Editor-in-Chief

Organization:

Canadian Art

Deadline:

Mar. 22, 2019

Organization Description:

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.

Website:

http://canadianart.ca/

Job Description:

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.

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.

A motivated leader, the Editor-in-Chief will drive engagement on all of Canadian Art’s content platforms so as to make them even more relevant to all stakeholders.

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 & 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, manages deadlines, and motivates staff.
• Recruit, interview, and select editorial employees as well as oversee editorial staff and performs 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 appearing at social functions, fundraising outreach, and Canadian Art programs.
• Contribute to ongoing reporting documents for use at Board meetings and attend Board meetings.
• Harmonize event and editorial calendars, in consultation with the Director of Programs & Partnerships.

Revenue Generation & 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 & Partnerships on initiatives, such as TD Indigenous, that are editorially driven.
• Work with the Development Manager to shape donor campaigns that are editorially driven.
• Oversee editorial reporting in major grant applications in collaboration with Development Manager.

Branding & Messaging
• Working with the Publisher and Board, 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.

Qualifications:

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 capability to contribute strategic insights, ideas and solutions based on an in-depth understanding of the evolving content landscape in the contemporary arts & cultural sectors.
• A savvy digital storyteller, familiar on 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 skillful 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, develop projects and partnerships.
• A strategic thinker who can put plans into action.
• Accountable with a strong sense of professionalism and integrity.
• Demonstrated critical thinking.

How to Apply:

Please submit your application by end of day Friday, March 22nd, 2019, by emailing your cover letter and résumé to: canadianart@searchlightcanada.com Canadian Art Foundation is an equal-opportunity employer and committed to fair and accessible employment practices. We thank applicants for their interest, however; only those advancing in the process will be contacted.

Remuneration:

A competitive compensation package ($85K to $100K) including base salary and benefits will be provided.

Contact Name: Searchlight Recruitment
Contact Email: canadianart@searchlightcanada.com
Contact Phone: 416-645-3776

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