POSITION: Director of Operations and Publishing

July 2nd, 2021     by Team Shameless     Comments

Illustration by Beena Mistry

TIME COMMITMENT: approx. 5-10 hrs/week plus regular meetings/commitments as follows:
Attend team meetings (2hrs/month)
Attend board meetings and provide business updates (2 hours/quarter)
With board, help to organize AGM (3 hours/year)
Minimum commitment (2 years)

Shameless is a volunteer-run magazine; we offer a $50 honorarium per issue for all positions. However, we intend to undergo a strategic planning process to address how this labour is compensated moving forward. As the incoming director of operations and publishing, you will have an opportunity to take part in this process.

At first glance, you may notice this doesn’t look like a standard publisher’s role. Traditionally, magazine publishers generally oversee accounting, grants, ads and circulation. And those are, yes, essential to what we need in a publisher. While we work to disrupt harmful power structures and systems of oppression, we need to have adequate resources to keep the lights on. But feminist publishers also need to consider what it means to be both part of a publication and a member of a social justice movement. This tension is both political and practical. There is a broader vision of organization structure - and therefore, operations management - that extends beyond a standard publisher’s role. At Shameless, we work to be intentional and non-exploitative about our funding sources, to value our labour, and to seek out creative opportunities that align with our values. Social justice and artistic work can often operate from a model of scarcity, but we choose to prioritize networks of support to lift each other up and advance our causes and our projects. With a generous spirit of mutual support, we make capacity-building a priority, not only for our own organization, but for the social movements we are working for.

Shameless will take the following steps to fill this position (with support to candidates available at each stage):

  1. Call out/seeking initial interest
  2. Information night
  3. Full job description and application form will be sent to all interested candidates
  4. Interviews with board and staff
  5. Candidate selection
  6. Mentorship

The person selected for this position will be mentored by the outgoing publisher, so there will be further opportunity to become comfortable with and knowledgeable about any of the following responsibilities. It will also be a chance to decide if Shameless is the right fit for you!

Below is a brief overview of what this job entails. If you think this is you and you feel enthusiastic about taking on the many moving parts of this dynamic role, please get in touch by submitting this form by July 14! We will be hosting a Q&A with our current publisher, who will be available to answer any questions you might have and will also provide a more in-depth look at this role so you can decide if it’s for you.

We strongly encourage applications from Black and Indigenous people, people of colour, queer and trans folks, and those with experience with anti-racist feminist politics and/or anti-racist feminist organizing. We are open to building capacity and creating mentorship opportunities for candidates who are new to this type of work.

**Outline of Responsibilities **

1. Operations

  • Oversee publishing operations for three print issues per year

  • Provide leadership and represent the organization in public, including seeking out and attending events and outreach activities on behalf of the organization

  • Create and maintain positive relationships with like-minded publications and other organizations and seek out collaboration opportunities

  • Take an oversight and supervision role in the areas of circulation, Shameless’ website and social media, events, and fundraising

  • Seek out grant opportunities, write applications, monitor grant activities, and submit final reports

  • Solicit, negotiate and book paid advertisements and ad trades

  • Attend team meetings

  • Attend board meetings and provide business updates

  • With board, help to organize AGM

  • Maintain ongoing communications with team through Slack and email

2. Financial

  • Leadership in financial management including creating annual budgets, project and event budgets,and creating financial reports for the board and funders

  • Act as signing authority for the organization

  • Responsible for day-to-day accounting and banking, record-keeping, monitoring spending, and issuing payments and invoices

  • Responsible for corporate filing, by-law updates, and membership renewals.

3. Scope of Supervision

  • Direct supervision of circulation manager, event and fundraising volunteer staff

  • Shared oversight of website and social media

  • Works closely with Editorial and Art Director on key organizational decisions

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