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Job Posting: Public Art Program and Partner Manager (Maternity Leave Coverage)

Job Title: Public Art Program and Partner Manager (Maternity Leave Coverage)
Position Type:Fixed Term Contract Full Time
Department: Creative Placemaking Lab
Reporting to: Director, Creative Placemaking Lab
Location:  HQ – Headquarters
Application Deadline: June 30, 2020
Anticipated Start Date: July 6, 2020


Artscape is a not-for-profit urban development organization that makes space for creativity and transforms communities. Our work involves clustering creative people together in real estate projects that serve the needs of the arts and cultural community and advance multiple public policy objectives, private development interests, community and neighborhood aspirations and philanthropic missions.

Since its beginning in 1986, Artscape has become recognized as an international leader in creative placemaking, a practice that leverages the power of art, culture and creativity to catalyze change, growth and transformation in communities. Artscape achieves its mission through developing and managing unique cultural facilities—including community cultural hubs, multi-purpose creative spaces and artist live/work projects—and delivering programs and services that promote creativity and cultural space development. For more information please visit


Artscape Atelier is a new social enterprise that aims to provide meaningful opportunities for artists to participate in city-building, through public art, public realm and creative placemaking interventions. The Atelier is part of Artscape’s five-year strategic plan, which focuses on creating opportunities for artists to financially thrive, and mainstream creative placemaking within the urban development industry.

The Public Art Program/Partner Manager will be responsible for managing the development and execution of inspiring public art projects in collaboration with artists, urban developers, BIAs and municipalities. The Manager will play an active role in building the Atelier social enterprise into its next phase of growth, including developing systems and processes to support operational efficiencies and scale. This is a hands on role, requiring attention to detail and a focus on implementation. It is ideally suited to someone who thrives in a fast-paced and startup-like environment.


Partner Management

  • Collaborates with partners to develop creative frameworks, strategies and timelines for delivering inspiring public art projects, including conducting site research, leading community engagement, negotiating creative and operational direction, and developing partner presentations to gain alignment and buy-in
  • Manages monthly financial reconciliation with partners, including managing invoices and payment receipts in collaboration with Artscapes finance team

Program Development and Execution

  • Participates and contributes to developing the creative vision for public artworks on a partner’s site, including researching relevant curatorial themes, developing mood boards, and brainstorming creative frameworks
  • Manages the development and execution of the public art procurement process, including but not limited to: developing thoughtful calls for submissions, setting up artist applications, leading webinars for artists, coordinating juries for selection in collaboration with partners and implementing equitable artist selection processes
  • Collects all necessary site information required to develop thoughtful and informative calls for selection to ensure applications are in alignment with partner expectations, and site and public art vision
  • Develops equitable budgets for public art projects, in alignment with CARFAC standards and project vision
  • Establishes selection parameters and processes in alignment with Artscape’s internal frameworks and processes to ensure equitable artist selection

Brand and Communications

  • Collaborates with the Marketing and Communication teams (internally and within partner teams) in developing communication plans to disseminate calls for submission, announce artist selection and amplify artist profile and public artworks
  • Establishes networks of local arts organizations to disseminate public art calls to diverse artist networks
  • Coordinates collecting artist photos, bios, stories, creative process pictures, to shape stories about public artworks
  • Manages and updates the Atelier micro-site, including adding stories about new partners, artists, and produced public artworks

Artist Management

  • Manages artist contracting, payments, insurance and permitting (if required), following selection process
  • Collaborates with artists to manage the production of public artworks, and deliver high-quality artworks within specifications, scope of work, timelines and budget
  • Bridges communication between artist and partner, providing updates and fielding technical questions
  • Manages the artist database, and participates in developing strategies to grow the database
  • Facilitates webinars, in-person meetings and/or questions from artists to guide them towards delivering strong applications for call for submission

Systems and Process Development

  • Collaborates with internal stakeholders, including finance, marketing and communications, and other Artscape departments that interface directly with artists to establish processes for effective coordination, leveraging existing resources and integrating organizational best practices into the growth of Atelier
  • Streamlines process for delivering fast and on-time artist payments and clear and friendly artist contracts
  • Streamlines process for identifying artist selection and/or commission strategy and disseminating public calls
  • Develops database of material costs to inform public artwork budgets
  • Conducts post-mortem following public art projects; integrates learnings into overall system and process development


Must-have Skills:

  • A minimum 3-5 years professional experience in project and arts management and/or parallel discipline(s), such as event programming or management
  • Strong partner management skills, including clear communication, meeting facilitation, alignment negotiations
  • Ability to develop clear scope of work, manage and negotiate expectations with partners and artists, and ensure projects are delivered on time
  • Demonstrated experience planning, organizing and delivering simultaneous multiple projects in a fast-paced environment

Nice-to-have Skills:

  • Knowledge of the arts sector in Ontario, as well as an understanding of artistic mediums, curatorial processes, and current trends/conversations within the arts sector
  • Comfort with ambiguity, and figuring out new processes and operations in a start-up like environment
  • Experience collaborating with high-profile partners and artists to produce and deliver artworks within tight timelines
  • Experience with website content management / web publishing an asset
  • Comfort and ease in using internal tools including, Slack, Google Documents, Internal Server, Submittable, Sage Beanworks to manage communications, project management, and finances

Join Our Team!

We love creatives and creativity!

Join our team and be part of an organization that positively transforms the community through co-creation. Artscape is an urban development organization and global leader in creative placemaking. We have community cultural hubs throughout Toronto. The core of our work focuses on developing real estate projects, programs and services to empower artists and connect them to communities. As a not-for-profit organization based in Toronto since 1986, we collaborate with artists, community leaders, public policy advocates, philanthropists and urban developers, so that our work builds value for everybody. As a team member, you will contribute to the wide range of work we do for the community.

How to Apply: Email your resume and cover letter with salary expectations in confidence to Indicate the Job Title and your name in the Subject line. In your letter, be sure to tell us where you initially saw the job posted. Unfortunately, incomplete applications without salary expectations will not be considered. We thank all applicants for their interest; however, due to the volume of applications we receive, only those being considered for an interview will be contacted. No telephone calls, please. In some cases, interviews may begin before the job posting closes.

Accessibility: In accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code, Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005, accommodation will be provided at any point throughout the hiring process, provided the candidate makes their accommodation needs known to Artscape. For more information, please see our Accessible Customer Service policy.

Artscape’s Diversity & Inclusion statement: Artscape is intentional in creating spaces that are inclusive and showcase creativity. Our community reflects this intention, as we welcome people from all experiences, inclusive of sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, religion, race, Indigenous status, ethnicity, mental and physical ability, caregiver status, housing status, place of origin, age, and all other statuses protected by the Ontario Human Rights Code.

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