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The Word On The Street Toronto champions reading and writing in Canada primarily through a free festival celebrating storytelling, ideas, and imagination.

We are seeking three Canada Summer Job-eligible candidates to join our team on a seasonal basis to support the coordination, promotion, and programming of our 31st annual festival.

Eligibility for Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) employment

To be eligible for employment under the terms of CSJ funding, candidates must be:

  • Between 15 and 30 years of age
  • Legally entitled to work in Canada (which means you must have a valid Social Insurance Number)

Festival Assistant

Special events planner
Start Date: July 13
Hours and Wage: 22.5 hours per week at $16/hr

The Festival Assistant will support the planning and coordination of The Word On The Street festival in Toronto. The successful applicant will assist in festival production, programming, marketing, volunteer management, and logistics. They will respond to inquiries from virtual exhibitors, presenters, and members of the public, and follow-up on outstanding requests for payment or information.

Core responsibilities

  • Virtual marketplace support – Customer service for virtual exhibitors; Support  creation of exhibitor information packages; Communications support for the virtual marketplace and its exhibitors (e.g., website and social media updates)
  • Volunteer coordination and training – Creation of volunteer newsletters; Liaise with volunteers; Assist with development of training materials; Support scheduling and presentation of online training

Experience in any of the following would be an asset: Customer service; Comfort and ease presenting to groups; Proficiency with online video broadcasting software; Experience training and organizing volunteers.

Communications Assistant

Event Marketing Specialist
Start Date: July 13
Hours and Wage: 22.5 hours per week at $16/hr

The Communications Assistant will support promotions and marketing for The Word On The Street Toronto virtual festival and marketplace. Communications support will include the creation of content for web, social media, newsletters and blog communications, as well as supporting the production of the annual festival guide. They will support promotional campaigns and submit online event postings to relevant publications.

Working with the Communications Coordinator, the Communications Assistant will have the opportunity to:

Core responsibilities

  • Assist the Communications Coordinator in developing strategic marketing plans and milestones for our event & programming priorities
  • Write engaging copy for The Word On The Street’s website, social media accounts, newsletter, and blog
  • Design eye-catching graphics for social media accounts and ad placements
  • Support the production process for the annual festival guide and help organize our advertising and sponsorship commitments
  • Get the word out about the festival by submitting information to relevant online event postings, and by researching and coordinating the distribution of our promotional materials
  • Learn email, content, and social media marketing best practices, and put these new skills to work
  • Be part of a team working to amplify and promote Canadian and Indigenous authors and publishers to the world!

Experience in any of the following would be an asset: Copywriting, editing, blogging, vlogging, social media, online community management, digital advertising, graphic design (including Adobe Photoshop, InDesign and Canva), beginner HTML/CSS coding, online community management, Asana (or other project management tools)

When applying for the Communications Assistant position, please include a short (2-4 pieces) portfolio of written and/or design work—either or both depending on what your strengths are!—with your application. We’re looking for examples that you’re effective and knowledgeable with social media, so please include handles or links where applicable. This is not required, but may make your application more competitive.

Programming Assistant

Special Events Program Planner
Start Date: Aug 3
Hours and Wage: 30 hours per week at $16/hr

The Programming Assistant will support programming for The Word On The Street, which includes liaising with publicists, presenters, performers, and hosts, and compiling promotional copy about festival programming. The successful applicant will facilitate invitations and confirmations and support presentation logistics for diverse writers from across Canada.

Core responsibilities

  • Programming support; Liaise with presenters; develop information packages and run sheets; Assisting with practice sessions for presenters; acts as stage manager for virtual presentations
  • Volunteer training support; Building and providing feedback on packages and instruction; assisting with running / scheduling training sessions over stream yard / zoom
  • Supporting programming communications; Update programming information for the festival website; coordinate social posting to promote festival programming

Experience in any of the following would be an asset: Comfort and ease presenting to groups; Proficiency with online video broadcasting software; Experience training and organizing volunteers.

Assets & Qualifications for all WOTS positions

  • Passion for Canadian and Indigenous books, magazines, and other literature written in English or French
  • Organized self-starter with an ability to set priorities, develop a work schedule, monitor progress towards goals, revise plans, and document the process and results
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills including experience responding to stakeholders in a prompt and professional manner
  • Strong writing, copy editing, and proofreading skills
  • Experience drafting promotional content for events, campaigns, products or services
  • Ability to meet tight deadlines and prioritize tasks according to urgency
  • Ability to monitor activities and proactively address issues to mitigate risks
  • Familiarity with online video webinar services like Zoom or StreamYard
  • Exceptional team player capable of interacting effectively with a wide range of individuals

Relevant fields of study: Communications, literature, event planning, volunteer management, journalism, publishing, nonprofit / arts administration, business administration, marketing, graphic design, public relations, and more. Students in french language education programs would have opportunities to work in french.

Application Process

Applicants should submit a résumé and cover letter outlining how they meet the specific requirements of the position to Please reference Job#20CSJ in the subject line of your email and indicate the position(s) which align best with your qualifications and interests (sample subject line: Application for Job#20CSJ – Festival Assistant). Interviews will begin as early as suitable candidates are identified.

The Word On The Street values diversity and inclusion and encourages Indigenous, racialized, disabled, or LGBTQ2 applicants and others facing barriers to employment. We are committed to accommodating applicants’ needs in accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) and the Ontario Human Rights Code throughout the selection process. Please contact if you have questions or feedback about the application process or to request support.

Applications close Friday, July 10, 2020. We thank all applicants in advance for their interest; however, only those invited to an interview will be contacted.