Social Planner I – Lead Music planner (Vancouver, British Columbia (BC), Canada)

Requisition ID: 22675 


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 Canada’s Top 100 Employers, BC’s Top 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

The main purpose of this position is to support music and musicians working and living in Vancouver by addressing gaps and opportunities in our city’s music ecosystem and embracing Vancouver’s vibrant and diverse music and creative communities.

The primary function of this role is to advance and implement the Vancouver Music Strategy’s framework for action that includes strengthening collaboration between government, community, and industry, engaging audiences, generating economic growth, promoting music tourism and education, and removing municipal barriers, to create a dynamic, sustainable, and resilient music sector in Vancouver.

This position includes work on complex and sensitive issues that require liaising with diverse members of the Music sector, creative and artistic communities, and government; including City staff, senior leaders, provincial and federal agencies, community and industry representatives, outside institutions, and key partners, as well as artists and creative workers, and arts and culture organizations. This work also requires alignment with policy recommendations detailed in the City’s new culture plan, Culture|Shift, as well as interactions across the commercial and non-profit creative sectors.

Key Contacts and Reporting Relationships

This position reports to the Assistant Director of Cultural Services, with joint project-related reporting to relevant area leads, including Head of Cultural Spaces & Infrastructure, and Head of Grants & Awards.

Specific Duties/Responsibilities

  • Support artists and the music sector to navigate City processes
  • Act as an internal ambassador for music within the City
  • Act as a municipal liaison for music industry and community stakeholders
  • Lead and manage implementation of the recommendations in the Vancouver Music Strategy final report
  • Ensure alignment of the Vancouver Music Strategy final report recommendations with policy recommendations in Culture|Shift, Making Space for Arts and Culture, the Healthy City Strategy, City of Reconciliation goals, Vancouver Economic Action Strategy, the Tourism Master Plan, and other related policies
  • Align and integrate with other key City-led initiatives including Special Events Policy review, Places for People (Downtown Public Space Strategy), Plaza Stewardship, Liquor Policy Review, Development and Building Regulatory Review, and Support for Small Business Strategy
  • Manage the ongoing delivery of the Vancouver Music Fund, a grant funding program to support Indigenous and underrepresented communities, artists, and industry initiatives
  • Lead the creation of, and participate in,  Vancouver Music Task Force, comprised of key industry stakeholders, funding bodies, community voices, and City of Vancouver representatives
  • Work with underrepresented communities to support increased access to performance, production, and funding opportunities
  • Convene ongoing dialogue and public conversations with the Music sector, industry, community, and artists
  • Develop inter-departmental City collaborations to help amplify Vancouver’s music and sound sector
  • Explore connections and opportunities with creative industries and relations between music, nightlife, and the nighttime economy
  • Explore a pilot approach to supporting the music sector’s interactions with City processes
  • Work with Industry stakeholders to support the implementation of Industry-led recommendations in the Vancouver Music Strategy final report.


  • Conduct research and policy analysis, and develop policy recommendations that support the diverse spectrum of music and related creative activities in the City of Vancouver
  • Ensure the music industry is represented in existing and future advisory groups (including the establishment of a Music Task Force, ACAC, and other advisory committees)
  • Work with Cultural Services senior planners to review equity audit and revised grant program delivery with a music lens and to prioritize needs of the music sector
  • Work closely with other City departments, including Planning and Development Services to identify barriers and opportunities to streamline municipal processes that impact the music and creative sectors
  • Participate in Music Task Force to advise the work of City staff and oversee implementation of the Vancouver Music Strategy and its recommendations
  • Other duties as assigned

Minimum Qualification Requirements

Education and Experience:

  • University degree in one of more of the following; policy & planning, the arts, cultural planning, project management, business administration with considerable (5+ years) experience, or a combination of education and relevant experience;
  • Demonstrated experience in the music and creative industry with knowledge of, networks in, and respect of the music sector;
  • Demonstrated experience working in a municipal government context in arts and culture administration, including grants administration;
  • Demonstrated experience in concluding complex, multi-stakeholder planning processes in the public sector;
  • Relevant lived experience combined with a broad perspective lens on supporting best practices in advancing equity, reconciliation, and decolonization in music, arts & culture

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Considerable knowledge and experience working in the diverse and complex music sector and the arts and culture community;
  • Knowledge of regional, national, and global music cities, creative industries and nighttime economy research and priorities;
  • Ability to identify, analyze and prioritize cultural planning issues to advance implementation of the Vancouver Music Strategy;
  • Ability to prioritize, develop and implement action plans related to municipal policy and processes as outlined in the Vancouver Music Strategy final report;
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience navigating the changing landscape of the local and global music industries, including the needs of live music, recording, production, distribution, presentation, digital, and DIY music activities;
  • Advanced applied knowledge of policy analysis, development, and implementation in the context of municipal, intergovernmental and inter-agency relationships and processes;
  • Demonstrated experience writing and presenting complex policy documents and reports;
  • Knowledge of and familiarity with municipal planning processes;
  • Ability to interpret complex agreements, prepare detailed policy briefings and reports and make recommendations to senior City staff and City Council;
  • Ability to work diplomatically and persuasively with staff and multiple stakeholder groups;
  • Ability to synthesize information and policy work and present it publicly to media, government, community, industry, and key partners and stakeholders;
  • Ability to build trust and reciprocal relations with multiple communities, including the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations; urban Indigenous, Métis, and Inuit peoples in Vancouver; as well as other underrepresented communities, historically-marginalized and equity-seeking groups;
  • Ability to organize and track multiple timelines and deliverables, extensive layers of information, complex partnerships and both internal and external stakeholder relationships; and,
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills and the ability to communicate diplomatically and clearly with a wide range of stakeholders representing divergent views and interests.

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

Affiliation: CUPE 15

Employment Type: Regular Full Time 

Position Start Date: December 2020

Salary Information: Pay Grade GR-29: $44.83 – $53.01 per hour

Application Close: November, 1 2020

At the City of Vancouver, we are committed to recruiting a diverse workforce that represents the community we so proudly serve. We encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds, including Indigenous applicants, all genders, nationalities and persons with disabilities. The City of Vancouver is always interested in adding high performing team members to its staff.  If you would like to be considered for this exciting and impactful career opportunity, please apply on our careers site.

We thank all applicants for their interest. However, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Learn more about our commitment to diversity and inclusion.  

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