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Editor-in-Chief:
Canadian Art
Toronto
February 21 2019

THE ORGANIZATION

 Canadian Art, published by the Canadian Art Foundation (“the Foundation”), is the preeminent platform for journalism and criticism about art and culture in Canada. Our award-winning print, digital, educational and programming initiatives deliver smart, accessible ideas, stories and opinions.

 A national non-profit organization, Canadian Art develops and supports art writers, and engages with the work of artists, established and new. Most important, we empower diverse audiences to understand, debate and be inspired by art.

 In addition to publishing in print and online, the Canadian Art Foundation also presents innovative events and educational programs including School Hop, Gallery Day and the Canadian Art Encounters speaker series. This range of programs supports our mandate to engage audiences nationwide and address urgent and evolving issues through the lens of contemporary art and culture.

THE POSITION

 Canadian Art is seeking an Editor-in-Chief for all of its content platforms. The successful candidate will possess superior editorial judgment and taste and have a proven record of collaboration and helping to get the best out of creative teams. They should bring a nuanced understanding of current events in the contemporary art world.

 A motivated leader, the candidate should also have meaningful editorial experience, leading teams, planning content strategy and delivering on deadline. The successful candidate will have superior collaborative skills, as they will need to work with a publishing and programming team to support the Foundation’s strategic objectives.

 RESPONSIBILITIES
Content

  • Provide strategic, innovative editorial leadership and insight with a focus on evolving Canadian Art content strategy to meet the needs of its readers.
  • Create an editorial calendar consistent with overall organizational goals and strategy.
  • Set the tone and editorial direction of Canadian Art magazine, the website and all its offerings within Canadian Art’s educational mandate—to engage audiences nation-wide and address urgent and evolving issues through the lens of contemporary art and culture.
  • Coach and manage the editorial team with an eye toward building organizational capacity in understanding and executing strategy and in areas like commissioning, editing and handling subjects and sources ethically.
  • Lead long-range story planning across all platforms; collaborate with the Creative Director on content presentation across all platforms.
  • Help develop metrics for audience engagement.

Organizational Management and Leadership

  • Oversee all editors and editing responsibilities across content platforms.
  • In collaboration with the Senior Editor and Publisher, oversee the generation, approval and management of annual budgets, with emphasis on editorial budget.
  • Conduct story meetings, oversee assignments, manage deadlines and motivate staff.
  • Recruit, interview and select editorial employees as well as oversee editorial staff and perform reviews.
  • Recruit quality contributors; build and nurture relationships with them.
  • Coordinate professional development and mentor editorial residents.
  • Drive innovative growth opportunities including implementing new and existing technology and platforms as ways to increase digital engagement and readership.
  • Support all Foundation activities by fundraising outreach, Canadian Art programs, and by appearing at social functions.
  • Attend Board meetings and contribute to ongoing reporting documents for use at Board meetings.
  • Harmonize event and editorial calendars in consultation with the Director of Programs and Partnerships.

Revenue Generation and Partnerships

  • Represent Canadian Art as a visible and active member of the art and cultural scene, in artist studios and galleries, among fundraising and donor communities and at local, national and international art events.
  • Meet with current and prospective advertisers—galleries, institutions and brands—on an as-needed basis.
  • Work with major sponsors RBC and TD in collaboration with the Director of Programs and Partnerships on editorially driven initiatives, such as TD Indigenous
  • Work with the Development Manager to shape donor campaigns that are editorially driven.
  • Oversee editorial reporting in major grant applications in collaboration with the Development Manager.

Branding and Messaging

  • Working with the Publisher and Board to deliver public-facing messaging for the organization.
  • Oversee the development and maintenance of the organization’s visual identity in collaboration with the Board, Publisher and Creative Director.
  • Initiate and oversee redesigns to print and digital platforms, and associated collateral.

 CANDIDATE QUALIFICATIONS

 

·      A university degree with at least five years’ editorial experience, and experience in managing content teams.

·       Background and knowledge in contemporary art or art history a significant asset.

·       Excellent leadership skills, including a desire to mentor, guide and develop direct reports.

·       Demonstrated ability to contribute strategic insights, ideas and solutions based on an in-depth understanding of the evolving content landscape in the contemporary arts and cultural sectors.

·       A savvy digital storyteller, familiar with all platforms.

·       Proven ability to understand and leverage analytics and SEO to meet traffic goals.

·       Hands-on attitude, results-driven and a readiness to accept significant accountability for business results.

·       Strong relationship skills, able to foster effective, collaborative working relationships at all levels, including Foundation Board members, financial supporters, customers, business partners, peers and staff.

·       Demonstrated commitment to journalistic quality and integrity and the important role of independent news media in a democratic society.

·       A creative thinker with strong editing and proofreading skills.

·       Well connected and respected.

·       Effective budgeting and cost management skills.

·       Ability to prioritize objectives and numerous simultaneous demands.

·       Excellent computer skills.

 CANDIDATE ATTRIBUTES

 

·       Articulate, curious and knowledgeable.

·       Excellent communication and presentation skills that translate into effective writing and skilful presentation with an innovative point of view.

·       Able to persevere calmly when faced with difficulties.

·       A high-energy, hardworking self-starter.

·       Passionate about the arts and a strong desire to continue to build on Canada’s profile in the arts and cultural community.

·       Exceptional, strategic, creative, out-of-the-box thinker with business savvy.

·       Team player ready to work in a highly dynamic and collaborative workplace.

·       Open-minded, non-partisan and able to view issues with objectivity.

·       Customer-focused with an understanding of consumer trends in media.

·       Strong leadership and management skills.

·       Ability to raise the visibility of the organization, and develop projects and partnerships.

·       A strategic thinker who can put plans into action.

COMPENSATION

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

 HOW TO APPLY

 Please submit your application by Friday, March 22, 2019, to: canadianart@searchlightcanada.com.

 Canadian Art Foundation is an equal-opportunity employer and committed to fair and accessible employment practices.

 

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