TNQ is hiring!

TNQ is looking to welcome a new Managing Editor to join our team. The position description is below – if you love Canadian literature, have a penchant for nurturing new voices and for supporting local talent, this just may be the right fit for you!

Managing Editor
The New Quarterly

Location: Waterloo, ON
Job type: full-time
Date posted: 2018/04/12
Application deadline: 2018/05/11


The New Quarterly (TNQ), an award-winning not-for-profit literary magazine, is searching for its next managing editor. TNQ was established in 1981 and publishes fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. The organization is renowned for finding, as well as nurturing, emerging writers and for supporting established talent.

The Managing Editor will work closely with the Editor and Board of Directors to manage TNQ’s strategic operations. The successful candidate will also collaborate with staff and editors in the coordination and execution of TNQ events, including three writing contests and the Wild Writers Literary Festival.

Please apply if you have the skills, interests, and abilities to work well in a collegial not-for-profit setting, have the relevant experience and are committed to developing your expertise in the areas below.

Key Responsibilities

Marketing, Public Relations, and Audience Development/Circulation 

  • Manage contest administration and marketing
  • Manage and secure new print and online advertising
  • Apply for funding toward, and conduct, circulation campaigns
  • Oversee audience development strategies
  • Develop and implement social media strategy (Twitter, Facebook, newsletter, etc.)
  • Seek appropriate partnerships with other organizations
  • Plan and promote public outreach events
  • Write appropriate copy, such as press releases, as required

Fund Development 

  • Work with the Editor to manage annual grant calendar; apply for annual operating grants and program grants; fulfill all reporting/grant or recognition requirements with support from the Office Administrator and Treasurer
  • Take the lead in researching, writing, submitting, and reporting grants
  • Conduct annual fundraising/donation appeals
  • Develop new sources of earned revenue (e.g. products and/or services)

Web Editing 

  • Work with the editors to determine direction and content of TNQ’s website and blog
  • Manage quality and content, and write copy as required
  • Monitor and analyze Web statistics
  • Keep abreast of industry trends

Management & Administration 

  • Manage in-house volunteers and co-op students
  • Work with board committees: finance, marketing & communications, fundraising
  • Co-ordinate the logistics, administration, ticket sales, and marketing for the Wild Writers Literary Festival in conjunction with the WWLF teams
  • Work with the Treasurer and Editor to develop annual budget
  • Attend quarterly board meetings and work with editor to prepare reports


  • Undergraduate degree and/or college diploma in English, Communications, Publishing, or other relevant field required
  • Proven experience as a managing editor or other relevant role
  • Publishing experience an asset
  • Working knowledge of programs and online platforms, including Adobe Creative Suite, WordPress, MailChimp, and social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram)
  • Knowledge of AODA requirements or willingness to learn
  • Proficiency in English and strong writing, editing, and copywriting skills
  • Experience with grant writing and the grant application process an asset
  • Experience developing and maintaining budgets an asset
  • Ability to solve problems and take initiative, strong organizational skills, and keen attention to detail
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, and ability to build on and develop partnerships
  • Ability to work well as part of a team as well as comfortable working independently
  • Ability to work evenings and weekends, as required, particularly the weekend of the Wild Writers Literary Festival (the seventh annual WWLF is November 2 to 4, 2018)

This position is located at St. Jerome’s University at the University of Waterloo in Waterloo, ON. To apply, please send a cover letter and résumé to Pamela Mulloy: Please use TNQ Managing Editor in the subject line. More information about The New Quarterly and the Wild Writers Literary Festival can be found at

We appreciate the interest of all applicants; however, we will only contact you if you are selected for an interview.

The New Quarterly, an equal opportunity employer, values diversity and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any kind.