Job Opportunity | Design Coordinator

Thu, 20 Oct 2022

Term: Full time, 35 hours per week
Start date: December 5, 2022
End date: December 8, 2023 
Supervisor: Doug Hamilton-Evans, Communications Manager
Salary: $46,000 - $50,000 annually, commensurate with experience
Position location: 312 Main Street, Vancouver B.C. with some remote work
Closing date: November 10, 2022, 12:00 p.m. 

Applicants should submit their package (in one PDF file) via email with their name and position they are applying for in the subject line, attention to:

Doug Hamilton-Evans, Communications Manager:


  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Link to online portfolio and/or other examples of work

We thank all applicants, but only those invited for interviews will be contacted. Interviews will be held between November 16-18, 2022. 

About SFU Public Square 

SFU Public Square holds space for SFU and its communities to learn together and work towards equitable and sustainable solutions to our world's complex challenges.

We work across all of SFU’s campuses, supporting faculty, students, staff, alumni and diverse communities to convene accessible, innovative and inclusive programming that brings people together to find ways to meaningfully contribute to the issues that affect our lives.

Every year, we collaboratively program dozens of workshops, debates, public conversations, discussion panels and other gatherings. These spaces encourage different perspectives and ways of knowing to collide and influence each other. The experience is transformative, inspiring deeper conversations, igniting networks, building capacity and catalyzing curiosity and concern into advocacy and action.

Position description

The Design Coordinator is a pivotal position at SFU Public Square, responsible for the design of all of our communications and branding in support of knowledge mobilization and community engagement. Working closely with the Communications Manager, the Coordinator ensures SFU Public Square’s event promotions and content connects with audiences and communicates ideas in an accessible and inclusive way. They oversee the SFU Public Square brand wherever it appears, and are responsible for managing our website and creating and sending our newsletters.

The primary responsibility for this role is design, but an ideal candidate will have the ability to support the communications team with copywriting (for social media, newsletters, websites) and administrative tasks such as creating and managing Eventbrite pages.


  • Design and produce engaging visual content and branding assets for print (brochures, reports, posters and ads), social media graphics, data visualizations, reports and for event promotion across digital platforms such as Eventbrite, email newsletters and campus screens
  • Express, protect, strengthen and ensure the SFU Public Square brand is used correctly and consistently across all platforms
  • Ensure all SFU Public Square visual communications are accessible and inclusive–online and in-person
  • Develop, create, update and maintain individual pages and overall SFU Public Square website
  • Lay out and send regular email newsletters via Campaigner
  • Lead the creation and implementation of on-brand communications and marketing materials for SFU Public Square’s Community Summits
  • Liaise with SFU Marketing and Communications as required for campaigns, projects and brand refreshes
  • Coordinate with external vendors and printers to ensure materials are received on-time and on-budget
  • Design signage, slides and other materials to ensure in-person and online events reflect SFU Public Square’s brand
  • Attend SFU Public Square events to support with audience engagement
  • Support video and multimedia projects with design and brand oversight
  • Maintain the SFU Public Square photo archive, identifying photos for social media posts, reports, webpages and other uses
  • Provide leadership, guidance, feedback and mentorship for volunteers and Work-Study students;
  • Attend regular staff meetings and report out on status of projects status


  • A bachelor’s degree or certificate in visual communications, digital media, graphic design, publishing or a related program
  • 1-2 years design experience in a professional environment 
  • Experience with a variety of user-focused design media, including web development, multimedia and web scripting applications (e.g., Content Management Systems (Adobe Experience Manager preferred), HTML, CSS, Javascript)
  • Advanced proficiency in using Adobe Creative Suite suite (InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, Lightroom and After Effects) for layout and image editing
  • Demonstrated understanding of typography
  • Demonstrated ability using the Microsoft Office suite (Word, Excel, Powerpoint), Google Drive suite, Slack, and Asana or other project management systems
  • Experience with creating digital assets and ensuring brand presence and consistency across social media and digital platforms including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Eventbrite, and more
  • Prior experience working with printers and print production skills considered an asset
  • Other skills including video and podcast editing are an asset
  • Excellent writing and proofreading skills

Our ideal candidate has:

  • Applied knowledge in graphic communication, visual identity, and branding strategies
  • Experience in accessible design for a wide range of audiences
  • Website management experience
  • Professionalism, with a commitment to contributing to a learning culture and maintaining good working relationships with the rest of the project team
  • Excellent organizational and project management skills to coordinate multiple design projects and deadlines
  • A commitment to creative, strategic and analytical thinking
  • The ability to demonstrate flexibility and adaptability when responding to demands and critiques of work
  • Effective communication skills with diverse groups and individuals, including professional networking abilities
  • Previous experience working in an open office environment and providing mentorship to volunteers/work-study students/interns in a work-integrated learning context
  • Proficiency in English with good written, verbal and interpersonal communications skills
  • The ability to work evenings and weekends and travel within the lower mainland in support of SFU Public Square activity, as required
  • A keen interest in community engagement and dialogue

Simon Fraser University is committed to the principle of employment equity, the goal of which is to ensure that no individual is denied access to employment opportunities for reasons unrelated to ability or qualifications, such as gender or race. Consistent with this principle, the University will advance the interests of underrepresented members of the workforce, specifically Indigenous people, persons with disabilities, visible minorities and women; ensure that equal opportunity is afforded to all who seek employment at the University; and treat equitably all employees.

We respectfully acknowledge the unceded, traditional territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵw ̱xwú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish) and səl̓ilw̓ ətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations, on which our offices are located.

Learn more about how you can get involved with SFU Public Square by visiting our SFU Public Square + You page.