Employment Opportunities

The STEPS Initiative is an award-winning charity that bridges arts, community, and city-building by animating unlikely spaces with unlikely partners. We seek to inspire cities across Canada and around the world to create welcoming public spaces that reflect and celebrate local community through artistic excellence. As such, we are responsible for some of Canada’s largest and most community-engaged public art initiatives.

2017 is an exciting year for us! Among our projects are: a collaboration with a top Chicago street artist to reclaim a bridge along Toronto’s Waterfront; the revitalization of the Bay-Dundas Bus Terminal through a large-scale mural work; the reclamation of a section under the Gardiner along the Pan Am Path through a series of installations, as well as many other community-engaged initiatives. Summer Staff will not only support these projects, they will develop new technical and project coordination skills, while building their portfolio and establishing relationships with locally and internationally celebrated public artists.

Apply today for one of the following positions:

 


 

PUBLIC ART ASSISTANT

Responsibilities may Include:

  • Assisting in the planning and coordination of public projects
  • Sourcing and organizing project materials
  • Assisting with site preparation and production of public artwork
  • Safe handling of materials and/or equipment
  • Liaising with artists, the public and community stakeholders
  • Implementing community outreach initiatives, including volunteer coordination
  • Supporting project partnership development activities, including
  • Assisting in community engagement activities (ex:social media posts)
  • Implementing project documentation (candid photos)/ evaluation activities
  • Supporting the planning of public art celebratory events


Successful applicants will have:

  • Experience creating and executing a range of visual arts projects (a focus on painting is an asset)
  • Prior experience executing public art projects an asset
  • Well-developed organizational skills
  • Experience in event or public program coordination an asset
  • Strong communication and public speaking skills, with the ability to engage a variety of different demographics and stakeholders
  • Resourceful and independent; able to quickly adapt to a fast-paced environment in which a large amount of information will need to be juggled and synthesized
  • A team player committed to strong working relationships


In order to qualify for this position (which is funded through the Canada Summer Jobs program), candidates
must confirm in their cover letter that they were enrolled as a full-time student during the 2016 – 2017 academic year, and that they are no more than 30 years of age.

This is a summer position. In order to apply for this position, please send an electronic copy of your resume, at least 3 images that demonstrate past artistic work, as well as a cover letter outlining how your experience, expertise and/or artistic practice make you the ideal candidate for this position AND YOUR ELIGIBILITY (as outlined above) to info@stepsinitiative.com  no later than 4pm on Thursday April 27th with “CSJ: PUBLIC ART [YOUR LAST NAME]”. While we value all submissions, only those being considered for an interview will be contacted.

 

FUNDRAISING ASSISTANT

Responsibilities may Include:

  • Support fundraising activities through researching and preparing grants
  • Outreaching to private foundations and corporate giving initiatives;
  • Support development of donor engagement strategy;
  • Steward funder / donor relationships at summer 2017 events (including ensuring appropriate recognition / activations)
  • Carry out project documentation and evaluation activities;
  • Support communications, marketing, and reporting activities as they pertain to fundraising

Successful applicants will have:

  • Past education or experience in cultural management, fundraising and/or non-profit leadership
  • Strong communication skills, both written and oral
  • Capability to analyze, synthesize and summarize material
  • Motivation to work with limited supervision
  • Ability to meet firm deadlines in a fast paced environment
  • Access to a personal computer (Mac or PC)
  • Familiarity with the Microsoft Office Suite and Google Documents
  • Prior experience or interest in a related field an asset: visual arts, urban planning, urban design/ architecture, art, activism/advocacy, environmental studies, etc an asset, but not a requirement

As a grassroots organization, the Fundraising Assistant will be an integral part of our fast-paced and dynamic team. They will gain valuable experience, working with a young and growing national organization on a topic of growing public concern, while being exposed to a broad range of fundraising activities. They will become familiar with a myriad of funding opportunities, and the process for accessing a diverse body of resources, as well as experience seeking sponsorship from corporate and private giving groups in the GTA, as well as coordinating donor recognition activities. They will be asked to commit to approx. 28-35 hours of work per week, some of which may be able to be done from home on a flexible schedule, provided that firm deadlines can be met. Applicants should be able to commit to the placement for a period of 8 to 10 weeks from June 12th up to August 18th, 2017 totaling 280 hours of work.

In order to qualify for this position (which is funded through the Canada Summer Jobs program), candidates must confirm in their cover letter that they were enrolled as a full-time student during the 2016 – 2017 academic year, and that they are no more than 30 years of age.

This is a summer position. In order to apply, please send an electronic copy of your resume, as well as a cover letter outlining your fit as an ideal candidate for this position AND YOUR ELIGIBILITY (as outlined above) to info@stepsinitiative.com  no later than 4pm on Thursday April 27th with “CSJ: FUNDRAISING [YOUR LAST NAME]”. While we value all submissions, only those being considered for an interview will be contacted.

