Quill and Quire

CataList Project Coodinator

BookNet Canada Published: September 1, 2020
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BookNet Canada wants you!

Do you live in the Greater Toronto Area and love making people's work simpler through technology? Are you hoping your next job will be outside the corporate grind?

Do you have customer service & project experience and are looking for a position in a project management environment where you have more autonomy to drive the solution?

We are a not-for-profit agency dedicated to coordinating technological change for Canada’s book industry. We develop technology, standards, and education that make it easier for our stakeholders to promote and sell books, reach new audiences, and ride the ever-cresting wave of new technology. Our customers are spread throughout the industry and come in all shapes and sizes, from independent booksellers and public library systems to multinational publishing houses.

Sound interesting? READ ON...

Here's an overview

BookNet Canada maintains and manages several products defined by and built for our stakeholders, including our B2B digital catalogue solution CataList. We're looking for a process-oriented book aficionado with a love of data and software to help coordinate CataList, as well as our growing roster of projects. You will be helping the BookNet Canada team deliver industry-driven solutions that support the discovery and sale of books by retailers, libraries, and book buyers/readers, reporting to the CataList Project Manager. The ability to multi-task and assist in bringing order to the chaos is a must; experience in book publishing, retailing and/or libraries is a definite benefit.

What we’re looking for

You like to participate fully in all aspects of project development and maintenance, working on both idea generation and ongoing support. You like to learn and bring that learning into your day-to-day. You've made mistakes in the past but you know how to learn from them and move forward. You like working in a collaborative, multi-faceted team, and you like people.

Your skills should include, but not be limited to:

  • Strong communication skills (both written and verbal), honed in a customer experience-driven environment
  • Comfort and flair for tracking and reporting project metrics using data as well as user feedback
  • Organizational aptitude with excellent attention to detail
  • Poised and prepared when presenting in front of others, whether in small groups such as a training session or in front of a larger stakeholder gathering — you'll get lots of practice
  • A great team player — you can work independently while maintaining a focus on team dynamics and goals
  • French language skills — let us know your comfort with writing and speaking in French

We're also looking for someone with:

  • Experience or an interest in bibliographic metadata
  • Experience writing technical documents, such as specifications and user documentation — if you can, show us what you've written
  • Experience in project management — in your cover letter, don't hesitate to explain the projects you've worked on and how you contributed

In the video call interview, you should be able to speak to your unique skill set, and be able to share some examples of your problem-solving abilities. Have stories to tell about how you used data to inform decision-making? Let's get the virtual campfire ready.

If you’re interested, let us know why we should talk. We'll consider applications from qualified candidates of all backgrounds, but make sure that you tell us why working at the intersection of books and technology is interesting or matters to you.

What we can offer

We have a small, dedicated team of great people. We have a serious commitment to work/life balance - maybe that's why current and former employees have given us 4.9/5 on Glassdoor. We'll offer a salary commensurate with experience, medical and dental benefits, summer hours, flexible work times, RSP matching, and employer-sponsored volunteerism. We also know how to have fun, particularly before the pandemic! Baseball, curling, axe throwing, bowling, movies, and of course books! Our work environment is super important to us. Before the pandemic hit, we worked in an open-concept office in a beautiful converted factory space in one of Toronto’s greenest office buildings in the heart of Queen West/Spadina — Green roof! Bike parking! 2 on-site coffee shops! These days the entire team is working from home, and we can accomodate working from home arrangements post-pandemic, after we've returned to the office.

We recognize that to build the best products and services for the Canadian book industry, we have to work with the best. We recognize our work is improved by working with a diverse group of people with expansive skills and experience under their belts. We do not discriminate based on race, religion, indigeneity, colour, national origin, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, abilities, or other legally protected identities.

If this sounds like a good fit for you, send your resume and a cover letter including salary expectations and the subject line "CataList Project Coordinator position" to jobs@booknetcanada.ca. Please, no phone calls or faxes.