Social Planner II (Cultural Planner II) (Vancouver, British Columbia (BC), Canada)

Requisition ID: 26893 


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 and Function

The Cultural Planner 2 delivers major cultural infrastructure planning projects with in Arts, Cultural and Community Services. This includes leading infrastructure projects, participating in major development and rezoning processes, working with the community to integrate arts and culture into  community and area planning and policy development. This work is guided by  Vancouver’s 10 year cultural infrastructure plan Making Space for Arts and Culture PDF file (11 MB) that lays out Vancouver’s long term vision to optimize  policies and tools to secure, enhance, and develop vibrant, affordable, and accessible arts and cultural spaces. The work can be complex and politically sensitive.


Key Contacts and Reporting Relationships

Reports to the Head of Cultural Spaces & Infrastructure in Cultural Services. The position will work closely with internal and external stakeholders on a regular basis.


Specific Duties/Responsibilities

  • Provides policy advice on complex cultural and social issues based on experience and knowledge from cultural infrastructure delivery, data and research and stakeholder/partnership consultation including policy reviews, and direct efforts of civic, community and other government agencies to implement improvements
  • Leads various area and community planning projects, which may involve consultation with art and cultural stakeholders and community at large to identify cultural priorities, and development of directions, policies and public benefit strategies to achieve cultural goals
  • Leads major cultural infrastructure projects and other projects involving community stakeholders, staff, consultants, architects and developers
  • Performs policy research and studies, which may involve engaging consultants, on best approaches to delivering community and Council priorities
  • Liaises with internal/external government representatives, private sector interests, creative industry representatives, artists, non-profit organizations, cultural communities, and citizen groups
  • Drafts policy, prepare departmental responses, author reports and present recommendations to civic departments, senior staff, City Council, and other agencies
  • Facilitates non-profit and public cultural facilities through City processes
  • Analyzes, interprets and provides input into legal agreements, understandings, bylaws, zoning, policy, rezoning, permit and licence applications, and budgets
  • Assists with a variety of cultural facility planning and development assignments
  • Coordinates and chair internal and external meetings as well as represent the department on extra-departmental reviews and projects
  • Responds to internal and external inquiries and perform other work as required
  • Provides supervisory responsibility over staff and consultants as required
  • Advises staff in other civic departments on matters related to major projects
  • Other duties/responsibilities as assigned


Minimum Qualification Requirements

Education and Experience:

  • University degree related to the arts and cultural sector, cultural facilities (operation/management/design/planning) or community planning, with considerable 5+ years of experience or a combination of education and relevant experience
  • Considerable experience working with or within the arts and culture sector, and knowledge of Vancouver’s arts and culture ecosystem
  • Demonstrated experience working with complex planning issues within the public sector and municipal processes


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Extensive knowledge of the arts and culture sector and sources of sector information including an understanding of the landscape of community-based non-profit/coop or First Nations cultural organizations and agencies
  • Considerable knowledge of issues facing communities that have been systematically excluded – including Indigenous, Black, racialized, disabled, Deaf, and LGBTQ2IA+
  • Considerable knowledge of the living culture and history of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations
  • Knowledge of municipal land use planning and land and development economics
  • Highly developed methodological, analytical, creative and conceptual skills and experience in facilitation of complex issues
  • Ability to create innovative policy and solutions that have an impact on outcomes for City priorities as they relate to cultural infrastructure
  • Ability to develop, present evidence-based recommendations to senior staff, staff committees, Council and stakeholders
  • Ability to organize, coordinate, implement and track multiple, multi-dimensional projects and inter-departmental staff teams with extensive layers of information and complex partner and stakeholder relationships
  • Ability to work diplomatically and persuasively with staff and community groups, including managing public meetings about controversial topics
  • Ability to respond effectively to media inquiries
  • Ability to multi-task and work in a complex fast paced environment within defined time lines
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work well independently and in teams, as well as demonstrated skills in conflict resolution
  • Understanding granting and/or award programs, knowledge and understanding of budgeting, including capital and operating budgets, and ability to comprehend financial statements


Business Unit/Department: Arts, Culture and Community Services 

Affiliation: C15 Non-Parks

Employment Type: Temporary Full Time 

Position Start Date: April 2021

Position End Date: April 2023 

Salary Information: Pay Grade GR 31: $48.78 to $57.70 per hour


Application Close: March 14, 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.  If you would like to be considered for this exciting and impactful career opportunity, please apply through 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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