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Job Posting: Director, Social Purpose Real Estate

Job Title: Director, Social Purpose Real Estate
Position Type: Permanent Full-Time
Department: Portfolio Development
Reporting to: Chief Development & Strategy Officer
Location:  HQ – Headquarters
Anticipated Start Date: March 1, 2021


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 Development Officer (CDO), this role is responsible for the oversight of Artscape’s projects in development. S/he is knowledgeable of all phases of development and within Artscape’s team, serves as the strategic lead for predevelopment, construction and occupancy for new projects and large-scale renewals of existing buildings. Artscape’s 2018-2023 Strategic Plan, Artscape 5.0, provides a roadmap for deepening the organizations impact in the Greater Toronto Area through achieving new housing units as well as community cultural hubs in the region. The Director is the point person within Artscape for advancing collaborations for new site and project opportunities with municipal, private developer and operational partners with development and operational partners.


  • Serves as the strategic advisor for conceiving, planning and social purpose real estate projects and partnerships that grow Artscape’s GTAH portfolio.
  • With CDO, develops and implements an enterprise-based development strategy that facilitates sustainability through revenue generation and front-end investment.
  • Serves as Artscape lead in all facets of project initiation and feasibility including site analysis, feasibility and proforma, space and use analysis, joint venture partner relations, and other due diligence.
  • Leads Artscape’s capital projects under construction and ensures that projects are completed on time, on budget and within scope, including through supervision of Artscape staff and consultants.
  • Provides support and technical expertise to the assessment of current building conditions of Artscape`s existing buildings as a basis for a long-range portfolio framework


Must-have Skills:

  • 7+ years experience in real estate project management, construction, urban planning, architecture, business or equivalent professional experience
  • Experience, knowledge and interest through continuing education and/or certification, in design and operational areas important to Artscape such as sustainable and energy efficient design, accessibility, active living, and financing and construction innovations
  • Exceptional communication and management skills to manage large development teams of internal and external partners and contractors.
  • Demonstrated passion for problem solving and working through complex issues to keep projects on track
  • Excellent budgeting, estimating, estimating, forecasting and schedule management skills
  • Strong proficiency in Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint), Acrobat Pro, MS Project, CAD Software

Nice-to-have Skills:

  • Demonstrated interest and commitment to social purpose real estate as a vehicle for achieving mission.
  • Strong time management and organizational skills to effectively prioritize and handle a large volume of work with multiple conflicting deadlines
  • Passion for contributing organization wide as a leader within Artscape

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.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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