Public Art Officer, City of Toronto


Public Art Officer

Job Classification Title: PUBLIC ART OFFICER
Requisition #: 12484
Division: Economic Development & Culture
Section: Cultural Services
Work Location: CITY HALL, 100 QUEEN ST W
Job Stream: Admin/Clerical/Customer Service
Job Type: Permanent, Full-Time
Salary/Rate: $48.95 – $53.62 / Hour
Hours of Work: 70.00
Wage Grade: 16
Affiliation: L79 Full-time
Job Code (PSG): TF0400
Number of Positions Open: 1
Posting Date: 01/05/2021
Expiry date: 02/07/2021

Join the City of Toronto’s Economic Development & Culture Division as a Public Art Officer and oversee the implementation of City’s 10-Year Public Art Strategy. Working in consultation with the Manager of Cultural Partnerships, Artists, Curators, cultural institutions, and other City Divisions, particularly in Planning; Transportation; and Parks, Forestry and Recreation; your focus will be on the development and stewardship of the City’s public art and monuments collection.

Major Responsibilities:
In the role of Public Art Officer you will be expected to do the following:

  • Coordinate the public art program on City-owned land, identifying and analyzing opportunities and problems and developing proposals and solutions
  • Define and scope projects, recommend priorities and schedules and formulate budget requirements related to the Cultural Services’ public art capital program as well as partnerships with capital programs in other City Divisions
  • Prepare project background reports for government, elected officials, and community groups
  • Initiate and implement public art capital projects on publicly owned lands in partnership with other City Divisions
  • Lead interdivisional teams, and direct consultants and artists, in policy development related to public art and monuments, and project delivery
  • Participate in public art initiatives with all City of Toronto ABCs (Waterfront Toronto, TTC, TRCA, , TCHC, etc)
  • Carry out and coordinate public art commissioning processes and recommend policy changes and procedures
  • Prepare terms of references and administer artists and consultant selection and coordination
  • Consult with relevant parties across divisions and negotiate with other divisions, consultants, and artists on project development and realization
  • Provides input on budget planning for the Section/Division
  • Monitor public art budgets within the Cultural Services’ capital program and public art capital projects in other City Divisions and ABCs
  • Represent Cultural Services at various meetings and committees and at key corporate and divisional initiatives
  • Identify emerging contemporary art issues through knowledge of trends and changes in the City and the broader context
  • Provide research, statistical and content analysis and policy development support in all areas of the Division’s interests related to public and contemporary art
  • Prepare briefing notes for Mayor’s response to media comments and elected officials
  • Consult with members of the general public and arts organizations providing general advice/guidance on Toronto’s and other governmental support programs
  • Prepare and make public presentations that outline the public art program. Designs brochures for public distribution

Key Qualifications:
Your application must describe your qualifications as they relate to:

  1. Post-secondary education in a discipline pertinent to the job function, (i.e. Art History, Art Studio, Architecture, Landscape Architecture or Urban Design) or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  2. Considerable experience in project coordination directly related to visual arts
  3. Considerable experience with policy and process issues relating to public art in the municipal context, including acquisition and conservation.
  4. Considerable experience working effectively with multiple internal and external stakeholders (e.g. Councillors, all levels of staff and the public).

You must also have:

  • Well-developed project coordination skills including the ability to lead teams, oversee contracts/vendors and monitor project budgets.
  • Ability to perform under pressure, respond to multiple priorities and meet tight deadlines
  • Ability to prepare comprehensive reports and presentations.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to lead interdivisional teams and provide direction to consultants and artists.
  • Strong research and analytical skills to support policy development activities with the ability to conceptualize and develop options and recommendations to support decision making.
  • Highly developed verbal and written communication skills, with an ability to communicate effectively and professionally at all levels of the organization and with a broad range of stakeholders.
  • Sound judgement, problem solving and conflict resolution skills with the ability to handle matters of a confidential nature.
  • Knowledge of the Occupational Health and Safety Act as it relates to the duties of this position

The City’s 10-Year Public Art Strategy aims to harness the potential of public art to advance broader city-building priorities, such as equity and inclusion, environmental resiliency, reconciliation with Indigenous communities, and place-making, among others. We welcome and encourage candidates with lived experience as a member of Indigenous, Black, or racialized communities to apply for this opportunity to help contribute to the vision of public art in Toronto that is accessible and reinforces neighbourhood character.

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How to Apply:

For more information on this and other opportunities with the City of Toronto, visit us online at To apply online, submit your resume, quoting Job ID 12484, by February 7, 2021.

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