Careers & Fellowships

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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 nonprofit management. The Walrus and its strong community of supporters are invested in the idea that a healthy society relies on informed citizens.


THREE POSITIONS WE ARE CURRENTLY HIRING FOR:
The 2022 TD Fellowship on Disability and Inclusion | Copy Editor
| Digital Director


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Digital Director

The Walrus is currently accepting applications for a Digital Director. This full-time position, which starts in July/August 2022, is a strategic, production, and operations role.

The Digital Director is a member of The Walrus’s management team.

Job Summary

The Walrus is a registered charity with an annual budget of approximately $6-million-dollars. The Digital Director is primarily responsible for developing and maintaining the digital presence of The Walrus in all its forms including the website, the tech stack for the website, the digital edition of The Walrus magazine (on Apple News+), the weekly newsletter, podcasts, social media channels, and all digital advertising delivery and reporting.

The Digital Director is also the primary contact for reporting on strategic progress and goals using Google Analytics, as well as any other analytics relevant to the larger team at The Walrus who use this data to make decisions about outreach, marketing, and editorial strategies.

The Digital Director works closely with and reports directly to the Executive Director, and collaborates with all members of the Management team in the areas of editorial, marketing, events, philanthropy, The Walrus Lab, circulation, finance, and operations.

Responsibilities

  • Set the strategy and goals for all digital growth including the website, podcasts, social media content and events, and partner work that involves digital delivery.
  • Maintain the technical and software needs of the content created for the digital version of The Walrus in all its mediums and forms.
  • Manage and mentor a team of digital producers and fellows.
  • Ensure delivery on all agreements, programs, and products for existing revenue partners and sponsors.
  • Develop and present digital strategy and tactics to increase the engagement numbers and reach the growth goals of the 2021-2023 strategic plan.
  • Work closely and collaborate with all teams at The Walrus on larger projects and cross-departmental opportunities.
  • Manage relationships (internal and external) and collaborate with staff across the organization to ensure The Walrus is delivering to clients and sponsors on time.

Qualifications

  • Five to eight years of experience managing the operations of a digital team, demonstrating a high level of achievement in the maintenance and upkeep of web tools.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and digital programming skills (HTML, CSS).
  • Experience in digital, social, and podcast content production.
  • Experience with supporting and building WordPress themes, AWS tools, newsletter software and production, DFP and other ad delivery systems, and Apple news processes or similar work to the above.
  • Management (project and people) and teamwork skills.
  • A keen understanding of brand, style guides, marketing, and persuasion.
  • Experience in a media company or newsroom is an asset because of the type of content coming through this team.
  • A deadline- and results-driven leader, and strong team player.
  • A bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience (a degree in web development and design is an asset).

Compensation

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

How to Apply

Qualified and interested candidates are encouraged to send a cover letter and resume to careers@thewalrus.ca before end of day Friday, July 1, 2022. Please include the subject line: Digital Director application [first and last name].

The Walrus supports flexible and remote work, and has a Toronto hybrid office environment.

The Walrus supports diversity and inclusion in our work to fulfill our educational mandate. We value employment equity and strongly encourage applications from Indigenous, Black, and other racialized people; people with disabilities; people of all genders; and LGBTQ2+ people. If you require any accommodation in the recruitment process, please let us know by email at careers@thewalrus.ca.


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The 2022 TD Fellowship on Disability and Inclusion

Over the past two years, TD Bank Group has supported the TD Fellowship on Disability and Inclusion, creating an opportunity for The Walrus to recruit professionals with disabilities to work with various departments across the organization to ensure that our journalism and events are more inclusive and accessible.

The Walrus is currently accepting applications for the 2022 TD Fellowship on Disability and Inclusion. This is a fully paid nine-month opportunity for one senior fellow to work with the marketing, digital, and events teams to help plan, develop, and produce a range of digital marketing and content for The Walrus. This position is open to applicants who identify as a person with a disability.

This senior fellowship position allows The Walrus to further incorporate inclusion as a pillar of events and digital marketing. The TD Fellow will support The Walrus marketing and digital teams in ensuring that events and marketing reach relevant audiences, include diverse contributors, and provide accommodations for audience members with disabilities, such as providing closed captioning for events. The senior fellow will report to the marketing manager and will work with The Walrus marketing, digital, and events teams as well as other departments.

The successful applicant will receive training in every aspect of The Walrus events production process, including planning, outreach, booking speakers, drafting marketing copy, and production. They will also have the opportunity to develop fact-checking and copywriting skills by attending editorial workshops. The TD Fellow will also learn about the production processes in the digital department, including web builds, newsletter production, Google Analytics, advertising, podcast production, video and animation processes, and more.

Responsibilities

  • Researching topics related to Canada’s conversation and helping curate content that is fresh, innovative, and exciting
  • Staying current about what is on the minds of Canadians, including trends, topics, and speakers
  • Creating and supporting the writing and execution of publicity, social media, and marketing content
  • Supporting the management of media outreach for earned media coverage
  • Suggesting different avenues for reaching new audiences
  • Producing podcast scripts and social marketing posts, recording and editing audio and video, and helping design infographics and visuals for the website

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent
  • 3–5 years of experience in event management, content creation, and/or marketing and media
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite
  • Strong research skills
  • Critical thinking skills
  • Ability to work independently and participate collaboratively in a team environment
  • Knowledge of CRM or Salesforce is an asset
  • Experience using the Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Audition, Animate) is an asset
  • Experience with newsletter-building software is an asset
  • Experience with WordPress and basic HTML/CSS/JS is an asset

Compensation

The position will run from July 2022 to April 2023 and pays $800 per week for a thirty-five-hour workweek. Fellows receive ten days of vacation annually.

How to Apply

Please send a cover letter, resumé, and one letter of reference to careers@thewalrus.ca with the following subject line: TD Fellowship on Disability and Inclusion: [First and last name]. The deadline for applications is 11:59 p.m. ET on Friday, July 1, 2022.

The Walrus supports diversity and inclusion as we work to fulfill our educational mandate. We value employment equity and strongly encourage applications from Indigenous, Black, and other racialized people; people with disabilities; people of all genders; and LGBTQ2+ people. If you require any accommodation in the recruitment process, please let us know by email at careers@thewalrus.ca.

Though this position will be remote for the foreseeable future, applicants must be eligible to work in Canada to qualify. The successful candidate will work thirty-five hours per week.

Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.