Community Engagement Specialist

  • City of Vancouver
  • Administration
    • Full Time | 
    • Contract/Temporary
  • Queen Elizabeth Theatre, 649 Cambie Street, Vancouver
  • 1 position available
  • Accessible Employer: Yes
  • Open to International applicants with valid Canadian Work permits: Yes
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Posted on August 17, 2023

Job Description

Requisition ID: 39307


Located on the traditional, ancestral and unceded lands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Peoples, 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 Community Engagement Specialist advances the efforts of the Vancouver Civic Theatres (VCT) to foster community engagement within the arts, culture, education and other not-for-profit communities to create low barrier opportunities for the public, as well as artists and arts organizations at VCT.

The position supports, develops, and maintains relationships within the community and facilitates the scheduling of events, festivals, visual art programs and other diverse community and cultural programming. In addition the position acts as the program lead for the VCT Activating Spaces Grant program, which administers $200,000+ annually.

In partnership with the Marketing department, this position also utilizes social media and other digital communication tools to advance VCT’s programming, grants, and outreach initiatives.

Responsibilities & Qualifications

Specific Duties and Responsibilities

Conduct outreach and develop and maintain effective partnerships with external partners and stakeholders including but not limited to community groups, arts organizations, and artists in a broad array of disciplines towards the delivery of community events and arts programming in VCT spaces
Assume responsibility for managing VCT’s community programming initiatives by scheduling, facilitating, evaluating, and reporting on special events, art exhibitions, workshops, and programs
Make recommendations on the development, implementation, and discontinuation of events and programs
Maintain and further develop the visual and media arts artist-in-residence programs within VCT spaces and liaise with individual artists and arts organizations to promote greater utilization and engagement
Coordinate the year-round VCT Venue Tours program
Lead the day-to-day operation of $200,000 annual VCT Activating Spaces Grant Program; verify applicant eligibility, assess applications against criteria, and make funding recommendations to a staff committee
Research, compile data, and write to support the preparation of Council reports
Respond to public and stakeholder inquiries both verbally and in writing
Research, compile and organize data to inform decision-making for educational and community engagement programs
Support the marketing team and it’s digital communication plans by executing specific tactics including but not limited to generating copy, social media content, and newsletter content
Assist in the creation and development of community outreach presentations and materials
Attend and participate in community and public outreach events and activities on behalf of the VCT and assist implementation of marketing and promotional programs
Manage and track an annual programming budget of approximately $125,000
Prepare program budgets and seek funding, including writing grants and funding proposals as required
Perform moderately complex administrative duties and maintain a variety of operating and administrative records
Provide mentorship and training opportunities to Summer Student positions and interns
Other duties/responsibilities as assigned


Education and Experience:

Completion of Grade 12 and a University degree, supplemented by post-secondary courses in events management, community relations plus sound related experience, OR an equivalent combination of training and experience
Experience in working with diverse communities
Experience planning and implementing special events
Experience in grant administration
Experience using VanApply is preferred

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Considerable knowledge and understanding of performing arts, visual arts and film and television culture
Sound knowledge and proven track record of effectively using social media for community outreach and online community building
Considerable knowledge and proved track record in programming special events
Advanced computer literacy
Ability to create and monitor detailed event budgets
Ability to use Adobe Creative Suite and/or other graphic design programs
Flexible and imaginative approach to communicating ideas and skills
A collaborative outlook to working across the organisation and with external partners
Commitment to and enthusiasm for creating great experiences and opportunities for diverse groups of audiences and stakeholders
Ability to work flexible hours as required including some evenings and weekends
Experience in administering grants is preferred

Where operationally appropriate and subject to change, the City of Vancouver has a Flexible Work Program. This program allows staff to work remotely 1 – 4 days a week from locations that are a daily commutable distance from their work at a City worksite. At this time this position is eligible to be part of the Flexible Work Program.

The City’s COVID-19 vaccination policy is currently suspended and as a result, vaccination against COVID-19 is not required at this time. However, should circumstances change and the City deem it necessary to re-introduce such policy, you may be required to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 in order to be eligible to continue performing your duties.


Pay Grade GR-018: $30.29 to $35.66 per hour (Position under reclassification review)

Other Perks/Benefits

Business Unit/Department: Arts, Culture and Community Services (1200) Affiliation: CUPE 15 Non Pks Employment Type: Temporary Full Time Position Start Date: September 2023 Position End Date: 02/13/2025 Salary Information: Pay Grade GR-018: $30.29 to $35.66 per hour (Position under reclassification review) Application Close: August 25, 2023 At the City of Vancouver, we are committed to recruiting a diverse workforce that represents the community we so proudly serve. Indigenous peoples, people of colour, 2SLGBTQ+ persons including all genders 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 on our careers site.

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