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Communications Designer



Wednesday, May 18, 2022

5,063.67 - 6,078.75 - 7,294.50 CAD Monthly


Please apply to Job Posting number JR7626 on the UBC Careers Website:

Organizational Status

The Communications Designer is a member of the Student Housing and Community Services team, reports to the SHCS Manager, Digital Communications and works closely with the Marketing & Communications Director and Specialists on project definition and implementation.
This position works within VP Students policies. Work is reviewed in terms of achievement and high professional standards in the delivery of student communications services.

Work Performed

Develop branding and visual concepts along with digital and print materials that support student-facing communications mainly for UBC Food Services and Student Housing.
Create print materials such as brochures, menus & signage, from concept to print production.
Create designs for websites & social media, and work with programmers to finalise projects.
Create brand identities and related environmental signage and communications materials.
Discuss projects with the SHCS Marketing Communications team to clarify subject material, design objectives, and provide recommendations on selection of media and project direction .
Showcase design concepts for internal team review, and welcome constructive feedback.
Advise departments on best practices in design strategies and implementation.
Stay abreast of current trends and new developments in visual design with an eye to extending the University’s reputation and finding new opportunities for communication.
Adhere to UBC brand guidelines and contribute to internal design style guides.
Carry out creative research and exercise initiative, resourcefulness and judgment.
Manage own workload, and work effectively under pressure to meet deadlines.
Assess own performance and report on project status to senior staff.
Make moderately complex decisions, and find solutions to challenges.
Perform other related duties as required.

Consequence of Error/Judgement

The position must exercise tact when dealing with senior staff. People who rely on information provided through our communications materials include students, staff, parents of children in UBC child care, faculty, staff, and students at other universities and colleges; and high-school students and counselors, both within Canada and in other countries. Errors in this position could be serious for the Department and/or Faculty, and/or the University since it concerns the public image and profile of the Department on a provincial, national and international level.

Supervision Received

The position reports to the SHCS Manager, Digital Communications and works closely with the Marketing & Communications Director and Specialists on project definition and implementation.

Supervision Given

This position does not have supervisory responsibilities. This position may oversee and coordinate the work of internal and external service providers, as well as train faculty, research and administrative staff on specific processes. May assign work to Marketing/Communications student workers

Preferred Qualifications

Undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline. Minimum of four years experience or the equivalent combination of education and experience.
Demonstrated communications design experience, preferably in large, complex organizations
Experience in digital, environmental, print and web design, including graphic design and digital asset integration.
Experience with digital print production processes and relationships with suppliers
Computer experience required including Adobe Creative Suite and the Microsoft Office suite.
Effective oral and written communication and interpersonal and presentation skills.
Demonstrated ability to function as a member of a team. Ability to exercise diplomacy, tact and discretion when working with confidential and/or sensitive information and in dealing with various levels of administration and external agencies.
Demonstrated ability to work in a project based environment and handle multiple and concurrent priorities.
Capacity for creativity and innovation; ability to exercise initiative, resourcefulness and judgment.
Accuracy and attention to detail.
Ability to work independently.
Ability to assess own performance and regularly report on project status.
Photography or videography skills and experience an asset.