News: Apply to Be an fS Editor or Manager

2013-10-05 11:16:AM ago by caitlynn.cummings

filling Station magazine seeks to fill the following positions:

Assistant Managing Editor (transitions into Managing Editor role in 2014)
Circulation Manager
Fiction Editor
Nonfiction Editor

For more information, click on the role(s) that interest you. Applicants are welcome to apply for more than one position. All applications are due October 31, 2013.


filling Station magazine is seeking a volunteer Assistant Managing Editor, to begin immediately and to transition into the Managing Editor role in 2014. The Assistant Managing Editor will assist the Managing Editor with all tasks related to the operations of the magazine.

The Managing Editor, with help from the Assistant Managing Editor, oversees all operations of the magazine, from production to distribution, marketing to administration. In addition, the Managing Editor sets the artistic and operational vision for the magazine. The Managing Editor is responsible for ensuring effective operations, and for continuously improving processes and policies. The Managing Editor reports to the Board of Directors of the filling Station Publications Society, and manages all members of the magazine collective.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Production

  • Create annual production schedule for three issues (delivered in print and e-version), and ensure timelines are met by all parties, including editors, designers, and printers

Editorial

  • Ensure suitability and quality of experimental literary and art content put forth for publishing by section editors, and put together three cohesive issues per year
  • Set strategies for any contests or theme issues
  • Edit and proofread issues
  • Market calls for submissions to the magazine

Distribution
Work with Circulation Manager to:

  • Develop distribution strategies for the magazine
  • Liaise with national distributor Magazines Canada
  • Ensure subscription and single copy purchase fulfillment is of the highest quality
  • Develop and maintain good working relationships with local bookstores, ensuring they carry the magazine
  • Work to retain existing subscribers and identify opportunities to reach new subscribers

Volunteer Management

  • Recruit and retain volunteers to fill all roles within the collective
  • Run monthly collective meetings
  • Provide opportunities to collective volunteers for professional development

Administration/Organization

  • Collect and distribute all incoming mail to the magazine
  • Maintain professional affiliations, including membership with the Alberta Magazine Publishers’ Association and Magazines Canada
  • Ensure filling Station is well represented at magazine, literary, and arts conferences

Finances

  • Develop annual budget in consultation with the Board of Directors
  • Document expenditures, regularly liaising with the Board of Directors’ Treasurer

Marketing

  • Create and execute a comprehensive annual marketing plan for filling Station
  • Oversee use of the filling Station brand by other members of the collective
  • Work with Digital Editor to create and execute a comprehensive online marketing strategy, including social media, website, and e-marketing
  • Oversee advertising initiatives, including ad swaps and purchased ads
  • Foster relationships with arts and literary organizations in the community, and seek opportunities for collaboration

Events

  • Work with events collective to plan regular magazine launches, fundraising events, and special events

The Assistant Managing Editor candidate will be a creative writer and/or literature buff with knowledge of experimental and avant-garde literature, who is also an extremely organized, highly effective leader. Candidates must reside in Calgary.

This is an unpaid volunteer position; however, filling Station will offer the successful candidate a creative work environment, a chance to lead and innovate, access to professional development opportunities, and valuable experience in the publishing industry. It is an excellent opportunity for a writer or literary enthusiast who wants to contribute actively to both the Calgary literary community and to the development of Canadian literature.

The successful candidate will have opportunity to mentor with the current Managing Editor before assuming the role in 2014, and may use the former Managing Editor as a resource for advice for the year after the candidate assumes the position.

Qualifications for the Assistant Managing Editor role include, but are not limited to:

  • Extensive knowledge of creative writing, in particular the experimental and the avant-garde
  • A post-secondary degree in a related field is an asset
  • Familiarity with the current Canadian literary and publishing climate
  • A strong, confident, empathetic, and innovative leadership style especially appropriate for unpaid, volunteer environments
  • A self-starting and intrinsically motivated personality
  • Beyond superior organizational skills
  • Familiarity with the local literary and arts scene
  • Ability to work independently without supervision
  • Superior communication and interpersonal skills
  • A meticulous eye for detail
  • Editing skills and experience
  • Ability to thrive in a deadline-driven environment
  • Professionalism required to be an ambassador for filling Station
  • Ability to crack the whip while maintaining morale
  • Outlook of contagious positivity and belief in the cause; indefatigable in the face of challenges
  • A genuinely social person
  • Events management experience
  • Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, Gmail, and social media
  • Knowledge of Photoshop, InDesign, and website content management systems such as Django an asset

If you are eager to help grow our exciting, alternative literary magazine, please email a cover letter, resumé, and three references to mgmt@fillingstation.ca, quoting Assistant Managing Editor Position in the subject line. The job competition closes October 31, 2013. We thank all applicants, but only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

We hope to hear from you soon.


filling Station magazine is seeking a volunteer Circulation Manager to direct and coordinate all distribution efforts, beginning January 2014. The successful candidate will begin mentoring with the current Circulation Manager immediately. The Circulation Manager oversees the entire circulation process, ensures magazines are distributed in a timely fashion, and continuously strives to increase the magazine’s subscription base by developing and implementing various promotional activities. The Circulation Manager works to grow the magazine's circulation while improving filling Station's internal processes to deliver on subscriptions and report on sales performance.

filling Station is completely volunteer-run and thus the Circulation Manager position is unpaid. However, filling Station will offer the successful candidate a creative work environment, a chance to innovate, access to professional development opportunities, and valuable experience in the publishing industry. Because filling Station is a dynamic, small organization, we can offer greater distribution and sales experience in this volunteer position than in paid positions elsewhere. As Circulation Manager you will own the work of an entire department, a substantial responsibility, and have significant impact on the growth of the magazine.

