Public Art Engagement Specialist
Employment Equity Statement
Calgary Arts Development is an equal opportunity employer and employs people without regard to race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, language, citizenship, creed, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, marital status, physical and/or mental abilities.
While remaining alert and sensitive to the issue of fair and equitable treatment for all, Calgary Arts Development has a special concern with the participation and advancement of members of designated groups that have traditionally been disadvantaged in employment: Black, Indigenous, and people of colour, immigrants and newcomers, persons with physical or mental disabilities, and members of the 2SLGBTQIAP+ community. (Read more about our Commitment to Equity.)
We are currently working remotely to reduce the risk of COVID-19 contact for our staff, but it is important to note that our office in the Burns Building downtown is unfortunately not fully accessible in the following ways:
Who Are We?
Calgary Arts Development is our city’s designated arts development authority. We provide grant investments to hundreds of arts organizations, individual artists and groups. We value relationships, generosity, reciprocity, plain language and curiosity.
We believe the arts have the power to build our city. Our vision is a creative, connected, prosperous Calgary where every person has the opportunity to live a creative life. We foster a sustainable and resilient arts sector, and support arts-led city building, through the Living a Creative Life arts development strategy.
Strong relationships are central to our work and will be particularly central to this role. We honour the creativity and knowledge of artists and the critical role they play in society. We welcome new introductions and partnerships with artists and arts organizations as well as with others whose work may be outside the arts who are trying to make our city great through living a creative life.
Our team has been working towards creating shared environments where all people can feel safe, heard and validated. A sensitivity to the lived experiences of diverse, marginalized and equity-seeking people is very important as we continue valuing equity, diversity, inclusion and accessibility in all aspects of our work.
Public Art at Calgary Arts Development
In March 2021, The City of Calgary announced Calgary Arts Development as the future steward and operator for Calgary’s public art program. Since that time, Calgary Arts Development has been working with The City on the three-year transition of the program. You can learn more about the transition of the public art program and what was heard during community engagement here.
Calgary Arts Development is uniquely positioned to deliver and create a future public art program built upon our knowledge of, and strong relationships in, the arts community. Please see our webpages for more information on public art at Calgary Arts Development here.
We will create a public art program that is engaging, relevant and accountable. A public art program for Calgary must reflect the rich diversity of the city, including connecting with Indigenous voices to tell the past, present and future stories of Calgary (Mohkínsstsisi). We are committed to working with communities that have historically been underserved, and are guided by the core principles of equity, diversity, inclusion and accessibility.
We are recruiting a full-time engagement specialist to join our team. This position will be responsible for acting as a connector between the Calgary Arts Development public art program, team, projects, artists, the arts community and the public.
This role will support work related to ensuring Calgarians can connect with the public art process, and projects that impact and tell the stories of their relevant communities. This individual may work directly with artists and on the ground in support of public art projects and programs, supporting artist-informed engagements and delivering upon project specific initiatives.
This role is involved in the delivery of information sessions about the program, ensuring artists and Calgarians are well informed about opportunities and programs in their community, and Calgarians are able to learn more about public art.
It is expected that the individual in this position will be a core member of the public art team, working closely and collaboratively to support project managers, project leads and artists to identify public engagement opportunities; develop, implement and deliver project specific engagement strategies and plans; coordinate content with communications staff; and connect with community groups and other stakeholders to understand their perspectives and strengthen external relationships. This role will also collaborate with the Indigenous Engagement and Reconciliation department at CADA.
The individual in this role will work toward embedding the values of equity, diversity, inclusion and accessibility in all relationships and processes related to this position. This includes Truth and Reconciliation, and right relations with First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities in Treaty 7, in part realized through the activation of the White Goose Flying Report, a local adaptation of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s report with calls to action that can be influenced locally.
AccountabilitiesThis is a recent department and position at Calgary Arts Development, and as such accountabilities may shift as the program is developed.
As a member of the public art team, the public art engagement specialist will:
You understand multiple audiences may have different and sometimes conflicting priorities, and that differences in priorities do not delegitimize the needs of either group. You are someone who can listen and respond to different wants and needs considerately.
You understand the commitment to transparency and accountability as public dollars are invested in programs on behalf of the citizens of Calgary. As the public art program is new at Calgary Arts Development, you will often act as the first point of contact and as an ambassador in building new relationships. Your approach to working with community is relational, versus transactional, and you recognize that relationships develop at the speed of trust.
You are not all things to all people, but you are probably already a few of these things:
We are also open to having conversations with individuals in advance of the submission of an application to clarify questions about this posting.
Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and reference Public Art Engagement Specialist Questions in the subject line.
How to ApplyPlease indicate your interest by emailing email@example.com with your resume and cover letter. Please use the subject line: Public Art Engagement Specialist Posting.
In addition to sharing your interest in this position, your cover letter should address the question: “What role do you believe public art plays in fostering diversity, equity and inclusion?”
If you would like to request application assistance, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org call 403.264.5330 to arrange assistance. Details around application assistance are listed in detail below.
For best consideration apply by September 9, 2022. We are hoping to fill this position by October 10, 2022, but our commitment to finding the right fit may require more time.
Minimum annual salary is $60,000 in addition to an extended health benefits package, and a matching RRSP program.
Application AssistanceWe recognize that the job application process can create barriers to access for many applicants who are interested in applying. Our job calls are written in English, shared online and require applicants to email their applications in English. This creates technological, linguistic, communication, and cultural barriers, to name a few.
In recognition of these barriers to access, eligible applicants can request assistance to help alleviate some of the costs associated with preparing and submitting a job application.
WHO CAN REQUEST ASSISTANCE?
Individuals who self-identify as:
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