Durham District School Board - Whitby, ON (30+ days ago)

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Union Group: Office Clerical and Technical

Wage Group: 10 (pending job evaluation)

Reports To: Design Team Supervisor

Employment: 12 month (Full-time Temporary)

Reporting to the Design Team Supervisor, the Graphic Designer is responsible for providing creative design services to increase awareness and understanding of the Durham District School Board’s programs, services, initiatives and events with a keen focus on the rich, culturally diverse community we serve. The position works collaboratively with all staff across the system, and in conjunction with the Director of Education, senior team members and the Communications Department to design a variety of print and digital media. In addition, this position adheres to the DDSB Ignite Learning brand in presenting visual messages that are credible, professional, representative of our strategic goals and priorities.

The incumbent is an experienced, passionate, confident, enthusiastic, engaged Graphic Designer who is eager to work as part of a team committed to delivering industry-leading designs and will produce appealing and impactful designs that follow best practices, keep up with the latest styles and trends and fit with the DDSB’s overall marketing and branding strategies.

Consults with the Design Team Supervisor and other DDSB staff to discuss project requirements.
The Graphic Designer then advises on design strategies to reach a particular audience, including type, images, hierarchy based on established criteria

Creates concept artwork, logos and other branding, page layout and document mock-ups

Designs professional quality material: brochures, calendars, infographics and various data visualization, reports, signage, banners, social media and web ads, newspaper ads, posters, interior and exterior wall wraps, school and department logos, and certificates

Build impactful, quick reference infographics using complex report data from various sources requiring excellent technical and design skills

Design for large scale interior and exterior wall spaces necessitating ongoing consultation process and off-site visits: school hallways, boardroom panels, doors, library walls, DDSB vehicles, secondary school revitalization

Design for digital screens and kiosks, web ads, and all social media platforms

Using expert knowledge and experience, advise on design/technical/creative challenges with staff

Host in-house creative workshops with administrative staff to teach techniques to improve document and presentation projects

Develop and build PowerPoint slide-show presentations for the Director of Education and senior team
as requested

Perform other duties as assigned by the supervisor


Thrives on generating new concepts and has a proven ability to design impactful creative assets from conception to completion
Ability to refine other’s ideas and come up with new ones to create an engaging visual experience
Ability to work on multiple projects and deliver refined designs in a short turnaround time
Exercise strong technical ability to manually render illustrations/typography
Strong understanding of colour theory, prepress and graphic production process
Create and incorporate the organization of text, data and charts/graphs, when necessary;
personalize these charts to ensure a clear comparison/contrast of data
Demonstrated ability to problem solve effectively and use good judgement in all decisions
Excellent organizational, problem solving, time-management, multitasking and conceptual skills
with a high-level sense of design and creativity;
A superior attention, and eye for detail
Possess an approachable personality that allows the opportunity to build meaningful, trusting relationships and present a courteous, professional and positive image at all times
Ability to work with diverse communities with respect, sensitivity, creativity, innovation, and cultural understanding
Ability to design within the parameters of accessible design and knowledge of Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) requirements and guidelines
Exceptional oral and written communication skills
A strong willingness to participate fully in a team environment

University Degree in Graphic Design or Visual Arts; or 3 year Advanced Community College Diploma in Graphic Design or Visual Arts

3 years related experience working in graphic design

Experience working with, and designing in both print and digital mediums

Expertise working within an Apple/Macintosh environment

Advanced computer skills in Adobe Creative Suite

Intermediate computer skills in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel and PowerPoint)

Experience using Trello project management tools

Experience working with printers would be considered an asset

Demonstrated excellent knowledge in layout, typography, branding and design principles

The DDSB is committed to equity and inclusion in the recruitment and hiring of qualified staff who reflect the diversity of our region. We encourage submissions from candidates who represent the various dimensions of diversity. We are committed to providing barrier-free and accessible employment practices in compliance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). Should you require accommodation through any stage of the recruitment process, please make them known when contacted and we will work with you to meet your needs.