Term: 1 Year
Co-operative and Experiential Education (CEE) at the University of Waterloo is a global leader in employer partnerships, managing over 20,000 work-terms a year with over 7,300 employers in more than 60 countries. Within Co-operative and Experiential Education, the Digital Designer/Illustrator plays a vital role in visually communicating complex processes and concepts.
The Digital Designer/Illustrator designs, creates and executes high-quality, cutting-edge info-graphics, illustrations and marketing materials to support and elevate the CEE brand and strategic goals for multimedia channels. As a brand ambassador, they will collaborate, inform and guide the CEE community on the best way to promote CEE as a global leader in work-integrated learning.
Design and handle production of cutting-edge graphics for digital
Produces original, creative solutions in line with the marketing strategy and design guidelines
Provide end-to-end design and development of multimedia pieces for web, video, advertising and presentations
Create digital illustration and info-graphics
Develop creative materials for promotions, new projects, and media initiatives to ensure excellence and consistency in the design and visual identity of all digital communications
Ensure Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) compliance
Work with web developers to ensure implementation matches visual design
Continually identify opportunities to create added value, be proactive with innovative ideas and creative solutions
Support with print related projects when required
Work with campus partners and communications staff to conceptualize, strategize and execute projects
Explore various conceptual approaches/solutions to meet requirements as outlined in the project plans and stakeholder requests
Advise on best practice for content across all platforms
Management of creative projects
Manage work flow and production
Ensure production schedules are met
Archive files and manage digital site change and content update requests
Align digital strategies and tactics with University and legislated standards, guidelines and policies
Maintain a thorough understanding and appreciation for the current media landscape and use new media sources and technology to support best-in-class work
Recommend new media strategies that align with departmental goals and enhance existing programs
Recommend and implement appropriate production methods, both to campus partners and in collaboration with project co-ordinators
Keep up-to-date on software, web technology, social media, electronic pre-press and digital media to prepare clear and cost-effective solutions
Pre-flights and follows collection process for digital, video and print production
Provide expert knowledge of accessible colour and typography use
Provide support by cross-checking and proofing projects for accuracy, consistency and writing style guide recommendations
Collaboration and support
Work professionally and cooperatively with co-workers within CEE to build a collaborative and supportive work environment
Develop relationships and maintains a network with university colleagues involved with digital, web design and marketing and communications officers across campus
Create and maintain a media library of tools to support web and online content creators
Liaise with campus partners to ensure client satisfaction at all stages of design implementation
Liaise with digital team to ensure design solutions meet digital best practices, and accessibility standards (AODA)
Post-secondary education, including completion of graphic or web design program at a recognized college or university
3-5 years of experience in designing for various purposes such as digital platforms, digital advertisements, PowerPoints, websites, email templates, social media images, interactive PDFs, and video assets
3-5 years of experience with illustration and info-graphic design
Experience in digital communications design and technology
Experience in accessibility requirements (AODA)
Experience in handling multiple projects with tight deadlines
Highly creative and innovative
Excellent oral, written and interpersonal communication skills required to build lasting relationships
Ability to assimilate technical information and interpret it to a non-technical audience; and to communicate with researchers and staff about end users’ needs
Demonstrated proficiency in both digital and print design
Ability to execute design vision across multiple platforms
Proven ability in, extensive experience with, and strong working knowledge and understanding of effective design principles
Ability to identify emerging design trends, and how they can be integrated with print and digital visual communication campaigns
Demonstrated strong understanding of user-centric design and principles and experience with user needs assessments and accessibility
Strong organizational skills coupled with the ability to handle multiple tasks, meet deadlines, and excel in a fast-paced environment characterized by changing priorities
Ability to thrive in and contribute to an integrated and collaborative team env
Creative thinker with and the ability to find helpful solutions to tough problems
Demonstrated ability to develop and support a professional, service and continuous improvement focused workplace culture
Ability to handle pressure and meet deadlines
Must be a confident, organized and accomplished problem solver
Ability to make decisions with good judgment and with acute sensitivity to the political environment and to the reputation of the University
Advanced level: Adobe Creative Suite including Illustrator, InDesign and Photoshop and Microsoft Office, including PowerPoint
Expert knowledge using Mac OS X
Working knowledge of Excel, Smartsheet, project management software
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