Located on the traditional, ancestral and unceded lands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), 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.
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Main Purpose & Function
The main purpose of this role is to work with the community and key partners to sustain Chinatown’s legacy for future generations. This includes preparing policies, plans and undertaking programs and community building initiatives as part of the legacy efforts of the Historical Discrimination Against Chinese (HDC) initiative and emerging priorities in the Chinatown Cultural Heritage Asset Management Plan (CHAMP). This role will also integrate and contribute to the City’s wider Equity and Reconciliation efforts including cultural redress, anti-racism, accessibility, and decolonization.
Key Contacts and Reporting Relationships
The Chinatown Transformation Team has staff in both Cultural Services as well as Planning, Urban Design and Sustainability. This position is part of the Chinatown Transformation Team and is situated in Cultural Services within Arts, Culture and Community Services. This position reports to the Assistant Director of Cultural Services and is responsible for leading a small team.
Key contacts include residents, cultural and community organizations, business owners, property owners, family associations and benevolent societies, people who care about Chinatown, as well as partners in the non-profit, public, private, and academic sectors.
Lead the implementation of the Chinatown Cultural Heritage Asset Management Plan, in particular as it relates to arts and culture operations and programming, and cultural infrastructure.
Influence policy and program development in preparation for the City’s application for the designation of Chinatown as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Strengthen efforts to uplift Chinatown’s intangible heritage (living heritage) so that tangible and intangible cultural heritage are seen as synergetic and equally important.
Collaborate with the Council-appointed Chinatown Legacy Stewardship Group.
Provide leadership and management to a staff team.
Provide oversight on project planning and evaluation. Analyze information and data to assist in the formulation of initiatives, including in depth understanding of community needs and priorities, analysis of demographic and other trends.
Respond to sensitive enquiries and correspondences with the public and other departments on matters related to projects and policies.
Write reports, including Council reports, and present material to various internal and external groups.
Other duties/responsibilities as assigned.
Minimum Position Requirements
Education and Experience:
Several years of current, related, direct and indirect experience in arts & culture, heritage, and community development in Vancouver and Chinatown.
University degree in a related field with extensive and progressive experience at a professional level or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.
Relevant lived experience combined with a broad perspective lens on supporting best practices in advancing equity, reconciliation, and decolonization in arts & culture, heritage
Strong relationships and experience working with Vancouver’s Chinese Canadian and Chinese communities, arts and culture and heritage sector, other ethno cultural minority and language communities is needed to do this work.
Strong relationships and experience working with Indigenous communities, including local Host Nations xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) and Urban Indigenous peoples.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Knowledge of arts and culture operations, programming, and cultural infrastructure design and implementation.
Experience with community development and capacity building approaches, in particular those involving the Chinese speaking community in Vancouver and community groups in Chinatown.
Ability to develop and implement a range of engagement processes, particularly with Vancouver’s Chinese Canadian and Chinese communities, arts and culture and heritage sector, other ethno cultural minority and language groups.
Experience in collaborating with significant urban planning, arts & culture, and cultural heritage projects.
Knowledge of the City’s culture and heritage policies, land use by-laws, area planning processes, rezoning and development processes, Official Development Plans and Policies (particularly in the Downtown area and Chinatown) plus a broad knowledge of City services, programs, and processes.
Knowledge of the City’s policies and practices related to Equity, Accessibility and Reconciliation and demonstrated experiencing applying these lenses in management practices as well as policy/program development.
Ability to clearly communicate and achieve goals across departments and service units with competing priorities.
Ability to demonstrate initiative and independent judgment in dealing with a variety of people and situations.
Anti-oppressive leadership practices that centre people and their well being.
Ability to advance work in organized, strategic and effective ways that results in deep impact.
Language abilities in Cantonese, with ability to speak and understand Mandarin preferred.
Ability to meet transportation requirements.
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Business Unit/Department: Arts, Culture and Community Services (1200)
Affiliation: CUPE 15
Employment Type: Regular Full Time
Position Start Date: January, 2022
Salary Information: Pay Grade GR-34: $57.59 to 68.12 per hour
Application Close: November 28, 2021
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