Cultural Planning Manager at STEPS Public Art

From Weeds We Grow community-engaged project by AstroSankofa Arts Initiative. Photo credit: Selina McCallum.

Hiring: Cultural Planning Manager at STEPS (FT / Hybrid)

Application Deadline: Monday, November 14, 2022 at 12 PM ET
Anticipated Start Date: Monday, January 9, 2023
Compensation Range: $55,000-$65,000
Hybrid Position (Considering applicants from across Canada)

Who is STEPS Public Art?

STEPS envisions a world where artists and communities co-create 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. Our team is composed of high-performing, highly ethical innovators who truly care about their communities.

Our staff benefit from: Extensive time-off (National Day of Truth & Reconciliation, birthdays, float days for cultural holidays that are not Ontario statutory holidays), as well as lieu time policies and a holiday closure period. Salaried staff have access to supplemental health, dental, optical and limited life insurance benefits, including travel assist coverage following a probationary period, and a policy around supplemental benefits for maternity/parental leave. Staff are supported in professional development through a combination of all-staff and targeted individual development opportunities including but not limited to training, mentorship and external conference/event participation.

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 spaces for Indigenous voices to be heard. We invest in ongoing staff and Board learning related to equity, inclusion and accessibility topics; supports such as staff-led equity groups, among which include a BIPOC group and a Disability and Chronic Illness group to foster an accessible and accommodating work environment for our team and stakeholders.

Who Are You?

This role supports strategic planning and evidence-based decision making related to a wide range of cultural planning projects, including planning for cultural districts, placemaking programming and public art initiatives. Your thoughtful community engagement initiatives, data collection and analysis systems, and efficient research into best practices and precedents, will contribute to achieving the cultural planning goals of Canadian municipalities, Business Improvement Areas (BIAs) and community groups.

This is a full-time position, with salary commensurate with experience. Following a 6-month probationary period, this position is eligible for group benefits, which includes extended health, dental and limited life policies.

STEPS encourages applications from all qualified candidates who are legally able to work in Canada that represent the full diversity of communities in Canada, including complexities of intersecting identities such as ability, age, 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/or LGBTQQIP2SAA+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, pansexual, two-spirit, asexual, allies, along with additional sexual orientations and gender identities).


  • Leading cultural research and planning initiatives aimed to leverage the potential for growth and multi-sector benefits from Canada’s creative sector
  • Facilitating staff, public and community group consultation meetings, workshops and planning sessions
  • Authoring reports and presenting findings of initiatives to clients, external stakeholders and at cross-sectoral conferences, as well as advising on or supporting implementation of actionable culture plans
  • Developing fee-for-service or funding proposals for cultural planning/placemaking initiatives
  • Identifying, developing and stewarding relationships with municipal/regional cultural departments, economic development agencies, BIAs, tourism groups, and external experts across Canada
  • Working with leadership team to establish and maintain metric collection to measure organizational impact, as well as refine our cultural planning/placemaking services in response to the diverse needs of Canadian communities
  • Recruiting and supervising staff/contractors supporting the cultural planning portfolio, which includes cultivating strong working relationships characterized by productivity, respect, clear communication, mentorship, and commitment to professional excellence
  • Working with Engagement Team to ensure success of outreach, communications and public relations strategies
  • Actively participating in organization-wide strategic projects, such as operational enhancements, audience development and revenue generation initiatives

We Think it’s Important You Have the Following

  • A degree in Urban Planning, Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Environmental Design Cultural Policy or related discipline
  • Minimum three years of relevant experience overseeing culture planning work
  • Minimum three years of experience managing people and collaborative teams
  • Knowledge of contemporary visual arts practices, including public art and placemaking; as well as cultural planning practice, principles and theory
  • Experience with planning and facilitating community engagement processes (open houses, community workshops, digital engagement)
  • Experience planning and implementing capital projects (public art, placemaking, facilities)
  • Strong organizational and prioritization skills when juggling multiple competing tasks
  • Great interpersonal skills, including meaningful collaboration with external groups on joint projects, as well as openly and respectfully communicating with colleagues
  • Excellent and confident communication skills — written, in person and via phone/web conferencing, including public speaking for presentations
  • Strong leadership and decision-making skills, including effective delegation as needed
  • Strong problem-solving skills — you ask questions to discover information and underlying issues, then roll up your sleeves to get things done, and resolve issues before a problem arises
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office, Zoom, and Google Drive
  • Experience with Adobe Suite, Asana, and/or CRMs considered an asset
  • Capacity to diplomatically work with partners with fluctuating high-pressure needs
  • Commitment to working within an equity framework with strong cross-cultural sensitivity
  • Ability to work occasional evenings and weekends, and travel for work
  • Membership in a Canadian Planning, Architecture, or Landscape Architecture professional association is an asset
  • Valid driver’s license is an asset

Application Process

We invite qualified applicants to view the full job posting and apply via the online portal by Monday, November 14, 2022 at 12 PM ET. If you require accommodations to apply for this opportunity, please send an email by Monday, October 31 with “STEPS Cultural Planning Manager Accommodations” in the subject line to

Applications will not be accepted by email. While we appreciate the interest of all applicants, we can only communicate with those shortlisted for an interview.