Senior Cultural Affairs Officer, City of Toronto

Job ID#                                     16482

Division:                                    Economic Development & Culture

Section:                                     Cultural Services

Work Location:                         CITY HALL, 100 QUEEN ST W

Additional Location Details:   City Hall, 9th Floor, East Tow

Job Type:                                   Permanent, Full-Time

Salary/Rate:                              $95,604.60 - $112,312.20 / Year

Shift Information:                      Mon-Fri 7 hrs per week

Number of Positions Open:     1

Posting Period:                         13-AUG-2021 to 03-SEP-2021

Affiliation Non-Union

Job Description:

The Senior Cultural Affairs Officer is responsible for establishing the priorities of the City's strategies towards creating and sustaining space for culture. This individual sees the intersection of arts, culture, affordable and sustainable space as necessary to city building. They will be leading interdivisional staff teams and working with other City Agencies, Boards and Commissions, as well as external stakeholders across Toronto.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Develops and leads cultural projects to enhance Toronto's position as a Creative City
  • Develops and implements detailed plans and recommends policies regarding cultural space creation, retention and sustainability
  • Strategically prioritizes the work of the Division to support cultural space development and retention
  • Supervises assigned projects, ensuring effective teamwork and communication, high standards of work quality and organization performance, and continuous learning
  • Supervises research into cultural space policies, tax policies, etc., ensuring that such research takes into account overall City priorities, corporate policies and practices, legislation and initiatives by other levels of government
  • Identifies emerging cultural issues through knowledge of trends and changes in the sector and proposes initiatives to increase culture's impact on the economic and social life of the City
  • Ensures that the project expenditures are controlled and maintained within approved budget limitations
  • Facilitates and initiates new and innovative partnerships to support cultural organizations to advance the development of the sector
  • Leads interdivisional staff teams on special projects and manages the work of outside consultants
  • Prepares reports to Committee and Council on complex cultural issues
  • Coordinates the planning, lease negotiations, grant writing and renovations to City cultural projects
  • Ensures that cultural projects are developed according to funding criteria and align with City policies and budgets
  • Represents the Division on key corporate and external initiatives
  • Acts as the primary contact point for external and internal inquiries – providing information to arts organizations that are interested in leasing or purchasing space

Key Qualifications:

  1. Considerable experience with cultural infrastructure capital projects involving multiple communities and stakeholders and/or in possession of an urban planning designation.
  2. Experience delivering complex planning and policy assignments from inception to implementation, while balancing political, departmental and stakeholder interests, combined with a thorough understanding of the Culture Sector.
  3. Considerable experience managing projects and leading teams.
  4. Experience preparing comprehensive reports and the application of relevant information to support policy analysis and decision-making.
  5. Strong human resource management skills, with the ability to motivate, lead and supervise staff and to organize work of a multidisciplinary group of technical and professional staff, both in-house and contract.
  6. A strong knowledge of provincial legislation and policy around planning, land use, development, heritage, zoning, and municipal by-laws.
  7. Excellent research and analytical skills to support policy development activities, and ability to conceptualize and develop options and recommendations to support decision-making.
  8. Strong communication skills, both written and oral, with a demonstrated ability to communicate effectively at a professional level with senior staff, consultants, staff and officials from across the organization and external stakeholders.
  9. Strong problem-solving and conflict resolution skills.
  10. Sound judgement and ability to handle matters of a confidential nature.
  11. Familiarity with government legislation in the area of Occupational Health and Safety.


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How to Apply:

For more information on this and other opportunities with the City of Toronto, visit us online at To apply online, submit your resume, quoting Job ID 16482, by Friday, September 3, 2021.

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