Manager, Culture and Heritage Planning

Job Location CA-ON-Mississauga
Posted Date 4 days ago(2/14/2018 11:50 AM)
Job ID
# Positions
Job Type
Full Time
Job Industry
Government and Public Sector
Career Level
Experienced, Management
Years of Experience

Job Description

Are you a passionate and accomplished champion of the arts, culture and heritage? As the Manager of Culture and Heritage Planning, we have a unique opportunity for you to join a talented and creative team who are setting the course for Mississauga's exciting cultural transformation.





As a key member of the Culture division leadership team, you will be responsible for guiding a talented and dedicated team of professionals that include: public art curators, cultural planners, and heritage planners to implement the City's new Culture Master Plan and associated strategic plans. The role oversees the following:   


Cultural Planning

  • You will lead the development of cultural policies and plans. You and your team will review and comment on major city planning documents such as the Official Plan, master plans, Future Directions, and special planning initiatives to ensure that a cultural perspective is incorporated. Your team will undertake comprehensive research initiatives and be responsible for conducting benchmarking, performance measurement, cultural resource mapping, and annual reporting of the division's progress.  
  • You will establish a strong cultural planning vision by anticipating and understanding future trends in cultural development and will proactively ensure these are integrated into business and strategic planning initiatives.
  • You will lead politically sensitive cultural planning initiatives, as required
  • You will establish and operationalize a planning framework for the culture division.
  • You will provide expert advice to the Director on cultural planning matters.

Heritage Planning

  • You and your team will expertly guide heritage planning processes and ensure compliance with provincial legislation and city planning policies and by-laws. This will include the management and development of heritage conservation districts, cultural landscapes and the development and maintenance of an archaeological master plan.

Public Art and Space Animation

  • You will oversee the implementation of the public art master plan, by ensuring the timely delivery of new public art works, both permanent and temporary, the maintenance of the public art collection, and management of the civic art collection. This will include developing alliances and partnerships with both public and private stakeholders.

Infrastructure Planning

  • You will engage community members and stakeholders and work with internal division and external agencies to develop plans and studies that assess cultural infrastructure and provide direction and business cases in support of new or redeveloped facilities. Your team will lead studies, conduct analysis and deliver pilot projects that support our mandate to create an 'arts friendly city'.


  • Your team will generate 'fresh' and innovative ideas and solutions based on data, trends analysis, networking and best practices from around the world.

Capacity Building

  • You will develop a strong understanding of Mississauga's arts, heritage, and culture sector needs and develop strategies and programs to increase their local capacity.

Networking & Partnerships

  • You will identify and lead strategic partnerships with private and government organizations to advance cultural development in the City.   

Other Duties

  • Manage Cultural Planning's operating and capital budgets, and reporting quarterly.
  • Inspire and motivate staff and work to establish a positive work environment and culture.
  • Prepare reports for the Director, Commissioner and Council, as required.
  • Seek out, review, and evaluate viable private sector proposals and develops strategic alliances and partnerships
  • Work with external agencies including the Mississauga Board of Trade, the Boards of Education, University of Toronto at Mississauga (UTM), Sheridan College, and all cultural organizations in the City.
  • Oversee the procurement of consultants where applicable.
  • Ensure cross-collaboration with Culture Operations staff and other with other City divisions.
  • Serve as staff liaison with the Heritage Advisory Committee.
  • Manage the design and delivery of complex engagement initiatives
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.



  • You are a graduate from a recognized university with a degree in Planning, Arts Administration, Public Administration or a related discipline.
  • You have a minimum 7 years of management experience and the acuity to perform well in both strategic and operational roles.
  • Your experience as a creative, strategy-oriented planner or Administrator of a Major Arts facility positions you to inform and lead innovative long range cultural planning for the City of Mississauga.
  • You have a comprehensive understanding of history, both physical and social, and knowledge of heritage planning. 
  • You demonstrate superior judgment and decision making skills, strong supervisory, leadership and team building abilities and are a 'change agent' who willingly accepts new challenges.
  • You demonstrate strong communication skills (both orally and written), and an ability to liaise effectively with the public, elected officials and outside agencies; and
  • You have strong organizational, analytical and problem solving skills.  


Hours of Work: 35 hours per week


Salary: $95,994 - $127,987

Closing Date: Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Number of Openings: 1 Permanent Full-time

Department/Division/Unit: Community Services/Culture

Work Location: Mississauga, ON



A Criminal Record Search will be required of the successful candidate, at his or her own expense, to verify the absence of a criminal record for which a pardon has not been granted.
We thank all who apply, however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.
All personal information is collected under the authority of the Municipal Act.


 We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. In accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 and the Ontario Human Rights Code, the City of Mississauga will provide accommodations throughout the recruitment, selection and/or assessment process to applicants with disabilities. If selected to participate in the recruitment, selection and/or assessment process, please inform City Human Resources staff of the nature of any accommodation(s) that you may require in respect of any materials or processes used to ensure your equal participation. All personal information is collected under the authority of the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act .        




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