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Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild

Job Description


The Program Coordinator is responsible for the development, coordination and implementation of SWG programs and services in Saskatoon and for publicizing Guild programs in that community. The Program Coordinator reports to the Executive Director and works in conjunction with the Program Manager. This 18 hour/week position offers excellent benefits.

Brief Summary of Responsibilities
The coordinator will establish and maintain productive partnerships with stakeholders, relevant organizations, and funders and provide project support as necessary for all Guild programming. The candidate will demonstrate an ability to work both independently and in a team setting.

Key Responsibilities
Responsible for the implementation, management, delivery and evaluation of program activity in accordance with SWG policies and practices

Ensures prudent fiscal management in the preparation and administration of the program budgets which fall within his/her area of responsibility

Prepares grant applications and follow-up reports as appropriate, maintaining liaison with granting agencies as necessary

Promotes locally and provincially developed programs to Saskatoon audiences using the appropriate means of communications in Saskatoon

Liaises with the Program and Education Officers to ensure co-ordination of and publicity for SWG programming in Saskatoon

Provides support to locally-based Guild initiatives

Represents Guild at relevant Saskatoon meetings, conferences and events

Provides advice and guidance to the Executive Director as required

Other duties as assigned

Key Competencies
Program Delivery

  • Experience in program design, implementation  and evaluation
  • Experience in networking and working with diverse stakeholders
  • Knowledge of marketing and public relations

Administrative Skills

  • Ability to plan, prioritize, budget and meet deadlines
  • Must be familiar with Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Experience in budgeting, grant writing and reporting

Communications Skills

  • Strong verbal and written communications skills are required to develop and manage productive partnerships with stakeholders and other community organizations
  • A sound knowledge of public communications practices and techniques is required
  • Must have marketing and public relations capabilities

Service Orientation

  • Must demonstrate responsive service to the changing needs of stakeholder groups, members, funders and other staff

Familiarity with Microsoft Word and Excel, and having a driver’s licence and access to a vehicle are necessary as some travel is involved. Knowledge of the non-profit cultural sector and event planning are definite assets.

Personal Characteristics

  • Ability to establish priorities and to work independently with little supervision
  • Ability to work cooperatively and effectively with internal and external partners
  • Ability to adapt to changing environments with tact and good judgment
  • Must make clear and timely decisions in the best interests of the Guild
  • Excellent interpersonal, time management, problem solving and organizational skills


  • Available to work flexible hours
  • Experience in working with volunteers

Knowledge of current challenges and opportunities relating to the writing community in Saskatoon.

Closing date for applicants is September 5, 2011. Application may be made to info@skwriter.com or to SWG, Box 3986, Regina SK, S4P 3R9. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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