Jobs

Volume 74 Staff

We are hiring for our Volume 74 staff! Come join us and work with an award-winning team of student journalists.

Although not necessary, previous volunteer or work experience with the Martlet is considered an asset. For more information about volunteering, visit this page

The Martlet endeavours to create a newsroom that reflects the diversity of the university population and welcomes candidates from marginalized backgrounds. Job-sharing arrangements may be considered for applicants who wish to develop their skills and experience or have other unique circumstances. Any alternative work arrangements will be decided on a case-by-case basis in consultation with the applicant.


EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

Overview
Reporting directly to the MPS Board of Directors, the EIC will be responsible for the overall direction, continuity, and quality of the paper. They will directly supervise the work of the editorial and volunteer staff and work with any outside agencies to carry out duties of the EIC.

This posting will close on November 25. To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to business@martlet.ca.

DUTIES:

  1. Take responsibility for the editorial decisions of the paper.
  2. With the operations manager and design director, ensure all necessary requirements for weekly publication of the paper have been met.
  3. Understand and work within the guidelines of the Martlet Publishing Society (MPS), and the BC Societies Act.
  4. Understand libel, fact-checking procedure, basic media law, publishing rights, and policies and mission of the MPS.
  5. Edit all stories, ensuring that print copy is edited by at least two different people (not including copy edits).
  6. Assist and mentor writers on stories as necessary.
  7. Write stories as necessary.
  8. Build and establish better community relationships as a representative for the Martlet Publishing Society.
  9. In conjunction with the operations manager, assist in the hiring and training of part-time employees and volunteers.
  10. Ensure trauma-informed interview procedures are understood, respected, and followed for all sensitive stories.
  11. Maintain the Martlet Volunteer Program by leading a workshop series and online Discord community for new volunteers.
  12. Ensure that section editors and other editorial employees carry out their responsibilities as described in their job descriptions.
  13. Produce curated content for the Martlet’s social media accounts and newsletter, organize and schedule posts, track engagement, and plan strategies for growth.
  14. Promote a healthy working relationship with the operations manager, design director and all other employees and volunteers.
  15. Assist the operations manager with researching grants, grant writing, and planning fundraising campaigns.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  1. Knowledge of newspaper writing, editing and layout; previous experience with editing.
  2. Ability to work in a high-pressure student environment with staff and volunteers who hold diverse perspectives.
  3. Ability to maintain objectivity in divisive, challenging circumstances.
  4. Knowledge of defamation, copyright laws, Canadian Press style, publishing rights.
  5. Basic knowledge of Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, WordPress.
  6. Familiarity with online content and/or social media marketing.
  7. Commitment to the goals of the Martlet.
  8. Basic photography skills are an asset.
  9. Experience with trauma informed interview techniques.
  10. Experience with grant writing is considered an asset.

REMUNERATION:
This position will be paid $36,000/year and will receive extended medical and dental benefits as well as a staff bus pass.


Operations Manager

Reporting to the board of directors, the Operations Manager is dually responsible for implementing strategic initiatives and overseeing the day-to-day operations of the Martlet Publishing Society. On a day-to-day basis, the Operations Manager will work collaboratively with the Editor-in-Chief to manage and supervise all teams of staff and volunteers and will be responsible for carrying out all administrative functions within the organization. As the administrative lead, the Operations Manager will maintain functional knowledge of the MPS and nonprofit management, liaise with key stakeholders, and will execute HR and fiscal operations to ensure the functional success of the MPS. These duties will be paired with strategic operational planning initiatives executed on behalf of, and with direction from, the board of directors. 

A successful candidate for this role will be an individual with a multifaceted skillset  who is capable of prioritizing tasks and wearing multiple hats. They will be capable of learning and adapting on the job and will have excellent problem-solving skills. This position provides the opportunity to learn and grow in many different areas related to nonprofit management and would be ideal for a recent graduate looking to hone their knowledge and skills.

 Qualifications and competencies

  • Diploma, degree or equivalent education and experience in nonprofit management, business administration, or a related field
  • Have knowledge of or experience with fiscal management, HR, and nonprofit management 
  • Conflict management training an asset
  • Experience in fundraising including proposal and grant writing an asset
  • Experience with accounting software an asset
  • Demonstrable ability to lead and manage a team

Tasks

  • Work collaboratively with the EIC to carry out the day-today operations
  • Manage ad placements for advertising clients
  • Research and apply for grants
  • Plan and execute fundraising initiatives
  • Basic bookkeeping tasks including issuing invoices, processing payroll, paying bills, tracking deposits, etc. 
  • Liaise with MPS BoD to implement strategic plans and initiatives and prepare reports as needed
  • Oversee administrative and HR operations within the organization
  • Build partnerships and maintain stakeholder engagement

This position will be a full-time, 35 hour per week position and will be contracted for one year with the option to renew upon a satisfactory performance review. The compensation range for this position will be between $48,000 and $52,000, dependent on experience. Benefits and two weeks of paid vacation are included in the contract, plus your bus pass will be comped.

