Employment Opportunities

OFFICE ADMINISTRATOR – PART/TIME | 20-25 HOURS PER WEEK

This posting is now closed. Thank you to everyone who applied. We have received a larger than expected number of applications. If we wish to further discuss your application you will be contacted by June 21, 2019 to arrange an interview.

Come work with us in the arts hub that is cSpace King Edward.

The Alexandra Writers Centre Society is a non-profit organization and a registered charity that supports local creative writers. From one-day workshops, weekend intensives, multi-week classes and a variety of other programs, our focus is to build a community of writers who support and encourage each other in their writing efforts.

Founded in 1981, the AWCS now boasts a community of over 500 local writers and as our programs keep growing, we are in need of an office administrator.

This is a part/time, entry level position with the opportunity for advancement.

The successful candidate should:

  • Have an interest in creative writing and/or the arts.
  • be active in the local literary or arts community
  • Be organized, and a quick learner.
  • Able to prioritize tasks.
  • Work well in a sometimes, hectic environment
  • Good communication skills: orally and written.
  • Have a basic understanding of computers and software: MS Office – Word/Excel, Quickbooks
  • Be familiar with social media platforms – Facebook, Instagram, Twitter
  • Able to work well with a team or alone.
  • Event planning experience would be an asset, but not mandatory.

Position Description

Basics duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Answering phones and emails, general enquiries
  • Welcoming guests to the centre
  • processing registrations (online, phone, walk-in)
  • maintaining membership database and renewals
  • preparing class lists, instructor folders and course notifications
  • website and social media updates
  • assist with new program development and member social/writing events
  • Flexible hours, mostly days, some evening and weekends may be required.
  • Training will be provided.

If you are interested in this position, please apply to Robin van Eck, Executive Director, by email rvaneck@alexandrawriters.org with a cover letter introducing yourself and why you think you would be the best candidate for the position, your experience with the local arts community, and a resume.

Posting Closes: June 15, 2019.

Interviews will be conducted late June with a start date in July.

Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

 

Workshop & Course Teaching Opportunities

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 Ali Bryan at abryan@alexandrawriters.org or Robin van Eck at rvaneck@alexandrawriters.org