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Canadian Art is seeking a Managing Editor to be an integral part of our editorial team.

Job Description

The Managing Editor is a key member of editorial, responsible for text and content management across platforms. The Managing Editor’s main editorial duties relate to the shaping and visioning of print platforms, shepherding each quarterly issue through production. They are also a vocal and visible member of the Canadian Art team, writing for print and online, assigning and editing stories, travelling nationally and internationally to provide editorial coverage, and representing the publication at panels and events.

The Organization

Canadian Art is the preeminent platform for journalism and criticism about art and culture in Canada. Our print, digital, educational and programming initiatives deliver smart, accessible ideas, stories and opinions. A national non-profit foundation, Canadian Art develops and supports art writers, and engages with the work of artists, established and new. We empower diverse audiences to understand, debate and be inspired by art.


You are deeply connected to diverse art communities and have a rigorous understanding of the discourses surrounding Canadian art and culture, contemporary and historical.

You are connected to broader cultural conversations, including but not limited to popular culture, politics, film, new media, social media, literature and others.

You are committed to philosophies and practices of anti-oppression as they relate to content-provision and workplace culture.

You are platform agnostic, but have proven commitment to and experience in print media.

You have overseen the initiation, development, production and completion of a variety of print-media products, ideally contemporary art– or cultural journalism–related. You are exceptional with details, deadlines, timelines and communicating clearly with a team of professional writers, editors, artists and designers.

You are known for thoughtful, challenging and accessible writing about contemporary art and culture. You have a journalistic sensibility and are an effective communicator with a gift for storytelling.

You have a track record of mentorship. You are connected to cultural communities across the country. You are known among a network of writers, and are able to commission articles carefully, working generously with writers to develop new critical voices.

You are willing to tackle difficult conversations and offer considered criticism. You are committed to meaningful content, and have a demonstrated commitment to journalistic quality and integrity and the important role of independent media.

You are passionate about working creatively with a diverse group of contributors from various experience levels and with a range of perspectives. You are able to quickly identify talent and nurture the strengths of in-house and freelance staff, interns and residents.

Reporting to the Editor-in-Chief, the Managing Editor will:

Be the project lead on each quarterly issue of Canadian Art magazine. This includes:

  • substantive second-phase text editing and line editing of magazine materials, in collaboration with the editor-in-chief, senior editor and other members of the editorial team
  • liaising with the copy chief to manage and implement all text changes on manuscript files (Microsoft Word)
  • liaising with the copy chief to finalize and implement fact-checked, copy edited texts into magazine story layouts (Adobe InDesign); adapting manuscripts accordingly
  • liasing with the editorial resident or intern on image research for each issue
  • selecting images for print layouts in collaboration with the creative director, senior editor and editor-in-chief
  • working with the assistant editor on conceptualizing and editing Preview section
  • working with the associate editor on conceptualizing and editing special advertorial supplements
  • liaising with contributors to compile bios for contributors page
  • proofing masthead to ensure it is accurate and up to date
  • preparing, researching and writing text, signed and unsigned
  • attending weekly, monthly and quarterly editorial production and visioning meetings and contributing story ideas for upcoming issues and special advertorial supplements
  • assigning stories to freelance writers and artists, and bringing them through substantive edits
  • determining and overseeing print production schedule for each issue in tandem with the print production manager
  • maintaining assignment spreadsheets and shared manuscript procedure (Google Docs) for each issue
  • chairing print story and production meetings
  • liaising with the creative director throughout production process on proofing and copy changes that effect page flow within layouts
  • working with the editorial team, primarily the editor-in-chief, to generate display and cover copy
  • where necessary, fact-checking all in-house materials, as well as all special advertorial supplements
  • co-proofing final layouts and HP output for print
  • finalizing all magazine pages, including monitoring pagination; liaising with print production manager on this process
  • working with the senior editor to assemble contributors contracts and invoices for each issue
  • attending press approvals at printer, as required
  • monitoring editorial style and working with the copy chief to supervise and approve amendments to the Canadian Art style guide

Be an active member of the Canadian Art editorial team. This includes:

  • leading panels for sponsors at events such as Art Toronto and Papier
  • attending meetings and contributing programming and fundraising ideas
  • attending weekly online editorial meetings and contributing story ideas
  • commissioning and editing pieces for online, as time allows
  • contributing signed and unsigned stories for online, as time allows
  • contributing to marketing and audience development initiatives, in consultation with the Marketing and Communications Manager
  • mentoring editorial residents, interns and emerging freelance writers through substantive edits and feedback, as well as training in a variety of office tasks

Term, Hours and Nature of Work

This position is full-time, five days a week, at 35 hours per week, with a commencement date in February 2018. Salary is $45,000 to $50,000 per year, depending on experience.

Canadian Art’s offices are located in Toronto, and the role is based there.

To apply, please submit your resume, a cover letter and a 1–2 page writing sample of previously published work to with the subject “Managing Editor Position.” Deadline is January 5, 2018, at 5:00 p.m. EST.

Canadian Art welcomes applications from all qualified individuals, including individuals within the Canadian Art Foundation’s employment equity categories of women, persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities and Indigenous persons, individuals of diverse gender and sexual orientation and all groups protected by the Human Rights Code. Canadian Art is committed to employment equity and diversity and a positive and supportive environment.

Please note that only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Canadian Art’s office is fully Accessible.





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