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

The Walrus values collaboration, trust, and excellence, and is committed to the personal and professional development of its staff. Having embarked on a new strategic plan that emphasizes reach, relationship, and revenue, we are building our philanthropy team to increase philanthropic revenue to support our core journalism while strengthening donor and stakeholder relationships.

Digital Editor

The digital editor at The Walrus is responsible for the daily editorial production of thewalrus.ca. With a mandate to develop our online audience, the digital editor plans short- and long-term editorial lineups, schedules content for publication, builds posts, writes compelling display copy, helps to develop marketing plans for content, and coordinates production with The Walrus editors, fact-checkers, and designers. The digital editor reports to the editor-in-chief.

As a leader within The Walrus editorial team, the digital editor chairs some story meetings and shares responsibility for the overall mandate of The Walrus to support Canada’s conversation. They are familiar with the subject areas of primary interest to our audience and are able to vet pitches and commission and edit features with an instinctive sense for how a conversation is developing.

Responsibilities

  • Act as the senior editorial lead on thewalrus.ca, working with the managing editor and the editor-in-chief to maintain editorial standards
  • Maintain an editorial calendar with short- and long-term lead times with a view to maximizing our potential audience via traffic patterns and calendar events
  • Work with the digital director and digital producer to develop and implement audience-acquisition strategies
  • Work with the art department, digital director, and digital producer to develop marketing strategies and social media treatments for stories
  • Review select marketing materials such as newsletters and promotional copy for digital content
  • Use Google Analytics and social media analytics for reporting and planning purposes
  • Lead digital status meetings with the editorial/art and digital teams
  • Participate in editorial story meetings to assign or solicit story ideas, develop exclusive editorial series, and report on story performance
  • Collaborate with the art department to create compelling multimedia treatments and visual concepts for online content
  • Ensure that the editorial standards of The Walrus are met with every story, and work with the managing editor, head of research, and art department to facilitate production
  • Build and maintain relationships with new and existing contributors as a reflection of The Walrus’s goal to attract an inclusive audience that reflects the regional, cultural, and other demographic diversity of Canada

Qualifications

  • At least three to five years’ editorial experience in a competitive publishing environment
  • Strong familiarity with the Canadian publishing landscape and other comparable outlets, along with the ability to evaluate the role of The Walrus within that space
  • Familiarity with WordPress and basic HTML markup
  • Ability to write SEO-reflective headlines and help develop social media treatments and story extensions on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and other platforms
  • Familiarity with the mandate and content of The Walrus on all editorial platforms
  • Strong work ethic; deadline oriented
  • Excellent communication skills and a willingness to collaborate
  • A passion for online conversation and a desire to promote it within The Walrus’s editorial mandate

How to Apply
To apply, please send your resumé and cover letter, with “Digital Editor” in the subject line, to careers@thewalrus.ca by Friday, July 30. The start date for this position is Monday, September 6, 2021.

The Walrus supports diversity and inclusion in our work. 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. We continue to follow the guidelines of local public health authorities concerning the safe reopening of office spaces. The role is based in Toronto, but we are committed to honouring individuals’ desires to work remotely.

If you require any accommodation in the recruitment process, please let us know by email at careers@thewalrus.ca.

Compensation
The compensation package includes a competitive base salary and a full benefits package (medical, dental, vision, prescription, and paid vacation). Salary range: $55,000–$60,000.


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