Public Art Assistant (PT / Virtual) at STEPS Public Art

Featured image from STEPS’ I HeART Main Street program by artist GETSO. Photo Credit: Selina McCallum

Hiring: Public Art Assistant (PT / Virtual) at STEPS

Application Deadline: July 21, 2022 at 11:59 PM ET
Anticipated Start Date: August 1, 2022
Compensation: $20/hour

Who is STEPS?

STEPS is a charitable organization committed to fostering dynamic, inclusive and resilient communities through public art, community-engaged design and creative placemaking. Our programs range from artist capacity building workshops and youth mentorship programs to producing large-scale public art installations. Our main office is based in 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 space for Indigenous voices to be heard.

This is a temporary (approximately 6 months), virtual position, with the option of a hybrid working arrangement should the applicant live in close proximity to the STEPS office and/or project locations. We will be accepting applications from across what we currently call Canada. Our staff is presently working virtually from across four provinces.

This role is funded by IPAC Pathways to Success, a program aimed at creating meaningful employment opportunities for Indigenous young people. Preference will be given to First Nations (status and non-status), Métis and/or Inuit candidates who meet the eligibility criteria outlined below.

The Role

We are seeking a creative, energetic and organized team player with passion for forging new partnerships and amplifying the work of artists and engaging people in public art experiences by supporting our programs team through:

  • Assisting in the development of community arts collaborations, which may include meeting with artists, community members, businesses or community serving agencies to understand their needs and contributing to discussions around the impact of public art in responding to those needs.
  • Assisting to represent the organization at community engagement opportunities such as cultural events or meetings with external groups.
  • Communicating with artists, the public and community stakeholders about programming to ensure it is widely promoted and engages participants from diverse backgrounds as well as geographies.
  • Contributing to the organization’s efforts to strengthen relationships with artists and cultural organizations across Canada.
  • Participating in the planning and execution of virtual events, such as artist talks, social media takeovers, workshops and organization/program information sessions.
  • Supporting the programs and engagement team in developing, promoting and facilitating cultural programs, including the collection of audio-visual material and drafting of copy for inclusion in promotion materials.
  • Collecting testimonials, impact metrics and lessons learned to enhance programming.
  • Assisting in reports that describe the outcomes of proposed or completed community projects.
  • Contributing to team meetings, including providing suggested agenda items.

STEPS’ Responsibilities to You

We actively commit to providing a safe and respectful space to all staff, volunteers and collaborators. STEPS is responsible for:

  • Responding to all inquiries and concerns related to the application process and an update to applicants once the position has been filled.
  • Communicating in a clear and timely fashion.
  • Taking all necessary steps to ensure employee safety.
  • Identifying and embedding development opportunities within your role to further your growth.
  • Being open and actively listening to feedback and recommendations.
  • Working directly with team members to ensure accessibility needs are met.
  • Offering a hybrid work structure that includes work from office and home options.
  • Providing a safe, accountable, and respectful work space.

This is a part-time role, for 21 hours per week (August 2022 – January 2023). Schedule and working hours are flexible provided that project deadlines are met.

Who You Are

STEPS encourages applications from all qualified candidates that represent the full diversity of communities in Canada, including complexities of intersecting identities such as ability, class, gender, race and sexual orientation. Preference will be given to candidates who meet the following criteria established by the funder:

  • Are between the ages of 17-29 during the contract period
  • Are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
  • Have a valid Social Insurance Number at the start of employment and be legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial or territorial legislation and regulations
  • Preference will be given to First Nations (status and non-status), Métis and Inuit candidates

Our ideal candidate will be passionate about the role of the arts and artists in building vibrant inclusive communities. You thrive on each day being different, presenting new opportunities and challenges.

We Think It’s Important You Have

  • Familiarity with community arts, public art, street art and/or cultural planning approaches
  • Education (including formal, informal and self-directed learning) or equivalent experience in visual arts, fine arts, arts management, curation, community planning, or related fields
  • Excitement for bringing personal creativity and experimentation to a start-up environment
  • Good judgment and discretion in relation to community and stakeholder relations
  • Ability to work effectively within a team and independently
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Exceptional problem-solving skills
  • High attention to detail
  • Proficiency in MS Office, Google Drive and video conferencing
  • Bilingualism (English and French) and/or fluency in an Indigenous language is an asset

Application Process

We invite applicants to review the full job posting and submit their resume and cover letter through the online portal by July 21, 2021 at 11:59 PM EDT. Please indicate in your cover letter that you meet the eligibility criteria.

Interviews will respect public health guidelines, by taking place over video conference. Applicants who are Deaf, have a disability, or who need support applying for this opportunity are encouraged to contact Collin Zipp at collin@stepspublicart.org or call 416.366.6565 ex. 2 at least one week before the deadline to allow STEPS to appropriately accommodate your needs and to discuss alternate formats for submitting your application.


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