Operations Manager

Date Posted: Sep 13, 2017
Application Deadline: Sep 20, 2017

Salary: TBD
Province: Ontario
Region: Metro Toronto Area
City: Toronto
Organization's Field/Discipline: The Arts
Term: Full-time
Career Level: Intermediate

Organization Description

Philip Beesley Architect Inc. & Living Architecture Systems Group

 Philip Beesley Architect Inc. (PBAI) and the Living Architecture Systems Group (LASG) bring together pioneering researchers and industry partners from centres across North America and Europe in a highly interdisciplinary research cluster dedicated to developing interdisciplinary working methods, innovative technologies and new critical aesthetics within the emerging field of responsive architecture. “Living Architecture”, as proposed by LASG, is the integration of near-living qualities into our built environment through the interdisciplinary synthesis of technological systems. Applying knowledge from interdisciplinary research, LASG is developing environments that can move, respond, and learn; environments that grow themselves and that are adaptive and empathic toward their inhabitants. This research is influencing how we build architecture by transforming the physical structures that support and enclose buildings, the technical systems that gather information and control our interior environments, and the expressive aesthetics of architecture.
The LASG operates in conjunction with ​PBAI studio, working in a wide range of projects that include experimental interactive installation and sculpture projects using advanced digital prototyping equipment, as well as traditional architectural developments, graphic design, and exhibitry. The studio is associated with the University of Waterloo, School of Architecture and includes frequent exchanges with students and researchers.  Principals of the studio are professors at the School.   More information on LASG and PBAI can be seen at http://livingarchitecturesystems.com/ and www.philipbeesley.com

Job Description

The Living Architecture Systems Group (LASG) is seeking a full-time Operations Manager. The position includes finance administration, executive assistance, and the operations management of the 213 Sterling Studio. The Sterling Studio is headquarters to two groups:  1) Living Architecture Systems Group (LASG) and 2) Philip Beesley Architect Inc. (PBAI). The Operations Manager is an executive position joining a team comprised of a comptroller, development manager, and research coordinator whom all work with the director of both operations. The position would suit a highly organized and motivated individual with excellent communication skills and administrative experience looking to work in a unique creative environment.

  • Management of the studio’s operation and daily activities, and the support of principals in their communications and scheduling
  • Coordinate overall studio operations
  • Provide logistic support to programs operations, book travel and accommodation, manage calendar, set up shipping and receiving
  • Manage filing system
  • Maintain IT and network operations
Executive assistance:
  • Provide Executive Assistant functions
  • Support the Principal with day to day studio functions including scheduling, correspondence, international travel arrangements and public appearances 
Financial Administration:
  • Support the finance team comprised of a comptroller, part-time bookkeeper and accounting consultant
  • Human resources management
  • Projections, budgeting and monitoring projects and grants
  • Funding draws and document preparation
  • Oversee the financial health of the organization


  • Work experience as an executive assistant, operations or administration
  • Interest in the interdisciplinary work of the studio
  • Excellent verbal and written communication, diplomacy and interpersonal skills, writing, editing and research skills
  • Strong management and organization skills
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills and able to work with different personalities
  • Experience working with academic and non-profit accounts, and an understanding of their respective requirements is an asset
  • Understanding of IT systems and networks is an asset

How to Apply:

Start date: Immediate 
Place of Employment: 213 Sterling Road Suite 200, Toronto

Please submit a cover letter and resume in confidence via email to Carolina Garcia, Programs and Operations Manager

​Applications will be reviewed as soon as received, and selected candidates will be contacted for an interview promptly


Contact Info:

Name: Carolina Garcia
Email: cgarcia@lasg.ca
Website: www.philipbeesleyarchitect.com


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