Job Information

  • Overview:

    The Strategic Marketing Office at Vancouver Island University invites applications for the position Graphic Designer. This full-time, regular position will be based on our Nanaimo campus and be made effective as soon as possible.

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  • Location: Nanaimo, BC
  • Starts On: Feb. 14, 2016, 4:36 p.m.

Job Requirements

  • Job Description:

    WHY VIU:
    Situated on Mid-Vancouver Island, with spectacular views of BC's coastal mountains, Vancouver Island University is a comprehensive teaching university with 17,000 students across four campuses and 2,300 faculty and staff. VIU offers a wide range of credentials from academic undergraduate and master's to applied, career/technical, vocational and developmental programs. Enjoy these benefits when you join our campus community:
    + A valuable total compensation package, including a comprehensive health and dental benefits plan for your family and a desirable pension plan that takes the worry out of retirement
    + Regionally competitive compensation package
    + Supported professional development opportunities
    + Wellness services and opportunities that support the whole person
    + Week-long break at the end of December, with compensation
    + A professional environment where people are valued
    + Be the envy of the rest of the country as you enjoy the pace and quality of life on Vancouver Island

    The Strategic Marketing Office at Vancouver Island University invites applications for the position Graphic Designer. This full-time, regular position will be based on our Nanaimo campus and be made effective as soon as possible.

    The Graphic Designer will develop the products that celebrate the high quality of Vancouver Island University (VIU) in the global marketplace while maintaining the integrity of VIU's visual identity guidelines. The Designer will create products that support VIU's marketing initiatives, both at the institutional and departmental levels across all campuses, as well as corporate operations that support the institution as a whole, the President's office and the Board of Governors.

    Reporting to the Strategic Marketing Manager, the Graphic Designer will:
    + manage small- to large-scale projects;
    + create new or update existing promotional products for print and digital, including web;
    + develop or update digital promotional materials;
    + communicate with VIU departments as well as external businesses on VIU brand standards, logo usage and production requirements;
    + advise VIU departments of design best practices;
    + review content for institutional product, can include proofing and copyediting to support institutional message;
    + create print-ready artwork for CMYK and spot-colour separations in preparation for printing;
    + liaise with outside service providers regarding printing and delivery of products;
    + liaise with media providers regarding ad specifications and placement, as required;
    + manage several projects concurrently, within brand architecture;
    + work with printers, including detailed print specifications, request quotes from external providers, and evaluate print options;
    + set project timelines to ensure outcomes are functional, effective and completed on time and within budget.
    + work with internal and external clients to understand promotional objectives and business goals, and draw on problem-solving skills and an understanding of the institution to advise on how the end product will meet objectives.

    + Graphic Design degree, or equivalent, from an accredited institution.
    + Minimum three years' current, relevant experience working in a graphic design department.
    + Competencies must be displayed in fundamental aspects of design theory and design execution.
    + Professional capability must span a range of skills, including colour theory, typography, computer imagery, print production as well as the ability to create clear messages through design via print and digital formats.
    + A combination of education and experience may be considered.
    + Extensive prepress knowledge and technical knowledge of offset printing in general, as well as having a good technical understanding of designing for the web.
    + Project management skills.
    + Excellent people skills and good understanding of customer service.
    + Ability to work comfortably and effectively within a close team environment and participate in brainstorming on a casual, non-structured basis.
    + Proven ability to work within tight timelines and establish priorities to produce accurate and high quality work.
    + Demonstrated proficiency with digital layout software and creating promotional multimedia products
    + Advanced proficiency in the relevant computer programs (e.g. inDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, Bridge, Acrobat); Mac operating systems; experience with photo management (editing, manipulating and filing). English language proficiency; strong communication and interpersonal skills
    + Ability to work on multiple projects and under the pressure of very tight deadlines.
    + Flexible and able to adapt to a changing environment.
    + Ability to interact professionally and work in a client-centered environment.
    + Experience working with an organization's brand architecture.

    + Knowledge of VIU programs and operational procedures.
    + Experience working in a post-secondary environment.
    + Professional membership in an organization such as the GDC or UCDA.

    The posting period for this career opportunity will be open until March 16, 2016. Visit our HR webpage to access the full details of this employment opportunity and to apply online.

Company Information

  • Vancouver Island University
    Nanaimo BC

Contact Information

  • Strategic Marketing Office