Features Editor – One-Year Contract (Parental Leave)

Date Posted: Sep 22, 2022
Application Deadline: Oct 14, 2022
Start Date: Dec 05, 2022

Salary From: 55K To 60K
Province: Ontario
Region: Metro Toronto Area
City: Toronto
Employee Benefits: Other (e.g. flex time, comp tickets, etc.)
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Organization's Field/Discipline: The Arts
Job's focus: Creative & Administrative
Job Type: Contract
Career Level: Intermediate

Organization Description

The Walrus

The Walrus provokes new thinking and sparks conversation on matters vital to Canadians. As a registered charity, we publish independent, fact-based journalism; produce national, ideas-focused events; and train emerging professionals in publishing and nonprofit management. The Walrus and its strong community of supporters are invested in the idea that a healthy society relies on informed citizens.

Job Description

The Walrus is seeking a Features Editor to join our editorial staff. This is a one-year contract position (parental leave), starting December 5, 2022.
The Features Editor will commission and edit articles suited to a national general interest audience. Those subjects will include The Walrus’s core areas of focus in science, business, politics, arts and culture, and Canada’s place in the world. The ideal candidate is a seasoned editor with at least three to five years’ experience in a publishing environment.
Recognizing the range of editorial platforms at The Walrus, the Features Editor is a story-driven journalist who desires to create work that will engage our audience and spark conversations on any platform: print, digital, multimedia. But the successful candidate will be first and foremost a strong substantive and line editor who can take multiple stories per month through production. The publishing schedule at The Walrus includes daily, weekly, and long-term deadlines, and the successful candidate is expected to work quickly and collaboratively.
The Features Editor is expected to be a nationally-driven thinker and an omnivorous reader of Canadian and international journalism. They have a nuanced understanding of social media, including best practices for packaging and promoting stories online. Curious about the world, they are comfortable working with a diverse group of writers across Canada whose work may reflect a range of political, cultural, and ideological perspectives. As an ambassador of the mandate of The Walrus, the Features Editor will help to shape Canada’s conversation.


  • Commissioning and editing an average of 2-4 features monthly (lengths often range from 1,200 to 5,000 words)
  • Participating in weekly story meetings to discuss ideas and develop short- and long-term projects
  • Reviewing work by others and providing editorial feedback
  • Mentoring junior staff (including The Walrus Editorial Fellows) on request
  • The successful candidate may be asked to represent The Walrus on panels and at professional events.
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience
  • Demonstrated ability to produce stories with a high degree of engagement or impact
  • Familiarity with standard production processes for print and digital publishing channels is expected; experience with WordPress and/or InDesign is an asset
  • Ability to work independently and participate collaboratively in a team environment

How to Apply:

The compensation package includes a salary of $55,000 - $60,000 and 10 paid vacation days.
Please consider joining our team if you have an interest in contributing to The Walrus. To apply, send a cover letter and resumé to careers@thewalrus.ca with the subject line “Features Editor [first and last name]” by 11:59 p.m. EST on Friday, October 14, 2022.
The Walrus supports diversity and inclusion as we work to fulfill our educational mandate. We value employment equity and strongly encourage applications from Indigenous, Black, and other racialized people; people with disabilities; people of all genders; and LGBTQ2+ people. If you require any accommodation in the recruitment process, please let us know by email at careers@thewalrus.ca.
The Walrus office is located in downtown Toronto, but our staff are based across Canada. Though this position will be remote or hybrid for the foreseeable future, applicants must be eligible to work in Canada to qualify. Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

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