Careers & Fellowships


The Walrus provokes new thinking and sparks conversation on matters vital to Canadians. As a registered charity, we publish independent, fact-based journalism, produce national, ideas-focused events, and train emerging professionals in publishing and non-profit management. The Walrus is invested in the idea that a healthy society relies on informed citizens. Over one-third of The Walrus activities are made possible through financial support from over 2,000 donors.

Three positions are now available at The Walrus:
Director of Development
Senior Editor
Associate Editor

Director of Development

Reporting to the executive director, the director of development is an experienced and dependable fundraiser who will continue to evolve the successful donor program at The Walrus.

The director of development is responsible for leading the following efforts:
• researching, cultivating, and soliciting new donors
• providing donors with an exceptional giving experience
• communicating to donors the impact of their gifts and of The Walrus more generally
• building a sense of community among donors
• developing opportunities to renew and grow donor engagement
• bringing The Walrus brand to life

The key metrics for success include donor acquisition, donor renewal, and revenue growth. The director of development works collaboratively with the management team and oversees three staff members.

Responsibilities

• Create the annual fundraising plan with clear strategies on how to achieve ambitious targets
• Develop new and innovative donor programs that encourage substantive multi-year gifts
• Manage ongoing prospect research in an effort to deepen and diversify the prospect pool
• Oversee cultivation and solicitation efforts
• Write substantive, meaningful, and original communications
• Ensure all donations are acknowledged appropriately and that contractual obligations are met
• Provide coaching for development team members to ensure success, retention, and growth
• Ensure that best practices and standards are adhered to in all areas of development activity
• Analyze and report on results
• Support the executive director as board secretariat
• Represent The Walrus brand

Qualifications

• Bachelor’s degree
• Minimum of five years experience in a management role within a fundraising department
• Proven track record of exceeding fundraising goals with demonstrated success in annual giving, major gifts, and donor stewardship
• Strategic thinker and creative problem-solver with strong relationship-building skills
• Knowledge of Canada and issues of interest to Canadians
• Ability to articulate the mission of The Walrus in a way that compels others to action
• Strong project-management and organizational skills and the ability to meet strict deadlines
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills and exceptional attention to detail
• Ability to work independently and participate collaboratively in a team environment
• Knowledge of Salesforce or other fundraising-related databases
• Proficiency in Microsoft Office

Compensation

The compensation package includes a competitive base salary and a full benefits package, including medical, dental, vision, prescription, and paid vacation.

Please consider joining our team if you have an interest in contributing to the Canadian conversation. To apply, send a cover letter and resumé to careers@thewalrus.ca by January 31, 2020.

Senior Editor

The Walrus is seeking a senior editor to join our growing editorial team. This full-time position is based at our office in downtown Toronto.

Working as part of a collaborative editorial team, the senior editor will commission and edit a wide variety of articles and editorial series on subjects of interest to a national general interest audience. The ideal candidate is a seasoned editor with five to ten years’ experience in a competitive publishing environment.

Given the range of editorial platforms at The Walrus, the senior editor is first and foremost a story-driven journalist who desires to create work that will engage our audiences (print, digital, or other) and spark conversations.

The publishing schedule at The Walrus may include daily, weekly, and long-term deadlines, and it is expected that the successful candidate will be able to work quickly, collaboratively, and to a high standard.

The senior editor is expected to be a nationally driven thinker and an omnivorous reader of Canadian and international journalism, both mainstream and independent. They have a nuanced understanding of social media, including best practices for packaging and promoting stories online. Curious about the world, they are comfortable working with a diverse group of writers across Canada whose work may reflect a range of political, cultural, and ideological perspectives. As an ambassador of the mandate of The Walrus, the senior editor will help to shape Canada’s conversation.

Responsibilities

• Commissioning and editing an average of three to five stories monthly (lengths often range from 1,200 to 5,000 words)
• Participating in weekly story meetings to develop short- and long-term projects
• Reviewing work by others and providing feedback
• Supervising junior staff (including The Walrus Editorial Fellows) as needed
• Representing The Walrus at professional events
• Collaborating with other departments at The Walrus as needed

Qualifications

• Bachelor’s degree or equivalent
• Strong line and substantive editing skills and the ability to take multiple long-form stories through production per month.
• Familiarity with standard production processes for print and digital publishing channels
• Experience with WordPress and/or InDesign an asset
• Ability to work independently and participate collaboratively in a team environment

Compensation

The compensation package includes a competitive base salary and a full benefits package (medical, dental, vision, prescription, and paid vacation).

Please consider joining our team if you have an interest in contributing to the Canadian conversation. To apply, send a cover letter and resumé to careers@thewalrus.ca by 12 p.m. on January 24, 2020.

Associate Editor

The Walrus is seeking an associate editor to contribute to both our print journalism and daily editorial website. This new position at The Walrus is suited to a journalist with some experience in an editorial environment who is keen to gain experience in long-form editing within an award-winning national community of writers and editors. This full-time position is based at our office in downtown Toronto.

Reporting to the managing editor, the successful candidate will perform a range of editorial and production tasks, including building web posts, contributing to multimedia projects, and helping to coordinate the production of ten print issues per year. The associate editor will also help to produce regular magazine departments, house pages and short features.

The ideal candidate is passionate about the national conversation and the core areas of focus at The Walrus: the environment, politics and world affairs, health and science, business and economics, and arts and culture. The successful candidate will understand the role of The Walrus in supporting Canada’s conversation.

Editorial Responsibilities

• Editing and assigning for regular departments, such as Letters, Contributors, and the Table of Contents
• Editing short articles and essays
• Vetting story pitches for discussion with the rest of the editorial team
• Selecting book excerpts for publication
• Building relationships with new writers and developing story ideas
• Supporting the head of research in training The Walrus Editorial Fellows

Production Responsibilities

• Assisting the managing editor and digital editors with production assignments
• Contributing to large-scale editorial projects with research and multimedia ideas
• Supporting the managing editor to issue freelance contracts and assignment letters
• Collaborating with other departments at The Walrus to grow audience, and impact as needed

Qualifications

• Bachelor’s degree or equivalent
• Minimum of one to two years of experience in an editorial environment
• Experience with WordPress is an asset
• Knowledge of Canada and issues of interest to Canadians
• Strong organizational skills and the ability to meet strict deadlines
• Ability to complete tasks independently as well as to participate collaboratively in a team environment

Compensation

The compensation package includes a competitive base salary and a full benefits package (which includes medical, dental, vision, prescription, and paid vacation).

Please consider joining our team if you have an interest in contributing to the Canadian conversation. To apply, send a cover letter and resumé to careers@thewalrus.ca by 12 p.m. on January 24, 2020.