Program Manager at STEPS Public Art (virtual)




STEPS fosters dynamic, inclusive and resilient communities through public art, community-engaged design and creative placemaking. We are a CRA registered charity that facilitates community and artist programs across Canada, as well as operates an in-house social enterprise through which we provide professional public art services to public and private clients. 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 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. Learn more about STEPS here:

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. Informed by STEPS strategic plan, the Program Manager will design and execute public art and placemaking programs. Their portfolio include facilitating calls-for-artists, stewarding review committees, managing the production of large-scale public artworks for agency clients, and overseeing a national public art residency for Black, Indigenous and racialized artists. They will be integral in maintaining strong relationships with STEPS cross-sectoral stakeholders including: artists and cultural organizations from coast to coast, Business Improvement Areas, private land developers, City Councillors, community-serving agencies and funders. Positioned within Canada’s only national charitable public arts organization, STEPS Program Manager will have the opportunity to design and facilitate programming that can shift the way that public art opportunities are conceptualized, commissioned and accessed in Canada.

For the immediate future, this will be a remote-work position and we are accepting applications applicants across 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 extended health, dental and limited life policies).


  • Working closely with the Executive Director and Program Director to develop an annual program plan and budget, as well as integrate art agency projects into the work plan as confirmed.
  • Identifying, developing and stewarding relationships with stakeholders, including but not limited to: artists, arts organizations, funders, clients, advisors, fabricators, suppliers and community outreach partners
  • Managing the successful design and implementation of cultural programming from conception to completion, including but not limited to: facilitating needs and risk assessments of sites and stakeholders; designing program and contingency plans that reflect assessments to ensure successful programs while complying with legislative and organizational policies; identifying and recruiting program collaborators (e.g. artists, facilitators, partners); maintaining strong relationships with cross-sectoral stakeholders; sourcing materials, fabricators and other program suppliers; developing outreach, communications and/or public relations strategy; tracking progress against intended outcomes throughout program lifecycle; implementing ongoing evaluation to inform program refinement; ensuring professional documentation and storytelling throughout program; and reporting on program outcomes to stakeholders
  • Executing revenue generation activities in support of program sustainability: developing fundraising and agency proposals, including program budgets; preparing proposal materials, such as program descriptions, work plans, budgets, collaborator lists and support materials well in advance of deadlines; stewarding relationships with program donors / funders / sponsors / clients
  • Working with Engagement Coordinator and Program Coordinators to ensure success of all outreach, communications and public relations strategies in service of recruitment, audience development and other engagement goals
  • Strengthening organizational relationships with artists, cultural organizations and public art departments outside of Toronto, Ontario, including direct outreach and representing the organization at conferences, events or external meetings
  • Recruiting, supervising and facilitating administrative tasks for program staff and contractors (e.g. collaborating artists, designers, fabricators, documentarians), which includes cultivating strong working relationships characterized by productivity, respect, clear communication, mentorship, and commitment to professional excellence.
  • Actively participating in organization-wide strategic projects, such as operational enhancements, artist engagement, audience development and revenue generation initiatives.

Our ideal candidate will be passionate about the role of the arts and artists in building vibrant inclusive communities. You will be creative, proactive, observant, well organized and thrive in a fast paced environment. You must be an experienced cultural project manager who has a knack for program design. You have knowledge of the Canadian cultural sector and have an interest in forging partnerships across industries. You love brainstorming, problem solving and connecting with people. You have a strong understanding of the public art landscape across Canada, as well as a knowledge of materials, fabricators and installation approaches used to bring public art projects to life. You relish making sense of things, executing logistics, anticipating problems and fixing them. You’re good at keeping information confidential. You must be able to work independently, remotely, and be a collaborative team player. If you are organized, not easy to overwhelm, and you have a positive attitude that makes people want to be your teammate, we are looking forward to meeting you!

STEPS encourages applications from all qualified candidates that represent the full diversity of communities, including complexities of intersecting identities such as ability, age, class, gender, race and sexual orientation. We are particularly interested in receiving applications from equity-seeking communities, including those who identify as Black, Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit and Métis), or racialized persons.

Please review the full posting available on our website here. Applications will only be accepted through the application process outlined on each posting.


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Equilibrium Mural by Okuda San Miguel, photographed by Nick Young featured in this post.