Development Associate (Paid Intern), National Observer

Date Posted: Oct 28, 2019
Application Deadline: Nov 30, 2019
Start Date: Nov 30, 2019

Hourly From: $10/hr To $15/hr
Province: British Columbia
City: Vancouver
Employee Benefits: N/A
Organization's Field/Discipline: Cultural Industries
Job's focus: Creative & Administrative
Job Type: Paid Internship
Career Level: Entry level/ intern

Organization Description

Magazines Canada

Magazines Canada is the national association and lead advocate for the advancement of Canadian magazines.

Job Description

This paid internship is with Canada's National Observer starting at $14/hr.

Help shape the future of Canadian media, working alongside the team at Canada’s National Observer building revenue through subscriptions and fundraising at Observer Media Group. For more than a decade, Observer Media Group has led the digital re-invention of Canadian media, driven the national conversation on energy and climate change, and made history as the first all-digital publication to win a National Newspaper Award and a Michener Award citation. And our Election Integrity Reporting Project has placed us at the centre of Canada’s battle against online misinformation and electoral manipulation.

We seek a detailed-oriented communicator to help support our next phase of groundbreaking journalism and organizational growth. You’re the right person for the job if you care about climate change, the environment, and human rights.

This position is based in Vancouver.


Our Development Associate is a self-starter who builds and maintains relationships with National Observer subscribers and donors through "high-touch" engagement & relationship stewardship. You are responsible for building a pipeline of prospects and engaging them to further our mission of building excellent independent journalism in Canada.

You maintain a calendar of funded journalism projects and oversee appropriate delivery and you compile metrics on impact and reach. You have a keen understanding of climate, environment, and disinformation and other social issues and are able to convey how our readers' generosity enables the next high impact journalism and investigations.

You’ll find this position particularly fulfilling if you share the Observer’s commitment to rigorous coverage of climate and social justice issues, combating misinformation, and developing innovative ways of delivering high-quality journalism online.

You are right for this position if you have:
  • Post-secondary Degree / Diploma or equivalent working experience
  • Experience working in fundraising, digital publishing and or the not-for-profit sector
  • Proficiency in Excel
  • Excellent written and spoken English language skills.
  • Exceptional interpersonal and communications skills
  • Ability to connect with readers, subscribers and donors and communicate the value of their contribution to independent media and to National Observer’s journalism

Additional Info:

  • Attention to detail is and an ability to create structure are imperative
  • Warm personality and excellent communication skills required
  • You will track timelines and help ensure deadlines are met
  • You will assist in customer relations and subscription management
  • You will assist with data entry and retrieval
  • You must be flexible and enthusiastic about helping where needed

How to Apply:

We will begin reviewing applications as we receive them, so please submit yours as soon as possible.

This is a full-time contract position and you must be Vancouver-based.

To apply, please submit a résumé and cover letter through our online application portal. Your cover letter should specifically address:
  • Why this role appeals to youYour experience and major accomplishments.
  • Your approach to keeping things organized.
  • What you are passionate about.

Please be advised that we can only contact candidates we wish to interview, but we thank everyone for their interest in working with the team at Observer Media Group.


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