Now Hiring: Program Assistant

We are Hiring a Program Assistant!

Application Deadline: Tuesday, April 19th at 11:59 AM noon (ET)

Anticipated Start Date: Monday, May 30, 2022

Hybrid Position: Virtual / In-Person

Compensation: $20/hour

Who is STEPS Public Art?

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 is a hybrid position involving both virtual and in-person work environments in the T’karonto (Toronto) area.

Who Are You?

This role is partially funded by OCADU’s Career Launcher Program. Preference will be given to candidates who meet the eligibility criteria as outlined below, with a special focus on those who identify as Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit, and Métis), Black, a person of colour, newcomer, Disabled, and/or LGBTQQIP2SAA+.

Our ideal candidate will be passionate about the role of the arts and artists in building vibrant inclusive communities. You thrive on each day being different, presenting new opportunities and challenges. STEPS encourages applications from all qualified candidates that represent the full diversity of communities in Canada, including complexities of intersecting identities such as ability, class, gender, race and sexual orientation.

We Think It’s Important You Have the Following

  • A recent OCAD U grad (2021 or 2022)
  • Familiar with community arts, public art, street art, and/or cultural planning approaches
  • Experienced in visual arts, fine arts, arts management, curation, community planning, or related fields
  • Excited to bring personal creativity and experimentation to a start-up environment
  • Possess good judgment and discretion in relation to community and stakeholder relations
  • Able 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

The Role

We are seeking a creative, energetic, and organized team player with a passion for forging new partnerships, amplifying the work of artists, and engaging people in public art experiences through supporting our programs team through:

  • Assisting in the development of community arts collaborations, which may include meeting with artists, community members, businesses, or community-serving agencies to understand their needs and contributing to discussions around the impact of public art in responding to those needs
  • Assisting to represent the organization at community engagement opportunities such as cultural events or meetings with external groups
  • Communicating with artists, the public, and community stakeholders about programming to ensure it is widely promoted and engages participants from diverse backgrounds as well as geographies
  • Contributing to the organization’s efforts to strengthen relationships with artists and cultural organizations across Canada
  • Participating in the planning and execution of virtual events, such as artist talks, social media takeovers, workshops, and organization/program information sessions
  • Supporting the programs and engagement team in developing, promoting, and facilitating cultural programs, including the collection of audio-visual material and drafting of copy for inclusion in promotional materials
  • Collecting testimonials, impact metrics and lessons learned to enhance programming
  • Assisting in reports that describe the outcomes of proposed or completed community projects
  • Contributing to team meetings, including providing suggested agenda items

This is a full-time role, for 35 hours per week, a 16-week position. Schedule and working hours are flexible provided that project deadlines are met.

STEPS Responsibility to You

We actively commit to providing a safe and respectful space to all staff, volunteers, and collaborators. STEPS is responsible for:

  • Responding to all inquiries and concerns related to the application process and an update to applicants once the position has been filled
  • Communicating in a clear and timely fashion
  • Taking all necessary steps to ensure employee safety
  • Identifying and embedding development opportunities within your role to further your growth
  • Being open and actively listening to feedback and recommendations
  • Working directly with team members to ensure accessibility needs are met
  • Offering a hybrid work structure that includes both working from the office and working from home options

Application Process

We invite applicants to apply via the online portal by no later than Tuesday, April 19th, 2022 at 11:59 AM Eastern Time (ET). Please indicate in your cover letter that you meet the eligibility criteria. 

Interviews will respect public health guidelines by taking place over video conferencing. Applicants who are d/Deaf, have a disability, or who need support applying for this opportunity are encouraged to contact Erin Glover at or call 416.366.6565 ex. 4 at least one week before the deadline to allow STEPS to appropriately accommodate your needs and to discuss alternate formats for submitting your application.

Interviews are anticipated to take place the week of May 9, 2022.

Image Credit:
I HeART Main Street mural by GETSO and photography by Selina McCallum

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