Arts & Culture Development Officer

Date Posted: Nov 28, 2019
Application Deadline: Dec 19, 2019
Start Date: Feb 04, 2019

Hourly From: $40/hr To $50/hr
Province: Ontario
Region: Southwestern Ontario
City: Brantford
Employee Benefits: Health, Pension
Organization's Field/Discipline: Doesn't apply
Job's focus: Creative & Administrative
Job Type: Full-time
Career Level: Intermediate

Organization Description

The Corporation of the City of Brantford


A growing community of over 100,000 residents, the City of Brantford is located on the exceptional waters of the Grand River, a designated Canadian heritage river. Brantford is a single-tier municipality with a full range of services and a gross expenditure budget of $329 million in 2018. Our goals are economic vitality, environmental leadership, excellence in municipal management and a high quality of life for everyone in our community.

Job Description

Reporting to the Manager of Tourism, Culture and Sport, the Arts and Culture Development Officer is responsible for developing and supporting the community's cultural tourism portfolio to enhance the local and international competitiveness of the City's cultural sector, facilitating economic growth, job creation and quality of life benefits.  Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Provide leadership and support in developing and implementing cultural initiatives and policies that will advance corporate strategic plans including: Community Strategic Plan, Municipal Cultural Plan and Economic Development Strategy
  • Promote the City of Brantford as a viable location for new and/or expanding cultural industries, including film and new media
  • Assess cultural industry development issues and trends, identifying investment opportunities and creating strategic directions, activities and projects accordingly
  • Asses required resources, formulate strategies and propose initiatives to increase the cultural impact on the economic and social aspects of the community
  • Provide input and assistance on annual budget and strategic marketing plan for the cultural industry sector
  • Facilitate and initiate innovative partnerships to support related organizations and advance the development of the cultural tourism sector
  • Liaison and direct contact for local service providers, cultural institutions, government representatives, regional tourism operators and key industry partners in support of cultural business development
  • Develop funding requests, conduct due diligence for funding proposals and administer funds from private and public sector sources, including Community Cultural Investment Grant Program (annual and core operating streams) and Cultural and Built Heritage Funding Program
  • Manages client service activities on a confidential basis including the provision of direct advice and assistance to businesses, government agencies and other stakeholders
  • Assist with business retention and expansion program for cultural sector
  • Departmental liaison for various committees, including the Brantford Cultural Advisory Committee and the Cultural and Built Heritage Grant Program Advisory Committee
  • Research and author staff reports, information updates and memos to Council and various Advisory Committees
  • Administer and manage the City's public art portfolio and associated maintenance plan including estimates for services and evaluation of  proposals
  • Represent the City at a variety of networking and industry events, preparing and delivering presentations to local and regional stakeholders, government representatives and industry partners


  • Graduation from a four-year university program or equivalent in business, economic development, arts administration, arts management or museum studies
  • Over four years of previously related experience is required in order to have adequate knowledge of the trends/developments in the cultural sector and the associated marketing and budgetary responsibilities
  • Tact and discretion are required when dealing with contacts and confidential information
  • Strong working knowledge of computer programs including Microsoft Office Suite is required, plus the ability and skill to perform the duties as outlined herein within tight time frames
  • Experience developing budgets and using budget software would be considered an asset
  • Ability to adhere to strict deadlines
  • Valid "G" class driver's license and access to a personal vehicle is required
  • Occasional overtime work required

Additional Info:

Qualified candidates please attach a detailed .pdf format resume & cover letter

Information gathered relative to this position will only be used for candidate selection.

We thank each applicant for taking the time and effort to submit your resume, however, only candidates to be interviewed will be contacted.

Our organization is committed to promoting the independence, dignity, integration, and equality of opportunity of persons with disabilities by ensuring the accessibility of our facilities and services. Accommodations are available for all parts of the recruitment and selection process.

How to Apply:

To apply on-line, please visit the City of Brantford website at and click on Jobs and Volunteering and Current Opportunities.




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