Social Planner I – Cultural Equity and Accessibility Planner (Vancouver, British Columbia (BC), Canada, V6A 4K6)

Requisition ID: 29617 


Located on the traditional, ancestral and unceded lands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), 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 & Function 
The creation of a new Cultural Equity and Accessibility Planner position is an action from Culture|Shift, the City’s 10-year culture plan. Culture|Shift is built on the following core values and guiding principles: Reconciliation & Decolonization, Cultural Equity & Cultural Redress, and Accessibility.

  • Reconciliation & Decolonization: Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations have thousands of years of living culture and deep connection with their lands and waters. However, Vancouver’s cultural landscape does not fully reflect this. The work ahead of us is to recognize and support Indigenous cultural knowledge and presence by centring the visibility and voice of our Host Nations on these lands.
  • Cultural Equity & Cultural Redress:
    • Cultural equity promotes fair support for cultural work, so equity-seeking people can see their stories presented by artists who share their experience. As a practice, cultural equity identifies and addresses the systemic discrimination built into cultural norms and practices within art and culture institutions and systems.
    • Cultural Redress initiatives attempt to repair the harms of systemic exclusion and discrimination. The City has committed support to preserve and restore cultural sites, share important stories, and support stewardship of intangible cultural assets and vibrant living cultures.
  • Accessibility: A commitment to accessibility promotes supporting disabled creators, disability arts as a practice, and accommodations for disabled audiences by exploring creative possibilities outside of the limitations of ableist cultural norms.

Reporting to the Assistant Director of Cultural Services, the Cultural Equity and Accessibility Planner develops and delivers cultural equity and accessibility programs within Cultural Services and provides subject matter and process expertise to enhance the department’s capacity to work towards greater equity and accessibility outcomes. Objectives of the role include promoting fair support for cultural work, so equity-seeking people can see their stories presented by artists who share their experience.

Specific Duties & Responsibilities

  • Develops and delivers cultural equity and accessibility programs within Cultural Services including:
    • dedicated programs to support marginalized artists’ work; and
    • integrated programs to support all organizations to advance equity and accessibility.
  • Provides subject matter expertise and process expertise to enhance the department’s capacity to work towards greater equity and accessibility outcomes.
  • Identifies how current Cultural Services programs, policies, and decisions uphold and/or maintain systems of oppression and identify relevant opportunities to make them more equitable and accessible.
  • Supports the City’s commitment to repair the harms of systemic exclusion and discrimination through cultural redress initiatives.
  • Contributes to building a culture of learning within the staff and promotes accountability as an invitation towards justice and liberation.
  • Develops a shared and specific vocabulary for equity and accessibility work, aligning Cultural Services’ approach with wider City efforts.
  • Conducts research of best practices in equity and accessibility; develops and tracks metrics for equity and accessibility goals and plans.
  • Undertakes community engagement to support critical decisions and influence current workplans.
  • Identifies ways to effectively engage arts and culture organizations in the learning journey.
  • Functions as a key contact for equity-seeking individuals and groups and engages with the community on an ongoing basis.
  • Other duties/responsibilities as assigned.


Education and Experience:

  • Post-secondary degree preferably with a Masters Degree or its equivalent, in relevant discipline (Arts & Culture, Social Sciences, Arts Administration, Community Planning) supplemented by course work around equity and accessibility.
  • Considerable experience developing and leading relevant initiatives in a complex organization, or an equivalent combination of training and experience.
  • Considerable experience working with or within the arts and culture sector.
  • Relevant lived experience as a racialized person and/or living with a disability preferred.

 Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Thorough knowledge of Vancouver’s arts and culture ecosystem.
  • Considerable knowledge of modern research methods.
  • Considerable knowledge of working with equity-seeking communities.
  • Working knowledge of administrative methods and practices.
  • A strong sense of self and identity; keen awareness of positionality, power and privilege; ability to apply an intersectional lens, and self-reflect to take accountability for own actions.
  • Strong communication skills with an ability to lead and participate comfortably in complex discussions on equity, accessibility, and cultural redress while remaining open to new and challenging ideas.
  • Demonstrated cross-cultural competency, including strong emotional intelligence and the ability to engage, motivate, and build trust and confidence with diverse audiences within a work environment
  • Ability to influence others, both internal City and external partners, towards common goals.
  • Strong engagement and facilitation skills and interest in contributing to a culture of learning within the Cultural Services team.
  • Research and analysis to support program development and delivery.
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to manage multiple initiatives, projects, report on outcomes, and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to exercise good judgment, initiative and work independently as well as part of a team.
  • Ability to meet transportation needs

Business Unit/Department: Arts, Culture and Community Services (1200) 

Affiliation: CUPE 15 Non Pks 

Employment Type: Regular Full Time 

Position Start Date: June, 2021  

Salary Information: Pay Grade GR-029: $44.83 to $53.01 per hour

Application Close: May 16, 2021

At the City of Vancouver, we are committed to recruiting a diverse workforce that represents the community we so proudly serve. Indigenous applicants, people of colour, all genders, LGBT2Q+ 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

To be considered for this exciting and impactful career opportunity with a generous benefits package, please apply on our careers site.

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