QWF is hiring! Applications now open for 8-week contract for a Communications Assistant (aged 15 – 30)

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Posted on: 5 May, 2019

Category: Job Postings

Deadline for applications: Midnight, Tuesday May 14, 2019.

The Quebec Writers’ Federation (QWF) is seeking a reliable, detail-oriented, and motivated person between the ages of 15 and 30 for an eight-week position as Communications Assistant in the QWF Office in the Atwater Library and Computer Centre, Westmount, in June and July 2019.

Supervision, training, and mentorship will be provided by Rachel McCrum, QWF Communications and Membership Coordinator, and Lori Schubert, Executive Director. The job would particularly suit someone interested in arts management and/or communications, and would provide invaluable career-related experience.

  • ***Start date: 10 June, 2019 TBC***
  • Length of contract: 8 weeks
  • Hours: 30 hours a week, to be spread over 4 days (10am – 530pm)
  • Salary: $12.50 an hour

Primary responsibilities

  • Compile, assemble, and send out the monthly QWF e-newsletter detailing upcoming opportunities, submissions deadlines, residencies etc.
  • Prepare and disseminate e-communications and social media updates for the QWF, maintaining a professional and engaging tone.
  • Update the news feed on the QWF Website by researching and creating relevant news articles, and interviewing at least 2 local authors/QWF Members to create original content.
  • Update the QWF contacts database to input information on community and outreach groups, and other special interest groups, and to undertake some reporting on these groups.
  • Organize and upload content from the Writers in the Community project with at-risk youth in order to disseminate and promote participants’ creative work.


  • Must be aged 15 to 30 (please note: the funding is no longer contingent on the successful applicant being a student.)
  • Must be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.
  • Must have a valid Social Insurance Number and be entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial or territorial legislation and regulations.
  • Must have an excellent command of written English, and conversational French for telephone.
  • Must be able to work autonomously to organize and prioritize tasks.
  • Must demonstrate an ability to write, edit and proofread your own documents for accuracy and correct spelling, grammar, and punctuation.
  • Experience with Facebook and Twitter.

Additional assets

  • Experience with Mailchimp, WordPress, and Salesforce.
  • Familiarity and enthusiasm for Quebec’s English-language literary scene.

How to apply

Please send the following two separate Word or PDF attachments to Rachel McCrum (QWF Membership and Communications Coordinator) at rachel@qwf.org

  • one-page (maximum) letter of interest, clearly stating why you would be a valuable addition to the QWF team and what experience you’ve had that qualifies you for the above-described position.
  • c.v. of relevant experience, professional and/or volunteer

Deadline for applications: Midnight, Tuesday, May 14, 2019.

Selected candidates must be available for interview on Thursday, May 23 or Friday, May 24, 2019.

QWF actively seeks to maximize diversity in its staff, part-time employees, membership and direction. We welcome applications from all qualified individuals and encourage applicants from members of the Government of Canada’s employment equity groups (i.e. women, Aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities, and visible minorities) to self-identify if they are comfortable doing so.

This position is funded by the Government of Canada. It is part of Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ), an initiative of the Youth Employment Strategy, which aims to help young people between the ages of 15 and 30, particularly those facing barriers to employment, to get the information and gain the skills, work experience, and abilities they need to transition successfully into the labour market.