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Cultural Planner / Strategist

DEPARTMENT:

Strategic Planning

 

REPORTS TO:

Director of Strategic Planning

 

OVERVIEW

Reporting to the Director of Strategic Planning, the Cultural Planner/Strategist leads strategic planning tasks for real estate development and public realm enhancement projects, which may focus on public art integration, creative placemaking, cultural programming and activations, or a combination of one or more of these elements. The range of tasks for this role includes but are not limited to background research, context analysis and data collection, copywriting and editing, stakeholder and community engagement, and contributing to client presentations and deliverables. The Cultural Planner/Strategist works closely with the wider Strategic Planning Team, as well as other internal teams, to develop strategic approaches, vision frameworks, and implementation plans for projects of varying scales. This role will also play an active role in planning and executing stakeholder interview processes and community engagement activities.

 

KEY ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Collaborate with the Strategic Planning Team to develop strategic approaches, vision frameworks, and implementation plans for projects that require public art integration, creative placemaking strategies, or cultural programming.
  • Prepare preliminary table of contents, work plans, and timelines to articulate the project scope into a breakdown of project phases, content sections, key milestones, and final deliverables.
  • Lead or support the development of context analysis tasks, including but not limited to site and plan analysis, community asset mapping, architectural & landscape design analysis, case study best practice research, and stakeholder and community engagement.
  • Prepare stakeholder engagement plans, draft discussion topics, and conduct stakeholder interviews to gather critical insights for project analysis.
  • Prepare community engagement plans, organize materials, and facilitate the execution of community outreach and engagement activities (pop-ups, workshops, artist-led activities, etc.) to gather community feedback for project analysis.
  • Lead or support the development of vision and creative framework tasks, including, but not limited to, developing the vision and creative direction, curatorial principles, audit of existing artwork/placemaking elements, phasing approach, opportunity mapping, creative recommendations, and site considerations.
  • Prepare written copy and content (visuals, data tables, graphs) for project deliverables and presentation decks.
  • Communicate and coordinate with Municipalities and City Planning staff to ensure project tasks are aligned with relevant development approval processes and public art policies.
  • If required on projects, lead or support the formation of public art advisory committees or selection panels (providing expert advice on the selection of locations, artwork(s), and artists).
  • Coordinate and conduct public space data collection, public space observation/measurement surveys, and project impact assessment tasks.
  • Attend site visits, as required, to understand the project context, identify site opportunities and constraints, take photos or videos, conduct surveys, and perform data collection tasks.
  • Support the Business Development team in responding to RFPs/RFQs by writing content for new proposals (project approach, work plans, and methodology sections)

 

WORK ENVIRONMENT

  • This position includes a hybrid work environment where work tasks are primarily performed in an office setting or remotely at home, with opportunities (as required) for work to be completed during site visits.
  • Regular “office hours” are 9 am to 5 pm EST.
  • Some work tasks may be required to be completed or conducted outside of regular working hours on weeknights or weekends.
  • Some travel may be required, depending on the project.

 

SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS

  • Post-secondary education or proven experience in urban planning/urban design/real estate development, public art programming, cultural programming, urban planning/architecture/real estate development, or a related field
  • Experience in Arts & Culture program delivery, Placemaking Strategy, or Municipal Public Art policy is an asset
    2-5 years of relevant experience
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Strong research and analysis skills.
  • Excellent multitasking skills and ability to collaborate across multidisciplinary teams.
  • Comfortable articulating concepts and presenting deliverables to clients.
  • Excellent organizational, multitasking, and critical thinking skills.
  • Flexible and adaptable to changing priorities and project directions.
  • Ability to collaborate across multidisciplinary teams.
  • Proficient with Google Suite or related software
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