Gallery of Canada is governed by a Board of Trustees composed of a Chairperson, a Vice-Chairperson and nine other trustees. The Board has the overall responsibility for stewardship of the Corporation and is expected to provide strategic guidance to management and to oversee the activities of the institution. It has a duty to act in the best interests of the Corporation and to exercise care and due diligence. The Board is also responsible to evaluate the performance of the Chief Executive Officer on an annual basis.

Diversity and Official Languages

We are committed to providing a healthy and accessible workplace that supports one’s dignity, self-esteem and the ability to work on one’s full potential. With this in mind, all appointees will be expected to take steps to promote and maintain a healthy, respectful, inclusive and harassment-free work environment.

Preference may be given to applicants who are members of one or more of the following groups: women, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, and members of a visible minority group.

The Government of Canada will consider bilingual proficiency and diversity in assessing applicants. You are therefore encouraged to include in your online profile your ability to speak and understand your second official language.

To be considered, please ensure that the information provided in your curriculum vitae and cover letter clearly demonstrate how you meet the following requirements:

Education and Experience


  • A degree from a recognized university in a relevant field of study such as law, business, finance, accounting, communications, architecture, construction and engineering, museology or fine arts, or an acceptable combination of education, job-related training and/or experience;

  • Experience on a board of directors/trustees of a public, private or not-for-profit sector organization;

  • Experience working with a foundation or in fundraising activities and revenue generation would be considered an asset;

  • Experience in dealing with cultural institutions would be considered an asset;

  • Experience in the development of strategies, objectives, plans, best business practices or in corporate governance would be considered an asset;

  • Experience in the communications, crisis management, social media, or media sector, such as the distribution of creative and digital content, would be considered an asset; and

  • Experience in managing and overseeing construction projects and contracts would be an asset.

If you move on to the next stage of the selection process, the following criteria will be assessed:

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities


  • Knowledge of the legislative framework, mandate and activities of the National Gallery of Canada;

  • Knowledge of the current challenges and opportunities for Canadian cultural institutions or of the evolving public expectations regarding Museums;

  • Knowledge in one or more of the following areas may be required:

    • diversity, equity and inclusion policies;

    • information technology;

    • technological evolution related to digital;

    • the supporting environment of national creative content;

    • government relations;

    • human resources, financial and risk management; and

    • promotion and marketing.



  • Knowledge in visual and media arts would be considered an asset;

  • Superior communication skills, both oral and written, and the ability to manage communications with a variety of stakeholders;

  • Ability to identify, analyze and define priorities and strategies;

  • Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with other Board members and the Board’s partners and stakeholders; and

  • Ability to recognize and address emerging issues and trends, to seize opportunities, and to advance ideas and innovation.

Language Requirements

Proficiency in both official languages would be preferred.

If you move on to the next stage of the selection process, we will contact your references to confirm that you meet the above selection criteria and that you possess the following Personal Attributes:


  • A passion and commitment to visual and media arts

  • High ethical standards and integrity

  • Tact and diplomacy

  • Sound judgment

  • Superior interpersonal skills

  • Collegiality

Eligibility Factors and Conditions of Employment


  • Appointees must comply with the Ethical and Political Activity Guidelines for Public Office Holders throughout their appointment as a term and condition of employment. The guidelines are available on the Governor in Council Appointments website under the Forms and reference material.

  • All appointees are subject to the Conflicts of Interest Act. Public office holders appointed on a full-time basis must also submit to the Office of the Conflict of Interest and Ethics within 60 days of appointment, a confidential report in which they disclose all of their assets, liabilities and outside activities. For more information, please visit the Office of the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner's website.

  • Appointees must uphold the highest standards of probity and are expected to demonstrate behaviours in the workplace that afford respect, equality and dignity, to everyone they interact with at work at all times. The Values and Ethics Code for the Public Sector outlines the values and expected behaviours for public servants, including valuing diversity and creating workplaces free from harassment and discrimination. Governor in Council appointees are expected to uphold and respect these values and principles in a positive and active manner.

  • A person is not eligible to be appointed as a member of the Board if that person is not a Canadian citizen (statutory).

  • The successful candidate must attend the meetings of the Board of Trustees and key Gallery events. (Please note that in-person meetings will only be scheduled when it is safe to do so).

    • The Board meets four times per year; each meeting is generally two consecutive days in duration. Three meetings are held in Ottawa and one additional meeting is often held in another Canadian city; and

    • There are approximately ten teleconference meetings of short-duration (30 minutes) throughout the year.



  • The successful candidate should expect to commit to the position an average of four weeks annually.

A link to this notice will be placed in the Canada Gazette to assist the Governor in Council in identifying qualified candidates. It is not, however, intended to be the sole means of recruitment.

A list of qualified candidates may be established and may be used for similar opportunities.

How to Apply

Review of applications (more information available here) will begin on July 26, 2021. Candidates should apply online via the Governor in Council Appointments website. Candidates are strongly encouraged to submit their applications by this date. After this date, your application will be retained and may be considered up until an appointment to the position is made. Your cover letter should be addressed to the Deputy Director of Selection Processes, Senior Personnel Secretariat, Privy Council Office, and should be sent only through the online application.

Instructions on how to apply for an appointment opportunity can be found on the Governor in Council Appointments website.

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