The Editor-in-Chief has final editorial authority and is in charge of the administrative and creative aspects of the newspaper. The Editor-in-Chief is responsible, legally and otherwise, for the content and appearance of the Sheaf, and for fulfilling the Mission of the Sheaf Publishing Society. The Editor-in-Chief must clearly specify their duties at the beginning of the year and ensure that these duties are communicated so all staff are aware of their responsibilities.
A. Organizational and Administrative Responsibilities:
– maintaining regular office hours during the week, the Christmas holiday season, both Reading Weeks, and following the publishing of the last issue in April
– ensuring that the Bylaws and Policies are adhered to and proposing revisions when appropriate – implementing an effective weekly system to ensure editorial content of the highest possible quality, including an editorial schedule- representing the Sheaf publicly
– liaising with the USSU, colleges, student groups and officials of other relevant groups representing students and the U of S collaborating with Ads & Business Manager to ensure that equipment and supplies required to operate are present and in good working order
– reporting the Sheaf’s activities to the Board and participating in the Board’s regular meetings- ensuring that the office is reasonably clean
– upholding the reputation of the Sheaf while carrying out all activities
B. Managerial and Training Responsibilities:
– organizing writing, editing, layout, graphic and photography seminars as determined by the Sheaf staff to promote continued learning
– training incoming staff in the editorial and business aspects of the newspaper. This includes organizing a training day with all staff and the Ads & Business Manager to go through bylaws, policy, libel and job expectations. This should occur before the regular publishing schedule resumes in September and all staff must be present.
– training the incoming Editor-in-Chief in April
– organizing and chairing weekly editorial staff meetings providing constructive and continuous feedback to the staff and volunteers to facilitate their training and personal development- managing staff and internal conflicts, including mediating disputes in the office and implementing any disciplinary action as necessary
– organizing staff functions to promote staff bonding as needed working with other staff to recruit volunteers to assist in the publication of the newspaper
– liaising with the Communications Director and other staff as applicable on all events and promotional initiatives
– regularly checking in with all staff members on their progress, daily responsibilities and upcoming tasks, and working to motivate and help them as necessary to ensure the entire production process runs smoothly and efficiently.
C. Editorial Responsibilities:
– holding full and direct responsibility for editorial content published in the Society newspaper and indirectly for all advertising content- ensuring that all copy is properly edited and proofread, and that the content to be published meets the requirements set forth in the Bylaws and Editorial Policy, especially with regards to libel
– overseeing the entire production of the paper/website content from start to finish, including but not limited to initial ideas, ensuring deadlines and daily procedures are followed by staff and volunteers, editing articles, ensuring visuals match article content, and working with the Design Editor to ensure the layout of the newspaper is appealing, accurate and allows for easy perusal
– establishing deadlines and procedures for week-to-week administration of the newspaper/website
– ensuring that the newspaper/online content is published according to schedule
8.5 Month Term (August 2021 to April 30, 2022)
Salary: $22,000 * may be expected to work from home depending on University guidelines and recommendations
Application deadline for Editor-in-Chief is Friday August 13th at 4pm.
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