Job Opportunity: Membership, Equity, & Engagement Coordinator

The Writers’ Union of Canada is a national organization of more than 2,100 professionally published book authors. The Union works with writers, governments, publishers, booksellers, and readers to improve conditions for Canadian writers.

The Membership, Equity, & Engagement Coordinator will work with staff, National Council, and members to grow the Union’s membership, implement equity programs and initiatives, and expand the Union’s engagement with Indigenous, racialized, and other historically marginalized writing communities. The ideal candidate will be a highly organized, process-oriented individual with a passion for community engagement.

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 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 Applicant 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.

Key responsibilities:

  • Processing applications for membership and providing administrative support to the Union’s Membership Committee;
  • Recruitment of new members with an emphasis on the Union’s Strategic Priority to increase and diversify the Union’s membership;
  • Implement and administer equity programs and initiatives, including completing grant applications and reports as required;
  • Promote TWUC programs and services to all writers with an emphasis on Indigenous, racialized and other historically marginalized writing communities to build TWUC’s relationships with these communities;
  • Work with staff, National Council, and Committees and Task Forces to keep an equity mindset at the forefront of TWUC’s work;
  • Lead engagement with Indigenous, racialized, and other historically marginalized writing communities;
  • Track and report on outcomes of initiatives; and  
  • Maintain a high level of efficiency.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Excellent organizational, time management, and prioritization skills;
  • Strong project coordination skills;
  • Some 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, gender, disability, deafness, sexual orientation, and/or other aspects of human diversity;
  • Experience in or familiarity with the publishing sector or larger arts community;
  • Willingness to travel as required;
  • Excellent Microsoft office and database skills (experience with Sumac database would be an asset); and
  • Professional social media experience would be an asset.

This is a full-time, one year contract positon with a possibility of renewal. This position is not open to members of The Writers’ Union of Canada.

Location: Downtown Toronto

Anticipated Start Date: January 8, 2019.

Only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Interviews will take place at the Union’s office in downtown Toronto in late November.

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

Deadline for Applications: November 19, 2018