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October 24, 2008

Executive Director Position: Professional Writers Association of Canada

Pencils The following position has just been posted by the Professional Writers Association of Canada, Canada's National Association for freelance writers.

Deadline: Friday, Oct 31st at 5:00pm. Submit CV and cover letter to hr@pwac.ca.

Summary: The Executive Director (ED) is the senior staff member of the Professional Writers Association of Canada (PWAC) which serves over 600 non-fiction freelance writers across the country. The Executive Director is responsible for the day-to-day operations and management of the organization, and supervises other staff and contract employees. The Executive Director ensures that members' needs are met through delivery of services, mediation, professional development and communications about the industry. The ED, in conjunction with the President, is responsible for representing PWAC in the media, and within the writing and publishing industry generally.

The ideal candidate will have some or all of these qualifications:

  • A strong commitment to the organization's mission, values, vision and strategic objectives;
  • Knowledge and experience of the writing and publishing industry; particularly the needs of freelance writers;
  • Strong leadership and team management skills, as well as office management experience including staff supervision, financial operations etc.;
  • Proven ability to manage multiple projects, deadlines, and changing priorities;
  • Effective communication skills in various media including superior written and verbal skills, proficiency in computer skills, and an understanding of social networking using technology;
  • Ability to secure support and funds from government, and non-governmental sources;
  • Experience in the non-profit sector and working with a volunteer board of directors; and
  • Ability to communicate in both official languages is considered an asset.

Hours: This position is full-time. Hours will vary depending upon activities but are primarily 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday.

Salary: The salary is commensurate with experience - range $45,000-$55,000/year. Unfortunately there is currently no benefit plan available.

Location: PWAC's National Office is based in downtown Toronto. Some travel is required.

Start date: As soon as possible.

Complete position description available.


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