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Job Posting: Manager of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Job Title: Manager of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Position Type: Permanent Full Time
Department: People & Culture
Reporting to: Chief People Officer
Location:  HQ – Headquarters
Application Deadline: September 21, 2020
Anticipated Start Date: November 2, 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


Reporting to the Chief People Officer (CPO), the Manager of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion is responsible for the day to day management of the DEI mandate at Artscape with a strong emphasis on managing the DEI lens of Artscape’s internal and external programs and initiatives, metrics and reporting, investigations, engagement & communications, and partnerships & events. The Manager serves as a business partner and specialist performing a range of duties collaborating cross-functionally enabling the People & Culture team and operational teams to deliver best practices and operationally focused DEI solutions that support the business at the ground level. The Manager is expected to identify and implement DEI driven methodologies across all Artscape teams to ensure that their activities are well planned, coordinated and directed towards Artscape’s people-first strategy.

NOTE:We want to hear all about you in your cover letter! Be sure to respond to the following areas:

  1. Describe your experience working on DEI projects and providing guidance to others on initiatives related to eliminating discrimination and oppression
  2. Identify your skills in the area of investigation and conflict resolution including mediation
  3. Describe your experience developing and delivering training on diversity and inclusion related topics including though not exclusive to harassment/sexual harassment/discrimination/violence


Your Priorities:

  • Programs & Initiatives – Plan and execute on inclusion programs, training and strategic initiatives both internally and externally, focused on Black, Indigenous Peoples and People of Colour (BIPOC), Women, Persons with Disabilities including Accessibility, and the LGBTQ2S+ community
  • Metrics & Reporting – Prepare all inclusion and diversity surveys and reporting for our priority communities and our mental health strategy, using data analysis and visualization skills. Identify and present key insights & trends to tell the story behind the numbers and drive action
  • Investigations – Participate in workplace investigations (including both employee and matters involving the public) with a DEI lens
  • Project Management – Manage initiatives and projects that involve collaboration with various stakeholders. Responsible for end-to-end project management, ensuring timelines, communication and key deliverables are being met
  • Education & Facilitation – Identifying needs and delivering ongoing facilitation of DEI training to include training for employees and the public in support of learning programs for all. Providing education and advice to leaders
  • Manage People Analytics – collection, analysis, and reporting across all functions of the People & Culture portfolio (Recruitment, Training, Performance Management, Retention, Health & Safety etc.). This is not limited to DEI but includes analysis and reporting of H&S, labour relations, recruitment, turnover, and other areas of people analytics
  • Engagement & Communications – Play a major role in the development of innovative Inclusion & Diversity campaigns including but not limited to recommending the drafting of internal communications & social media, writing external award applications, upgrading our website, and creating presentation materials
  • Employee Resource Group Support & Committee Leadership – Create, collaborate and consult with our active and engaged network of all internal Employee Resource Groups to advance inclusion and support their ongoing development, integration and impact
    9. Networking, Community Partnership & Best Practices – Monitor internal and external diversity trends, build and maintain partnerships, and leverage networks within the community of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion practitioners. Represent Artscape and serve as subject matter expert on diversity-related issues to the D&I Committee and People and Culture as a whole
  • Other duties as assigned, which also includes committee and task group work as assigned, as part of the job


Must-have Skills:

  • Post-secondary degree, preferably in an Inclusion and Diversity related field
  • 3 years of relevant work experience, with demonstrated ability to operate at a Manager-level
  • Strong commitment to and knowledge of Inclusion and Diversity principles
  • Skilled workshop facilitator who understands adult learning principles
  • Proven agility with technology and adaptability when working in a dynamic environment
  • Experience with project management
  • Experience with workplace investigations and strong understanding of Ontario Health & Safety Act and Human Rights Legislation
  • Proven proficiency with data analysis and manipulation in Microsoft Excel, with strong PowerPoint skills

Nice-to-have Skills:

  • Deadline-driven, with highly effective time management skills and ability to prioritize while managing several events and programs simultaneously
  • Ability to develop and build relationships both internally and externally
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, with demonstrated experience communicating to stakeholders at various levels in writing
  • Understanding of human resources, workplace mental health, and wellness initiatives is an asset

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.

Artscape is dedicated to hiring employees who reflect the diverse communities we serve in Toronto.

How to Apply:

Email your resume and cover letter 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 cover letters 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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