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The Word On The Street is currently seeking talented Canada-Summer-Jobs-eligible book lovers to support our 2021 virtual festival.

Now Hiring: Assistant Coordinator, Programming

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 a Canada-Summer-Jobs-eligible candidate to join our team on a seasonal basis to support our 32nd annual festival.

The Assistant Coordinator, Programming will support programming The Word On The Street’s fall festival by liaising with presenters, compiling promotional assets, and supporting post-festival surveys and reporting. The successful applicant will facilitate invitations and confirmations and support presentation logistics for diverse writers from across Canada. This is a remote 14-week part-time position paying $18 per hour for 20 hours per week from July 26 to October 29, 2021. 

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
  • Either a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act for the duration of the employment
  • Legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with provincial legislation and regulations 
Position Description

Working directly with the Programming Manager, the Assistant Coordinator, Programming will exercise and develop the following skills and competencies:

  • Passion for Canadian and Indigenous books, magazines, and other literature
  • Liaise with publicists, presenters, performers, and hosts to confirm programming and collect promotional assets
  • Respond to festival stakeholders in a prompt and professional manner
  • Write, copy edit, and proofread program descriptions for the festival website and other promotions
  • Assist with online video production, comment moderation, and/or hosting
  • Support post-festival survey outreach, data analysis, and reporting
  • Ability to set priorities, develop a work schedule, monitor progress towards goals, revise plans, and document the process and results
  • 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:
Excellent written and verbal communication skills and customer service, digital video/event production using Zoom or StreamYard, familiarity with WordPress, ability to communicate information to people at various levels of proficiency with digital video platforms (read: patience), comfortable completing rote tasks, attention to detail.

Application Process

How to apply: Applicants should submit a résumé and cover letter outlining how they meet the specific requirements of the position to Please reference Job#21P in the subject line of your email. 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 LGBTQ2S 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 Festival Director David Alexander at if you have questions or feedback about the application process or to request support.

We thank all applicants in advance for their interest; however, only those invited to an interview will be contacted.

Closed to Applications:

The Assistant Coordinator, Special Projects will support the planning, production, and execution of The Word On The Street’s virtual festival, especially in service of this year’s marketplace project, the WOTS Weekly Features. Our ideal candidate is a tech-savvy social butterfly with an active interest in shaping the cultural conversation around arts & literature in Canada. We’re looking for someone who takes initiative, thinks ahead, and is eager to connect with partners all across Canadian & Indigenous publishing. This is a remote 14-week part-time position paying $18 per hour for 20 hours per week from June 7 to September 3, 2021.

The Assistant Coordinator, Social Media will support promotions and marketing for The Word On The Street Toronto’s 2021 virtual festival and marketplace. For this role, our ideal candidate is someone who is both organized and creative, able to write compelling and engaging content, familiar with a variety of social media platforms, and passionate about the book community and boosting Canadian and Indigenous literature. This is a remote 14-week part-time position paying $18 per hour for 20 hours per week from June 21 to September 24, 2021.

The Word On The Street Toronto's 2020 staff attempting to make a heart with their arms in 8 different video 'boxes' and laughing.

Work with Us This Summer

Assistant Coordinator, Programming

Accepting Applications: June 22 – July 5
Anticipated Start Date: July 26
Duration: 14 weeks @ 20 hours/wk
Wage: $18/hr

Assistant Coordinator, Special Projects
Applications Closed

Assistant Coordinator, Social Media
Applications Closed

Interested in Volunteering?

Word On The Street festival volunteers in pink t-shirts smile for the camera at our 2019 festival.

Check back this summer for 2021 festival volunteer opportunities.