19 January 2011

Job Opening: Managing Editor (Contract) for Ontario College of Art & Design University

Post date: 19 January 2011
Deadline: 21 January 2011


Reporting to and in consultation with the Director, Marketing & Communications, the Managing Editor is responsible for the editorial management, planning, writing and copyediting of marketing and communications materials. Products include the OCAD website, Sketch (the University’s flagship bi-annual magazine), the annual report, the view book, external advertising campaigns, and other materials as required.


• In consultation with the Director, Marketing & Communications, assume responsibility for the production of Sketch; overseeing all aspects of the publishing process including: editorial planning, assigning stories to freelancers, scheduling, interviewing, researching, writing, editing, proofreading, consulting on design, and coordinating printing and distribution.
• Develop and manage relationships with internal and external collaborators for Sketch, including writers, copyeditors, designers, photographers, and printers; overseeing, directing and providing feedback regarding their work.
• Oversee the budget for Sketch including: seeking quotations from and negotiating with, third-party vendors and service providers handling the magazine’s production, printing, postage and distribution; monitoring and reconciling project accounts.
• In consultation with the Director, Marketing & Communications, assume responsibility for editorial content on www.ocad.ca by way of monitoring, editing and publishing content “approval requests” daily.
• Ensure web content provided by other offices and departments within the institution conforms to established conventions in matters of grammar, punctuation and usage while promoting institutional adherence to house editorial standards.
• Ensure that online news system delivers useful, relevant, timely, and compelling news to internal and external communities; writing stories, as needed, and edit and proofread all stories, providing direction to other writers, editors and contributors.
• Maintain frequent contact with key staff and faculty to ensure web content accurately reflects the institution and to obtain feedback on ideas and guidance on topics and original story development.
• Make editorial decisions about web content and develop annual editorial calendar and production schedule for the homepage.
• In consultation with the Director, Marketing & Communications, assume editorial/project management responsibility, from strategic and conceptual product creation and oversight to all writing of the annual report; consult with Director, Marketing & Communications and with senior administration throughout the institution and coordinate with other departments to develop key content and themes
• Develop work-back schedule and negotiate with service providers (e.g., print- and mail-houses) to oversee production through to completion and distribution.
• In consultation with the Director, Marketing & Communications, develop strategic creative concepts and write thematics/copy for highly effective advertising.
• Prepare and/or write content for other publications and marketing material, and provide writing services to other departments as required.
• In collaboration with Director, Marketing & Communications, utilize the established strategic messaging to ensure it is reflected consistently in communications.
• Assist the Director, Marketing & Communications with other communications activities or related tasks that contribute to the successful operation of the Marketing & Communications department.


• University degree in journalism or communications, or equivalent, with a minimum of 5 years of related experience as an editor or writer.
• Thorough knowledge of, and experience working within, editorial management and the magazine production process
• Knowledge of, or experience in, the visual arts, culture or university environment.
• Exceptional writing and proof-reading skills, a knowledge of editorial standards, experience working with a controlling style guide, demonstrated attention to detail, and strong oral communication skills.
• Demonstrated ability to communicate a variety of complex topics and to handle difficult subject matter with tact and diplomacy, as well as the ability to problem solve and to think both creatively and strategically.
• Experience assigning and developing stories and working in a supervisory capacity with other writers, as well as copy editors, designers and printers.
• Excellent organizational skills, with the ability to work on multifaceted projects concurrently and meet deadlines in a high-pressure work environment.
• Strong interpersonal skills, and demonstrated ability to work as a member of a team and to provide a high degree of customer service
• Strong computer skills in a PC environment, with knowledge of word-processing, presentation and database software; familiarity with Macintosh desktop publishing systems an asset.
• Experience developing strategic creative concepts and writing thematics and copy for advertising materials considered an asset.
• Experience with web editorial conventions and Web 2.0 an asset.
• Demonstrated commitment to the principles of equity and diversity, and proven ability to deal effectively with a diverse population

HOURS OF WORK: Monday to Friday, for a total of 35 hours per week. The expected duration of this contract position is until March 2012.

COMPENSATION: $26.81 TO $35.22 per hour plus 6 % in lieu of benefits and 4% vacation pay

Interested applicants are invited to submit an updated resume, with a cover letter and to apply online by selecting on "Apply to this Position" below.

Applications should be submitted by no later than Friday, January 21, 2011, 4pm.

As an employment equity employer, we encourage applications from women, Aboriginal peoples, visible minorities, persons with disabilities, and persons of all sexual orientation or gender identity.

All qualified persons are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority.

While we thank all candidates for their interest, only those short-listed will be contacted.

Apply directly at the Ontario College career site here.
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