Job: Project Development Manager, Centre for Creative Sector Entrepreneurship

Project Development Manager,
Centre for Creative Sector


Position Type: Full Time, contract for 6 months
Location: Toronto – Liberty Village
Start Date: April 2011

Artscape is currently seeking a qualified individual as Project Development Manager responsible for managing and undertaking research and pre-development planning for Artscape’s proposed Centre for Creative Sector Entrepreneurship (CCSE).

Toronto’s Centre for Creative Sector Entrepreneurship (CCSE) is a collaborative initiative led by Artscape in partnership with trade and service organizations, academic institutions, governments and development partners that aims to build the entrepreneurial capacity of Toronto and area artists and creative sector micro-enterprises. The project has been designed in response to extensive research into market challenges for entrepreneurs in the cultural and creative sector
and gaps in provision of programs to grow their capacity. The recently released report on the CCSE is available at:


Reporting to the Director of Knowledge Exchange, the Project Development Manager:

  • Manages the research and planning stage of CCSE
  • Undertakes research and develops a business plan for a new business model for affordable shared space, services and equipment
  • Contributes to the development of partnerships
  • Contributes to the development of a governance framework
  • Manages and undertakes market testing and leasing negotiations
  • Makes a significant contribution to program development
  • Prepares and submits funding applications as required
  • Liaises with and contributes to cross departmental project teams as required



  • At minimum, a first degree in a relevant discipline, ideally related to business and / or the arts, culture and creative industries and / or real estate development. A Post Graduate business qualification would be considered a major asset.


  • Fluent in English (written and spoken).


  • A minimum of five years at a senior / leadership level in demonstrably relevant professional environments
  • Demonstrated experience in project management
  • Demonstrated experience in business plan development
  • Demonstrated experience in research / market testing
  • Demonstrated experience in program development
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a collaborative team environment

Technical Skills

  • Essential: Fully confident in the use of Microsoft Office Professional applications, with a sophisticated understanding of and ability to work in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Project Manager.

Personal Skills

  • An entrepreneurial attitude
  • An interest in and knowledge of the arts, culture and creative industries sector
  • Proven excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Highly organized and possesses an intellectual grasp and capacity for critical thinking
  • Focused on results – A sense of urgency, self motivated, and a disciplined doer
  • A confident and personable communicator
  • A multi-tasker – Able to juggle multiple priorities
  • A learner – Always keen to expand their skills and knowledge

Deadline for Applications: March 23 by 12:00 noon.


Please respond with a cover letter (maximum one page) outlining the skills, qualifications and experience you would bring to the position as well as your salary expectations; a personal statement (maximum two pages) including at least two examples of complex projects you have managed from initiation to completion and explain how this experience is relevant to Artscape’s requirements; and a resume (maximum two pages).

Applications will be received in confidence by mail, courier or email only and should be forwarded to:

Attention: Human Resources, Project Development Manager, CCSE 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.

About Artscape
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.

Artscape is currently developing Artscape Shaw Street Centre, a 75,000 square foot creative convergence centre for artists and arts, community and social mission organizations in the West Queen West neighbourhood, and Regent Park Arts & Cultural Centre, a 60,000 square foot new build project located in the heart of the Regent Park community revitalization project.

While Artscape’s development work is focused in Toronto, it shares its expertise with communities across Canada and internationally through its Knowledge Exchange program. Artscape’s Knowledge Exchange department also makes a significant contribution to researching and undertaking pre-project development and planning activities for many of Artscape’s planned future projects. For more information on Artscape, visit