WLUSP is hiring a new Executive Director

Following the planned departure of our current Executive Director, WLUSP is currently seeking applicants for this position. If you are interested in this position, please review the job posting below:

Wilfrid Laurier University Student Publications

POSITION: Executive Director- Wilfrid Laurier University Student Publications

REPORTS TO: WLUSP Board of Directors

HOURS: 35/hr per week


Wilfrid Laurier University Student Publications is looking for a new Executive Director who can lead our volunteer-based campus media organization. Successful applicants will be able to work with and for students and staff to deliver our 7 print publications, web radio station, and student polling group as well as support advertising, human resources, and finance on both our Waterloo and Brantford campuses. The ED is responsible for all business aspects of the organization including financial oversight, policy enforcement, training, strategic planning and implementation, contract negotiation and any number of other issues that can come up on a daily or annual basis. The ED will also be the Publisher of the Community Edition newspaper and act as an advisor for publication content and strategic goals as well as assisting in planning Steel Rails. This is not a role for someone who craves structure or calm work environments. The person who will succeed in this role will love to motivate others to create great things out of chaos.


  • Ensure office is properly maintained and functional for daily operations
  • Oversee administrative staff, including the Human Resources Manager, Advertising Manager, and Finance Manager positions as well as the Brantford Manager of Operations
  • Ensure governmental and legal compliance in all operations of WLUSP
  • Monitor cash flow and advise the President and board accordingly
  • Develop annual budget and present for approval to the board of directors
  • Work with Finance Manager to compile overall budget, and to ensure budgetary compliance
  • Develop and implement regular business plans
  • Seek new revenue sources, such as grants, to support WLUSP operations
  • Seek new and innovative ways to expand WLUSP influence in the community
  • Must work with the President in hiring and firing full-time staff in accordance with the law and with WLUSP policies.
  • Experience in procurement of supplies, resources and assets Relationship Building and Volunteer Support
  • Act as a resource and support for all media departments
  • Assist in the development of training programs for WLUSP volunteers
  • Deliver upon or ensure progress towards the strategic goals as set out in the strategic plans produced and approved by the President and the Board of Directors.
  • Act as Publisher for the Community Edition newspaper
  • Assist in the planning and execution of Steel Rails, the Community Edition’s annual fundraiser, in coordination with the Editor in Chief
  • Act as an institutional resource for volunteers and staff during key transition and turnover times, such as April/May of every year
  • Negotiate WLUSP’s Operating Procedures Agreement (OPA) with Wilfrid Laurier University
  • Build and maintain relationships with other full-time, permanent staff and administration at Wilfrid Laurier University in all departments as well as with student groups such as the Graduate Students’ Association, the Laurier Students’ Public Interest Research Group, the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Office, the WLU Students’ Union, etc.
  • Executive Director MUST be able to answer to and support student-aged president and board and support staff in their roles in a high turnover environment.


  • Experience as a business manager
  • Knowledge of print, radio and online media
  • Ability to foster a healthy learning environment for student volunteers
  • Capable of managing both volunteers and paid staff
  • Organized and capable of utilizing various types of filing systems
  • Familiarity with financial reporting
  • Computer literacy, including basic trouble-shooting and a working knowledge of Microsoft Office programs
  • Familiarity with not-for-profit management, governance and legislation
  • Experience with event planning

Ideally, successful applicants will also have the following:

  • Knowledge of editing and graphic design software such as Adobe Creative Suite.
  • Some experience in some or all of print, web, and radio production
  • Full drivers license
  • Knowledge of website development and or design
  • Some experience with fundraising including events or grant writing
  • Familiarity with best social media practices
  • Familiarity with news gathering and publishing
  • Familiarity with campus media
  • Familiarity with Wilfrid Laurier University
  • Familiarity with Waterloo and / or Brantford communities


Compensation: $35,000 – $50,000 commensurate to experience

Benefits and 2 weeks vacation included.

Candidate interviews will begin February 10th, 2020.

How to Apply: 

Applications are due by 5:00 pm, Wednesday, February 5, 2020. This posting will be reposted if the job is not filled.

If interested please send a cover letter and resume to ed@wlusp.com with the subject line: Executive Director Application.