To apply, send a resume and cover letter to business@martlet.ca. Only successful candidates will be contacted for an interview. Applications will be remain open until the position is filled.


Senior Staff Writer 

Our Senior Staff Writers are so much more than just wordsmiths. In this role, you’ll engage with the broader UVic community, pitch your own story ideas, and work alongside other Martlet journalists to make your stories exceptional. Writing may be a solitary endeavour, but this position also involves collaborating with other staff on stories, liaising with editors and volunteers, and assisting the Design Director with images for stories. The right person for this role will display adaptability, creativity, and an ability to take initiative. 

We are currently looking for one Senior Staff Writer to join our team. The exact hours for this position is yet to be determined, but it is approximately 20 hours bi-weekly. Your contract will be from Sept. 20, 2021 until April 2022.

At this time, we are only accepting Work Study applicants. Please apply for Work Study in advance of your application. 

As a Senior Staff Writer, you will be responsible for: 

  • Pitching and crafting 2-3 stories for every bi-weekly production cycle
    • Stories should be of varying lengths and spanning all sections of the Martlet 
  • Creating at least one 2500-word feature during your tenure 
  • Interviewing sources and representing the Martlet in the broader UVic community 
  • Mentoring Martlet volunteers 
  • Being an active and engaged member of the Martlet team
  • Attending a meeting every week (either a story meeting or editorial meeting), copyediting, and training workshops 
  • Creating social media content based off of Martlet articles for the Martlet’s social media
  • Abiding by the Martlet’s Code of Conduct, Conflict-of-Interest Policy, Fact-checking guidelines, and other policies
  • Filling in gaps in the production cycle as needed, which could include editing, taking photographs, or creating additional social media content

Skills: 

  • strong writing skills 
  • familiarity with the UVic community
  • experience working with the public or conducting interviews 
  • ability to work within tight deadlines
  • coachable and able to take constructive criticism
  • confident working independently 
  • previous experience with the Martlet is considered an asset 
  • knowledge of social media marketing and search engine optimization (SEO) is considered an asset

To apply for this position, e-mail your resume, cover letter, and 1-3 writing samples to edit@martlet.ca and business@martlet.ca by Oct. 10. Applicants are encouraged to apply early. As mentioned above, please also apply for work study and indicate how many work study hours you are eligible for in your application. 


Senior Staff Editor 

Senior Staff Editors at the Martlet make the paper as errorless and factual as possible. They are grammar geeks and enjoy the challenge of sifting through articles to spot every mistake. The ideal person for this position will have experience with editing and an eye for detail. Senior Staff Editors will be primarily responsible for aiding the Editor-in-Chief, and will help to manage the editorial needs for all sections of the paper (News, Culture, Opinions, Feature, and Sports/Lifestyle/Humour).

We are hiring one Senior Staff Editors. These positions are 20 hours bi-weekly. Your contract will be from Sept. 20, 2021 until April 2022.

At this time, we are only accepting Work Study applicants. Please apply for Work Study in advance of your application. 

As a Senior Staff Editor, you’ll be responsible for: 

  • Editing 8-12 stories every bi-weekly production cycle
  • Diligently fact checking edited stories, including reviewing interview recordings and examining various source documents
  • Pitching new story ideas and writing stories as needed
  • Representing the Martlet in the broader UVic community 
  • Mentoring Martlet volunteers 
  • Being an active and engaged member of the Martlet team
  • Attending a meeting every week (either a story meeting or editorial meeting), copyediting, and training workshops
  • Creating social media content based off of Martlet articles for the Martlet’s Instagram 
  • Abiding by the Martlet’s Code of Conduct, Conflict-of-Interest Policy, Fact-checking guidelines, and other policies
  • Filling in gaps in the production cycle as needed, which could include assisting with copyediting, taking photographs, or creating additional social media content

Skills: 

  • strong editing skills 
  • familiarity with the UVic community
  • strong research skills and experience reviewing dense policy or budget documents
  • experience mentoring volunteers
  • ability to work within tight deadlines
  • coachable and able to take constructive criticism
  • confident working independently 
  • previous experience with the Martlet is considered an asset 
  • knowledge of social media marketing and search engine optimization (SEO) is considered an asset
  • a working knowledge of Canadian Press style and Martlet style is considered an asset

To apply for this position, e-mail your resume, cover letter, and 1-3 writing samples to edit@martlet.ca and business@martlet.ca by Oct. 10. Applicants are encouraged to apply early. As mentioned above, please also apply for work study and indicate how many work study hours you are eligible for in your application.