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Thursday, August 7, 2014 - 3:05pm


JOB TITLE:  Arts Education Officer
POSTION TYPE: Permanent Part-Time (three days - 24 hours/week)
STARTING SALARY:  $21,000 (pro-ration of full-time starting salary of $35,000)
POSTING DATE: August 7, 2014
CLOSING DATE: August 21, 2014


The Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia (WFNS) exists to foster creative writing and the profession of writing in Nova Scotia; to provide advice and assistance to writers at all stages of their careers; to encourage greater public recognition of Nova Scotia writers and their achievements; and to enhance the literary arts in our regional and national culture. WFNS is looking to fill the position of Arts Education Officer.

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Arts Education Officer is primarily responsible for the administration, promotion, and evaluation of arts education programming. The Officer coordinates presentations, workshops, and residencies for children and youth in schools and other appropriate venues, and serves as the WFNS frontline contact for participating writers, teachers, librarians, school administrators, partnering organizations, and the general public. The Officer is also responsible for leading WFNS mentorship programming.

The Officer applies knowledge and experience, and draws on a team of staff and, when necessary, teachers and writers to develop WFNS arts education programming in the literary arts. The ability to work with initiative and independence, and as a member within a team environment, is essential to fulfilling the responsibilities of the position.

Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Coordinate the administration, promotion, and evaluation of the Writers In The Schools (WITS) program.
  • Coordinate the administration, promotion, and evaluation of the Alistair MacLeod Mentorship Program.
  • Lead the development of greater diversity in arts education programs and services, particularly writing residencies for young adults.
  • Provide advice on arts education program guidelines, design, and policy to ensure programming effectiveness and growth. 
  • Provide recommendations to the Executive Director to ensure WITS programming requirements and activity are accurately reflected in WFNS strategic, operational, and financial planning.
  • Monitor the expenditure of assigned program budgets.
  • Maintain a relevant provincial and national network in order to remain current on program trends, new studies, resources, and pedagogies relating to arts education.
  • Create and implement professional development sessions that provide writers with further training and support for giving presentations, workshops, and residencies in schools.

In addition to a general knowledge of the writing and publishing sector, the Arts Education Officer will possess the following attributes:

  • A minimum of an undergraduate degree or college diploma in English, or the humanities/liberal arts more generally, as well as 2 to 3 years related employment experience. A degree in Education will be considered a very strong asset. Additional employment experience will be considered in lieu of education. 
  • Strong computer skills, particularly Microsoft Office (Word, Outlook, Excel, and Access). Experience with the PayPal ecommerce system, Quickbooks, and the Drupal content management system will be considered an asset.
  • Familiarity with general administrative practices in the not-for-profit sector, problem analysis and resolution, interpersonal skills, and consultation/facilitation skills.
  • Experience working with not-for-profit arts organizations and an understanding of the governance, artistic, and financial framework required for such organizations to operate.
  • Basic bookkeeping skills will be considered an asset.
  • Strong research and writing abilities and excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Ability to identify national trends and solutions that will support WFNS services at the provincial level in a manner that must be flexible and sensitive to local contexts.

The deadline for applications is August 21, 2014. Qualified applicants are invited to submit a cover letter and resume to Only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. No telephone calls please.