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Cultural Human Resources Council

Welcome to the
CHRC Newsletter
September 2017

In this issue!

CHRC launches National Compensation Survey

CHRC is pleased to announce that it is about to undertake an update to its National Compensation Survey for Managerial and Administrative Personnel in Not-for-profit Arts Organizations, originally published in 2003 and 2008.

With generous funding from both the Canada Council for the Arts and the Department of Canadian Heritage, CHRC will work with consultants at Mercer Canada to determine current compensation (pay and benefits) levels for managerial and administrative personnel (from “junior” to “senior”) in Canadian not-for-profit arts and arts service organizations in the performing, visual, literary, media and multidisciplinary arts, deaf and disability arts, and arts presenters

Over the years we have often received requests for updated data on compensation and benefits for arts managers and administrators. We know that this kind of information is crucial to recruiting and retaining top notch management in the sector and we’re grateful that our DCH and Canada Council partners have recognized its importance.

As the hope is to make this survey as comparative as possible with the 2003 ad 2008 versions, questions and benchmark positions will be largely the same as for the previous surveys – taking into account, however, changes related to such things as social media and cultural diversity.

An Advisory Committee of senior staff in 18 arts service organizations from across the sector will review the questions and benchmark positions and suggest changes which Mercer will incorporate on the advice and with the approval of the funders.

The survey will be out in the sector in the month of November. It will not be a 10 minute Monkey Survey! It will take about 45 minutes to an hour to complete – but we hope that won’t deter the majority of respondents. The data collection is rich and the results will be helpful to us all.

The final report will be completed in January 2018.

Stay tuned!

Cohort 1 of Talent to Lead (T2L) completes its programme

It’s hard to believe but we have now completed the programme for the first Talent to Lead (T2L) Cohort. You will remember when we launched T2L in December 2016, we were very pleased with the quality and quantity of the response of mid-career managers who were interested in participating, from across the sector and the country.

“I think I am on a path towards the higher level of leadership but new to it. T2L has been good for this stage of my career. It was helpful in starting a job with political aspects and in learning to not be overly emotional about positions or decisions I do not agree with. … I stepped into a volatile situation and learned how to handle it.”

We were also very grateful for the excellent senior leaders in the sector who stepped up as mentors. Here are 2 very good indicators of the success of the mentorships:

✓ 100% of the mentees would like to be mentors for emerging leaders in future

✓ 100% of the mentees feel they can continue to call on their mentor past the T2L program end date.

“This Mentor is excellent; it is just what I imagined a good mentorship would be. Focused a lot on my career, level of career where I am and where I want to go. We also discuss what I need to be able to get to the next level including the ability to step back and see the big picture.”

“We discuss subjects like HR/succession planning and also my mentor is supplying the documentation and resources to use e.g. financial policy was shared and tweaked and used for our organization. This provides an opportunity to ask for these types of resources. Having a community around me that can provide me with these things has helped me be proactive instead of reactive in my management of the organization.”

The spine of the T2L programme is the monthly webinar series, developed and delivered by HR professionals at Williams HR. The webinars followed the outline of CHRC’s HR Management Toolkit which provided a background document and resource for the mentees. Webinar exit ratings were high. The content was recognized as valuable and well delivered.

Short videos by recognized experts in the field (e.g. from Debbie Collins, HR Director at the NAC; and Warren Garrett, ED of Ontario Presents) set the tone and cultural sector context for the HR learnings. These are available on the T2L site under “Learning”.

Improvements in the technology led to breakout groups which allowed for some interaction among the participants. While they could never replace face-to-face meetings of the Cohort – which we had hoped for in the project but which proved to be too costly – they provided a virtual meeting place for the mentees. CHRC will continue to seek ways to encourage an ongoing network and sense of “cohort” among the participants.

The English and French streams of Cohort 2 are halfway through their programme. We are pleased to be partnering with HEC for the delivery of the French webinars which are also following the content of CHRC’s HR Management Toolkit.

Additional funding for youth internships

Another piece of good news received over the summer: DCH has provided a small amount of additional funding for the YCW Building Careers in Heritage programme. It has allowed CHRC to support 7 new internships in the sector for a total of 30 this year.

We continue to make the case for more funding for this oversubscribed and highly effective internship programme. Several of you have sent letters to the Minister in support of Building Careers in Heritage which have no doubt led to the additional funding, and will hopefully influence DCH’s decisions regarding future funding for the programme.

The Art of Managing Your Career in university programmes

We are pleased to see several sales of The Art of Managing Your Career to students at Ryerson University, in particular in film, digital media, craft and music. An excellent resource for emerging artists, created by and for professional artists in the field!

Ontario improves support for training in the culture sector

Once again we are highlighting a recent announcement by the Ontario government – this time to improve business and technical training for people who work in the art and culture sector, to help them develop their careers.

“We are investing $750,000 over three years in WorkInCulture, a not-for-profit organization that works with training organizations across the province to offer career development and business skills – such as marketing, financial and project management – to workers in the culture sector.

….People are Ontario’s most important resource. And as our economy becomes more technology and knowledge based, a cultural workforce with strong business and technical skills will be better positioned to meet the challenges and maximize the opportunities of a digital economy.

Our investment today will support WorkInCulture to improve the training environment for those working in the culture sector, deliver on skills training that matches their needs and ultimately help them develop and grow their careers.”

Minister Joly to Outline a Vision for the Future of Canada's Creative Industries

The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, will deliver a speech on Thursday, September 28, to the Economic Club of Canada to outline a vision for Canada’s cultural and creative industries in a digital world. People from across the country will have the opportunity to follow and contribute to this event through a Facebook Live event, making it possible for Canadians to be involved and engaged.

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