Job Opportunity: Membership & Engagement Coordinator

About The Writers’ Union of Canada:

The Writers’ Union of Canada (TWUC) is the national organization of professionally published writers. TWUC was founded in 1973 to work with governments, publishers, booksellers, and readers to improve the conditions of Canadian writers. Now over 2,200 members strong, TWUC advocates on behalf of writers’ collective interests, and delivers value to members through advocacy, community, and information. TWUC believes in a thriving, diverse Canadian culture that values and supports writers.

The Writers’ Union of Canada is committed to a workforce that reflects the diversity of Canada’s writers. Applications are encouraged from equity-seeking groups including Indigenous, Black, and racialized individuals, individuals with disabilities, LGBTQI2S individuals, and those from other marginalized and/or underrepresented groups. We encourage members of designated equity-seeking groups to self-identify on the confidential Application Form when submitting their application.

The Writers’ Union of Canada is committed to providing an inclusive and barrier-free experience to applicants with accessibility needs. Requests for accommodation can be made at any stage during the recruitment process. Requests should be sent to soconnor@writersunion.ca.

Position summary:

The Membership & Engagement Coordinator will work with the Union’s staff to: grow the Union’s membership with a view to increasing and diversifying the Union’s membership; coordinate Union events including webinars and the BIPOC Writers Connect mentorship series; and manage the Union’s social media accounts. The ideal candidate will be a highly organized, process-oriented individual with a passion for community engagement and a dedication to ongoing equity work.

Location: During the COVID-19 pandemic, all Writers’ Union staff are working from home and have been provided with TWUC computers for home use. When public health guidelines indicate it is safe to return to work, staff will return to work at the Writers’ Union office in downtown Toronto. 

Key responsibilities:

  • Recruit new members with a view to increasing and diversifying the Union’s membership.
  • Administer and process membership applications.
  • Provide administrative assistance to the Membership Committee and Webinar Advisory Committee.
  • Coordinate and administer the Union’s events including twice monthly webinars and annual BIPOC Writers Connect within the available budget (during COVID-19 all events are virtual).
  • Complete grant applications and reports related to events or other TWUC programming in the Coordinator’s portfolio.
  • Promote TWUC programs and services to writers across Canada with an emphasis on Indigenous, Black, racialized, and other historically marginalized communities to maintain and strengthen TWUC relationships with these communities. The Membership & Engagement Coordinator works in cooperation with all of TWUC’s staff and volunteers to strategize equitable processes and principles for membership growth and retention.
  • Manage the Union’s social media accounts.
  • Track and report on outcomes of initiatives.
  • As with all TWUC staff positions, sustain and consistently establish equitable practices across the portfolio.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Excellent organizational, time management, and prioritization skills;
  • Strong project coordination skills;
  • Event planning experience;
  • Excellent interpersonal and problem-solving skills;
  • Clear, strong, and persuasive written and oral communication skills;
  • Ability to work independently;
  • Experience in developing constructive working relationships with people from different cultural backgrounds, including those associated with Indigeneity, race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, socioeconomic status, age, disability, deafness, gender, sexual orientation, and/or other aspects of human diversity;
  • Experience in or familiarity with the publishing sector or larger arts community;
  • Excellent Microsoft office and Zoom (or similar platforms) skills;
  • Experience working with a CRM database; 
  • Professional social media experience would be an asset;
  • Experience with facilitation and/or equity work would also be an asset.

This is a full-time position. This position is not open to members of The Writers’ Union of Canada.

Salary Range: $39,000 – $44,000

Anticipated Start Date: February 2021

Only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Interviews will take place via Zoom.

Please submit your application through the Union’s website at writersunion.ca/application-form.

Deadline for Applications: January 11, 2021