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Editor-in-Chief, Content Platforms

Location: Downtown Toronto, Ontario
Position details: Full-time, permanent
Reports to: Executive Director
Direct reports: Managing Editor, Art Director, Online Editor
Website: thewalrus.ca

The Organization

The charitable, non-profit Walrus Foundation has an educational mandate to provide forums for conversations vital to Canadians. The Walrus Foundation is a national project.

The Walrus was launched in September 2003 with a straightforward mandate: to be a national general interest magazine about Canada and its place in the world. The Walrus Foundation publishes The Walrus magazine in print, tablet, and mobile editions ten times per year.

The Walrus Foundation also creates content at thewalrus.ca, its award-winning, magazine-branded website, including Walrus TV, Walrus ebooks, podcasts, and digital projects with other partners. The Walrus Foundation also produces national events—including The Walrus Talks series and Walrus Leadership Dinners.

The organization is committed to presenting the best work by the best writers and artists from Canada and elsewhere, on a wide range of topics for curious readers and visitors.

With a strong financial footing and excellent management and creative team in place, The Walrus Foundation is positioned for sustained and long-term growth.

The Position

The Walrus Foundation seeks an Editor-in-Chief, Content Platforms. The Editor-in-Chief, Content Platforms will be tasked with creating a loyal and valuable reader and user experience built on relevant, credible, and timely information by utilizing the services at his/her disposal to create a seamless content experience in the magazine’s print, tablet, and mobile editions and across all Walrus offerings.

The Editor-in-Chief, Content Platforms leads the strategic direction and is responsible for all final editorial decisions. As a vital member of the management team, the Editor-in-Chief, Content Platforms plays a pivotal role in the organization. Therefore the applicant must be a dynamic leader and a seasoned and successful editor with strategic media sensibilities.

The Editor-in-Chief, Content Platforms also works closely with members of the senior executive team to drive revenue growth initiatives through product development to ensure a strong financial future.

Responsibilities
  • Provides strategic editorial leadership and insight with a focus on evolving Walrus content strategy to meet the needs of its customers.
  • Sets the tone and editorial direction of The Walrus magazine and all its offerings within its educational mandate.
  • Oversees all editors and editing responsibilities across The Walrus content platforms: The Walrus magazine in print, tablet, phone; thewalrus.ca as well as projects not limited to but including Walrus TV, Walrus ebooks, and outside content creation projects.
  • Ensures each issue and other projects are delivered on time and on budget.
  • Ensures The Walrus features national stories of interest to its readers and visitors from coast to coast to coast. May also be required to contribute editorial pieces.
  • Is responsible and accountable for all content for publication on all platforms.
  • Conducts story meetings; oversees assignments, manages deadlines, and motivates staff.
  • Recruits, interviews, and selects editorial employees as well as oversees editorial staff and performs reviews.
  • Is responsible for editorial and art budget set by publisher, in consultation with the editor and the executive director.
  • Drives innovative growth opportunities and generates new ways of doing things, such as using new technology, implementing ways to increase readership, visitors, and viewers, and utilize new media.
  • Supports all Foundation activities—including fundraising—by appearing at social functions, fundraising outreach, Walrus content events including The Walrus Talks series and the Walrus Leadership Dinners. Some travel and off hours required.
  • Stays abreast of current industry trends to ensure effective content that achieves the organization’s goals and standards.
  • Is involved in strategic planning exercises. Represents the organization at many social and business events.
  • Mentors Editorial Fellows.
  • Works within CRA requirements for charitable status, including an Education Review Committee.
Candidate Qualifications
  • A university degree with a minimum of ten years editorial experience and five years managing content teams.
  • Excellent leadership skills including a desire to nurture, guide, and develop direct reports.
  • Demonstrated capability to contribute strategic insights, ideas, and solutions based on an in-depth understanding of the evolving content landscape, particularly with regards to digital storytelling on all platforms.
  • Hands-on attitude, results driven, and a readiness to accept significant accountability for business results.
  • Strong relationship skills, able to foster effective, collaborative working relationships at all levels, including Foundation Board members, financial supporters, customers, business partners, peers, and staff.
  • Demonstrated commitment to journalistic quality and integrity and the important role of independent news media in a democratic society.
  • Knowledge of the country of Canada from coast to coast to coast—and the world.
  • A creative thinker with strong editing and proofreading skills who is platform agnostic.
  • Well connected and respected.
  • Significant understanding of and experience with digital technology in the context of storytelling.
  • Effective budgeting and cost management skills.
  • Ability to prioritize objectives and numerous simultaneous demands.
  • Excellent computer skills.
Candidate Characteristics
  • Articulate, curious, knowledgeable.
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills that translate into effective writing, skillful presentation with an innovative point of view.
  • Comfortable at all levels of the organization.
  • Able to persevere calmly when faced with difficulties.
  • High-energy, hard working, self-starter who is committed to making a difference in an entrepreneurial environment.
  • Passionate about Canada and a strong desire make it an even better country.
  • A relationship builder, patient and assertive with a strong creative energy and orientation.
  • Exceptional, strategic, creative, out-of-the-box thinker with business savvy.
  • Team player ready to work in a highly dynamic and collaborative workplace.
  • Open minded, nonpartisan and able to view issues with objectivity.
  • Customer focused with an understanding of consumer trends in media.
  • Strong leadership and management skills.
  • Ability to raise the visibility of the organization, develop projects and partnerships.
  • A passion for and commitment to the publishing industry.
  • A strategic thinker who can put plans into action.
  • Accountable with a strong sense of professionalism and integrity.
Compensation

