WHO WE ARE:
STEPS fosters dynamic, inclusive and resilient communities through public art, community-engaged design and creative placemaking. We are a small but mighty team of creative entrepreneurial innovators. We attract high-performing, highly ethical employees who truly care about their community. Our team works well together because we hold ourselves accountable for strong project management and complement one another’s strengths. STEPS is a Canada Revenue Agency registered charity that provides professional public art and placemaking services, as well as support for artists. 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.
NOW HIRING: AGENCY ASSOCIATE
APPLICATION DEADLINE: THURSDAY JANUARY 28, 2021, 11:59 PM PACIFIC TIME
ANTICIPATED START DATE: MONDAY MARCH 1, 2021
COMPENSATION PACKAGE RANGE: $37,000 – $43,000
We are seeking a creative, energetic and organized team player with a passion for placemaking who is eager to develop creative solutions to urban design challenges and transform underused spaces into safe, attractive, and vibrant places for local residents, workers and visitors. Reporting to STEPS’ Placemaking Services Coordinator, this role is responsible for planning, developing, and implementing placemaking activities on behalf of STEPS and our partners: property owners, developers, BIAs, community and business groups. This is a Toronto based one-year full-time contract position, with the possibility of renewal and salary commensurate with experience. Following a probationary period, this position is eligible for group benefits (including health, dental and limited life policies).
- Support the execution of public art plans and installations, like murals, construction hoarding exhibits, street furniture, storefront animations, wayfinding, and cultural plans.
- Outreach to potential partners and clients to educate them on public art opportunities.
- Respond to inquiries from prospective partners/clients and facilitate initial needs assessments, which may include reviewing site plans, performing site visits, or speaking to stakeholders.
- Support preparation of quotes and proposals for public art services to partners/clients/funders.
- Establish, foster, and maintain strong relationships with partners, clients, artists, and suppliers.
- Using organizational templates, prepare project contracts, and work plans.
- Provide client/partner-centered customer service to ensure the smooth execution of projects.
- Maintain communication with project stakeholders, such as City Councillors or resident groups.
- Track project timelines, workflows, and progress against social and financial objectives.
- Collect project testimonials and feedback for marketing and improved service delivery.
Draft promotional content, including blog posts, social media, and web updates.
NOW HIRING: PROGRAM ASSISTANT
APPLICATION DEADLINE: THURSDAY JANUARY 28, 2021, 11:59PM EASTERN TIME
START DATE: MONDAY MARCH 1, 2021
COMPENSATION: $18/HOUR for 25 HOURS PER WEEK (50 WEEK CONTRACT)
This position is funded through the City of Toronto’s Investing in Neighbourhoods program.
In order to be eligible, candidates must:
- Be clients in receipt of Ontario Works (OW) for 6 months or more (ODSP spouses and adult dependents are also eligible)
- Reside in the City of Toronto
- Be distanced from the labour market and have at least one employment barrier (e.g. have limited or no work experience in Canada)
- Be at least 18 years of age; and
- Feel they would benefit from gaining skills, work experience, and potential references to support longer term employment in the field.
- Assisting in the development of community partnerships, including with local residents, businesses and community serving agencies
- Assisting in the preparation of proposals or reports that describe the outcomes of proposed or completed community projects
- Conducting site analysis (e.g. taking measurements and/or images)
- Liaising with artists, the public and community stakeholders about programming to ensure it is widely promoted and engages a diverse number of participants
- Assisting in the planning and coordination of public projects
- Sourcing and organizing project materials
- Assisting with site preparation and production of public artwork
- Safe handling of material and/or equipment
- Operating light machinery, including paint sprayer’s generators and other power tools as needed
- Supporting the maintenance of clean and orderly workspaces (e.g. STEPS office, storage garage and project work sites)
- Coordinating production site maintenance, as well as cleanup activities, including safe disposal of waste from production sites
- Preparing safety and other production site documents (e.g. safety binder, site checklists), and monitoring documentation compliance
- Maintaining accurate project site inventories, condition records as well as purchase lists for production equipment and supplies throughout a project’s lifecycle
- Coordinating and safekeeping or production equipment and supplies at production sites
- Assisting in community engagement activities
- Implementing project documentation (taking photos and facilitating evaluation surveys)
- Facilitating evaluation activities, including the development and implementation of in-person, phone or online activity-specific evaluation surveys, meetings and/or arts-based methods
- Contributing to team meetings, including providing suggested agenda items
- Supporting the outreach, development and successful execution of community based projects.
NOW HIRING: ENGAGEMENT COORDINATOR
APPLICATION DEADLINE: THURSDAY JANUARY 28, 2021, 11:59PM PACIFIC TIME
ANTICIPATED START DATE: MONDAY MARCH 1, 2021
COMPENSATION PACKAGE RANGE: $42,000 – $50,000
We are seeking a creative, energetic and organized team player with passion for forging new partnerships, amplifying the work of Canadian artists and engaging people in public art experiences. Using STEPS communications framework, brand guidelines and organizational strategies, the Engagement Coordinator will be able to work with our team to gather program information and pull communications together with a distinctive and consistent, professional voice and look for STEPS. By producing and disseminating compelling content on our many communications channels, the Engagement Coordinator will position STEPS as a thought-leader that encourages collaboration, partnership and exchange. For the immediate future, this will be a remote-work position so we are open to accepting applications from anywhere in Canada. This is a one-year full-time contract position, with the possibility of renewal and salary commensurate with experience. Following a probationary period, this position is eligible for group benefits (including health, dental and limited life policies).
- Research, develop and implement communications and marketing strategies across organization, including those targeted at niche markets to diversify audiences.
- Manage communications calendar, including collecting audio-visual/testimonial content to facilitate cross promoted campaigns with partners
- Develop clear communication and documentation guidelines for collaborators/documentarians
- Identify existing visual content and create original material to foster a dynamic online community, and provide customer service by managing social media platforms (e.g. Instagram, Facebook, Twitter) to increase followers, and brand profile
- Develop digital paid advertising campaigns leveraging Facebook Ads and Google Adwords for ongoing services as well as targeted program or fundraising campaigns
- Design communications tools (e.g. postcards, business cards, presentations, reports)
- ensure professional brand and high quality visual identity across all channels consistent with brand guidelines and aesthetic
- Identify public appearance and knowledge sharing opportunities for organization.
- Build relationships with journalists, bloggers, and client audiences to advance mandate
- Develop and disseminate public relations materials through targeted outreach
- Update and maintain functionality of website, including copy and audio-visual content following AODA guidelines.
- Curate monthly organizational newsletter content disseminated through Mailchimp
- Track and review engagement analytics, including social media, digital, email marketing, media, program registrations to inform quarterly updates and marketing strategy
- Develop and steward relationships with organizational stakeholders online
- Support sponsorship activation and fulfillment as well as collaborate on funder reports
- Leveraging online and traditional marketing to connect with agency leads
- Maintaining up-to-date artist/partner collateral for internal artist roster and ongoing programming (e.g. sample artwork, biographies, contact information)
- Facilitate collaborator evaluation activities to extract testimonials, impact metrics and lessons learned to inform promotional tools, and to strengthen organizational processes/content
- Represent the organization at meetings and public events to promote programs
- Support the recruitment and onboarding of support staff, seasonal staff, artistic mentees and placement students to their roles in service of the above duties.