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Job Opportunity: Managing Editor, ROOM Magazine – FILLED

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Brief Summary of Responsibilities

The Managing Editor:

  • Is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the production of the magazine, including planning, proofreading content, and managing editorial teams.
  • Ensures that the selection and presentation of the content of Room maintains a consistently high standard for the publication.
  • Updates all of Room’s guides and resources, such as the anti-oppressive style guide, the production schedule, and the production manual.
  • Leads Room’s editorial board through mentorship and is responsible for all aspects of the production of Room, including coordination of all online and in-person events.
  • Collaborates with the Publisher on special projects, preparing budgets, grant applications, and reports.

Key Responsibilities

  • Supervise, mentor, and train editors to curate issues of Room.
  • Supervise, mentor, and train all staff except the Publisher, with support from the board.
  • Maintain an active presence and foster relationships in the literary community across Canada and particularly in Vancouver
  • Establish and oversee standards for production and manage any initiatives to change production standards.
  • Establish and follow strategies to increase anti-oppressive practices within the production, creation, and dissemination of Room.
  • Update the production schedule, production manual, editorial roster, and style guide as needed.
  • Keep records of collective members, including address information and current responsibilities, up to date and maintain the archive list of past collective members.
  • Proofread each issue of Room. 
  • Write Room’s monthly newsletters and manage Room’s email lists.
  • Check and respond to emails in a timely manner.
  • Assist the Publisher with grant research and writing, and budget management.
  • Develop and maintain the Room brand in collaboration with the Publisher.
  • Review postmortems with editors to ensure continuous improvement of Room.
  • Works in conjunction with the Publisher, staff, and collective for all activities outside the publishing aspect, including, but not limited to, any launches, fundraising, special events, and conferences.
  • Assist with web copy where needed.
  • Chair, organize, and plan all Room meetings.
  • Oversee special projects in collaboration with the Publisher, including by not limited to:
    • Indigenous Brilliance podcast.
    • Donation campaigns
    • Mentor-in-Residence program
    • Membership program
  • Financial responsibilities:
    • Carry out Room biweekly payroll
    • Set up all new employees with our benefits program
    • Input, print, and mail all cheques for bills and contributors
    • Complete QuickBooks financial entries

Experience

The Managing Editor (ME) has previous work experience in literary, grassroots, scholarly, or academic magazine or book publishing, especially in the selection of material for publication and with knowledge of Canadian literature.

The successful applicant will have:

  • Experience in magazine production, with a preference for literary magazine experience, including acceptance of content, editing content, and taking issues to press.
  • Knowledge and training in grammar, professional style, writing, and editing.
  • Familiarity with Canadian literature and literary journals.
  • Knowledge of contemporary publication design principles.
  • Software skills in text editing, spreadsheets, desktop publishing, and image editing.
  • Strong problem-solving and troubleshooting skills.
  • Strong communication, organizational, time management, scheduling, and project management skills.
  • An ability to work both independently and in a team setting.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, with the ability to work cooperatively and effectively with internal and external partners.
  • Strong commitment to Room’s anti-oppressive mandate.
  • Familiarity with Submittable, the online submissions database.
  • Experience in human resources, collectives, feminist publications, and nonprofit societies an asset.
  • Experience with Slack, Trello, Quickbooks, and Mailchimp an asset.

Term and Appointment Process

Recommended for appointment by Board of Directors and Publisher after a review of candidate’s resume, cover letter, and qualifications.

Reporting

This position reports directly to the Room Board of Directors.

Time and Meetings Required

38 hours/week. Attends all meetings.

Location

The Managing Editor may reside anywhere in the greater Vancouver area. Work can be done from the Vancouver office, or remotely from your own home-based office. Meetings are held online.

Salary

$20/hour for 38 hours/week. Payment is made bi-monthly by direct deposit. Benefits after three months. Position start date June 1.

Please forward your resume including a cover letter that provides a description of your editorial approach to our Publisher, Molly Cross-Blanchard, at publisher@roommagazine.com.

Applications for the position must be received by April 14, 2021.

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