Call for Applications: Program Officer (Arts Education)

The Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia (WFNS) is seeking applications for the part-time contract position of Program Officer (Arts Education), who will provide assistance in resource development, communications, and special events planning and delivery. The successful applicant will work a combination of remote hours, event-site hours, and in-office hours and will need to provide their own laptop.

Application deadline: Wednesday, May 15 (11:59pm)
Interviews conducted
: Friday, May 17
Contract start: Monday, May 27
Contract end: Friday, August 2
Compensation: $5,400 ($18/hour, 30 hours/week for 10 weeks)
Eligibility: This position is supported by the Canada Summer Jobs program, which requires any applicant to be 30 years of age or under and a Canadian Citizen, permanent resident, or person protected under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.

Applications are accepted only through the form at the bottom of this page. Applicants selected for an interview will be contacted on May 16 to arrange an interview time.

Please note: We are required to advertise this position using the title “Program Officer (Arts Education)” and the below description of responsibilities, both of which are out of date. For the updated title and description, please click here.

The Program Officer (Education) at the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia will provide assistance in membership resource development, communications, and special events planning.

Key areas of responsibility

Resource Development:

  • research, produce, and promote a professional development blog series
  • create digital resources for members based on frequently asked questions about writing, publishing, and literary promotion
  • research and create “Author Spotlight” profiles for WFNS website, which involves interviewing authors and community groups across the province
  • research and update resource lists on WFNS website, including service directory, professional associations, and list of publishers


  • work with Executive Director to set social media strategy for the summer months
  • create graphics and copy for social media posts
  • contribute content about member resources to weekly member newsletter
  • help Program Manager (Arts Education) promote and coordinate upcoming summer camps
  • brainstorm with staff ways to increase the recognition of Nova Scotian writers

Special events

  • assist Executive Director and WFNS team in planning several public literary events, including the Celebration of Emerging Writers (late May), the Atlantic Book Awards gala and festival (early June), and the Booktoberfest book fair (early fall)

Through this job opportunity, the Program Officer (Education) will gain great insight into how a nonprofit cultural organization works. There will be plenty of opportunity to learn by doing. Creativity and imagination are valued in the approach to work in our office. The Program Officer (Education) will work closely with all members of the office and get immediate support and feedback.

Applications Closed on May 16, 2024

If any barriers prevent the submission of your application through the form below, please email Program Manager Andy Verboom at for accommodation or assistance.

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Recommended Experience Levels

The Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia (WFNS) recommends that participants in any given workshop have similar levels of creative writing and / or publication experience. This ensures that each participant gets value from the workshop⁠ and is presented with information, strategies, and skills that suit their career stage. The “Recommended experience level” section of each workshop description refers to the following definitions used by WFNS.

  • New writers: those with less than two years’ creative writing experience and/or no short-form publications (e.g., short stories, personal essays, or poems in literary magazines, journals, anthologies, or chapbooks).
  • Emerging writers: those with more than two years’ creative writing experience and/or numerous short-form publications.
  • Early-career authors: those with 1 or 2 book-length publications or the equivalent in book-length and short-form publications.
  • Established authors: those with 3 or 4 book-length publications.
  • Professional authors: those with 5 or more book-length publications.

Please keep in mind that each form of creative writing (fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and writing for children and young adults) provides you with a unique set of experiences and skills, so you might consider yourself an ‘established author’ in one form but a ‘new writer’ in another.

For “intensive” and “masterclass” creative writing workshops, which provide more opportunities for peer-to-peer feedback, the recommended experience level should be followed closely.

For all other workshops, the recommended experience level is just that—a recommendation—and we encourage potential participants to follow their own judgment when registering.

If you’re uncertain of your experience level with regard to any particular workshop, please feel free to contact us at