Community Arts Programmer – City of Vancouver

1 July 2023

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Community Arts Programmer

Requisition ID: 39066 

Located on the traditional, ancestral and unceded lands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Peoples, Vancouver has a commitment to becoming a City of Reconciliation. Vancouver consistently ranks as one of the world’s most liveable cities and is working towards being the greenest city in the world. Named among Canada’s Top 100 Employers, BC’s Top Employers, and Canada’s Greenest Employers, the City of Vancouver seeks colleagues who can help shape and embody our core commitments to sustainability, decolonization, equity and outstanding quality of life for all residents.

Consider joining our committed team of staff and being part of an innovative, inclusive and rewarding workplace.

Main Purpose and Function
This position supervises, administers and delivers Arts & Health: Healthy Aging Through the Arts (Arts & Health), a long-standing, multi-site community-engaged arts project co-funded by the Vancouver Park Board and Vancouver Coastal Health. This is a specialized position supporting the work of the Coordinator of Arts, Culture and Engagement (ACE) in Decolonization, Arts and Culture in the realization of the goals of the Parks Board Arts Policy and Strategic Plan, with community-engaged arts and culture work focused on Elders and older adults. This position is involved in program innovation, leadership and development; project initiation and facilitation; and performs supervisory and community arts programming and project work that includes: community-engaged artists in residence and cultural practice  projects, special events, exhibitions, artists and staff training, and program administration responsible to the reporting requirements of Vancouver Park Board and Vancouver Coastal Health.

Key Contacts and Reporting Relationships
This position reports to the Coordinator of Arts, Culture and Engagement, Decolonization, Arts and Culture. Other key contacts include Arts, Culture and Engagement Team Arts Programmers, Reconciliation Planning team, Manager of Decolonization Arts and Culture, Recreation Supervisors and Recreation Programmers(ll).

Specific Duties/Responsibilities

  • Coordinate, administer and support Arts & Health: Healthy Aging Through the Arts, a multi-site community-engaged arts and culture program with a focus on older adults and Elders, in collaboration with colleagues in  Decolonization, Arts and Culture, Recreation, Vancouver Coastal Health and collegial organizations focused on supporting seniors and Elders.
  • Arts & Health work includes the development, administration and facilitation of artist in residence projects, community of practice professional development, special events, exhibitions, funding initiatives and workshops. The work includes: identifying needs, setting priorities, liasing with artists and community partners, developing plans and budgets, coordinating projects, overseeing project implementation, managing budgets, preparing annual reports, facilitating a community of practice, and participating in local, national and international networks in creative ageing.
  • The incumbent works cooperatively with ACE colleagues, Community Center staff and associations, professional artists, arts and culture organizations, seniors and Elders organizations, and the public to understand community needs and interests regarding community engaged arts for older adults and Elders.
  • Works in collaboration with colleagues in Decolonization, Arts and Culture to support the engagement and development of arts and culture interests delivering on the priorities of the Park Board Reconciliation Strategy and VanPlay.
  • Provides advice, connects community groups to programmers and assists community centres in developing seniors and Elders projects through the Arts & Health .
  • Conducts outreach and develops and maintains effective partnerships with community groups, arts organizations, post-secondary institutions, artists in abroad array of disciplines, and service and recreation organizations towards the delivery of community-engaged arts programming for older adults and Elders
  • Responsible for Arts & Health artists and projects selection processes, contractual relationships, arts production and installation processes
  • Overseeing publicity materials and audience development for Arts & Health
  • Administrative duties including: developing and managing annual program and project budgets, creating and amending project policies, writing grants, maintaining operating and administrative records, maintaining Arts & Health website, initiating requisition for arts and other program materials, convening the Arts & Health Community Advisory Committee.
  • Identifies and resolves safety and risk management issues related to Arts & Health
  • Responsible for purchasing, contracting and evaluation in association with Arts & Health
  • Other duties/responsibilities as assigned

Education and Experience:

  • University graduation in Fine Arts, or a related discipline and some related experience, or an equivalent combination of training and experience.
  • Demonstrated experience with community-engaged, diverse community, inter-cultural and arts and culture projects and special events focused on the unique needs and capacities of older adults and Elders
  • Valid BC Driver’s License is preferred

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Demonstrated experience with community-engaged arts and culture programming and special events programming focused on the unique needs and capacities of older adults and Elders
  • Demonstrated ability to develop programs and projects in consultation with artists and cultural organizations focused on the unique needs and capacities of older adults and Elders
  • Considerable knowledge of community-engaged and social practice arts and culture communities in Vancouver, including the current and emerging trends in community-engaged arts, and social practice for older adults and Elders
  • Knowledge of provincial and national legal standards and requirements in arts (eg copyright, CARFAC standard fees)
  • Ability to organize and direct others in a variety of community-engaged arts projects
  • Ability to provide supervision and guidance to support staff, artists and volunteers
  • Excellent written and verbal communication, presentation and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a team
  • Ability to deal tactfully with the public in a diverse community and to work collaboratively with a multi-agency organization.
  • Good computer skills with working knowledge of Microsoft Office, Excel and PowerPoint preferred.
  • Good digital camera and social media skills preferred
  • Valid BC Driver’s License is preferred

A Police Record Check is a requirement of this position. A clearance requires the absence of any criminal charges or convictions related to this position.

Where operationally appropriate and subject to change, the City of Vancouver has a Flexible Work Program. This program allows staff to work remotely 1 – 4 days a week from locations that are a daily commutable distance from their work at a City worksite.  At this time this position is eligible to be part of the Flexible Work Program.

The City’s COVID-19 vaccination policy is currently suspended and as a result, vaccination against COVID-19 is not required at this time. However, should circumstances change and the City deem it necessary to re-introduce such policy, you may be required to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 in order to be eligible to continue performing your duties.

Business Unit/Department: Board of Parks & Recreation (1400) 

Affiliation: CUPE 15 Parks 

Employment Type: Auxiliary/Casual 

Position Start Date: August, 2023 

Position End Date: December, 2024 

Salary Information: Pay Grade GR-020: $32.87 to $38.68 per hour

Application Close: July 9, 2023

At the City of Vancouver, we are committed to recruiting a diverse workforce that represents the community we so proudly serve. Indigenous peoples, people of colour, 2SLGBTQ+ persons including all genders and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.  Accommodations will be provided upon request during the selection process.Learn more about our commitment to diversity and inclusion

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