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July 19, 2021

Call for Applications: Public Art Projects Manager

We are recruiting for a full-time public art projects manager to join our team. This is a new role and will report to the public art director.

The individual in this role will work closely with the public art director to ensure projects are properly budgeted and staffed. This is done with attention to reputation management and risk management for the program and the organization.

It is expected that this role will manage a variety of contractors related to specific capital projects that will encompass all stages of a public art project from calls to artists, community engagement, request for qualifications, design, fabrication, installation, and any other elements that may require contractor support.

It is expected that the individual in this position will work closely with a variety of City of Calgary departments in the commissioning, engineering, construction/installation, and maintenance of capital projects.

The successful candidate is committed to embedding the values of equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility in all relationships and processes related to public art. This includes Truth and Reconciliation and right relations with First Nations, Métis, and Inuit communities within Treaty 7 territory, in part realized through the activation of the White Goose Flying Report, a local adaptation of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s report with calls to action that can be influenced locally.


While remaining alert and sensitive to the issue of fair and equitable treatment for all, Calgary Arts Development has a special concern with the participation and advancement of members of designated groups that have traditionally been disadvantaged in employment: Black, Indigenous, and people of colour, persons with physical or mental disabilities, and members of the 2SLGBTQIAP+ community.

We are currently working remotely to reduce the risk of COVID-19 contact for our staff, but it is important to note that our office in the Burns Building downtown is unfortunately not fully accessible in the following ways:

  • The Burns Building is not fully wheelchair accessible.
  • We do not have accessible or gender-neutral washrooms. The closest ones are in the building adjacent to ours—Arts Commons.
  • We are not presently equipped with technology that supports those with hearing or visual impairments.

While we seek to rectify this in the future, we feel it is important to be transparent about the limitations of our current facilities.

We recognize that the job application process can create barriers to access for many applicants who are interested in applying. Our job calls are written in English, shared online and require applicants to email their applications in English. This creates technological, linguistic, communication, and cultural barriers, to name a few.

In recognition of these barriers to access, eligible applicants can request assistance to help alleviate some of the costs associated with preparing and submitting a job application.