Job Opportunity: Canadian Children’s Book Centre

The Canadian Children’s Book Centre (CCBC) is a national, not-for-profit organization dedicated to encouraging, promoting and supporting the reading, writing, illustrating and publishing of Canadian books for young readers. Our programs, publications, and resources help teachers, librarians, booksellers and parents. With our Executive Director’s retirement, the board is seeking a new leader to continue the successes of the past, while charting the CCBC’s further development and evolution. The CCBC maintains its office close to the Eglinton and Yonge subway in Toronto. The ED works out of the Toronto office with some travel and may periodically work at home.

The new incumbent will:

  • Fund raise and develop new sources of funding to ensure a more balanced source of income, reducing dependency on one or two major funders
  • Develop a strategic planning process, which acknowledges successes of the past, and leads to a clear ‘value proposition’ for the future
  • Mount a comprehensive program and services review in light of a new strategic plan
  • Develop a succession plan, training and development plans
  • Build media relations and the CCBC’s role as the ‘go to’ advocacy organization for the sector
  • Continue outreach to grow membership base, encouraging greater Canada-wide participation, including early career and diverse cultural background creators

This position will appeal to those who are passionate about the creation, production, distribution and enjoyment of Canadian children’s literature and have:

  • A university degree in a related field
  • Five years’ management experience in a not-for-profit, and board experience
  • Comfort with and proven success at fund raising and securing grants
  • Background in one or more relevant field(s), such as writing/illustrating, publishing or book selling
  • Drive and ability to forge, maintain, and nurture partnerships and relationships
  • Demonstrated ability to lead, motivate, influence and work collaboratively and effectively with a broad spectrum of individuals
  • Understanding of and enthusiasm for the role of new technologies
  • An outgoing entrepreneurial spirit, a collaborator and advocate willing to take calculated risks
  • Preferably bilingual ability

The CCBC offers a five-step salary range from $79,425 to $92,916, a standard benefits package, and an annual RSP contribution. There is potential for bonuses for exceptional performance.

For further information and application details, consult the Position Profile on the CCBC website here.

The application deadline is Friday, October 19.


Job Opportunity: HarperCollins Canada

Job Title: Senior Editor (12 – month contract)
Department: Editorial
Reporting To: Editorial Director, Fiction, and Editorial Director, Collins Canada
Location: 41-22 Adelaide Street West, Toronto** A cover letter is required for this application**

Position Summary:
HarperCollins Canada, a division of HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, a leading global publisher of books for adults and children, is seeking a dynamic and well-connected Senior Editor to edit and selectively acquire a range of commercial non-fiction and fiction for the local publishing program.The ideal candidate has strong editorial experience, knowledge of the industry and a proven track record, and is a proactive team player who can work both independently and collaboratively in a fast-paced environment, balancing the needs of multiple stakeholders. A strong knowledge of project-based finances is also required.Major Accountabilities:

  • Substantive and line editing of manuscripts
  • Acquiring select titles of commercial and commercial literary fiction with a broad portfolio of rights
  • Working with the Editorial Director, Collins Canada, to identify and acquire select high-potential non-fiction projects through a variety of sources that include non-fiction commissions
  • Project managing and seeing through to publication multiple books at a time on schedule
  • Writing descriptive copy and selling copy for use online and in print
  • Positioning books in-house and externally for maximum success
  • Communicating regularly with the Editorial Director, Fiction, Editorial Director, Collins Canada, and the Publisher
  • Providing the best possible care and attention to authors
  • Attending launches and industry events

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required:

  •  A minimum of 5 years’ experience at a senior level, editing both fiction and non-fiction
  • A proven track record of acquisitions and taking books through to successful publication
  • A strong working knowledge of book-specific financials, including costings
  • Knowledge of the book industry and the market
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Proven ability to meet deadlines, determine priorities and pay attention to detail
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office


HarperCollins Canada is committed to providing accommodations in all parts of the hiring process. If you require an accommodation, we will work with you to meet your needs.

HarperCollins Canada is an equal opportunity employer. We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.


White Wall Review Call for Submissions

Ryerson University’s literary magazine, White Wall Review, is currently working on expanding the opportunities for a more diverse pool of writers to submit their work to the magazine. The magazine, established in 1975, has gained recognition among Canadian poets and writers of both fiction and nonfiction, with a great majority of submissions coming from Ontario every year.

For more information, please visit


King’s MFA in Creative Nonfiction

This unique, two-year, limited-residency graduate program enables writers to continue to live and work in their home communities while working with writer-mentors to develop their book proposals and manuscripts. Faculty and mentors for the MFA include award-winning writers published by the top book imprints in Canada and around the world. Program includes two two-week summer residencies in Halifax, and one-week winter residencies in Toronto and New York, featuring guest publishers, editors, agents and writers.

For further course details and online registration information, go to

For specific questions about the program, please contact: Kim Pittway (, Stephen Kimber ( or Dean Jobb (

Applications accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year.