The Dance Current is a niche consumer title published by the not-for-profit multi-platform education and media company Dance Media Group/Groupe Danse Média. We produce print, online and live content and programming that serves to educate the dance sector and the general public, cultivating literacy and critical discourse about the art, culture and practice of dance in Canada. We envision a Canadian public and a broad-reaching dance sector that are: critically engaged with dance art and practice as a part of the Canadian cultural experience, better able to appreciate dance/movement as cultural and aesthetic expression, literate in the current and historical context that shapes the field, alive with robust conversation, and inclusive of diverse perspectives. We aim to be the authoritative magazine leading and developing critical discourse and engaged conversation about the art, practice and culture of dance in Canada. We do this by commissioning, curating and publishing original Canadian content by dance artists, educators, scholars, writers and photographers, as well as arts and culture journalists and writers from beyond dance. The Dance Current is the only publication of its kind for dance in Canada, publishing a bimonthly print magazine and content-based website: thedancecurrent.com
The Dance Current is seeking an Editor to cover a one-year maternity leave. This is a contract position, commencing May 1, 2017 and is the senior editorial position at the organization, reporting to the Director. The Dance Current maintains a small, shared office space at 401 Richmond St. in Toronto and operates with an annual budget of approximately $190,000.
The Dance Current publishes six regular print issues per year, and produces online content streams including listings; videos; news; reviews, features, columns and galleries. This is an exciting time for The Dance Current as we prepare to celebrate our 20th Anniversary in May 2018.
Working collaboratively with the small team, the Editor curates, develops and edits all print and online content, working within the overall organizational vision and strategic objectives and ensuring effective representative coverage of the field. The Editor undertakes substantive, style, fact-checking and proofing responsibilities in all content areas and manages editorial processes and production workflows, including communication among the editorial/production team. The Editor reports and consults at regular intervals with the Director to discuss editorial strategy and objectives and meets editorial goals within the financial resources available. Reporting to the Editor are the Editorial and Production Coordinator, the Circulation and Production Coordinator, a Translator, Copy Editor and Designer.
This is a full-time one-year maternity leave contract position requiring an average of 40 hours per week contingent on the production cycle. Workflow fluctuates around bimonthly print production periods, intensifying over a three- to four-week period each cycle. The Editor works primarily in the office but may complete some work off-site so long as communication during regular office hours is maintained with the office staff.
As The Dance Current is a small, not-for-profit organization, the position involves a wide variety of responsibilities and the ideal candidate will enjoy working within a closely collaborative and responsive context. Responsibilities of the position include but are not limited to:
Developing and maintaining innovative and efficient multi-media editorial strategy in line with organizational objectives. Using organizational reports and measurements to focus and adapt long-term planning to promote organizational sustainability.
Curating, planning and integrating multi-media content for existing readers and new target markets in collaboration with staff team, editorial advisors and contributing writers.
Editing and preparing all content including substantive and style editing, fact checking, directing photo sourcing, and proofing, working with designer on layouts and approving final copy and print/digital files for publication
Developing requisite un-credited writing and other supporting copy including an editorial for each print issue and for some email newsletters.
Implementing editorial and production processes and workflows: setting schedules; maintaining operations manuals and data entry/tracking records; collating monthly digital engagement statistics; managing communications and deadlines for the team; ensures timely production, publication and posting.
Managing the editorial budget; hiring, commissioning and contracting contributors. Acting as HR Liaison to all contributors, ensuring communication of contractual terms and conditions. Preparing and collecting relevant documents with respect to contributor payment.
Supervising, developing and mentoring editorial staff, emerging writers and interns by providing guidance and offering feedback
Contributing ideas and hands-on support to the organizational strategy in sales, circulation, marketing, sponsorship and fundraising
Collaborating on organizational vision, grant writing, implementing strategic plans and playing a role in the stewardship of the organization
The successful applicant will be a visionary individual, capable of supporting the current programs of the organization, and contributing to the organization’s growth. The Editor’s priority will be to maintain and develop the editorial excellence of the magazine, in print and online. They will possess:
A bachelor’s degree in English, Journalism, Communications, or a related field (required)
Significant editorial experience in periodical publishing, both print and online. Alternatively, significant editorial experience in digital, book or e-book publishing may be considered. Curatorial/dramaturgical experience in dance, theatre or performance with the requisite exceptional language and editing skills may also be considered.
Hands-on experience working collaboratively with writers, photographers and art directors to realize an editorial vision
Applied knowledge and hands-on experience with digital media and online editorial models, with the proven ability to realize innovative cross-platform editorial solutions for a small-scale, niche publication
Ability to work independently and as part of a small, dedicated staff team, providing leadership, communicating a vision and motivating staff to achieve it
Excellent time management skills with ability to multi-task and meet deadlines without fail in a fast-paced environment
Proven ability with Microsoft Office and Adobe Acrobat and high comfort level with digital technologies, including drupal based or comparable website platforms, apps, social media and cloud-based workflows, with the capacity to regularly and easily adapt to and integrate new digital tools
Knowledgeable and passionate about dance, art, culture and community practic
Experience with not-for-profit resource management and culture
Ability to work some evenings and weekends during production periods or events
Bilingual English-French highly desirable
How to Apply:
Individuals interested in applying should forward their résumé and cover letter, combined in one PDF document to:
By e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org (please make the subject heading Job Posting – Editor)
The Dance Current is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to the principles of equity and diversity in employment. All qualified persons are encouraged to apply.
Deadline for applications – Friday March 31, 2017 by 6pm EST
We thank all applicants in advance for their interest in this position; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.
The Dance Current accepts letters of interest for part-time internships year-round. The ideal candidate has excellent verbal and written communication skills and is organized and detail oriented with an interest in dance, culture and publishing. Positions require at least three hours a week, either remotely or in office, are unpaid and make for great work experience across The Dance Current media platforms. The Dance Current engages with select universities for more full-time student placement internships.
For more information about our volunteer internship program or to apply, please contact our Director at email@example.com or 416-588-0850.
Ideas and article proposals are encouraged. Please contact the Editor at firstname.lastname@example.org to pitch your proposal or share your ideas for print or online. It is helpful if proposals address the subject of the piece, the point of view, the method or treatment (i.e. interview, report, essay) and the proposed time for publication. Please also include a 50-word author’s biography.
Please note that it may take us several weeks to respond depending on where we are at in the production cycle. We will only contact you if we are interested in publishing the material. Your patience is appreciated.