Community Arts Programmer

Requisition ID: 35018 


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.

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Main Purpose and Function

The Community Arts Programmer is a specialized position, working as part of a team, on the development, coordination and implementation of comprehensive community cultural development based Arts and Culture programming, undertaken with strong Reconciliation and Equity lenses, including programming with an indigenous focus. Programs and projects take place at Britannia Community Services Centres and in the Grandview-Woodlands and Strathcona neighbourhoods. This portfolio includes overseeing skill building arts programs such as music, dance, visual and performing arts courses as well as community arts partnerships.


Working with community; this position uses community development strategies grounded in consultation and involvement of residents and community stakeholders in the co-creation, administration and delivery of arts programs and community engaged arts projects.


Specific Duties & Responsibilities

This position coordinates and supports community engaged arts programs and projects and supervises and facilitates community engaged arts programming, facilities and projects which may take the form of special events, conferences, artist in residence projects, exhibitions and workshops at Britannia.


The Community Arts Programmer works cooperatively with Society staff and Partners, Society Committees, professional artists, arts and culture organizations and the community to understand community needs and interests regarding community engaged arts and coordinates and supports arts partners who present performances, exhibitions and festivals.


This position also conducts outreach and develops and maintains effective partnerships with community groups, arts organizations, local schools, libraries, artists in a broad array of disciplines and service and recreation organizations towards the delivery of community engaged arts programs.


This position assists with supervision for šxʷqʷeləwən ct Britannia Community Services Centre’s Carving pavilion in partnership with the VSB and consultation with the local indigenous community possibly including developing and facilitating Indigenous artist in residence projects


This position is responsible for the supervision of the Britannia Art Gallery and the contracted curatorial staff.



Education and Experience:

  • University graduation in Fine Arts or a related discipline and some related experience or an equivalent combination of training, education and experience.
  • Demonstrated experience with community-engaged, Indigenous and diverse community, inter-cultural and intergenerational arts projects and programming special events
  • Education or some equivalent training and experience in Indigenous people’s history and culture.
  • Experience working with Indigenous communities and knowledge of the inner city.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Demonstrated ability to develop programs and projects in consultation with community arts and cultural groups
  • Considerable knowledge of the Vancouver arts community including the current and emerging trends in community-engaged arts, environmental art and social practice
  • Considerable knowledge of the urban Indigenous communities in Vancouver, including the ability to successfully outreach to the community and implement urban Indigenous protocols
  • Knowledge of provincial and national legal standards and requirements in the arts (copyrights, fees etc.)
  • Ability to organize and direct others in a variety of community-engaged arts projects
  • Ability to provide supervision and guidance to support staff, artists and volunteers
  • Strong written and verbal communication, presentation and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a team
  • Ability to deal tactfully with the public in a diverse community and to work collaboratively with a multi-agency organization.
  • Good computer skills and ability to learn and adapt to current and new computer software applications as well as a working knowledge of ActiveNet, Point of Sale and Excel are preferred.
  • Good digital camera and social media skills preferred


A Police Record Check is a requirement of this position.  A clearance requires the absence of any criminal charges or convictions related to this position.


All City of Vancouver employees are required to be fully vaccinated as a condition of hire and ongoing employment.  Candidates may only be exempted from this requirement if they request and are approved for an accommodation based on a reason related to a Human Rights Code ground (such as disability). Such a request must be made during, not after, the recruitment process. 


Business Unit/Department: Board of Parks & Recreation (1400) 

Affiliation: CUPE 15 Parks 

Employment Type: Regular Full Time 

Position Start Date: February, 2022 

Salary Information: Pay Grade GR-020: $32.87 to $38.68 per hour


Application Close: January 23, 2022

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


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