 

 

SOCIAL ENTERPRISE ASSISTANT

PATCH is our award-winning social enterprise and arts consultancy that sits at the intersection of urban planning, community development and street art culture. We are looking for a motivated Social Enterprise Assistant to support the growth of this unique initiative. This is an exciting opportunity in a B2B sales environment. The Associate’s main responsibility is to identify, research, and pursue new business opportunities, as well as contribute to business strategy. This position provides the opportunity for the incumbent to liaise and build relationships with some of the GTA’s most rapidly expanding markets. To be successful in this role, you need to be a presenter, a problem solver, and passionate about our city.

Your responsibility is to grow our current enterprise, and be a part of defining our next moves. You will:

  • Conduct a high level of cold calls to identify and qualify new projects
  • Support the development of strategic relationships
  • Have the opportunity to grow your responsibilities, through negotiating and closing deals.

We’re looking for someone who is

  • A disciplined self-starter, who is highly motivated, with a keen interest in developing their business acumen.
  • A community builder or art enthusiast, who can passionately communicate the value of public art and community projects in Toronto to diverse audiences.
  • Successful at relationship building among all level executives.
  • Resourceful and independent; able to quickly assimilate to a fast-paced environment in which a large amount of information will need to be juggled and synthesized.
  • An effective communicator, both written and oral.
  • A team player committed to strong working relationships.
  • Familiar with Windows and Google based applications.
  • Experienced with using a CRM tool (Insightly, Salesforce.com, Microsoft Dynamics, etc).

In order to qualify for this position (which is funded through the Canada Summer Jobs program), candidates must confirm in their cover letter that they were enrolled as a full-time student during the 2016 – 2017 academic year, and that they are no more than 30 years of age.

This is a summer position. In order to apply, please send an electronic copy of your resume, as well as a cover letter outlining your fit as an ideal candidate for this position AND YOUR ELIGIBILITY (as outlined above) to info@stepsinitiative.com  no later than 4pm on Thursday April 27th with “CSJ: ENTERPRISE [YOUR LAST NAME]”. While we value all submissions, only those being considered for an interview will be contacted.

 

 

PHOTO and VIDEO ASSISTANT

STEPS is looking for creative videographers/photographers to help us document our public art production and celebratory events.  This is a fun and rewarding job with significant creative control and an opportunity to experience exclusive behind the scenes of our mural production and creative operations. 

 

We are looking for someone who is:

  • Creative and motivated
  • Willing to travel to several locations across the GTA
  • Strong communication and public speaking skills, with the ability to engage a variety of different demographics and stakeholders
  • Resourceful and independent; meets deadlines and is able to quickly adapt to a fast-paced environment
  • A team player, committed to strong working relationships

Responsibilities may Include:

  • Capturing candid photos throughout public art production and celebration events
  • Conceptualize and produce HD Video material for public art production and celebration events
  • Coordinating online distribution of photo / video content (ex: social media)
  • Publish promotional material on Instagram and Facebook with an overall design sense of Instagram layout
  • Creating and establishing Pinterest boards
  • Establish organization’s YouTube channel and promoting YouTube, Vimeo (existing) channels
  • Updating Image content on STEPS websites
  • Selecting “best of” content for each stage of public art projects
  • Organizing photo / video media in organizational archive
  • Track and create progress reports for social media reach
  • Supporting project partnership development activities, including assisting in community outreach and engagement activities

Successful applicants will have:

  • 1-2 years experience in video and photo production, or similar fields  
  • Experience using / has access to a professional-grade Camera, Video and sound equipment  ie: microphone, tripod etc
  • Ability to shoot in manual mode (including thorough knowledge of aperture, manual focus, depth of field, and lens focal lengths)
  • Ability to capture images in Raw format and JPEG  
  • Ability to capture and upload video material in 720p and 1080p video format
  • Post video editing experienced with softwares such as  Adobe After Effects, Premiere Pro, iMovie)  
  • Proficiency in using Photo editing softwares like Lightroom, Photoshop and InDesign
  • Ability to colour grade video and white balance image material
  • Knowledge of image formats, CMYK and RGB workspaces, video formats and web-based and print resolution for images
  • Experience with creative and experimental forms of videography (ex: Drone work, Time lapse, 360 Virtual Reality Images) is an asset
  • Ability to create storyboards, framing shots and produce art directed creative video and photo projects is an asset
  • Experienced using social media platforms such as Instagram, facebook, twitter and Pinterest
  • Knowledge in portrait photography, architectural photography, event and commercial photography is an asset

In order to qualify for this position (which is funded through the Canada Summer Jobs program), candidates must confirm in their cover letter that they were enrolled as a full-time student during the 2016 – 2017 academic year, and that they are no more than 30 years of age.

Application Requirements:

Please send an electronic copy of your resume, at least 3 images and a sample video or a link to web content / portfolio, that demonstrate past work experience as well as a cover letter outlining how your experience, expertise and/or artistic practice make you the ideal candidate for this position AND YOUR ELIGIBILITY (as outlined above) to info@stepsinitiative.com  no later than 4pm on Thursday April 27th with “CSJ: PHOTO / VIDEO”