A competitive compensation package including base salary and benefits will be provided.

How to Apply

Please forward your cover letter and resume to [email protected]. We thank applicants for their interest, however, only those advancing in the process will be contacted.

Fellowships

The Chawkers Fellowship Program—a pilot project funded by the Chawkers Foundation and administered by the charitable, non-profit Walrus Foundation—trains young professionals in editorial work, to the rigorous standards of Canada’s celebrated magazine of long-form journalism, ideas, and culture. Chawkers Fellows research story ideas with editors; and fact-check and proof the content of The Walrus in print, tablet, and smart phone editions. Additional “desk assignments” include reviewing unsolicited fiction and poetry submissions; monitoring and compiling web comments, tweets, and letters to the editor; gathering biographical information for the Contributors page; and assisting the online and tablet editors with digital and expanded content.

The Walrus Foundation will begin accepting applications for new Chawkers Fellows, to begin in January, in November. Details will be posted.

We are eternally grateful to our founding donor, the Chawkers Foundation, for creating and funding the Chawkers Fellows, and for its support of education, training, and all things Walrus. Meet the inaugural Chawkers Fellows below.

Calum Agnew, Fellow

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Photograph of Calum Agnew

Calum graduated from the University of King’s College in Halifax in 2013, with a bachelor’s (combined honours) in the history of science and economics. Prior to joining The Walrus, he worked as news editor at the Dalhousie Gazette, planted trees, and blogged for the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Public Affairs. His research, which he has presented to the Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Science, focuses on the interaction between philosophy of science and economics. Despite his sterile-sounding academic background, he has a love of poetry and photography.

Max Halparin, Fellow

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Photograph of Max Halparin

Max edited news and commentary for the McGill Daily newspaper and won two national student journalism awards for his reporting. He graduated with an honours B.A. in geography in 2010, and his work on neighbourhood walkability appeared in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine last June. Before joining The Walrus, he served as an editorial intern at Maisonneuve.

Michael Strizic, Fellow

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Photograph by Calum Agnew

Michael, a Toronto native, holds a master’s by research from the University of Edinburgh, and has worked for five years in publishing, editorial, and media. Before coming to The Walrus, he interned with House of Anansi and Fledgling Press. He is a freelance cultural critic and teaches high school English part-time. His interests include canoeing, Calvinball, and the Rule of Three.

Internships

The following individuals may be considered eligible for an internship in the disciplines of art, digital, marketing, events, development at the Walrus Foundation:

  1. A secondary school student who performs work under a work experience program authorized by the school board that operates the school in which the student is enrolled;
  2. An individual who performs work under a program approved by a college of applied arts and technology or a university.

More information and timelines to come.