Social Planner I

Requisition ID: 11662 

The City of Vancouver is striving to become the greenest city in the world, and a city powered entirely by renewable energy before 2050. We are proud to be one of BC's Top Employers, Canada's Best Diversity Employers, and one of Canada's Greenest Employers. With employees that have helped Vancouver consistently rank as one of the world's most livable cities, the City values a diverse workforce which represents the vibrant community we so proudly serve.

Consider joining our committed team of staff and being part of an innovative, inclusive and rewarding workplace.
Main Purpose and Function
This position combines cultural planning, administration, and production work as part of a team to develop and deliver programs of support in the areas of grants, awards and other support programs. Guided by strategic directions evolving from the City’s Creative City Strategy, the work involves research and planning; development of information resources and distribution via traditional and web based media; responding to inquiries and requests for information; support, coordination and delivery of special workshops and information sessions; implementing cultural grants processes (review of applications, coordination of assessment committees); event coordination and production; and working with and supporting the City’s cultural non-profit grantees and partners, along with outreach to potential applicants.
All aspects of the work require liaison with elected officials, a range of civic departments, representatives of various non-profit arts and cultural groups, other government and private sector organizations, program organizational partners and other citizen groups as applicable. The position shares responsibility with other staff for making grant recommendations to City Council and requires expertise in more than one arts discipline. The incumbent will play a role in preparing Council reports, information and policy documents and other written materials. The position may make presentations to City Council and the cultural community and would be expected to attend local arts and cultural events.
Key Contacts and Reporting Relationships
This position is supervised by a more senior Cultural Planner.
Specific Duties/Responsibilities
This position is supervised by a senior Cultural Planner and is responsible for the following:
  • Assists in researching, planning, developing and coordinating operating, projects, community, and theatre rental grants.
  • Reviews applications and coordinates assessment committee processes.
  • Assists with the preparation of Council reports and may deliver presentations to Council and/or be available to respond to Council inquiries.
  • Provides support to existing and new grantees through one-on-one meetings and group presentations and workshops.
  • Assists with the coordination of civic arts awards programs (Mayor’s Arts Awards, the Vancouver Book Award, the Vancouver Poet Laureate).
  • Assists with the coordination of contract administration to meet the technical and production requirements of annual civic cultural events in Vancouver as required.
  • Oversees the agreement for the Independent Arts and Culture Fund in partnership with ArtStarts in Schools.
  • Liaises with other City staff in in Cultural Services and related departments such as Social Policy, Planning, Facilities Design and Management, Real Estate and Facilities Management, Parks and Recreation, Engineering and Permits and Licenses.
  • Liaises with other community stakeholders in support of common cultural grantees.
  • Performs other work and duties as needed.
Minimum Position Requirements
Education and Experience:
  • Art institution or university graduation in a related field, preferably with a Masters Degree, or an equivalent combination of training and experience.
  • Professional experience with non-profit cultural organizations.
  • Experience with cultural grant program development and delivery.
  • Experience with special event coordination and production.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Extensive knowledge of Vancouver’s arts and culture sector.
  • Extensive knowledge of other public and private sector support programs for the arts and culture sector.
  • Knowledge of cultural policy.
  • Knowledge of local Indigenous, Urban Indigenous and Indigenous arts and culture.
  • Considerable knowledge of administrative methods and practices including communications technologies.
  • Considerable knowledge of grant adjudication processes.
  • Ability to read financial statements and financial information for non-profit organizations.
  • Ability to analyse extensive amounts of financial and statistical data gathered from the cultural non-profit sector.
  • Ability to work diplomatically and persuasively with community groups, professional personnel and elected officials.
  • Ability to analyze complex problems to recommend appropriate solutions.
  • Experience producing multi-faceted projects, in varying artistic disciplines, involving a variety of event suppliers, staff, contractors and volunteers
  • Strong analytical and creative problem-solving skills.
  • Excellent time management skills and ability to multi-task and work in a complex fast-paced environment.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and ability to communicate ideas effectively.
  • Has a high degree of versatility, sound judgement and can work independently and within a team environment.
  • Proficient using required software including Word, Excel, Microsoft Outlook, Power Point, file records management and grant databases.
Business Unit/Department: Arts, Culture and Community Services (1200) 
Affiliation: CUPE 15 Non Pks 
Employment Type: Temporary Full Time 
Position Start Date: August 20, 2018 
Position End Date: August 20, 2019 
Salary Information: Pay Grade GR-029: $43.95 to $51.97 per hour
Application Close: July 20, 2018

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Location: Vancouver, BC
Region: Lower Mainland
Professional Categories: Planning & Development
Posted: July 13, 2018, 11:11 am
Expires: July 20, 2018, 11:45 pm