Advisor (Arts & Culture) - Ottawa

PAA Advisory | Conseils is hiring at the Advisor level to support arts & culture clients, as well as the firm’s national government relations practice. Our firm’s mission is to create an environment where clients and colleagues will be able to achieve the most satisfying and rewarding successes of their careers. In pursuing that mission we are focused on the values of Integrity, Humility, Empathy, Industriousness and Initiative.


Below is a list of great-to-haves for this Advisor position. We strongly urge you to apply if you have several of these qualifications:

  • 2-3 years of experience studying and/or working in a field relevant to cultural policy, arts funding or political studies. This may include, for example, working in corporate, government, industry association, think-tank, cultural organization or consulting settings.
  • familiarity with the public policy and government decision-making processes, institutions, and governance frameworks, as well as the stakeholder ecosystem relevant to the arts & culture sector.
  • a basic to intermediate understanding of public funding processes;
  • demonstrated knowledge providing written and/or verbal briefings to organizational leaders;
  • a degree in a relevant field such as political science, public administration, public policy, arts management, Canadian studies, or other relevant fields of study;
  • experience/capacity in translating technical and business information into a format useful for public policy decision making; and
  • capacity to work in both official languages is considered an asset (English and French).

As a member of our team, you will be based in Ottawa* and responsible for providing day to day support and advice to other Advisors, Senior Advisors, Client Directors and Managing Directors supporting the firm’s clients in several ways including:

  • monitoring, gathering information and analyzing public policy relevant to a client’s issues;
  • monitoring the activities and proceedings of the House of Commons and Senate, including Question Period and Committees;
  • undertaking research and providing analysis on stakeholder groups, media coverage, government decision makers, regulatory and legislative processes;
  • drafting presentation materials, advocacy documents and communications materials for internal and external audiences;
  • drafting reports, public policy studies and political analysis (in conjunction with your colleagues) that can serve as a foundation for advising clients;
  • presenting ongoing, real-time advice and insight to leaders of client organizations and having day-to-day responsibility for managing the government and regulatory affairs needs of clients;
  • engaging in advocacy activities including, but not limited to, lobbying focused on Designated Public Office Holders, other public officials, and relevant stakeholders;
  • building and maintaining relationships with relevant decision makers and stakeholders by adding value and substance to their deliberations, while maintaining a reputation for personal integrity and trustworthy conduct;
  • demonstrating an ability to take the lead on tasks and projects, with a high degree of transparency, teamwork and collaboration among colleagues and clients.

Employment, Salary and Benefits

  1. This is a permanent, full-time position
  2. Paid vacation days
  3. Medical and dental benefits
  4. Professional development opportunities

Please email us at to apply for this position. In your application, please include a resume and cover letter explaining why you are an ideal candidate for this position.

*The ability to be present at our office in Ottawa is required. However, PAA currently offers hybrid work-from-home options as we transition and re-evaluate from the pandemic.

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