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WGA – Call for Applications: Executive Director, Deadline: Jan. 7

Location: Edmonton, Alberta

The Writers’ Guild of Alberta (WGA) is seeking a dynamic, experienced Executive Director.

The successful candidate will effectively represent the WGA, its mission, its members, and its programs. The Executive Director is responsible for the successful management of the Writers’ Guild of Alberta according to the mission of the organization and the strategic direction set by the members of the organization through the Board of Directors. The position involves direct responsibility for five staff (3 full time at 35 hours a week, 2 at 21 hours a week) as well as interaction with a number of contract employees and seasonal staff.  The Executive Director works under the direction of a policy board to design, develop and implement strategic plans for the organization in a cost-effective and time-efficient manner.

The Executive Director is responsible for all aspects of the organization’s administration, personnel, financial, and legal management including all programming, and services, partnerships, and other writing related activities in which the WGA participates. Responsibilities also include overseeing all day-to-day functions of the organization including program development and delivery, and communications. The person in this position must be comfortable with fundraising, speaking with and liaising with potential donors in both the public and private sector and funding bodies.

The successful candidate must have a proven track record of leadership in administration, financial management and human resources. A minimum of two years’ experience as the leader of a not-for-profit arts organization would be ideal, but parallel experience in business or other management settings will be considered. A passion for writing and the literary arts is a must.

The successful candidate will possess excellent communications skills and high standards of performance. She/he will be a strategic planner, meeting short-term commitments while remaining focused on a larger, long-term vision. She/he will liaise with writers, funders, the publishing industry, government figures and other provincial and national literary organizations to help develop a positive and progressive literary community in Alberta. Previous experience with WGA will be considered an asset.

The successful candidate will be proficient at Microsoft Office, QuickBooks, ZOOM, Google meets and Google Drive, comfortable working on both a Mac and PC platform. They will have the ability to multi-task, and perform in an environment with numerous competing tasks. Experience with online application and granting systems is an asset.

Projected Salary:  $60,000 – $70,000.   Closing Date: 7 January 2022

Please email your resume with a covering letter (including salary expectations) to:  [email protected].

Please include ED application in the subject line of the email.


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