Now Hiring: Public Art Assistants

We are Hiring Public Art Assistants!

4-Month Full-Time Contract with Possibility of Renewal

Application Deadline: Tuesday, April 5th at 11:59 AM noon (ET)

Anticipated Start Date: Monday, May 9, 2022

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.

Who Are You?

This role supports the development and execution of public art projects across our organization, which may include collaborations with community agencies, municipalities, Business Improvement Areas (BIAs), corporate clients, and/or cultural groups across Canada. This is a hybrid position, with most responsibilities able to be performed virtually, but with some in-person responsibilities.

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.

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+.

Responsibilities

We are seeking up to four (4) creative, energetic and organized team players with passion for forging new partnerships, supporting artists, clients and collaborators in executing successful cultural projects and engaging people in public art experiences, by:

 

  • Assisting in the development of public art project plans or proposals, which may include meeting with artists, businesses, community groups to understand their needs and working collaboratively with colleagues to propose responsive project concepts
  • Contributing 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
  • Supporting the planning and facilitation of cultural events, such as project information sessions, public art unveilings, artist talks, social media takeovers, participatory arts workshops or other outreach activities
  • Communicating with artists, the public and community stakeholders about programming to ensure it is widely promoted and reaches intended audiences
  • Representing the organization at engagement opportunities such as external cultural events, symposiums or meetings
  • Supporting 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 promotional materials
  • Assisting in evaluation and reporting activities, including presenting the impact of in-progress or completed projects to clients, funders or other stakeholders
  • Contributing to team meetings and organizational wide strategic projects in support of STEPS mandate

Eligibility

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 February 25, 1993)
  • 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, class, gender, race and sexual orientation. 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+.

We Think It’s Important That You Have the Following:

  • 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

The application portal is now closed. Thank you for your interest in STEPS!

We invite qualified applicants to apply via the online portal by no later than Tuesday, April 5th, 2022 at 11:59 AM Eastern Time (ET). Applications will not be accepted by email.

This interview process will make use of video conferencing and respect public health guidelines. While we appreciate the interest of all applicants, we can only communicate with those shortlisted for an interview.

Interviews are anticipated to take place the week of April 18th, 2022.

Image Credit:
The Hope in Chinatown by Wenting Li and photography by Selina McCallum

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