Toronto, Ontario

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Saturday, September 22, 2018

Harbourfront Centre | 12:00 pm - 5:30 pm


Festival & Book Fair

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Harbourfront Centre | 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Whether you’re part of an organization or just a book lover, there have always been opportunities to get involved with The Word On The Street. Read below for the best ways to be a part of the biggest book and magazine festival in Canada. - Que vous soyez membre d’une organisation ou tout simplement un amateur de lecture, il y a toujours eu des occasions de s’impliquer auprès de The Word on the Street. Lisez ce qui suit pour connaître les meilleurs moyens de participer au plus vaste festival des livres et des magazines au Canada.


Now hiring for 3 seasonal Canada Summer Jobs funded positions 

The Word On The Street Toronto engages readers of all ages and appetites, champions writers from where we live, and hosts Canada’s largest book and magazine festival – a forum for vital new stories and ideas. We are seeking three Canada Summer Job eligible returning students to join our team on a seasonal basis to support the coordination, promotion, and programming of our 29th annual festival this September.


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 at the start of the employment
  • have been registered as full-time students in the previous academic year and intend to return to school on a full-time basis in the next academic year
  • be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person to whom refugee protection has been conferred for the duration of the employment
  • have a valid Social Insurance Number at the start of employment and be legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with provincial law


Festival Assistant (10-weeks)

Proposed Start Date: May 2018 (TBD)

Hours and Wage: 30 hours per week at $15/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 vendors, presenters, and members of the public, and follow up on outstanding requests for payment or information.


Marketing Assistant (8 or more weeks)

Proposed Start Date: June 4, 2018

Hours and Wage: 30 hours per week at $15/hr

Working with the Marketing Manager, the Marketing Assistant will join The Word On The Street’s team to help launch a fabulous promotions and marketing campaign! The Marketing Assistant will have the opportunity to:

  • Write super 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
  • Be an organizational maven! Support the production process for the annual festival guide and other print collateral, 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 their new skills to work!

Marketing-Related Qualifications

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


Programming Assistant (8 or more weeks)

Proposed Start Date: July 3, 2018

Hours and Wage: 30 hours per week at $15/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 presenter invitations and confirmations and assist with travel and accommodations for diverse writers from across Canada.


Possibility for Further Employment For each position, there is a possibility for continued employment on a full- or part-time basis leading up to festival weekend (September 22-23).


Application Details

Assets & Qualifications

  • 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
  • Exceptional team player capable of interacting effectively with a wide range of individuals
  • See above for special qualifications for the Marketing Assistant position

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 by May 25, 2018. Please reference Job#18CSJ in the subject line of your email and indicate the position that best aligns with your qualifications and interests. (Sample subject line: Application for Job#18CSJ – Festival Assistant)

If applying for the Marketing 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. This is not required, but may make your application more competitive.

The Word On The Street welcomes diversity in the workplace and encourages applications from all qualified applicants. 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 should you require accommodation.

Interviews will begin as early as suitable candidates are identified. We thank all applicants in advance for their interest; however, only those invited to an interview will be contacted.