Quill and Quire

Project Assistant, 6-month contract

Association of Book Publishers of BC Published: April 1, 2021
Vancouver or anywhere in Canada
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The Association of Book Publishers of British Columbia (ABPBC), is seeking a Project Assistant for a part-time, six-month contract, working on a variety of projects that serve the BC-owned book publishing industry. 

The Project Assistant reports to our Project Coordinator, and will also work with our Executive Director.


The ABPBC is a trade association that supports the aspirations and activities of its 27 member companies through advocacy, marketing, professional development, and business development initiatives. Our work is driven by a volunteer board of directors and committees in response to the membership’s interests and needs.


The Project Assistant will work on projects that develop awareness and appreciation of BC books for various audiences, focusing on our Canadian Indigenous Books for Schools and BC Books for Schools educational catalogues, Poetry in Transit and Read Local BC campaigns, weekly BC Bestsellers List, and teacher, librarian, and bookseller outreach. 

The Project Assistant’s contributions will include:

  • Planning, writing, and editing editorial content and marketing communications
  • Designing ads and marketing assets for campaign websites, newsletters, and social media accounts
  • Liaising with publishers, teacher-librarian evaluators, contractors, and printers
  • Working with the Project Coordinator to track deliverables and analytics
  • Supporting office administration (e.g., filing, data collection, research, coordinating shipping and mailing)


  • A demonstrated interest in reading and publishing, and some familiarity with the BC book publishing industry
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills, including a superior command of spelling, grammar, and punctuation
  • Strong time management and organizational skills
  • Self-motivated, enthusiastic, and able to work both independently and as part of a team
  • Resourcefulness and creative problem-solving abilities
  • Proficiency with social media platforms (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram), WordPress, Google apps, Dropbox, Mailchimp, and Canva
  • Comfortable working with spreadsheets (Excel) and data
  • Graphic design experience an asset


This is a six-month temporary position that will commence as soon as possible, targeting a late April/early May 2021 start. The Project Assistant will work 3 weekdays (between Monday to Friday), the scheduling of which can be flexible depending on the successful candidate’s availability. Hours of work are also semi-flexible, keeping in mind that other staff generally work 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., including one paid hour for lunch. There is a possibility of this position being extended, contingent on funding.


While we maintain an office in downtown Vancouver, staff are currently working remotely. Therefore, we are open to applicants from across Canada with a demonstrated interest in and knowledge of the BC publishing landscape.

While we are not anticipating a full return to regular office operation for the duration of this position, if the successful candidate is local there is an option to complete some work in the office. We observe appropriate COVID-19 health and safety protocols when working in the office.


$18/hour, less mandatory CPP and EI deductions. As a temporary position, the role is exempt from extended health benefits (to be revisited if the position is extended).


Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume, combined into one document, to the attention of Project Coordinator Kate Balfour using the following submission form:


In the cover letter, please comment briefly on a book you recently enjoyed and why you would recommend it. You're encouraged to demonstrate your personality.

Applications will be accepted until Thursday, Apr. 15, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. However, note that interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis ahead of this deadline, so interested applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Applications and queries will be kept confidential. Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

The ABPBC is an equal-opportunity employer and values diversity in the workplace. We encourage applications from all qualified candidates. We particularly encourage applicants who identify as being from diverse communities, including those who identify as Black, Indigenous, and people of colour; people with disabilities; people identifying as LGBTQ2S+, and people facing economic barriers.