Position details: 

Temporary One-Year Maternity Leave Replacement
Reports to Managing Editor
Salary: $48,000 per annum

At Historica Canada, we build awareness of Canadian history and citizenship. Our programs reached more than 24 million Canadians last year, which makes us the largest independent organization of our kind. While our headquarters are in Toronto, we also operate the Ottawa-based Encounters with Canada program. Our staff travels coast to coast to coast to meet participants and promote engagement in our activities. All programs are offered in both official languages. Visit for more information about our programs.

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 Subject Editor, Indigenous Peoples 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 Subject Editor, Indigenous Peoples include:

  • Overseeing update of articles and creation of new articles within the specialized subject area of Indigenous Peoples and Communities;
  • Identifying and commissioning new articles and authors, based on production quota;
  • Peer reviewing substantive editing produced by other subject editors (outside of specialized portfolio);
  • Contributing articles, based on production quota;
  • Developing and managing relationships with consultants (contributors, fact-checkers, etc.) to meet editorial deadlines;
  • Contributing to special features as needed;
  • Responding to reader comments for portfolio;
  • Contributing to editorial calendar, including current events, anniversaries and commemorations within the portfolio;
  • Providing content for report on updates and additions 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.



  • A degree in Indigenous Studies, Canadian Studies, History, Journalism or equivalent; graduate studies an asset;
  • Knowledge of Indigenous and Canadian history and current events: please state any specialization;
  • Ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment;
  • Bilingualism (English and French) an asset;
  • Knowledge of online media and publishing industry;
  • Strong budgeting and time-management skills;
  • Editorial experience an asset;
  • Professional working experience in the non-profit, heritage or education sector an asset.
  • Excellent writing and editing skills;
  • Excellent research skills, attention to detail;

This a temporary one-year maternity leave replacement position with a contract ending in March 2020. The annual salary is $48,000 less applicable statutory deductions. The ideal candidate will work from the Toronto office, Monday to Friday; however, qualified distance candidates will be considered.

Please submit your resume and cover letter 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 4 March 2019 at 5:00 PM EST. Successful candidates will be contacted directly. Phone calls or solicitations from agencies and candidates will not be accepted.

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.

Historica Canada is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. 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.

Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.


Application closing date: 
Monday, March 4, 2019 - 17:00