Position Type: Full Time, Salaried
Location: Toronto – Downtown
Start Date: March 2011
Artscape is currently seeking a qualified individual as the inaugural Managing Director of the Regent Park Arts & Cultural Centre, responsible for the overall management and implementation of the vision of this vibrant new cultural centre, scheduled to open in early 2012.
Toronto Community Housing Corporation, The Daniels Corporation and Artscape are working collaboratively with the local community on the development of a vibrant new arts and cultural centre in Regent Park. The Governments of Canada and Ontario have contributed $24 million though the Infrastructure Stimulus Funding Program toward this $34 million centre. The Regent Park Arts & Cultural Centre will be a state-of-the-art, 60,000 square foot, multi-tenant arts centre located on Dundas Street East between Sumach and Sackville Streets that has been designed by the award-winning Diamond + Schmitt Architects. The Centre will be operated by Artscape.
The Regent Park Arts & Cultural Centre will be a showcase for artistic talent and a hub of community activity including:
• Public and Community events
• Arts-based learning
• Social innovation
• Skills development
• Participation and creation with a special commitment to young people
Dedicated to experience, learning and innovation, the new Centre is poised to become the artistic, cultural and social heart of the Regent Park revitalization. The three floors of the Regent Park Arts & Cultural Centre will include a 400+ seat flexible performance/event venue, the Artscape Café, space for 7 arts and youth-oriented arts programs and a shared-services hub that will be home to more than 60 social mission organizations and entrepreneurs. For more information, visit www.regentparkarts.ca.
Reporting to the Artscape Executive Vice President and working closely with the entire Artscape senior management team, the local community and the facility’s sub-tenants, the Managing Director of the Regent Park Arts & Cultural Centre will be responsible for ensuring that the vision of the Centre is fulfilled while financial and operational goals are met. During the period leading up to the opening, the Managing Director is responsible for establishing the systems, staff and programming that will ensure a successful launch and first year of operations. Responsibilities include:
• Managing the building and operations including the development and implementation of policies and operating budget
• Reporting as required to Artscape and other boards/committees and ensuring the principle of community stewardship is built into the Centre’s governance structure
• Programming the major performance/event space and outdoor performance court in collaboration with a Program Advisory Committee; ensuring that the vision is fulfilled and working closely with Artscape Event Services team to optimize earned revenue
• Managing community and stakeholder relations and building strong relationships between Artscape, sub-tenants, the local community and arts and cultural groups; including stewarding relationships and managing processes with existing stakeholder groups and committees; supporting the RPACC Capital Project Manager with stakeholder relation requirements and assisting in implementing stakeholder strategy
• Managing the Centre’s staff including: programming, technical, maintenance, cleaning, and event services
• Ensuring successful management of the Artscape Café
• Liaising and working closely with the Regent Park Arts & Cultural Centre Capital Project Manager and other Artscape departments including properties, finance, communications and tenant relations
The ideal candidate will show solid prior experience in these key areas:
• Management experience – At least five years management experience involving oversight of staff and facilities
• Programming – A demonstrated track record of programming in the performing arts and enthusiasm for doing so in collaboration with a Programming Advisory Committee
• Vision and creativity – Ability to embrace an ambitious vision and bring it to life
• Financial aptitude – Establishing and meeting annual operating budgets
• Communications – Strong ability to connect with the community and stakeholders and establish positive and productive ongoing relationships
• High performance mentality – Able to thrive in a fast-paced environment with ambitious goals and multiple priorities
• Prior performance venue knowledge/background and proficiency in language(s) in addition to English would be seen as positive assets
Artscape is a not-for-profit organization that makes space for creativity and transforms communities. Artscape projects provide affordable space for creativity while generating positive cultural, economic, social and environmental impacts. Since its inception in 1986, Artscape has transformed a portfolio of underutilized buildings across Toronto into dynamic community assets that serve to enable innovation and creativity, including the award-winning Artscape Wychwood Barns and multi-tenant arts facilities in the Queen Street West, Liberty Village, Toronto Island and Distillery Historic District neighbourhoods. Collectively, Artscape manages 10 buildings for 863 artist and cultural worker tenants and owners in 417,000 square feet of space.
Deadline for Applications: February 24, 2011 by 5:00pm
Salary is negotiable commensurate with experience. Artscape offers an employee health benefit package.
Please respond with a cover letter outlining the qualifications and experience you would bring to the position as well as your salary expectations, and a resume. In addition, please provide detailed contact information for three professional references.
Applications will be received in confidence by mail, courier or email only and should be forwarded to:
Attention: Human Resources, Managing Director, Regent Park Arts & Cultural Centre Submission
Suite 224, 171 East Liberty Street
Toronto, ON M6K 3P6
No phone calls please. We thank all applicants, however only those being considered for an interview will be contacted directly.
Artscape is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to diversity and inclusiveness in all its work. We work proactively to be fair and equitable in practice and to build diversity into our teams, creative communities, programs and services.