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Competition Number #3-791
Position Title Coordinator , Arts & Culture
Position Overview
Coordinates arts and culture strategy to enhance quality of community life and economic development. Implements cluster strategy for job growth and investment in the creative sector; Nurtures and expands community relationships with artists, businesses, cultural organizations and provides policy direction for public art and cultural planning, including formal stakeholder consultation.
Community and Business Development (in conjunction with Manager, Arts and Culture): 
  • Ensures integration of arts and culture initiatives in the Kitchener Economic Development Strategy
  • Provides leadership to enable community arts organizations, business sector, and the general public, including presentations and public speaking. 
  • Communicates, networks, and develops partnerships with local arts-based organizations and businesses, as well as various levels of government. Provides advice, as requested.
  • Communicates relevant content to grow the arts and culture cluster, using public presentations and digital tools to reach out to creative sector businesses, meetings, groups and stakeholders
  • Conducts stakeholder and community consultation to align community needs with program delivery at the City of Kitchener, with the ability to align to overall economic development strategy and Cultural Plans
  • Research economic trends to leverage creative sector to attract and retain talent and to have a critical and diversified economic impact on the community
Cultural Liaison and Committees (in conjunction with Manager, Arts and Culture): 
  • Acts as liaison to grant applications at all levels of government and able to manage relationships with provincial and federal representatives
  • Acts as arts liaison with a variety of arts organizations (e.g., Homer Watson Gallery, Globe Studios, The Museum, Registry Theatre, KW Art Gallery, KW Symphony, Artery Gallery, The Waterloo Region Museum) to provide information, updates, advice (e.g., City grants)
  • Provides expertise, builds relationships and alignment between the Arts & Culture portfolio and other departments/divisions at the City of Kitchener (e.g., Planning, Facilities Management, Special Events, Downtown, Community Services).
  • Participates on divisional, departmental, and corporate committees as agendas pertain to incorporating arts and culture initiatives into the corporate agenda.
  • Acts as staff liaison to, and researches, plans, and implements goals, initiatives, and functions of various committees (e.g., Arts & Culture Advisory Committee, Public Art Working Group, Industrial Artefacts, Downtown Advisory Committee, Economic Development Advisory Committee, Music Cluster Working Group). Oversees projects and events, as required
          Arts Business and Arts Organization Liaison (in conjunction with Manager, Arts and Culture)        
          Acts as arts liaison with Community Investment Strategy including Tier 1, Tier 2 and other grants
Cultural Planning and Program Coordination (in conjunction with Manager, Arts and Culture):
  • Facilitates cultural planning for the City of Kitchener, including potential grant applications, community consultation and review of past strategic plans. Works with the Manager of Arts and Culture to align with economic development strategies and maps out implementation planning
  • Implements Request for Proposal process including writing, consultant selection and project management for cultural planning or other strategic process
Program Coordination:
  • Plans, coordinates, and monitors the work of the Program Assistant (Arts & Culture) position.
  • Project planning and measurable program deliverables to implement the Economic Development Strategy through the Arts and Culture Cluster and Digital Media Cluster as required, with specific attention digital media businesses where art, narrative and music are distributed and monetized through online applications, hand held devices, tablets, cell phones, etc.
  • Project manages (including budget responsibility, setting schedules and timelines, critical path, keeping projects on track), researches (e.g., internet, surveys), recommends policy, and develops and markets initiatives in order to build community capacity for and through the arts
  • Implements and maintains programs for City Hall Rotunda Gallery, Industrial Artefacts, Artist in Residence, and Public Art.
  • Develops, maintains, and advocates the City’s % for art policy (every 5 years) as well as competitions (local-national), budgets, juries, public relations, opening ceremonies, insurance, and reports (2-3 major projects/year). Revises policy, as required for Manager’s approval. Negotiates program funding and compliance with budget and policy with artists for competitions.
  • Coordinates local planning of arts initiatives (e.g., Doors Open, KW Arts Foundation). Develops and participates in provincial and national relationships and networks (e.g., Creative Cities). Acts as a community resource for projects and organizations seeking City funding and other funds/grants, including technical writing and editing.
  • Develops and maintains catalogues, records, and archives systems for industrial artifacts. Coordinates the work of grant-funded staff and related operations, including training. In conjunction with Corporate Communications staff, develops and coordinates marketing plans. Develops and coordinates grant applications with arts organizations for City grants as well as long term planning and strategy for program operation.
  • Develops reports for staff, media, senior management, and Council on City programs and proposals. Researches and reports on historical initiatives (e.g., plans, budgets, shortages). Recognizes and reports linkages to City and Community vision. 
  • Develops website material, competition material and related marketing campaigns with Communications.
  • Facilitates and participates in the development, approval, and implementation of arts policies; provides arts related expertise and recommendations to steering committees.
  • Monitors and approves expenditures for Public Art works to be invoiced budgets (valued at 1% of construction project value), Industrial Artefacts program, Rotunda Gallery, and Artist in Residence program.
  • Understand and apply City’s accounting procedures, reporting, risk management, and corporate policies and strategic plans.
 Other Duties :
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.
  • Must be reliable with a good attitude and employment record.
  • Must successfully complete a medical examination if required.
  • Must have the ability to support and project values compatible with the organization.
  • Must have a 3-year degree or diploma in a related field (e.g., Humanities, Fine Arts, Cultural Planning/Management, Economic Development, Social/Urban Planning).
  • Must have highly developed skills using Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook) multiple online tools such as surveys, presentations, email newsletter systems, and multi-media file handling for web, including upload of files to web content channels.
  • Must have demonstrated organizational, administrative and job planning skills enabling successful balancing of a variety of tasks in order to meet deadlines.
  • Must be able to work independently, take initiative, prioritize and meet deadlines.
  • Must have a valid MTO driver’s license and access to a personal vehicle.
  • Must have strong communication skills with experience in public speaking, presentation and digital tools for audience presentations; with strong written and verbal communication skills for report writing and presentations.
  • Must have strong analytical, research, composition, problem-solving and mathematic skills with attention to detail.
  • Must have proven ability to work effectively in a team environment.
  • Must have knowledge of community development and capacity building principles.
  • Must have knowledge of economic development, cluster approach, theory and practice; understanding of contemporary labour force statistics and knowledge of talent strategy for attraction, retention and development, arts and culture impact on the lives of individuals, economy and community.
  • Must have proven ability to manage projects and deliverables on time and on schedule for arts and culture related initiatives.
  • Must have strong Knowledge of visual and fine arts history, principles, best practices, and standards, as well as the performing arts, literary arts, and a strong understanding of digital media, including social media, online distribution and monetization of digital content
  • Must have experience in community consultation process and survey analysis, including stakeholder meetings, online surveys (design, deliver and analyze) to aid in strategic direction and implementation priority decisions
  • Must have minimum of 4 years related experience in cultural administration/management (e.g., exhibits, performances, workshops); audience development; fundraising; marketing; networking; facilitation; planning; partnership development; municipal government processes and functions;
  • Preference will be given to candidates possessing a arts, cultural management, programming and experience with art gallery exhibits and public art
  • Further preference will be given to candidates possessing proven ability and knowledge of SAP, iCreate, iCalendar for rapid web-based content management.
Department Chief Administrative Office
Division Economic Development
Union Affiliation C.U.P.E. 791
Job Status Full Time Permanent
Hours of Work Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm, may require evening and weekends
Posting Added Date 1/11/2013
Posting Closing Date 1/23/2013
Posting Closing Time 11:59 p.m.
Progress Status Receiving Applications
Compensation Range $55, 924 - $69, 906 per annum.
Grade/Band 8
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