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Director, Launchpad Programs

Position Type: Full-Time
Location: Toronto - Artscape Head Office, Liberty Village with a move to Artscape Daniels Launchpad at Queens Quay and Lower Jarvis in the Fall of 2018
Start Date: As soon as mutually convenient
Application Deadline: Monday, July 31, 2017 by 5:00 PM

Candidats qui préfèrent recevoir cette poste en version française sont invités à contacter careers@artscape.ca.

Artscape is currently recruiting for a Director, Launchpad Programs to play a critical role in shaping the development of the ground-breaking Artscape Daniels Launchpad cultural sector project in Toronto. Opening in 2018 and located at Queens Quay and Lower Jarvis, Artscape Daniels Launchpad will be a 30,000 square foot, one-stop art and design entrepreneurship hub that provides affordable access to technology and tools of the trade, reframes entrepreneurship for creative people through innovative programming and offers a gateway to services, funding, business opportunities and more.

The Director, Launchpad Programs is responsible for all Launchpad programming, including current offerings as well as the expansion of programming leading up to and after the facility opening in the Fall of 2018. This role leads and mentors the partnership and engagement team that is responsible for managing partnerships, which presently includes: industry partnerships; college, university and learning institutions; innovation and incubation hubs; community groups; and trade and service organizations in the cultural sector. As the Director, Launchpad Programs, the incumbent will be heavily engaged in the development of formal partnerships and ensuring the reach of Launchpad programs into urban and rural communities.

The successful candidate will:

  • Be a critical thinker, educator and learner able to demonstrate an exceptional capacity in partnership development and cross-sector collaboration
  • Bring an entrepreneurial sensibility and approach
  • Have an understanding of the creative sector
  • Have a strong compassion for exploring and delivering programming within marginalized communities
  • Have a sense of urgency in defining unseen areas of potential for program design and delivery

The successful candidate will also be a highly effective leader able to understand the complexities of delivering high-value programs with ambitious targets and an approach that forms the culture of the Launchpad project and Artscape.

This position is likely to see increased responsibility for people management and program development over time as thinking and programs are further refined. The position will report to the Managing Director, Artscape Daniels Launchpad and work in close collaboration with the program team, as well as internal and external stakeholders.

After a decade of research, Artscape delivered the first of its Launchpad programs in 2014. These programs, rooted in creative entrepreneurship, have been purposely designed with artists and designers in mind. These include our signature Creative Entrepreneurship Program (delivered as a 40-hour course), Creative Business Design Workshop (one full day), and a series of stand-alone workshops centered on developing entrepreneurial skills in business areas, including idea testing, marketing, business operations and social enterprise. Since piloting these programs, Artscape has continued to standardize and refine its offerings based on participant feedback and market demands. Over 450 participants have completed Launchpad programs to date.

Artscape is currently scaling up delivery of its programs in the Greater Toronto Area and across Southern Ontario. These programs include Artscape Launchpad business and entrepreneurship programs, special events, and a mentorship program that starts this summer. As we continue to deliver and pilot programs, the successful candidate will take leadership of a significant expansion of program administration in advance of the opening of the art and design entrepreneurship centre in the Fall of 2018.

You can read more about Artscape’s Launchpad programs at artscapedanielslaunchpad.ca.


  • Strategically leads the design, development and implementation of Artscape Daniels Launchpad’s programs and special events
  • Collaborates with partners to leverage qualitative and quantitative feedback/data, to evaluate Artscape Daniels Launchpad’s programming impact, and make recommendations for program changes and/or sustainability for long-term success
  • Allocates and manages overall programmatic budget
  • Achieves revenue targets and efficiencies in programming development and design
  • Attends and presents at conferences, and develops networks with provincial social enterprise groups and other external stakeholders, to remain an authority on trends in the cultural sector
  • Strategically leverages existing relationships in the cultural sector to develop new business partnership opportunities, which may include new programs, workshops, and/or special events
  • Builds a roster of expert third-party facilitators and trainers to deliver Artscape Daniels Launchpad’s programs and manages and develops their skills, working within budget parameters
  • Builds a roster of expert third-party instructional designers to develop new curricula for Artscape Daniels Launchpad, based on strategic programming
  • Researches and leads the design, recruitment, implementation and management of a comprehensive mentorship program
  • Provides strategic direction to direct reports
  • Provides ongoing coaching and performance management techniques, tools and applications for managing staff and department goals and objectives
  • Engages and collaborates with arts service and trade organizations, post-secondary institutions, individual trainers, facilitators and others on the delivery of programs at Artscape Daniels Launchpad
  • Produces clear and concise written reports and presentations
  • Contributes to, and participates in, the realization of Artscape Daniels Launchpad’s overarching mission and strategic objectives


  • A minimum of 7 - 10 years’ leadership experience in the creative sector (with evidence of increasing responsibility) combined with a strong entrepreneurship background 
  • Experience in leading the design, development and delivery of learning tools and systems for program participants across a wide variety of backgrounds, including youth, post-secondary graduates, newcomers, indigenous communities and adults
  • Significant experience working with stakeholder groups across a broad range of communities to understand their creative needs while maintaining  positive relationships
  • Substantial experience in developing, testing and refining innovative models of program delivery
  • Substantial knowledge, understanding and experience in the application of entrepreneurship training pedagogy
  • Significant professional experience in the design and management of training, professional development and/or related programming
  • Substantial experience in leading successful partnership development, collaboration and facilitation
  • Exceptional project management and planning skills
  • Exceptional human resource management skills
  • Evidence of an entrepreneurial approach; able to develop implementable programming that meets ambitious financial targets
  • Experience in financial planning and management within a social enterprise context
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • A can-do spirit and a love of problem-solving – energized by new challenges
  • Able to multi-task while still ensuring thorough analysis and timely action
  • Thrives in a fast-moving, agile and collaborative environment
  • Highly organized and resourceful; a meticulous record keeper
  • Self-motivated, takes initiativeConfident, personable, clear and persuasive communicator
  • A creative and entrepreneurial thinker
  • Able to synthesize and communicate complex ideas
  • A fast-learner focused on results
  • Strong Microsoft Office skills, especially Word and Excel

How to Apply  

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How to Apply

Please respond by:

  • Specifying where/how you found out about the opportunity
  • Including a cover letter outlining the qualifications and experience you would bring to the position 
  • Including your salary expectations
  • Including a resume

Please note: Submissions must include all requirements listed above, including your salary expectations. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

Applications will be received in confidence by mail or email and should be forwarded to:
Attention: Human Resources
Suite 224, 171 East Liberty Street
Toronto, ON M6K 3P6

careers@artscape.ca (please note your name and the job title in the email subject line)

All email submissions will receive a message confirming receipt. 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.

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.