Position details: 

The Canadian Encyclopedia is a free, bilingual online resource of over 20,000 fact-checked articles and learning tools about Canada’s history and culture. The Bilingual Subject Editor, Communities for The Canadian Encyclopedia will be an individual who is passionate about the work of Historica Canada, has had experience working with a team to achieve deliverables in a timely fashion, and is enthusiastic about creating a legacy for all Canadians. The successful candidate is creative, driven and connected with like-minded organizations in the public, private and non-profit sectors.

The responsibilities of the Bilingual Subject Editor, Communities include:

  • Overseeing the update of articles and the creation of new articles related to diverse communities in Canada, in both French and English;
  • Identifying and commissioning new articles and authors, based on weekly and quarterly production quotas;
  • When required, contributing articles, based on production quota;
  • Developing and managing relationships with consultants (contributors, fact-checkers, etc.) to meet editorial deadlines;
  • Responding to reader comments for portfolio;
  • Contributing to the editorial calendar, including current events, anniversaries and commemorations within the portfolio;
  • Tracking expenses, ensuring expenses remain within budgets, and reporting on variances;
  • Taking part in strategic planning discussions;
  • Representing and promoting the Encyclopedia at educational conferences;
  • Consulting with Managing Editor on key editorial decisions and policies;
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • A degree in Diaspora Studies, Political Science, History or related discipline, Journalism, or equivalent;
  • Knowledge of diverse communities in Canada, Canadian history and current events: please state any additional areas of specialization;
  • Bilingualism (English and French) required;
  • Excellent writing and editing skills;
  • Excellent research skills and attention to detail;
  • Ability to meet strict deadlines in a fast-paced environment;
  • Previous experience in the online media and publishing industry;
  • Strong budgeting and time-management skills;

This is a contract position beginning September 1, 2020 and ends on March 31, 2021, with the opportunity for extension. The salary will be paid at the hourly rate of $25.64, less applicable statutory deductions, which will be paid to the successful candidate twice a month.

Please submit your resume, cover letter and three relevant work samples in a single PDF or Microsoft Word document with your full name and the position as the file name.

Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis. Interviews may be arranged before the deadline. Interested candidates should submit their application to no later than August 30, 2020 at 11:59 PM EST. Successful candidates will be contacted directly. Phone calls or solicitations from agencies and candidates will not be accepted.

Historica Canada is committed to creating a diverse environment in our workplace in order to foster innovation and creativity. As such we are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We are passionate about what it means to be Canadian and strive to foster a workplace and community support and programs that respect and appreciate individual differences. In order to ensure we have a wide representation of experience, all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, or veteran status. We are actively committed to increasing our reach and recruitment approach to find and uncover diversity in talent and experience.

Historica Canada welcomes and encourages applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.

This position is based at Historica Canada’s Head Office in Toronto. However, qualified distance candidates will be considered.
This position may require travel (air and ground) within Canada and subject to government safety protocols.
This job description indicates the general nature and level of work expected. It is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities required by the incumbent. Incumbent may be asked to perform other duties as required.

Application closing date: 
Monday, August 31, 2020 (All day)