C Magazine



01 - Sep. 23 2020
Call: C Magazine Associate Editor

C Magazine is pleased to announce our search for an Associate Editor.

C Magazine, established in 1984, is a contemporary art and criticism periodical that functions as a forum for significant ideas in art and its contexts. Each quarterly print issue explores a theme that is singularly engaged with emerging and prevailing perspectives through original art writing, criticism and artists’ projects. Our content focuses on the activities of contemporary art practitioners residing in Canada and Canadian practitioners living abroad—with an emphasis on those from Black, Indigenous, diasporic and other equity-seeking communities—as well as on international practices and dialogues. We are committed to facilitating meaningful, pluralistic, interdisciplinary, historically-engaged and imaginative conversations about art. C Magazine is published by C The Visual Arts Foundation, a non-profit charitable organization established to present ideas, advance education and document contemporary visual art and artist culture.

C Magazine Associate Editor

Expected start date: November 1, 2020
Job Type: Part-time, 1 year contract, renewable
Time Commitment: 24 hours per week (Monday-Friday; Flextime), plus increased commitment during production (3x year)
Salary: $32,000.00 per year, plus 3 weeks vacation
Location: Canada (working remotely is supported)

Position Summary

The Associate Editor contributes significantly to the production of each issue from development, commissioning, editing, and proofing to the final press proof. They work closely with the Editor (and occasionally, Guest Editors) to shape the magazine’s content and associated educational programs in accordance with the magazine’s established mandate and evolving artistic vision, and with the Executive Director and Publisher to support publishing and development. The Associate Editor reports to the Editor and is responsible to the authority of the Board of Directors of C The Visual Arts Foundation. As a key public representative of C Magazine, the Associate Editor aims to expand historical, social, cultural, and theoretical understandings of contemporary art and its discourses in local, national, and international contexts.


Editorial Program

● To work closely with the Editor to ensure that C Magazine realizes its mandate and editorial goals, and to contribute to their further development.
● To collaborate with the Editor to conduct research, and develop the theme, call for proposals, and table of contents for each issue in adherence with the production schedule, editorial budget and editorial structure.
● To provide substantive edits for articles, as directed by the Editor, and to maintain records pertaining to each one, including contact information, fees, deadlines, and potential images.
● To correspond with contributors as necessary to solicit, communicate fees, develop, and prepare texts for publication.
● To provide opinions on texts commissioned by other editors, upon request.
● To ensure final edited texts are delivered to the Editor to a high standard.
● To provide feedback on and/or co-write the Editorial note.
● To review the magazine galleys, to ensure an accurate presentation of the aforementioned texts and images.
● To attend monthly all-staff meetings and 3x annually Editorial Advisory meetings, in person or online, to receive community input on upcoming themes and commissions.
● To actively mentor the emerging talent they work with.
● To contribute to the development of the magazine’s network of contributors and community contacts.
● To contribute to the programming and presentation of public programs related to magazine content.
● To supervise editorial interns, as necessary.
● To obtain images; negotiate reproduction permissions, rights, and fees; and, edit captions according to the C Magazine Living Style Guide, as necessary.
● To administer contributor contracts and mailing address forms, as necessary.
● To transcribe audio files or otherwise prepare such files for use as text, as necessary.
● To provide editorial support and contribute to the artistic components of fundraising initiatives and grant applications, as necessary.

Staff, Volunteer and Contributor

● To maintain a professional atmosphere in accordance with the Ontario Code of Human Rights, and adhere to C’s Accessibility and Equity Policies at equity.cmagazine.com.


Education and Experience

● Master’s degree in art history, critical and curatorial studies, or closely related fields; or equivalent qualifications, education, and experience relevant to the role.
● Minimum 3 years of writing experience and 3 years of editing experience (which may be concurrent), mainly related to contemporary art and related practices (a combination of academic, journalistic, professional, independent, and/or peer-to-peer are acceptable).
● Experience working collaboratively, enthusiastically, respectfully, and sensitively as part of a creative team.
● Experience developing fruitful working relationships with writers, artists, and other art world peers in Canada; connections to international networks are considered an asset.
● Experience commissioning contemporary art writing for publication in any format is considered a major asset.

Skills and Knowledge Requirements

● Superior writing, substantive editing, and line editing skills.
● Extensive knowledge and active engagement with contemporary Canadian and international art discourses, in a range of disciplines.
● Excellent communication skills.
● Demonstrable ability to conduct research, conceptualize, and execute ideas within an editorial framework—creatively, innovatively, receptively, and resourcefully.
● Demonstrable ability to assess pitches and texts submitted for publication in a contemporary art context.
● Astute awareness of editorial ethics, journalistic integrity, industry standards, and the politics of language.
● Advanced organization skills, with proven ability to self-motivate and meet numerous overlapping deadlines.
● Proactive engagement with anti-oppressive practice and theory, including training and applied experience.
● Computer skills for an MS Office, Adobe, Dropbox and Google Suite environment.
● Experience in oversight of staff or volunteers is considered an asset.
● Experience in conflict resolution is considered a major asset.
● Knowledge of The Chicago Manual of Style and The Canadian Press Stylebook is considered a major asset.

Additional Requirements

● Available to attend occasional evening meetings, and events as needed.
● Ability to work effectively in a remote environment.
● Responsible, accountable, reliable, tactful, and discerning.
● Positive and professional, with an engaged, hands-on, and constructive approach.
● A demonstrable interest in advancing the mission of C Magazine and keenness to represent us in your communities.


Deadline for application: September 23, 2020
Expected interview dates: mid-October, 2020
Expected start date: November 1, 2020

Applications must be submitted as one pdf, emailed to hr@cmagazine.com with the subject: “ASSOCIATE EDITOR APPLICATION.” Receipt of your application will be acknowledged, and late applications will not be considered. Include only the following in your application:

● Letter of interest (one page maximum)—must include your motivations, editorial strengths and approach, and some expression of your research interests
● CV (four pages maximum)
● Two writing samples (maximum 2500 words combined)
● Two editorial work references (name, position, telephone, and email address)
Voluntary self-identification form (available at equity.cmagazine.com)

Candidates will be selected for assessment based on their application submissions. Assessment will include an interview, reference checks, and an assigned substantive editing task. Please refer to the C Information for Writers guide at submissions.cmagazine.com and visit archive.cmagazine.com to understand the style and scope of C Magazine.

We thank all applicants in advance. Only the most qualified will be interviewed. Do not call or visit the office to inquire about your application.

C Magazine is an equal opportunity employer that uses an Affirmative Action Program to actively increase the representation of equity-seeking groups in the art sector, with current priority given to Indigenous Persons, Black Persons, Persons of Colour, deaf, mad, and disabled persons, and 2SLGBTQIAP persons. If you identify as a member of one of these groups, you are invited to voluntarily self-identify using the self-identification form found at equity.cmagazine.com; only those who self-identify can benefit from the C Affirmative Action Procedures. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply and will be assessed on their merits; Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.

C Magazine is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive work environment and to providing employment accommodation for those who identify as deaf, mad, and disabled. Please let us know of any accommodation we may provide during the application, interview, or selection process.

The office of C Magazine is at 401 Richmond Street W, Toronto, and is physically accessible.

Contact Information

Kate Monro, Executive Director and Publisher
C Magazine