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Managing Editor - Megaphone Magazine (Parental Leave Contract)
Deadline for applications is Friday, January 19th 2018 at 5:00 p.m.
Megaphone is an award-winning social enterprise that offers meaningful work to people experiencing poverty and homelessness in Vancouver and Victoria, while building support to end poverty. Megaphone is a small, but feisty organization that works with more than 200 people marginalized by poverty in British Columbia every year through its vendor and writing workshop programs. We are committed to empowering people and creating social change in our communities.
Megaphone is seeking a 0.8 FTE Managing Editor to lead production of Megaphone Magazine and Megaphone’s special products, Voices of the Street and Hope in Shadows. The ideal candidate will have a proven ability to generate and write stories, manage multiple competing priorities, communicate clearly with diverse stakeholders, and work on deadline. They will be committed to getting results in a fast-paced environment and able to manage their workload and contributors without dropping the ball. This position is an opportunity to engage diverse groups to tell meaningful stories that create change, while knowing your work creates tangible opportunity for people in poverty.
Megaphone is an award-winning social enterprise that provides an economic opportunity and a voice to people experiencing poverty and homelessness in Vancouver and Victoria. Megaphone is a small, but feisty organization that works with more than 200 marginalized people in British Columbia every year through its vendor and writing workshop programs. We are committed to empowering people and creating social change in our communities. Megaphone produces the monthly Megaphone Magazine, annual Hope in Shadows calendar, and annual Voices of the Street literary edition. All are sold by our street vendors to generate income.
- to support Megaphone vendors to earn income through meaningful work;
- to build understanding across economic divides and build support to end poverty; and
- to advocate for solutions at all levels of government and programming that create more just and inclusive communities.
The Managing Editor, who is based in Vancouver, B.C. and reports to the executive director, is responsible for the following:
- Producing the monthly magazine: story-generating, working with freelancers to edit content and produce high-quality stories; writing vendor profiles and occasional articles; overseeing magazine design and production; manage advertising inquiries and subscriptions.
- Producing the Voices of the Street anthology and Hope in Shadows calendar: working with contractors and Megaphone community members and vendors to compile both Voices of the Street and the Hope in Shadows calendar. Work with Megaphone staff to coordinate writers and photographers participation in launch events.
- Overseeing creative writing and Community Journalism 101 workshops liaise with community partners, low-income writers, and workshop facilitators to ensure the smooth operation of Megaphone’s writing workshops in Vancouver and Victoria.
- Participating in organizational activities as needed: our small team needs to be all-hands-on-deck at key times. We work collaboratively to ensure the organization's success at different times on: team meetings, communications, fundraising, advocacy vendor meetings, organizational events (including the Breakfast fundraiser, Vendor Week, product launches), and other community events Megaphone is invited to participate in.
These are the non-negotiables. You’ll need these to succeed.
We’re seeking candidates who excel in story-generating and contributor management, are deadline-oriented, and have strong project management skills. You should have/be:
- Independent, self-starter who will take initiative to solve problems;
- A demonstrated commitment to high-quality work and a history of getting things done even in the face of obstacles;
- Experience managing multiple projects and ability to oversee a cadre of freelancers and volunteers;
- An intersectional sense of the issues on which Megaphone works;
- Excellent interpersonal skills, and written and verbal communication skills. Ability to comfortably and respectfully interact with people of all ages, economic status, and cultural backgrounds.
- Story-generating: The ability to generate original story ideas with our target audience in mind, from soft features to hard news stories;
- Writing: must be able to write engaging, error-free copy that appeals to our target market, and edit others to do the same;
- Deadline-oriented: has a history of working with strict deadlines - setting and meeting deadlines both for yourself and for the freelancers and volunteers you work with;
- Values alignment and/or experience with marginalized communities: the editor is responsible for a significant portion of Megaphone’s public-facing content. We need to trust the editor “gets” the issues, shares Megaphone’s values, and is committed to reflecting them in the magazine and editorial content
- Understanding of libel—we can’t afford to get sued;
- Strong competency with computers, including MS Office (Excel, Word) and Google Suite (Gmail, Calendar, Google Docs)
- A strong sense of and commitment to both journalistic and community ethics.
The right candidate will tick some of these boxes, but there’s plenty of room to grow in the position. Don’t feel like you need all these to apply.
- Newsroom experience: It is helpful to have a background in a traditional newsroom environment: working with deadlines, juggling sources, and overseeing production (whether print, digital, or radio).
- Reporting/research on social issues: Someone who has done research, interviewed community members, and written quality and balanced stories. Someone who has a sense of issues affecting people experiencing poverty today.
- Solid news judgment: It’s important to exercise this in order to build strong magazine content.
- Public speaking skills: while a bonus, and you may be called upon to do this, this isn’t make-or-break. This position will offer opportunity to develop these skills.
- Specific degree in journalism/related field: While relevant post-secondary education is useful, experience will be speak much louder. Journalists/editors come from many backgrounds.
- Conflict de-escalation training or experience.
How to apply
Please send a cover letter and resume as a single PDF to Jessica Hannon, executive director, at email@example.com. Please use the format “ManagingEditor_YourFirstNameYourLastName.pdf” to name this document. Applications close Friday, January 19th, 2018.
This is an 11-month 0.8 FTE parental leave contract position based on an annual salary between $37,000 and $40,000 (commensurate with experience) with the possibility of extension based on maternity leave. This position typically works 4 days per week from Megaphone's Downtown Eastside Vancouver office, though there will be some evening and weekend work required. This position is eligible for 2 weeks paid vacation over the 11-month contract and is eligible to enroll in Megaphone’s extended health benefits program.
Expected start date: Paid training days start mid-to-late February 2018. Start: March 1, 2018
Megaphone recognizes the importance of an inclusive workplace and a diverse workforce. We welcome and encourage all people to apply, including people of diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds; LGBTQ2+ identified persons; women; people with disabilities; and people with lived experience of issues on which Megaphone is working to change the public conversation, including: poverty, mental illness, homelessness, or our colonial legacy.
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