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Planning and Programming Manager

Are you passionate about great storytelling, about exploring the issues that matter, about pushing the boundaries in new audiovisual experiences? So are we. As Canada’s public producer and distributor, the National Film Board has been telling the country’s stories and pioneering breakthroughs in virtually every field of audiovisual content since 1939. But to do this, we need a team that truly reflects the richness and diversity of Canada. If you’d like to be a part of this team—and part of the NFB’s incredible legacy—we’d love to hear from you.

In keeping with the NFB’s commitment to providing a Canadian lens on the world while combatting racism and systemic discrimination, among the qualified applicants, preference will be given to individuals with firsthand experience with such issues, notably members of underrepresented communities such as First Nations, Métis, Inuit, Black or racialized groups, persons of colour, and/or persons with a disability. 

  • The unique, permanent and full-time position of Planning and Programming Manager, in the Creation and Innovation Division.
  • Once COVID-19 restrictions are eased, you’ll be based in our accessible downtown Montreal office and will be part of an exciting and dynamic workplace, where a number of ambitious projects are currently underway. 
  • You’ll contribute to the NFB’s public mandate to develop and produce documentary, animated, and interactive projects from across the country that explore vital issues and push the boundaries of non-fiction storytelling. 
  • Your role will be to: 
    • Participate in the development and implementation of strategies designed to analyze and enhance programming;
    • Recommend strategies and develop tools that help define programming trends, and coordinate their implementation and maintenance;
    • Propose intervention guidelines and lead initiatives consistent with the vision and organizational objectives of the Creation and Innovation Division;
    • Coordinate the various forums related to programming and participate in them, draft minutes and identify programming trends;
    • Manage or participate in collaborative initiatives to design, implement, improve and maintain effective and scalable tools for the analysis and monitoring of programming;
    • Identify, define and review the requirements and specifics involved in the preparation of reports and analyses to provide an overview of programming projects;
    • Participate in the development and implementation of strategies and tactics aimed at enhancing the visibility (internal and external) of programming;
    • Develop strategies to communicate the NFB’s programming and project-selection criteria;
    • Support senior management, liaise with industry partners as well as internal collaborators and ensure the smooth rollout of initiatives, as needed;
    • Support senior management by drafting documents, including reports, presentations, internal memos, etc.;
    • Provide support in communicating the key directions, objectives and strategies to be implemented in the Creation and Innovation Division;
    • Provide support to the Director General for strategic files and relationships with industry partners.
  • You’ll earn a salary in the range of $72,687 to $92,027 and enjoy a variety of employee benefits—medical and dental insurance, a pension plan, paid leaves, and much more.
  • You’ll join a world-class, coast-to-coast team whose work is awarded at the Oscars, Webbys, CSAs, etc. and showcased at premiere international festivals, including TIFF, Sundance, Tribeca, Hot Docs, VIFF, IDFA, Berlin, Annecy, and Cannes.   
  • You’ll collaborate with our in-house experts in a variety of fields, from business affairs to post-production, marketing and distribution, publicity and communications, education, and more.
  • You hold a university degree in arts, media, administration or equivalent training, combined with a minimum of 5 years of relevant professional experience in the cultural sector (visual arts, audiovisual arts, cinema, etc.).
  • You are comfortable working with collaborative and project-management tools.
  • You bring your unique life experience, point of view or expertise to the team that will enrich our programming.
  • You have a strong knowledge and understanding of underrepresented communities across Canada and are culturally competent.
  • You are able to understand, communicate with, and effectively interact with people across cultures.
  • You have a strong ability to manage several tasks simultaneously using an organized, meticulous, structured and rigorous work approach.
  • You are comfortable working independently.
  • You’re proficient in the MS Office suite (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
  • You’re fluent in English, with excellent writing skills, and are proficient in French, both orally and in writing.
At the National Film Board, our work is guided by our core values, which include respect, diversity, generosity, integrity, courage and empowerment.

The NFB has been a leader in greater diversity and inclusion in Canadian cinema and new media—but we know we need to do more to address inequities and systemic racism against Indigenous people and racialized/visible-minority groups, people with disabilities, women, and people in the LGBTQ2 community.

We are committed to ensuring that our organization, creative partners and workforce reflect diverse points of view. We are committed to addressing this by building a skilled, diverse workforce that better reflects Canadian society. Therefore, we prioritize employment equity and encourage candidates to voluntarily indicate in their cover letter if they identify as a member of a First Nations group, Métis, Inuit, Black, racialized or a person of colour, a woman, and/or a person with a disability.  

The NFB is also committed to developing inclusive, barrier-free selection processes and work environments. Feel free to advise us of any accommodation needs.

If you’re interested in this position and have the qualifications above, we invite you to apply in writing, including a copy of your resumé, to, BY JANUARY 17, 2021, citing competition number CM-00159200. 

Please note that only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.