University of Waterloo

Executive Editor

Requisition ID 2023-10679
Waterloo Undergraduate Student Association
Employment Type
Time Type
Hiring Range
$54,119 - $67,649
Job Category
Marketing / Public Relations / Communications
Job Location : Location


Term: 1 year 


The Executive Editor executes the editorial direction of Imprint, including monthly magazine, website content and social media content. They provide mentorship and guidance to the publications volunteers on matters of research, style, story development, and day to day content creation. The Executive Editor will provide mentorship to all editorial staff and volunteers, and be a primary support resource to the Publications Manager.



  • Ensure the successful implementation of the Student Publications’ strategic plan under the guidance and direction of the Publications Manager
  • Conduct regular content audits, implement feedback mechanisms, and stay abreast of industry trends to enhance content quality and relevance
  • Set performance goals, provide feedback, and foster a positive work environment to drive productivity and creativity


  • Manage and oversee print and online operations
  • Complete special projects as assigned by the Publications Manager
  • Assist other staff in ensuring the proper maintenance of the Student Publications’ office

Editorial Oversight

  • Provide guidance on matters of research, style, story development, and content creation to editorial staff and volunteers
  • Ensure print content is ready for printing deadlines and digital content is ready for publication deadlines
  • Flag editorial content that is illegal or contravenes Student Publications’ policies or its journalistic standards
  • Recruit, train, and mentor a team of talented writers, editors, and content creators
  • Ensure the quality of all editorial products meet publication standards
  • Review publications prior to publishing


  • Degree in communications, journalism, or related field, or relevant experience
  • Additional experience in teaching and training, operational management, human resources management, conflict management, sales, advertising, and organizational communication is an asset
  • 2-5 years of experience in journalism
  • 1 year of supervisory experience, preferably managing newsroom personnel
  • Experience working for a volunteer driven or students led organization is an asset
  • Experience with digital storytelling
  • Professional understanding of journalism and media
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Strong lead
  • Superior verbal and written communications skills with the ability to articulate in a clear, concise and compelling manner; excellent editing skills
  • Capable of strong diplomatic and critical listening skills as well as superior analytical and reasoning
  • Proven ability in managing multi-stakeholder projects that require attention to accuracy, consistency, and the ability to work with many different people with competing priorities
  • Proficiency with modern social media platforms, including Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, and TikTok
  • Knowledge of InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator
  • Knowledge of WordPress

Equity Statement

The University of Waterloo acknowledges that much of our work takes place on the traditional territory of the Neutral, Anishinaabeg and Haudenosaunee peoples. Our main campus is situated on the Haldimand Tract, the land granted to the Six Nations that includes six miles on each side of the Grand River. Our active work toward reconciliation takes place across our campuses through research, learning, teaching, and community building, and is co-ordinated within our Office of Indigenous Relations.


The University values the diverse and intersectional identities of its students, faculty, and staff. The University regards equity and diversity as an integral part of academic excellence and is committed to accessibility for all employees. The University of Waterloo seeks applicants who embrace our values of equity, anti-racism and inclusion.  As such, we encourage applications from candidates who have been historically disadvantaged and marginalized, including applicants who identify as First Nations, Métis and/or Inuk (Inuit), Black, racialized, a person with a disability, women and/or 2SLGBTQ+.


All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.


The University of Waterloo is committed to accessibility for persons with disabilities. If you have any application, interview, or workplace accommodation requests, please contact Human Resources at  or 519-888-4567, ext. 45935.


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