Job Opportunities





Job Opportunities

When employment/contract opportunities arise, the WGA is dedicated to selecting authors from across the province using fair and transparent methods. We take care to represent various communities, cultures, genders, ages, and experiences from across the province when a position becomes available. In all offers of contracts/employment, we will give preference to WGA members.

Current Job Opportunities

Program and Member Services Coordinator

The Writers' Guild of Alberta is now taking applications for the position of Program and Member Services Coordinator. Job description and application info is below. Application Deadline: August 6, 2018                                                                                                                        
Job Description
Program and Member Services Coordinator: Writers’ Guild of Alberta, Head Office, Edmonton
Reports To: Executive Director of the Writers’ Guild of Alberta.

Job Overview

Design and deliver programs and services in keeping with the mission and strategic plan of the Writers’ Guild of Alberta. Work to ensure the relevance of the WGA’s program and services to members, and to maintain the visibility and public profile of the organization. The position is a 35 hour a week job with two days dedicated to member services and three days to program coordination. Periodic evening and weekend hours are required.

General Responsibilities

The position works closely with the Program and Events Coordinator with the division of duties determined mutually. Currently the position is responsible for the following programs or services: Read Alberta Books, annual WGA conference, the Borderlines Writers Circle, youth program liaison, online programs, and assistance with Edmonton member nights. Member Services
First point of contact for the WGA includes in-person, telephone, and email communication. Office administration and management include membership processing. 

Specific Responsibilities

  • Plan, promote, and host a minimum of ten monthly member nights per year in Edmonton
  • Liaise with staff in the southern Alberta office in the development of programs
  • Coordinate the annual AGM and conference when held in Edmonton, including program planning and administration. Assist with planning when hosted outside of Edmonton
  • Work collaboratively with other writing and literary organizations in Edmonton and region in the delivery of program and services.
  • Research, design and deliver new programs and services
  • Provide support for writing critiquing groups including start‐up assistance
  • Assist in the completion of grant application and reporting
  • Research and pursue other revenue opportunities
  • Ensure all tasks are completed in a timely fashion for each program deadline and that the program is properly presented and publicized
  • Maintain comprehensive annual records for each program
  • Provide a final report for the executive director within two weeks of completion of each program, including attendance numbers, budget, and comments
  • Maintain a procedures file for each program
Member Services
  • Respond to email, phone, and in-person requests for information
  • Processes membership applications
  • Clerical, administrative, and research tasks


The Program and Member Services Coordinator should demonstrate ability in the following:
  • Build Relationships: Establish and maintain positive working relationships with others, both internally and externally, to achieve the goals of the organization
  • Communicate Effectively: Speak, listen, and write in a clear, thorough, and timely manner using appropriate and effective communication tools and techniques
  • Creativity/Innovation: Develop new and unique ways to improve operations of the organization and to create new opportunities wherever possible
  • Focus on Member Needs: Anticipate, understand, and respond to the needs of members and potential members to meet or exceed their expectations within the organizational parameters
  • Organizational Skills: Set priorities, develop a work schedule, monitor progress towards goals, and track details, data, information, and activities
  • Fiscal responsibility: Be able to deliver effective programs within assigned budgets
  • University Degree in Arts and Culture Management, English or a related field with three - five years of work experience. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.
Knowledge, skills, and abilities:
  • Proficient in English, both written and spoken
  • Strong background in program management
  • Ability to work independently and with others
  • Knowledge of WGA membership and issues related to the program area
  • Proficiency in the use of computers for: word processing, databases, spreadsheets, internet
  • The WGA supports and values diversity in the workplace. Applications from all qualified candidates are welcome. 
  • Application instructions: please submit a cover letter and resume to [email protected] when applying for this opportunity. 
  • Application Deadline: August 6, 2018 
  • We wish to express our appreciation to all applicants for their interest and effort in applying for this position. However, only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted. 

Recurring Positions

  • The Banff Centre Writer in Residence: The Banff Retreat Writer in Residence Position is an open competition for both in- and out- of- province writers.
  • WordsWorth Instructors and Creative Team Members: WordsWorth positions are open competitions for both in- and out-of- province writers that are posted annually. There will be a roster kept from year to year to maintain a core identity that the youth will recognize.
  • Mentorship Program: The selection criteria for the Mentorship program can be found here.
  • WestWord Contributors: WestWord, our member-only magazine, is always interested in articles on writing ranging from 500-2500 words. Got an idea? Send an email query with writing samples to [email protected] with the subject: “WestWord Article Proposal.” Unsolicited pieces are welcome, but rarely accepted for publication. Rates per piece range from $200- $600. Submission is open to members and non-members alike.


WGA-Selected Positions

Please note that the positions below are not application based but WGA-selected, subject to criteria and funding. Further opportunities are posted above and in WriteClick. 

  • Award Juries: Jury selection endeavours to employ writers and other literary people who have experience and expertise with particular categories of writing. Having representation from different parts of the province is important to us. Every jury for the Alberta Literary Awards includes one out-of-province person.
  • Monthly Event Presenters: We count on the expertise of our staff, who plan the monthly events in Calgary and Edmonton, to keep track of who has been featured in the past, who has new books out, who is on tour, and who works around a certain theme. Our staff is also responsible for balancing the budget, and consideration of this often comes into play during the selection process. This is also the case with smaller conferences.
  • Annual Conference Presenters: Our large conferences offer a broader range of positions and, as such, we post a call for submissions. The WGA also leaves room for hand-selected authors who would like to be seen by the community and who may be sponsored or already on tour.