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Design Director

The Walrus - Toronto or remote (anywhere in Canada)

  • Full Time
  • Senior
  • Hybrid

The Design Director at The Walrus leads the visual direction of The Walrus brand across the organization. They will shepherd design projects from conception to delivery across different departments, from editorial to events to fundraising. This involves collaborating with the Marketing Manager, and other teams, to create material for direct mail campaigns, The Walrus Talks, thewalrus.ca, social media, and more. The Design Director will conceptualize, refine, and maintain design templates for marketing assets. They will create and adapt assets, for use on various print and online platforms, that are clear, creative, and consistent with brand guidelines.

The Design Director also oversees design for all editorial content. They will manage the art department, with designers reporting to them for feedback and approvals. Working with the design team, they will be responsible for commissioning artists, creating story layouts, and coordinating production with editors and designers. They should be able to get to the heart of a story and know how to present it in an interesting and fresh way. This position reports to the Editor-in-Chief.

This is a leadership role that is dynamic and creative and for someone passionate about design and storytelling, from membership campaigns to user experience, cover art to interactive features for web and mobile.

Job responsibilities:

  • Creative direction and production of promotions, ad designs, and special project materials for the marketing, events, audience, and development departments
  • Maintain and evolve the overall look of The Walrus brand
  • Partner with the Marketing Manager on the marketing calendar and briefs, helping manage deliverables and deadlines
  • Work with the Editor in Chief and Digital Editor to develop artwork and concepts for new editorial stories and series
  • Work with the digital department to develop editorial design elements and concepts, user experience and user interface design, including assessing accessibility requirements, for the website
  • Commission illustrations and photography for the print and digital editions of The Walrus, as well as research photo/visual essays and communicate with prospective contributors
  • Help to manage priorities and workflow for reporting designers for digital, social, and print, within budgetMaintain a database of artists
  • Be familiar with the educational mandate of The Walrus and support the organization’s diversity, equity, and inclusion goals.

Qualifications:

  • 5–8 years’ experience in an editorial or agency environment
  • Proficiency in adobe creative suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign)
  • Familiarity with animation software (AfterEffects, Animate)
  • Familiarity with WordPress and HTML
  • Knowledge of Canada and Canadian artists, photographers, and illustrators
  • Familiarity with social media best practices (X, LinkedIn, TikTok, YouTube)
  • Familiarity with the mandate and content of The Walrus
  • Strong work ethic, deadline oriented, able to manage many projects at once
  • Excellent communication skills and a team player with a growth mindset
  • Leadership skills, experience managing a team, mentoring junior staff members, and working with freelancers
  • Experience developing and managing an annual budget
  • Talent for innovative problem solving and creative thinking, exploring issues like the rise and use of AI
  • Interest in current affairs and the news cycle.

Start date for the position is April 15, 2024, and interviews will take place in mid-March over Zoom. There will be an opportunity for onboarding ahead of the start date.

Compensation and Benefits:

  • The compensation package for this full-time role includes a competitive base salary ($70,000 to $80,000)
  • Full benefits package consisting of medical, dental, vision, prescription, and paid vacation as well as flexible remote or hybrid work
  • A collaborative office environment in downtown east Toronto. We also have half-day summer Fridays and a week off over the winter holiday break.

Salary Range:

$70,000 - $80,000

How can candidates apply:

Please include any applicable instructions, including the link or email address.

Please send a cover letter, résumé, and portfolio (web link or select work in PDF format) to careers@thewalrus.ca with the following subject line: “Design Director: [your name].” The deadline for applications is 11:59 p.m. ET on Tuesday, February 27, 2024.

The Walrus is committed to diversity, inclusion, and accessibility in the workplace. We value employment equity and strongly encourage applications from Indigenous, Black, and other racialized people; people with disabilities; people of all genders; and LGBTQ2+ people. If you require any accommodation in the recruitment process, please let us know by email at careers@thewalrus.ca.

Applicants must be eligible to work in Canada to qualify. Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.