Project Manager, Urban Design (Public Art), City of Toronto

Job ID: 39853
Job Category: Project Management
Division & Section: City Planning, Urban Design
Work Location: City Hall, 100 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON M5H 2N2
Job Type & Duration: Full-time, Permanent
Salary: $112,000 – $144,200, Wage Grade 7.5
Shift Information: Monday to Friday, 35 hours per week
Affiliation: Non-Union
Number of Positions Open: 1
Posting Period: August 2, 2023 to August 23, 2023

Job Description

To lead, manage and promote urban design initiatives, including advancing the planning and implementation of public art city-wide. To secure public art through development; develop policy and guidelines related to public art; provide focused and proactive strategic direction to serve citywide planning interests; and build on innovative initiatives at the local level. To strategically promote urban design and public art initiatives.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Maintains an active awareness and facilitates research and analysis of national and international advancements in urban design, public art, planning, sustainability, fabrication and construction, and other fields to retain technical competency and provide strategic and sound advice.
  • Develops, recommends and administers public art-related funds and ensures expenditures are controlled and maintained within approved budget limitations.
  • Plans, prioritizes and manages internal and external resources to meet Council objectives for public art in a timely and cost-efficient manner.
  • Anticipates, analyzes and identifies organizational impacts of emerging urban design and public art strategies and activities; recommends and co-ordinates innovative corporate solutions using conflict resolution and negotiation skills to successfully manage sensitive and controversial matters.
  • Creates and manages interdisciplinary and interagency teams and consultation processes to expedite the delivery of urban design and public art projects, while addressing political, community, business and other stakeholder interests; encourages effective teamwork and organizational performance.
  • Assigns and represents the City in the preparation of competitive documents (RFQs, RFPs) and selection processes on Urban Design and Public Art projects, and retains and manages external consultants for such projects and studies.
  • Secures public art and supports staff to secure public art through the development application process.
  • Identifies and analyzes problems/opportunities in the public environment and develops and implements design proposals and solutions related to public art.
  • Consults with interested parties and negotiates with developers and their consultants on development applications to find acceptable urban design and public art solutions/strategies.
  • Develops and implements detailed plans and recommends policies regarding program specific requirements.
  • Initiates, develops, manages and recommends projects and innovative planning policies to guide the physical and environmental and social well-being of the city.
  • Conducts research in areas of urban design and public art, ensuring that such research takes into account developments within the field, corporate policies and practices, legislation and initiatives by other levels of government.
  • Formulates and implements planning policies and urban design guidelines to service the Section’s and Division’s policy, research and information needs.
  • Establishes and maintains strategic partnerships and effective relationships with the arts industry, academic institutions, and professional organizations to ensure proactive information sharing and effective partnerships.
  • Establishes and maintains effective relationships with elected officials to ensure awareness of existing and emerging urban design and public art initiatives.
  • Motivates and trains staff, ensuring effective teamwork, high standards of work quality and organizational performance, continuous learning and encourages innovation in others.
  • Represents and supports the Division at conferences, and interagency, intergovernmental, senior staff and steering committee meetings.
  • Represents and advocates for the division in meetings with a wide and diverse range of internal and external stakeholders, City Divisions, community and interest groups, industry members, higher education institutions, agencies, senior staff and elected officials.
  • Directs and reviews work of administrative assistants and corporate teams.
  • Coordinates the Toronto Public Art Commission, leads calls for new membership when required, interviews potential candidates, provides recommendations for new members and provides relevant training.
  • Develops and implements promotional strategy for key urban design initiatives, and oversees promotional activities.
  • Advocates the Divisions values, principles and objectives in a variety of forums and effectively represents the City’s interest to the public.

Key Qualifications:

  1. A professional degree or masters degree in Planning, Architecture, Landscape Architecture, or Urban Design, or a field relevant to public art or any equivalent combination of education and experience.
  2. Extensive experience in Urban Design and Public Art or a related field.
  3. Considerable project management experience in delivering complex planning assignments involving multiple stakeholders from inception through to implementation with minimal direction while balancing political, community and stakeholder interests.
  4. Considerable experience in research and long- range policy analysis.
  5. Experience motivating, influencing and collaborating with a team of professional staff.

Additional Key Qualifications listed in job posting by visiting our job link below.

How to Apply:

To apply online or for more information, please search for the job and click “Apply” on our Job Opportunities website by Wednesday, August 23, 2023.

For additional information or questions, please contact:
Kevin Wong, Consultant Recruitment / 416-392-9831
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