Job Opportunities

 

Administration Assistant/Programming Support (Contract)

Application Deadline: January 31, 2018

The Alexandra Writers’ Centre Society brings writers together. Our friendly and encouraging environment supports writers of all ages and abilities as they build relationships and hone their craft.

The Administrative Assistant/Programming Support position reports to the Program Director and helps with all aspects of daily operations from basic administration to program support. This position also assists with the development of writing courses and workshops, the management of events with prominent authors (readings and workshops), and communicates with writing instructors and members of Calgary’s local writing community.

Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Handling incoming calls and other communications
  • Managing filing system, including invoices, payments, and sales receipts
  • Updating membership and renewals, subscription, and registration databases
  • Greeting members and visitors to the Writing Salon
  • Scheduling courses and workshops; communicating with instructors
  • Coordinating events for members, volunteers, and the public
  • Regular website updates, including course and workshop listings and calendar of events
  • Regular social media updates, including writing and sending newsletters

Qualifications

The successful candidate will have strong written and oral communication skills, excellent organizational and prioritization skills, and a demonstrated ability to act independently under limited supervision.

Experience in the writing community is a strong asset. Candidates with administration experience are preferred, and knowledge of Quickbooks, Moneris, WordPress, Facebook Pages and other social media platforms, MailChimp, Microsoft Office and Outlook are also assets.

 

Type of work: Contract (Feb-June 2018) Location: Unit 460, 1721 29 Ave SW, Calgary
Position # and Type: 1 opening; Short-term, temporary, contract Work timing: Mostly days, with occasional evenings and weekends.
Compensation: $15.00 per hour Apply By: Jan. 31, 2018 with resume emailed to Robin at rvaneck@alexandrawriters.org
Hours of work: 15-25 hours per week Notes: Successful applicants must provide proof of qualifications

Currently Seeking Youth Instructors

AWCS Youth Programs are looking for instructors to run our spring writing camps for ages 8-15 year old youth. The ideal candidate will have experience working with youth in creative, fun, and educational ways, be self-sufficient, able to work independently, able to plan a fun week of programming, be even tempered and know how to handle behavioural issues should they arise, have first-aid (or be willing to get it), and have a police record check.

Our spring writing camps run for four days each from 9:00-4:00 with a half hour for set up and a half hour for clean-up. You will be expected to run the camp alone. While our writing camps are educational, we want the kids to have fun real life experiences, focus on individual and group growth, get exercise and fresh air, work with others, and enjoy themselves. We have many tools as well as mentorship to help you meet this goal.

If you are interested please apply with a CV and a cover letter by January 31, 2018.

Camps run: March 26-29 and April 3-6

Please contact Kim Firmston, youth program director, at kfirmston@alexandrawriters.org for more information on this job opportunity or to apply.

 

Workshop & Course Teaching Opportunities

We are not currently seeking Workshop or Course pitches.

The Alexandra Writers’ Centre is fortunate to employ a wide variety of instructors from the Calgary writing community and from among Canadian writers more broadly. Instructors develop workshops and courses based on their areas of expertise, whether as authors, editors, teachers, or in another related area.

From the basics of finding inspiration and putting pen to paper, to specific tools and techniques, we’re always looking for new angles and new workshop ideas. If you are a published author, professional editor, or have teaching experience, we’re interested in hearing your pitch for a class you’d like to teach.

Please note that scheduling preference will be given to current instructors.

 

How To Pitch A Workshop

Pitches need a hook! We’re looking for workshops that don’t cover the same old ground–or that cover it in a new, interesting way. Take a look at our Courses And Workshops. Is there a gap that catches your eye? A place where your area of interest would fit right in? Originality matters!

Your workshop’s title and blurb should work together to pique participants’ curiosity and excitement. To write your blurb, consider whether your workshop is geared to a broad audience that crosses genres, or if you’re tapping into a specific niche. How does your workshop provide participants with specific skills or techniques? What will participants walk out remembering, and excited to apply in their own writing? What exercises or teaching strategies might participants expect from you?

Secondly, we want to know that you have experience in the area covered by your workshop. What aspects of your own writing or editing practice can you bring to the participants? How does your experience translate to helping participants meet challenges in their own practices? Use your application to highlight your qualifications.

 

How To Apply

Your application should include the following:

  • A cover letter detailing your professional writing and/or editing experience (e.g. major publications, awards, education), and past teaching experience, if any. (Teaching experience is not required, but is advantageous.)
  • A CV listing publications and/or work in writing-related fields.
  • 2-4 workshop pitches. Each pitch should include the workshop title, a short blurb (~100 words), and a description (~100 words) of how you will teach this course in a three to five hour timeslot.
  • Your availability.

 

We look forward to hearing from you!

To submit applications, or for further information, please contact Heather Osborne at hosborne@alexandrawriters.org.