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The Word On The Street is currently seeking talented book lovers to support our 2022 festival and year-round programs.

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The Word On The Street champions reading and writing in Canada through a free annual festival and year-round literary programming that celebrates storytelling, ideas, and imagination. We are currently looking for candidates to join our team in fundraising and digital programming roles.

Now hiring:

  • Development Coordinator (FT)
  • Digital Production Coordinator (PT)

Development Coordinator (Full-time)

The Word On The Street Toronto (WOTS) is seeking an ambitious, early-career fundraiser to help us raise funds to champion reading and writing in Canada through our annual book and magazine festival and other events. The Development Coordinator will develop and execute donor engagement and stewardship strategies for individuals and foundations. They will also support grants and sponsorship acquisition and manage volunteer recruitment, training, coordination, and recognition for Word On The Street events.

The Word On The Street champions reading and writing in Canada through a free annual festival and year-round literary programming that celebrates storytelling, ideas, and imagination. We are a creative, mission-driven team that values learning and experimentation. We create accessible, welcoming events that foster community and prioritize diverse and marginalized voices.

This is a remote, full-time position with possibility for renewal on an annual basis. Performance reviews will be conducted after three and six months in the role. An extended health and dental benefits plan is available after three months. A budget for professional development is also available. This is a new position with a starting compensation of $40,000-42,000 per year. Some evening and weekend work will be required in the lead-up to and execution of special events.

Fundraising & Donor Outreach (70%)

  • Develop and implement strategies for donor acquisition, cultivation, and stewardship for monthly, annual, and major gift campaigns
  • Participate in researching, identifying, and qualifying new donors while regularly updating prospect pipelines for foundation and individual giving 
  • Develop, build and support relationships with current and potential funders, including cultivating relationship for funding, stewardship of confirmed agreements/gifts, and reporting on impact
  • Maintain the organization’s donor database and key spreadsheets to track donor engagement and communications
  • Support new fundraising events and initiatives to engage new donors
  • Produce fundraising performance reports; track and monitor donations and deliverables
  • Work with the WOTS fundraising committee to support board-led fundraising
  • Actively research and keep up-to-date on fundraising best practices, trends, innovations and technologies in the nonprofit arts sector


Volunteer Coordination (20%)

  • Work with other staff to identify event volunteer needs and ensure these needs are met through the recruitment and orientation process
  • Manage volunteer recruitment, training, coordination, and recognition for the Word On The Street’s annual festival and other events
  • Liaise with volunteers in advance of events and on site to answer questions and prepare volunteers to meet the needs of the organization


Other Projects (10%)

  • Support sponsorship acquisition and stewardship, as requested
  • Support the Festival Director in applying for and/or meeting the requirements of government grants
  • Participate in and support additional organizational projects, initiatives and campaigns as requested


Assets and Qualifications

  • Relevant education and/or professional experience in nonprofit fundraising, volunteer management, or related fields
  • Understanding of fundraising fundamentals and donor stewardship, as well as an understanding of and commitment to ethical fundraising practices
  • Organizational, analytical and relationship building skills
  • Confident, friendly, professional, and comfortable with cold calling
  • Outstanding social and relationship management skills
  • Position demands the ability to positively interact internally as a team member, as well as externally with donors and leadership members
  • Ability to set priorities, develop a work schedule, monitor progress towards goals, revise plans, and document the process and results
  • Attention to detail
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Volunteer training and management experience
  • Ability to compile event results into succinct, informative reports, and recommend adjustments in response to feedback
  • Passion for Canadian and Indigenous books, magazines, and other literature and familiarity with the Canadian publishing industry


How to apply

Applicants should submit a résumé and cover letter outlining how they meet the specific requirements of the position to hiring@thewordonthestreet.ca. Please reference Job#22DC 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 david@thewordonthestreet.ca 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.

Digital Production Coordinator (Part-time)

The Word On The Street Toronto (WOTS) is seeking a digital storyteller to develop and implement a virtual content and accessibility strategy to champion reading and writing in Canada year-round. The Digital Production Coordinator will support the hybridization of in person Word On The Street events and create new WOTS digital-first content to celebrate storytelling, ideas, and imagination.

The Word On The Street champions reading and writing in Canada through a free annual festival and year-round literary programming that celebrates storytelling, ideas, and imagination. We are a creative, mission-driven team that values learning and experimentation. We create accessible, welcoming events that foster community and prioritize diverse and marginalized voices.

This is a remote, part-time position (14 hours per week) with possibility for renewal on an annual basis. Performance reviews will be conducted after three and six months in the role. A budget for digital equipment and professional development and outside consultation is also available. This is a new position with a starting compensation of $21.50 per hour. This position requires some evening and weekend work in the lead-up to and execution of special events.

The Digital Production Coordinator will work with Word On The Street to: 

  • Develop and implement a long-term WOTS virtual strategy to increase digital content and accessibility 
  • Produce and sustain new digital content such as podcasts and video conversations showcasing Canadian and Indigenous books, magazines, and other writing
  • Enhance Word On The Street hybrid event quality and audience engagement
  • Work with staff to support virtual-first marketing strategies, provide recommendations based on research and expertise
  • Develop new and unique ways to engage the audience, establish fan communities across platforms, and increase digital engagement
  • Improve the performance of digital content by monitoring, evaluating, and making recommendations


Assets & Qualifications:

  • Audio production and editing skills 
  • Experience with podcasting and familiarity with podcast ecosystems, including advertising practices and distribution networks
  • Experience with video streaming, especially YouTube
  • Familiarity with digital audience analytics and user experience best practices
  • Ability to set priorities, develop a work schedule, monitor progress towards goals, revise plans, and document the process and results
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong organizational, analytical, and relationship-building skills
  • Passion for Canadian and Indigenous books, magazines, and other literature and familiarity with the Canadian publishing industry


How to apply

Applicants should submit a résumé and cover letter outlining how they meet the specific requirements of the position to hiring@thewordonthestreet.ca. Please reference Job#22DPC 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 david@thewordonthestreet.ca 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.

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

Development Coordinator
A full-time role working on fundraising and volunteer coordination
Application Deadline: August 22
Anticipated Start: September 2022

Digital Production Coordinator
A part-time role producing virtual and hybrid programs
Application Deadline: August 22
Anticipated Start: September 2022

Interested in Volunteering?

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

Check back soon for volunteer opportunities for our Community Pop-Up at Evergreen Brick Works this September

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