Job Posting – CEO

Chief Executive Officer

Primary Purpose

The Chief Executive Officer plans and executes the strategic direction of Imprint Publications. They provide leadership and guidance to Imprint Publications’ staff on matters of research, style, story development, and content creation. The Executive Editor will provide leadership to all editorial staff and volunteers, and be a primary support resource to the Board of Directors.

Key Accountabilities


  • Pursue strategic partnerships and expansion opportunities
  • Co-ordinate the creation of Imprint Publications’ Annual Plan and submit to Board for approval
  • Contribute to the creation of the Strategic Plan
  • Oversees and ensures execution of strategic editorial direction.
  • Oversee and ensures execution of strategic advertising direction
  • Oversee the researching of funding opportunities and writing of grant applications
  • Provide continuity to a student-governed organization, ensuring strategic, operational, and administrative decisions are aligned with the organization’s mission statement and strategic plan
  • Maintain strong working relationships with University administrators, senior campus leaders, and community members


  • Co-ordinate creation of annual budget in consultation with full time staff and ensure adherence to budget throughout the year
  • Manage staff, ensuring job descriptions are be fulfilled and regular operations including regular evaluation for full time staff
  • Conducts hiring process for full-time staff, in consultation with the HR Committee
  • Manage payroll for all full-time staff.
  • Sit as a voting advisor to the Board of Directors and keep the Board regularly informed of Imprint Publications’ activities and initiatives
  • Monitor the progression of the Annual Plan and Strategic Plan
  • Complete special projects as assigned by the Board


  • Ensure procedures and bylaws are being followed
  • Ensure ad targets are being met and ad design upholds Imprint’s standards
  • Ensure editorial standards are upheld and editorial projects are on schedule
  • Ensure the execution of the Imprint Publications vision as set out by the strategic plan, annual plan, and Board of Directors.

Position Requirements


Degree in communications, journalism, business, or related field, or relevant experience. Additional training in strategic planning, operational management, human resources management, conflict management, sales, advertising, and organizational communication is an asset.


  • 2 years of experience in a management role.
  • Superior verbal and written communications skills with the ability to articulate in a clear, concise and compelling manner; excellent editing skills.
  • Proven ability in managing multi-stakeholder projects that require attention to accuracy, consistency, and the ability to work with many different people with competing priorities.
  • Experience with goal setting and strategic planning.
  • Capable of strong diplomatic and critical listening skills as well as superior analytical and reasoning skills.
  • Experience in organizational management and human resources management is an asset.
  • Experience in media relations and not for profit organizations is an asset.
  • Experience working within a student organization.


  • Working understanding of journalism and media
  • Proficiency with modern social media platforms, including Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and Google Suite.
  • Comfortable with both Windows and OS X
  • Knowledge of InDesign an asset.

Interpersonal Skills

  • Render advice, assistance, and guidance to other employees and volunteer staff members.
  • Interacts with colleagues at all levels across the university and the community to develop trust, rapport, and promote collaboration.
  • Demonstrates leadership and integrity when dealing with all internal and external stakeholders, with the goal of advancing the overall Imprint Publications’ strategic plan.

Level of Responsibility

  • Requires a deep understanding of the issues and events on the University of Waterloo campus and the ability to interpret these events into relevant news stories.
  • Executes branding and strategic editorial directions to advance Imprint Publications’ mission.
  • Remains current on the trends of communicating with students and best practices in communication strategies for online and print publications.

Decision-Making Authority

  • Responsible for meeting critical strategic milestones and editorial deadlines.
  • This position will independently make decisions on strategic editorial content for Imprint Publications.
  • This position will be accountable for the delivery of Imprint’s printed and online publications.

Working Environment

Managed by annually elected student Directors with changing goals and strategic objectives. Often a highly stressful work environment. Some exposure to disagreeable conditions both typical and unique of a supervisory position. This is a part-time position. 

The application should include a cover letter and resume and be submitted to

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