Public Art Coordinator, Contract – Up to 2 Years
This position coordinates all aspects of the Town’s Public Art Program, in accordance with the Public Art Master Plan and the Public Art Policy.
The Public Art Coordinator will positively contribute to creative placemaking, advancing the goals of the Economic Development, Innovation and Culture division by supporting the growth of a diverse cultural sector and fostering a culturally vibrant community that engages residents and tourists, raises the quality of life and attracts investment.
- Coordinate all aspects of the Public Art Program, including temporary and permanent public art
- Develop the public art workplan in alignment with the Cultural Services workplan and the Economic Development, Innovation and Culture business plan
- Lead the implementation of public art projects in coordination with the Public Art Advisory Board, including long-range planning in coordination with Town capital projects
- Manage large-scale permanent public art projects from concept to completion ensuring efficient and effective implementation
- Coordinate ongoing temporary public art projects such as banners, wrapped utility boxes, etc.
- Manage public art budgets, including project budgets and capital requests
- Prepare and present reports to the Senior Management Team and Council
- Serve as the key liaison to the Public Art Advisory Board; prepare materials and lead meetings
- Update the Public Art Policy and develop policies to support the Public Art Program including for community-initiated public art, private sector public art, donations, etc.
- Develop and maintain a public art inventory in the Town’s GIS system
- Develop and promote public art RFPs in coordination with the Public Art Advisory Board and other Town departments
- Coordinate with the Purchasing Department for procurement activities
- Oversee the art selection process, including forming art selection panels, preparation of jury materials, support for artists, site visits, community consultation, etc.
- Lead community engagement and consultation processes in coordination with Corporate Communications
- Coordinate cross-departmentally and with external stakeholders
- Develop a wide range of communications and marketing content, including webpage content, social media, press releases, Let’s Talk (the Town’s public engagement platform), advertising and promotions
- Identify and recommend external funding opportunities to support public art projects through grants, sponsorship, donations, etc.
- Support community-initiated and private sector public art projects and ensure proper permitting, selection process, maintenance plans, etc.
- Monitor the Town’s public art collection and coordinate maintenance
- Develop public art mentorship and professional development opportunities
- Coordinate the Public Art Master Plan update (2023), including the review of the existing plan, progress to date, future needs, and coordination with consultants, and community consultation
- Raise the profile of the public art program and increase public knowledge of public art
- Identify emerging contemporary art issues through knowledge of trends and best practices
- Provide research, statistical and content analysis related to public art as needed
- Post-secondary education in a discipline pertinent to the job function, (e.g., Curatorial Studies, Art History, Art Studio, Architecture, Landscape Architecture or Urban Design), or an equivalent combination of education and experience
- Minimum of 5 years of experience in project coordination with at least 3 years directly related to art, experience in public art is considered an asset
- Considerable experience with policy and process development relating to public art, preferably in a municipal context, including acquisition and conservation
- Demonstrated experience working effectively with internal and external stakeholders (e.g., Councillors, staff, public, partners and funders)
- Thorough understanding of contemporary public art, including best practices and trends
- Proven organizational, project management, and interpersonal skills including the ability to lead committees, oversee contracts/vendors, and monitor project budgets
- Ability to prepare and deliver comprehensive reports and presentations
- Strong research and analytical skills to support policy development activities with the ability to conceptualize and develop options and recommendations to support decision making
- Experience managing substantial capital budgets
- Highly developed verbal and written communication skills, with an ability to communicate effectively with a broad range of stakeholders
- Experience developing professional communications and marketing content
- Adept facilitation skills with experience developing and leading respectful and authentic community engagement strategies, and building effective relationships with diverse stakeholders, including, artists, cultural organizations and networks, private businesses, and funders and sponsors
- Sound judgement, problem solving and conflict resolution skills with the ability to handle matters of a confidential nature
- Knowledge of equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility principles and practices and a commitment to include and advance them in all relationships and processes related to public art
- Understanding of how municipal governments function
- Ability to work with a high degree of independence and in a collaborative team environment, maintaining a high degree of professionalism
- Positive, solution-oriented and customer service-focused attitude
- Ability to prioritize and to be flexible in response to changing workload demands
- Ability to think strategically, perform under pressure, work on multiple projects, and meet tight deadlines
- Proficiency with Microsoft Office and Teams
- Proficiency in photo and video editing and graphic design software is considered an asset
- Knowledge of GIS software is considered an asset
- Valid Ontario Class G driver’s license and access to a reliable vehicle for business purposes
The rate for this position (35 hours/week) is $40.13-$47.77 per hour (based on $73,033-$86,946 per annum).
The successful candidate will need to be available to work flexible hours, including weekends and evenings, when required.
Qualified candidates may submit a detailed cover letter and resume as a single document, sent in confidence to the Town by 9:00 a.m., August 30, 2021. Please quote Posting 202145 on your cover letter. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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