Is great design and visual communications for a good cause your dream job? Are you passionate about the environment, and a good typeface? Are you good at carrying out long-term strategies and projects? Can you create compelling and beautiful maps that tell a story? If so, then joining the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation as our Designer & Program Coordinator is the right career move for you!
Ontario’s Greenbelt is the solution for clean air, fresh water and healthy local food. At almost 2 million acres, it is the world’s largest greenbelt preserving productive farmland, forests, and wetlands from urban development. The Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation is an independent, charitable organization dedicated to promoting and sustaining Ontario’s Greenbelt. The Foundation supports work to protect and restore our natural environment, strengthen the agricultural sector, and create a pattern of urban settlement that supports the Greenbelt.
Scope of Work:
The successful candidate will report to the Vice President of Communications & Operations, while working closely with the CEO and other team members to:
- Use marketing/strategic briefs to develop engaging creative designs. Visualize, build and create solutions, executing creative concepts across different media.
- Work with the Vice President of Communications and Operations to create innovative design for print materials including brochures, advertisements, invitations, posters, newsletters, signage, banners, education materials and other promotional materials, ensuring that specified brand identity is maintained through all projects.
- Design on your own, or manage contract designers and printers, to produce any other promotional materials in support of a variety of programs across the organization in marketing and communications, grants, and research.
- Prepare artwork for production; work with a variety of suppliers to see projects to completion, with an understanding of file preparation for multiple media formats (print, web, promotional materials, etc).
- Keep current with changes in graphic design technology.
- Support all other efforts towards engagement (including general graphics, events and outreach support as required).
- Develop cartographic resources in support of a variety of Foundation projects (including data collection, organization and development, map-making and spatial analysis) as needed.
Signage & Hiking Program
- Review and update, as necessary, a strategic plan for the signage program with ongoing tracking and evaluation of the success of the program in meeting larger organizational strategic goals.
- Grow the signage program throughout Ontario’s Greenbelt -both educational and promotional signage- in communities, on trails, in public parks, and on roads & highways.
- Expand the Greenbelt Walks program through the development of a robust, hiking strategy towards goals for public outreach and engagement. Engage, and maintain relationships with municipalities, government departments, trail associations, conservation authorities, and other key stakeholders as required to secure partnerships for signing initiatives. Coordinate the creation of hiking guides for the Oak Ridges Moraine Trail.
- Conceive of, plan, and help execute events (including outreach to major partners, politicians, stakeholders, and the public) related to signage, hiking, etc.
- Document all proposed sign locations and completed installations.
- Conduct all other duties related to signage as directed by the CEO.
- Review and update existing Greenbelt Route promotional materials, or design new materials as necessary. Coordinate the printing and delivery of the materials.
- Assist in the management of the Greenbelt Explore website, including liaising with the web developers to provide user interface design feedback, ensuring all deliverables and deadlines for development are met, and collecting and editing Points of Interest data.
- Design trailhead signs for the Greenbelt Route, working with various municipal and regional staff for approval of the design and installation locations.
Qualifications - The successful candidate will have:
Knowledge and Experience:
- Minimum BA in Landscape Architecture, Architecture, Graphic Design OR 2-3 years’ experience in the design field (preference given to candidates with experience in an NGO, non-profit, or public institution)
- Proficient in Adobe Creative Suite (Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign)
- Good knowledge of the design process from idea inception, to concept development, through to final production
- Knowledge of GIS / mapping / cartographic principles
- Experience in stakeholder engagement, community development, or partnership building considered an asset
- Knowledge of land use planning, ecology, environmental, and/or agricultural issues will be considered an asset
- A valid driver’s license will be considered an asset, though is not mandatory
- A great sense of humour!
- Strong design sensibility
- Ability to work as a member of a multidisciplinary team; good collaborator with ability to work independently as needed
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills
- Demonstrated ability to work under pressure and to deadlines
- Demonstrated proactive planning, organization, and coordination skills
- Demonstrated ability to juggle multiple exciting projects with excellent time management skills
Please send a cover letter, CV, and a portfolio* of no more than 5 works outlining your interest and qualifications for this position no later than end of day (5pm), June 5, 2017 to:
Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation
Subject: Designer & Program Coordinator Position #37230
*Please send in PDF form. Max file size 5MB
Please note, only those candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.