Briarpatch Magazine is looking for a creative dynamo with business savvy driven by social change and excited to deliver great ideas into readers’ hands. The person we’re looking for is passionate about independent media and wants to work for a grassroots organization where progressive politics are at the heart of the operation.
Briarpatch seeks a Publisher to jointly oversee the bi-monthly magazine. As one of two permanent full-time staff in a unionized workplace, the successful candidate will
- develop and implement plans to dramatically expand the magazine’s subscriber and sustainer base;
- solicit significant and consistent advertising support;
- develop a national/international newsstand presence for Briarpatch;
- manage Briarpatch financial and circulation data;
- participate in creative planning for Briarpatch content.
Though no candidate is expected to have all of the following, the ideal candidate would have:
- knowledge of, and affinity with, the publication and its mandate;
- strong leadership skills and the ability to envision and undertake organizational development, such as expanding the magazine’s readership and maintaining long-term financial viability;
- an ability to work independently and the initiative to problem solve in a self-directed manner;
- a socially minded entrepreneurial spirit and a head for finance, numbers, and small business management;
- a track record of successful grant funding applications;
- experience in administering a non-profit organization and/or periodical;
- superb organization and time-management skills, including the ability to prioritize and tackle a wide array of tasks varying in urgency and importance;
- exceptional communication skills and the ability to work cooperatively;
- computer savvy and a familiarity with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel) and Adobe Creative Suite, as well as experience with web content management;
- proficiency in graphic design;
- a firm grasp of anti-capitalist/anti-colonial politics and social movement organizing
- interest in pursuing professional development and developing networks with other publishers and industry experts;
- a sharp wit.
Please note that a desire and ability to pick up new skills is equally important as any of the above qualifications.
This position requires that the successful applicant live in or be willing to relocate to Regina, Saskatchewan.
Briarpatch particularly encourages applicants from diverse backgrounds and members of equity-seeking groups.
Staff of Briarpatch are members of the Retail, Wholesale, Department Store Union (RWDSU), Local 588.
Please email the following to [email protected] no later than December 16, 2016:
- A resumé;
- A cover letter describing why you’re the best candidate for this job and a creative or business accomplishment that you’re proud of.
- A sample pitch to potential sustaining donors, including a two or three paragraph analysis of why you know the pitch will be successful; Briarpatch sustainers are monthly donors who give $5–$100 every month. They receive an automatically renewing subscription and a holiday newsletter, as well as printed thanks in every issue. Briarpatch depends on sustainers for its financial viability.
We will contact shortlisted applicants by January 6, 2017.
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