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Deputy Director, World Urban Pavilion in Regent Park

Urban Economy Forum
Toronto (City), Ontario (CA)
Closing date
May 19, 2022
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Deputy Director, World Urban Pavilion in Regent Park

1-Year Term (Extendable to 5-years)

Job Description

The Deputy Director oversees all the World Urban Pavilion in Regent Park’s (Pavilion) day-to-day activities. They will report to the Pavilion’s Co-Directors and coordinate and manage the Pavilion’s programs to realize its strategic priorities and objectives. The Deputy Director will provide direction and guidance to each of the Pavilion’s units.

About the World Urban Pavilion in Regent Park

The World Urban Pavilion in Regent Park is a collaboration between the Urban Economy Forum Association and UN-Habitat with the support of Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) and The Daniels Corporation.

Based in Toronto, at the center of one of the most creative and innovative housing and urban renovation programmes in Regent Park, the Pavilion aspires to become a global knowledge exchange hub to conduct state-of-the-art research, share best practices and conduct social and institutional innovations in urban development and revitalization from countries around the world.

The Pavilion is a global network that will work in city science and research, preparing innovative ideas and solutions that are transformative, including financial and operational mechanisms to support towns and cities to achieve Goal 11 and other urban related Sustainable Development Goals and targets. It will do this through local and global partnerships and a great dose of creativity and innovation.

What will you be doing?

  • Implement strategies, action plans, and programs to realize the vision of the Pavilion at the direction of the Pavilion’s Co-Directors.
  • Develop the Pavilion into a globally recognized brand
  • Lead organizational planning exercises with clear objectives and timelines.
  • Lead the development of the Strategic Plan and Annual Work Plans, with time-bound targets and milestones for fulfilling the Pavilion’s vision and ensures their timely approval by the Steering Committee.
  • Ensure that the Pavilion’s Strategic Plan is aligned with, and actively contributes to, implementation of Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development, the Paris Climate Agreement, and the New Urban Agenda.
  • Ensure that all the Pavilion’s policies and governance instruments are regularly reviewed and updated, including the Goals, Standard Operating Procedures, Conflict of Interest Policy and the Risk and Results Frameworks.
  • Provide both overarching leadership and support to the Pavilion’s Management Team, ensuring cohesive and effective team operations and optimal staff motivation, providing regular supervision and annual performance appraisal for the Management Team members and ultimate oversight of all Secretariat personnel. 
  • Develop insightful reports for the Pavilion’s partners
  • Ensuring the development and management of an effective and proven resource mobilization strategy which underpins the Pavilion’s sustainability and growth.
  • Developing strategies to expand and diversify the existing Donors and Funding Sources.
  • Identifying ways to balance the relationship between administrative/operational and project financing, to ensure that the Pavilion retains sufficient flexibility in pursuing new and/or strategic activities.
  • Support and coordinate an exchange platform for organisations and stakeholders.
  • Develop thought leadership around specific topics/emerging practice areas
  • Facilitate the Pavilion’s knowledge dissemination, reporting, and communications needs
  • Implement secure procedures to maintain confidential information and provide access to information as required
  • Facilitate the development of an evaluation and monitoring framework to measure the impact quality of the Pavilion’s departments and units
  • Other tasks as required


  • Minimum of 5 years in leadership position with  a relevant international program or a national programme with international outreach
  • Familiar with sustainable urban development concepts and principles
  • Proven experience in fundraising from various levels of governments and with private sector and international organisations
  • Proficient at using technology in project management
  • A firm understanding of the sector and government processes
  • Fluency in oral and written English and French.
  • Strong writing, presentation and public speaking skills
  • Goal-driven, organized, and efficient in  work
  • Forward-thinking mindset, strategic experience, and planning skills.

Core competencies

  • Respect for diversity and multi-cultural environment, treats all individuals with respect; responds sensitively to differences and encourages others to do the same. Upholds organizational and ethical norms. Maintains high standards of trustworthiness. Role model for diversity and inclusion.
  • Ability to Express ideas and  facts in a clear, concise and open manner. Communication indicates a consideration for the feelings and needs of others. Actively listens and proactively shares knowledge.
  • Ability to take an unbiased, rational approach. Applies innovation and creativity to problem-solving.
  • Open to change and flexible in a fast-paced environment. Effectively adapts own approach to suit changing circumstances or requirements
  • Ability to build and maintain strong external relationships


  • Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent), preferably in urban planning, economics, social science, international development, public policy and administration, or related area.

How to Apply?

To apply for this job, please send application to and include in the subject header ‘Deputy Director, World Urban Pavilion in Regent Park’.

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