As this is a pivotal role, it requires sustained effort; a time commitment of 5 hours per week can be expected, with a greater workload at peak production times.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Fulfill orders from online Shopify customers, libraries across North America via EBSCO, and mailed requests
  • Mail magazines to customers within a week of order
  • Log order information in Subscriber Database and maintain the document’s accuracy
  • Gain thorough knowledge of Canada Post regulations, rates, and discounts
  • Organize mailouts
  • Acquire and retain paid and controlled subscribers
  • Write and distribute renewal letters
  • Plan and execute circulation marketing plans
  • Keep an inventory of filling Station issues
  • Analyze sales data

Qualifications:

  • A meticulous eye for detail
  • A self-starting personality
  • Ability to work independently with little supervision
  • Strong analytical and data collection skills
  • Advanced Microsoft Excel and Word skills
  • Experience with Shopify, Paypal, and Zinio an asset
  • Motivation to run your own department, taking pride in developing and maintaining a superior product distribution system
  • Previous experience in circulation management, distribution, and/or supply chain an asset
  • Interest in Canadian literature an asset
  • Ability to thrive in a deadline-driven environment
  • A creative marketing mind
  • Aptitude for problem solving
  • Superior communication and interpersonal skills
  • Professionalism required to be an ambassador for filling Station

If you are eager to help grow our exciting, alternative literary magazine, please send a cover letter, resumé, and three references to mgmt@fillingstation.ca, quoting Circulation Manager Position in the subject line. The job competition closes October 31, 2013. We thank all applicants, but only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

We hope to hear from you soon.


filling Station magazine is seeking a volunteer Fiction Editor to manage our fiction section and collective, beginning January 2014. The successful candidate will begin mentoring with the current Fiction Editor immediately.

filling Station is completely volunteer-run and thus the Fiction Editor position is unpaid. However, filling Station will offer the successful candidate a creative work environment, a chance to innovate, access to professional development opportunities, and valuable experience in the publishing industry.

A time commitment of 5 hours per week can be expected, with a greater workload at peak production times.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • First read vetting of submissions according to magazine mandate and guidelines
  • Solicit fiction, when appropriate, from writers
  • Direct a collective of volunteer readers:

- Disseminate (promising) fiction submissions to collective members, either in person or via email
- Moderate discussions of submissions at monthly collective meetings
- Organize collective proofing of magazine issues
- Engage collective members and provide them with a fulfilling volunteer experience

  • Choose which fiction pieces should be published in the magazine
  • Send acceptance and rejection letters
  • Liaise with writers once their pieces are accepted
  • Make final editorial decisions regarding the pieces

Qualifications for the Fiction Editor role include, but are not limited to:

  • A firm grasp of all styles of fiction, with a particular emphasis on experimental fiction
  • Familiarity with the current Canadian literary and publishing climate
  • Editing skills
  • Leadership skills
  • Superior communication and interpersonal skills
  • Organizational skills
  • A meticulous eye for detail
  • A self-starting personality
  • Ability to work independently with little supervision
  • Ability to thrive in a deadline-driven environment
  • Professionalism required to be an ambassador for filling Station

If you are eager to help grow our exciting, alternative literary magazine, please send a cover letter, resumé, and three references to mgmt@fillingstation.ca, quoting Fiction Editor Position in the subject line. The job competition closes October 31, 2013. We thank all applicants, but only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

We hope to hear from you soon.


filling Station magazine is seeking a volunteer Nonfiction Editor to manage our nonfiction section and collective, beginning January 2014. The successful candidate will begin mentoring with the current Nonfiction Editor immediately.

filling Station is completely volunteer-run and thus the Nonfiction Editor position is unpaid. However, filling Station will offer the successful candidate a creative work environment, a chance to innovate, access to professional development opportunities, and valuable experience in the publishing industry.

A time commitment of 5 hours per week can be expected, with a greater workload at peak production times.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • First read vetting of submissions according to magazine mandate and guidelines
  • Solicit nonfiction, when appropriate, from writers
  • Encourage collective members to write and submit reviews of relevant Canadian titles
  • Direct a collective of volunteer readers:

- Disseminate (promising) nonfiction submissions to collective members, either in person or via email
- Moderate discussions of submissions at monthly collective meetings
- Organize collective proofing of magazine issues
- Engage collective members and provide them with a fulfilling volunteer experience

  • Choose which nonfiction pieces should be published in the magazine
  • Send acceptance and rejection letters
  • Liaise with writers once their pieces are accepted
  • Make final editorial decisions regarding the pieces

Qualifications for the Nonfiction Editor role include, but are not limited to:

  • A firm grasp of the current Canadian literary and publishing climate
  • Familiarity with the following genres: literary review, creative nonfiction, and interviews 
  • Editing skills
  • Leadership skills
  • Superior communication and interpersonal skills
  • Organizational skills
  • A meticulous eye for detail
  • A self-starting personality
  • Ability to work independently with little supervision
  • Ability to thrive in a deadline-driven environment
  • Professionalism required to be an ambassador for filling Station

If you are eager to help grow our exciting, alternative literary magazine, please send a cover letter, resumé, and three references to mgmt@fillingstation.ca, quoting Nonfiction Editor Position in the subject line. The job competition closes October 31, 2013. We thank all applicants, but only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

We hope to hear from you soon.

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