Now Hiring: Cultural Planning Program Assistant

Now Hiring: Cultural Planning Program Assistant (5-Month Contract)

Position: Cultural Planning Program Assistant (5-Month Contract)

Application Deadline: Monday, July 11, 2022 at 2:00 pm EST

Start Date: Monday, July 24, 2022

Compensation: $20/hour

STEPS Public Art is looking to bring on a student or recent graduate for an exciting short-term contract starting no later than Monday, July 25, 2022, and running until December 2022

Who is STEPS?

STEPS envisions a world where artists and communities co-create meaningful, welcoming and safe public spaces. We are a Canada Revenue Agency registered charity that engages and empowers artists and communities to transform public spaces into vibrant places. We are a small but mighty team of creative entrepreneurial innovators. We attract high-performing, highly ethical employees who truly care about their communities. Our team works well together because we hold ourselves accountable for strong project management and complement one another’s strengths. Our open-concept office along Toronto’s Waterfront has natural light and ample room for physical distancing. We have a flexible working arrangement policy that includes remote working options for staff.

Our main office is based in T’karonto, the Ancestral Wendat territory and the shared territory of the Anishinaabeg and the Haudenosaunee, covered by The Dish With One Spoon treaty, and later, Treaty 13 signed with the Mississaugas of the Credit, and the Williams Treaties signed with multiple Mississaugas and Chippewa bands. STEPS is committed to cultivating safe space for Indigenous voices to be heard.

This role is partially funded by Canada Summer Jobs, a federal program aimed at creating meaningful employment opportunities for young people. We are particularly interested in receiving applications from equity-deserving communities, including those who identify as: Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit and Métis), Black, a person of colour, newcomer, Disabled and LGBTQQIP2SAA+.

The Role

This role supports the development and execution of public art projects within our Cultural Planning Team, working with municipalities and Business Improvement Areas (BIAs). This is a hybrid position, with most responsibilities able to be performed virtually, but with some in-person responsibilities.

STEPS Public Art, Toronto Metropolitan University and our community collaborators are facilitating an exciting project this summer and fall in an effort to provide communities with the tools to measure and describe the economic, social, and cultural impacts of public art initiatives.

As part of this work, we will be implementing several public art projects in collaboration with Toronto area Business Improvement Area (BIAs) and local artists. We will be developing and piloting a toolkit of instruments to measure the impacts of public art on local communities.


We are seeking a creative and organized team player with a passion for public art, cultural planning or cultural tourism to:

  • Participate in meetings with artists, businesses, community groups to understand their needs and working collaboratively with colleagues to propose responsive project concepts. 
  • Contribute to the coordination and execution of public art projects, which may include: researching artists, fabricators or suppliers; arranging for materials/equipment; providing on-site logistical support; and monitoring health and safety procedures. 
  • Support the development of public resources related to measuring the impact of public art and cultural projects on communities, this may include facilitating stakeholder surveys or focus groups, as well as consolidating learnings into written or other formats. 
  • Identify creative ways to share the information and resources created with stakeholders and the wider community.
  • Support project storytelling and reporting activities through the collection of audio-visual material, quotes and anecdotes from key stakeholders, and drafting of copy for inclusion in outreach materials.
  • Assist in evaluation and reporting activities, including onsite data collection, presenting the impact of in-progress or completed projects to clients, funders or other stakeholders related to the above activities.
  • Represent the organization at engagement opportunities such as external cultural events, symposiums or meetings as appropriate.

This position will be 30 – 40 hours per week from Monday, July 25, 2022 – Friday, September 2, 2022, with the flexibility for reduced hours for the remainder of the contract period as needed to accommodate candidates who may be returning to school for the fall semester.


This position is partially funded through the Canada Summer Jobs program. Preference will be given to candidates who meet the following criteria established by the funder:

  • Are no more than 30 years of age during contract period (born AFTER September 2, 1992).
  • Are a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee. Protection Act for the duration of the employment
  • Have a valid Social Insurance Number at the start of employment and be legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial or territorial legislation and regulations.

STEPS encourages applications from all qualified candidates that represent the full diversity of communities in Canada, including complexities of intersecting identities such as ability, age, class, gender, race and sexual orientation.


  • Education (including formal, informal and self-directed learning) or equivalent experience in visual arts, fine arts, design, arts management, creative industries, curation, cultural planning, or related fields.
  • Prior experience working with artists or designers. 
  • Excitement for bringing personal creativity to a fast-paced start-up environment.
  • Good judgment and discretion in relation to community and stakeholder relations.
  • Ability to work effectively within a team and independently.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Exceptional problem solving skills.
  • High attention to detail.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, Google Drive and video conferencing.
  • Prior experience in a customer service oriented role is an asset.
  • Ability to work occasional evenings and weekends.
  • Willingness to adhere to STEPS COVID-19 Workplace Health & Safety Plan which includes a vaccine policy.
  • Valid driver’s license is an asset.
  • Bilingualism (English and French) is an asset.

Application Process

Interested candidates should submit the following no later than Monday, July 11th at 2pm ET to STEPS Program Director Anjuli Solanki at

  • Email outlining their qualification or the role
  • Email must confirm they meet the qualifications in the posting
  • Resume

Interviews are anticipated to take place the week of July 11th and make use of video conferencing. While we appreciate the interest of all applicants, we can only communicate with those shortlisted for an interview.

Image Credit: Art & photography by Justus Roe

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