Careers & Fellowships


Executive Director and Major Gifts Officer and The Walrus Editorial Fellowships

Executive Director

This is a unique opportunity to lead one of Canada’s iconic cultural brands that impacts, influences, and inspires the Canadian conversation. You are a natural entrepreneur who possesses strong strategic skills and instincts: the passion, eloquence, and energy to inspire support for The Walrus.

You are driven to imagine and deliver new lines of business, partnerships, and revenue opportunities, and you will grow The Walrus brand with the addition of new and exciting ventures while ensuring financial sustainability.


• Responsible for all charitable, not-for-profit national foundation programs and activities—including all journalism and content platforms—mobile, digital, print, live; public and private events; training programs, client services, events, fundraising, government and corporate relations, donor stewardship, retention, renewal, and acquisition; production and circulation; marketing and brand; communications and strategy.
• Responsible for CRA compliance and all financial and other reporting regarding charitable status.
• Responsible for staying within educational mandate guidelines for all activities.
• Ensures editorial independence on all platforms at all times.
• Clear understanding of the independence and ethics of the journalism of The Walrus, and ability to work with and support the Executive Editor to ensure that independence.
• Fosters entrepreneurial spirit organization-wide.
• Provide forums for the Canadian conversation and a place for diverse perspectives.
• Responsible for entrepreneurial spirit and results from work for outside clients (The Walrus Lab).


• Responsible for the commercial success of the organization—including earned revenue and philanthropic revenue of approximately $6.5 million.
• Responsible for the overall financial stability and sustainability of the not-for-profit organization.
• Sets annual revenue goals and objectives and strategies to meet those goals.
• Responsible for development and execution of the annual budget, including all activities and departments: all expenses, publishing scope, platforms including print, digital, mobile.
• Secures and stewards major sponsors, partners, donors, and funders.

Board Governance & Committees

• Report directly to the Board Chair/full Board or designate. Six board meetings per year.
• Works with the Board and committees to ensure best practices are followed.
• Provides strategic and administrative support to the Board of Directors, its committees (including Risk, Nominating and Governance, Revenue Opportunities, Finance Audit).
• Communicates to and with the National Advisory Council and the Educational Review Committee.


• Recruits, retains and leads the senior management team and direct reports.
• Retains, recruits and works closely with the Executive Editor. Ensures all content remains within the stated guardrails of The Walrus brand.
• Responsible for the ownership and oversight of the strategic plan, the objectives and goals of the organization, and the team and individual objectives.
• Works within the strategic goals of the organization and ensures operations are aligned.
• Provides oversight for human resource planning, performance development and management.
• Leads a team of 30 employees to support the unified vision and shared goals of The Walrus.
• Organizes and leads regular all-staff meetings and employee engagement such as the annual employee survey.

Brand / External Communications

• Ensures stewardship of The Walrus brand and values and ensures brand integrity to the entire audience, including: readers, donors, attendees, supporters, contributors, sponsors, and advisers. The Walrus,, The Walrus Talks, The Walrus Leadership Dinners, The Walrus Books, The Walrus Podcast, The Walrus Gala.
• Acts as one of the primary public faces of the organization with sponsors, donors, funders, and audience.
• Creates and maintains relationships with all external stakeholders.
• Responsible for external marketing of all things Walrus and for public relations and media relations.
• Involved in external Walrus events (approx. 30 annually), an annual gala, and other fundraising activities.
• Attends external events as a representative of and spokesperson for the foundation.

Candidate Qualifications

• At least five years’ experience in a leadership role for a not-for-profit, media or cultural organization, or other relevant experience.
• Demonstrated track record in revenue generation.
• Proven ability and enthusiastic willingness to fundraise and develop significant sponsorships and partnerships.
• Experienced in creating and delivering a strategic plan.
• Passionate about the educational mandate and the mission.
• An awareness of all brands within the master brand: The Walrus, The Walrus Talks, The Walrus Leadership Dinners, The Walrus Books, The Walrus Gala, The Walrus Podcast,, and The Walrus Lab.
• Experience in reporting to and working with a not-for-profit board is an asset.
• Brings a passion and belief in Canada, its regions, nations, peoples, politics, geography, and issues.
• Knowledge and understanding of digital media.
• Effective budgeting and cost management skills.
• Ability to prioritize objectives and meet numerous simultaneous demands.
• Bilingualism/ability to speak and write in French is an asset.
• An undergraduate degree is a minimum requirement.

Candidate Attributes

• A business- and media-savvy entrepreneur.
• Aligned with the mission, mandate, and values of The Walrus.
• A strategic thinker who can put plans into action.
• Articulate, curious, and knowledgeable.
• Well-informed and well-read. Forward-thinking.
• Excellent communication and presentation skills—in written, verbal, and digital.
• Possesses high-level critical judgement and politically astute.
• Financially literate and resourceful.
• A high-energy, hardworking self-starter.
• Exceptional, strategic, creative, out-of-the-box thinker.
• A fearless relationship-builder.
• A team builder with a commitment to work collaboratively and in strategic partnerships.
• Open-minded, nonpartisan and able to weigh issues with objectivity and from diverse points of view.
• Ability to raise the visibility of the organization, develop projects and partnerships.
• Accountable with a strong sense of professionalism and integrity.


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

Please submit your application by end of day September 30th, 2019, by emailing your cover letter and résumé to


The Walrus is an equal-opportunity employer and committed to fair and accessible employment practices.
We thank applicants for their interest, however; only those advancing in the process will be contacted.


The Walrus is seeking a full-time fundraising professional to play a key role in cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding donors for gifts of $1,000 to $500,000. Under the guidance of the manager of donor stewardship, the major gifts officer will assist with all departmental initiatives, including prospect research, grant and proposal writing, stewardship report writing, event planning, project management, and identifying and developing opportunities for donor engagement.

The successful candidate will be self-motivated, entrepreneurial, and willing to take complete ownership of critical duties. They will understand and eagerly support the role of The Walrus in sparking Canada’s conversation.


Cultivation and Solicitation Activities
● Contribute to the development, coordination and implementation of fundraising strategies
● Use prospect identification, research, and qualification processes to generate foundation, major donor, and corporate sponsor prospects
● Raise revenue based on approved annual operating plan goals through a portfolio of mid- and major-level gift prospects

Grants and Grants Management
● Research prospective corporate, government, and foundation grants and establish a robust pipeline
● Create proposals, grant applications, and impact reports

Donor Stewardship and Gift Processing
● Write donor stewardship correspondence, including acknowledgement letters, impact reports, and program updates
● Ensure procedures and standards for timely and accurate gift processing and acknowledgment are met

Event Coordination
● Lead event coordination for The Walrus Gala and three to four smaller fundraising events throughout the year
● Develop invitations and manage guest-list preparation
● Coordinate sponsorship outreach and solicit in-kind donations
● Coordinate the work and contracting of outside vendors


● A university degree (or equivalent) with formal fundraising training (preferred)
● Experience in a fundraising role
● Excellent written and verbal communication skills, and prior experience writing correspondence, reports, requests, and other compelling fundraising copy
● Experience coordinating fundraising events
● Strong organizational skills, strong attention to detail, and the ability to manage and meet deadlines
● Experience with fundraising database software
● High proficiency in all Microsoft Office products, particularly Excel
● Ability to work independently and participate collaboratively in a team environment


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 a commitment to a career in fundraising and are interested in supporting essential Canadian conversation and exceptional journalism. To apply, send your resumé to by 5 p.m. on September 30, 2019. A cover letter is required with your application.