Jobs at With/out Pretend

CURRENT OPENING: Designer, the vault

The Vault is a digital and print magazine published by With/out Pretend, an independent literary press* founded in 2015 with the mission to produce, promote and distribute work by emerging writers and visual artists. We are committed to working with those who aren’t typically given a space to share their voice, like women and non-binary folks.

*With/out Pretend is more than just books — we host events and facilitate conversations online, too. We hope to set the stage for stories that need to be told. Stories that might just change the world.

The role

  • Layout & Design (primarily for The Vault)

  • This is a part-time on-going position with flexible hours. We’re hoping to find someone who can commit to working with us for the long term, and a minimum of 6 months. Although the work will be mostly remote, we’d like this person to be based in Toronto — there will be the occasional in-person meeting and team gathering.

  • Reports to Erin Klassen, Founder, With/out Pretend and works most closely under direct supervision of Erin McPhee, Creative Director, The Vault

The ideal candidate will possess the following skills:

  • Technically proficient in Adobe Creative Suite (Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator).

  • Able to work within brand and style guidelines.

  • Experience with editorial and publication design. This includes: typographic design, typesetting and layout.

  • Able to design a variety of social media assets.

  • Knowledge of production: how to correctly prepare and export files for web vs. print. Ability to work with printers, and send files to print.

  • Interest in developing Art Direction skills (assigning to artists, providing constructive critique and direction in order to support freelance illustrators and photographers).

  • Knowledge of photo retouching.

  • Experience working with Squarespace. Knowledge of HTML, CSS and front-end web dev. is a plus, but not necessary.


Modest honorarium per quarter (Approx. 10 hours of work monthly)

Contractor must provide an invoice. Contractor is not an employee, and will be responsible for their own taxes, including charging HST if they are eligible.

About the Team

All roles within our organization are entrepreneurial by nature. Team members are hired on an hourly basis, monthly retainer, or with a project rate, depending on the position.

We want to work with people from all backgrounds, ethnicities, cultures, and experiences. With/out Pretend does not discriminate on the basis of colour, ancestry, religion, gender identity, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital or family status, disability, or gender identity or expression.

To Apply

E-mail Erin @ with "Application: Designer for The Vault" as your subject line.

Tell us a bit about yourself, why you're keen to work with us, and make sure to include a link to your website or portfolio.

Only interested parties will be contacted. This position is remote but preference will be given to Toronto-based designers. Please apply by December 15, 2018.