posted October 7, 2020

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

estimated start date: November 15, 2020

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.

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

The successful candidate should:

  • Have experience in creative writing and/or the arts.
  • Be organized, and a quick learner.
  • Friendly and outgoing.
  • Able to prioritize tasks.
  • Work well in a sometimes, hectic environment
  • Good communication skills: orally and written.
  • Have a basic understanding of computers and MS Office – Word/Excel
  • Be familiar with social media platforms – Facebook, Instagram, Twitter
  • Able to work well with a team or alone.

Position Description

Basics duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Answering phone and responding to emails
  • 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 is 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/literary community, and a resume of relevant experience.

 

Teaching Opportunities

The Alexandra Writers’ Centre is fortunate to contract 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. (No teaching experience? See Instructor Training Program below.)
  • 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 Heidi Klaassen at hklaassen@alexandrawriters.org

INSTRUCTOR TRAINING PROGRAM

Are you a published writer with little to no teaching experience but would like to advance your career? Are you a current instructor and want a refresher? AWCS offers instructor training in creative writing. This course addresses how to teach, facilitate and engage your students, how different demographics learn, how to create lesson plans, course outlines and much more. If you’re interested in instructor training, please contact Robin van Eck at rvaneck@alexandrawriters.org