Harbour West Consulting Seeks New Leader for BC Artscape

January 23, 2019 – Executive recruitment firm Harbour West Consulting Inc. has been enlisted to find the next executive director for BC Artscape, a non-profit development organization for artists and cultural organizations in Vancouver, British Columbia. Carol Robinson, principal and owner of the North Vancouver-based boutique search firm, is leading the assignment.

BC Artscape is looking for an executive director who is committed to the area’s artistic community and cultural space, said Harbour West Consulting. The individual should be a community-minded leader who combines innovation and collaboration with strategic focus. He or she should also be passionate about social purpose real estate development.

Reporting directly to the board of directors, the executive director is responsible for the overall vision and management of BC Artscape, said the search firm. The individual oversees project development, planning and leadership, while ensuring the continued sustainable infrastructure for artists, cultural organizations, owners and tenants. The executive director must be a proactive, collaborative and solutions-focused leader with the ability to identify opportunities, risks and the short and long-term organizational strategic goals and administrative requirements.

Productive Relationships

In addition, the executive director must be committed to developing and maintaining productive relationships with the local community, tenants, funders and other key stakeholders, said Harbour West Consulting. The non-profit’s leader is charged with attending and participating in board meetings and acting as an advocate for BC Artscape professionals, donors, stakeholders and the community at large.

Bringing a minimum of five years of leadership experience, the executive director will be expected to advance the organization’s projects and programs through sustainable and accountable organizational objectives and operational plans. The leader is also responsible for guiding and supporting an engaged team in the delivery of efficient, effective and innovative development projects and facilitating the leadership of community driven arts and culture programming. As spokesperson and steward for the organization, the executive director must facilitate stakeholder and funder relationships to strengthen partnerships, opportunities and impact.

A graduate degree in arts or arts management, non-profit leadership, business, planning and/or urban studies, is preferred for the role.

The ideal candidate would be a progressive and innovative non-profit and/or public sector leader with an operational mindset and the strategic vision to build on the diversity of BC Artscape’s non-profit development infrastructure, said Harbour West Consulting.

 Cultural Spaces

Compensation for the position will be commensurate with experience and in the range of $90,000 to $120,000.

BC Artscape is an independent non-profit urban development organization. The group’s mandate is to develop cultural spaces in British Columbia that serve the needs of artists and cultural organizations as well as the local community. Projects by BC Artscape are carefully designed to address the opportunities and challenges of their particular local context by employing an in-depth community engagement process in which the group listens and learns from artists, cultural organizations, community groups, residents, businesses and community leaders to build a dynamic and inclusive project vision.


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Harbour West Consulting Inc. offers innovative executive and leadership search services across sectors. The firm has extensive experience identifying high-caliber candidates and completing senior-level searches for post-secondary institutions, non-profits, municipalities and a diversity of businesses across Canada. Among the firm’s current searches are those for the City of New Westminster, the Center for Drug Research and Development, the City of Surrey, the PHS Community Services Society and the Regional District of Nanaimo.

Ms. Robinson became a founding equity partner of Harbour West Consulting in 2008. She specializes in executive search within public, non-profit and community service sector. Ms. Robinson spent her early career at Caldwell Partners as well as the Board Resourcing and Development Office, Office of the Premier (British Columbia provincial government), where she led the provincial appointment process for multi-level provincial agencies, organizations and crown corporations. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of British Columbia and a human resources management certificate from the British Columbia Institute of Technology.

Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor; and Andrew W. Mitchell, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media

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