Vice President of St. Lawrence Centre For The Arts Redevelopment

Date Posted: Feb 04, 2020
Application Deadline: Mar 03, 2020
Start Date: Feb 04, 2020

Salary From: 100K To 100K+
Province: Ontario
Region: Metro Toronto Area
City: Toronto
Employee Benefits: Health, Pension, Other (e.g. flex time, comp tickets, etc.)
Check Additional Info section for more Employee Benefits
Organization's Field/Discipline: The Arts
Job's focus: Creative & Administrative
Job Type: Full-time
Career Level: Executive/board member

Organization Description

TO Live

Previously known as Civic Theatres Toronto, TO Live is one of the city's largest multi-arts organizations, operating three iconic venues and presenting a full range of performing arts, theatrical and concert events in both downtown and uptown Toronto at the Meridian Hall, St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts and the Meridian Arts Centre. With two hubs of creativity and content creation in both downtown and uptown Toronto, TO Live has a unique place and perspective in Toronto. The mission of TO Live is to activate creative spaces by inspiring local and international artists, connect audiences and to be the nexus for new ideas, elevate artistic potential, and be the catalyst for creative expression that is reflective of Toronto's diversity.

Job Description

TO Live is currently seeking a Vice President of St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts (STLC) Redevelopment to lead in the replacement of the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, located at 27 Front Street East as a new re-imagined centre as a state-of-the-art cultural and civic hub for the City’s creative communities and the community at large, in particular for not-for-profit performing arts organizations.

Reporting to the President and CEO, and working closely with the TO Live Board of Directors through an Advisory Committee of the President & CEO and members of TO Live’s Board of Directors, the Vice President of STLC Redevelopment will provide leadership and direction on the full redevelopment lifecycle of the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts from inception to the commencement of construction ranging from strategic planning initiatives to tactical activities through to opening.

The ideal candidate will have a strong background in performing arts venues and executive management.

  • Work in collaboration with their counterpart CreateTO and in consultation with the Advisory Committee and all relevant parties including the City’s Divisions and Agencies to provide leadership in the creation and management development of all critical paths, planning and design, costing, project budget, funding strategy, implementation, process and work schedule plans of the reconstruction of the site through to opening.
  • Secure initial MOU’s from key users.
  • Arrange and conduct exploratory meetings with legacy users, including Canadian Stage, Music Toronto and other users.
  • Develop a plan for advancing the redevelopment concept including considerations regarding governance, finance, legal, procurement and planning, and recommend the plan to the Board for approval. 
  • Develop a public communications plan.
  • Engage in a facilitated, open consultation process with key stakeholders in the cultural community, particularly from the not-for-profit art sector, the local St. Lawrence Market neighbourhood and implicated City divisions and agencies to develop a building program which reimagines the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts as a new cultural and civic hub.  This may solicit feedback, input and expectations. Such feedback will be incorporated into the work plans.
  • Create and Issue proposals and bids to qualified architectural firms.
  • Develop an initial schematic schedule for annual usage by the current and future key users and other users.
  • Develop a business model that may consider opportunities for potential existing and new partners in a new St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts.
  • Lead in the creation of applicable budget(s) preparation as required, scheduling and monitoring processes.
  • Manage all construction activities for the purpose of ensuring that all phases of the work plans are completed.
  • Participate and work closely with the Development department on the Capital Campaign.
  • Assist and advise the President & CEO, as well as participate in all Board of Director presentations or other presentations as required.
  • Communicate and be an effective liaison on all work plans to internal and external TO Live stakeholders, as well as reporting and communication to TO Live’s Senior Executive and Finance department.
  • Remain current in areas of responsibility through education courses, professional publications, a professional network, and professional societies.
  • Maintain regular communication with other Senior Staff through meetings and discussion.
  • Work collaboratively with other departments to ensure effective coordination of activities and delivery of required objectives as required.
  • Participate in all strategic and tactical planning as a member of the Senior Management team with a key focus on creating and developing community partnerships and a greater profile and inclusion in Toronto’s arts community. 
  • Contribute to creating a culture where staff feel informed, valued and empowered to give their best.
  • Undertake special projects and duties as assigned by the President and CEO.


  • A proven track record in strategic leadership and management.
  • Minimum 10 years’ experience or other relevant experience in a performing arts organization.
  • Project management experience is considered an asset.
  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize activities, develop plans, meet deadlines and manage multiple and complex operational matters on a daily basis.
  • Clear evidence of good judgment, reasoning ability, problem solving skills and strategic thinking capabilities.
  • Results oriented with strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal, relationship building, negotiation and collaborative skills.
  • Proven ability to manage to budget and provide clear financial analysis.
  • Highly organized in a fast-paced environment.
  • Practical knowledge of employment, labour and occupational health and safety laws.
  • Commitment to the principles of equal opportunity, respect and inclusion, cultural diversity and broadening access to the arts.
  • Undergraduate degree or experiential equivalent.

Additional Info:

  • Variable and often long hours including nights and weekends. 
  • Variable hours of work depending on performance and event schedules.
  • Consistent ability to interact with a wide range of temperaments.
  • Travel between all three TO Live venues if required.
TO Live is one of Canada’s largest multi-arts organizations, operating three iconic venues: Meridian Hall (formerly the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts), the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts and Meridian Arts Centre (formerly the Toronto Centre for the Arts). In addition, TO Live presents a full range of performing arts, theatrical and concert events at these venues in both downtown and uptown Toronto. With these two hubs of creativity and content creation, TO Live has a unique place and perspective to activate creative spaces by inspiring local and international artists, connect audiences and to be the nexus for new ideas, elevate artistic potential, and be the catalyst for creative expression that is reflective of Toronto’s diversity.

How to Apply:

Interested applicants should email a cover letter and resume for confidential consideration to  Please include ”Vice President of StLC Redevelopment” in the subject line.  No phone calls please.

TO Live thanks all applicants in advance. Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

TO Live is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to inclusive, barrier-free recruitment and selection processes and work environment in accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). The Human Resources department will work with applicants requesting accommodation at any stage of the hiring process. 

TO Live is committed to building a more diverse workplace and encourage all qualified applicants to apply.

Date Posted:  February 4, 2020
Application Deadline:  March 3, 2020
Start Date: ASAP


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