Graphic Designer - Toronto, ON | United Way Toronto | | 27/07/12
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Graphic Designer full-time

Location: Toronto, ON
Company Name: United Way Toronto ()
Category: Design
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About United Way Toronto Established in 1956, United Way Toronto (UWT) is a charity working to advance the common good and create opportunities for a better life for everyone in our city. Working in partnership with others, we mobilize people and resources to address the root causes of social problems and to change community conditions for the better. United Way supports agencies that provide services to strengthen individuals, families, and communities. Every day, a wide variety of individuals and organizations, businesses and governments collaborate with United Way by donating, volunteering and partnering on projects that work to build a better city. Employees are at the heart of UWT. As an employee, you represent the greatest asset we have – talented and dedicated employees who share in the cause of caring about others. UWT is not only committed to doing great and impactful work in the community, we are just as committed to doing the same great and impactful work internally with our employees.

Department Overview:
This position resides within our Marketing department which is responsible for building brand recognition, trust and loyalty to the organization through the development and execution of effective marketing communications.

Major responsibilities:
BASIC FUNCTION: To provide graphic design expertise for the development of marketing materials


  • Conceptualize, design, and produce a wide range of graphic and illustrative material including campaign materials, publications, newsletters, ads, brochures, posters, and promotional materials under the direction of the Manager, Graphic Design
  • Attend and art direct offsite photo shoots with donors, and/or agencies, in absence of Manager, Graphic Design
  • Consult with internal clients to ascertain needs in developing graphic concepts and specifications for assigned projects. Research graphic elements to determine their suitability for design concepts
  • Design and produce artwork including graphs, charts, clip art, posters, digitally manipulate graphics and photographs. Prepare and upload files for print and/or publication
  • Create electronically designed page layouts and imports word processing files into page layouts for web use
  • In consultation with the Production Coordinator, determine printing and other reproduction specifications (ink, paper, provides advice on print quality), inspect proofs for layout and design accuracy
  • Create templates for various projects (i.e. certificates, letterheads, business cards, Power Point presentations)
  • Maintain project folders on the shared drive, both internal to the department and on the intranet site for the organization, to ensure available materials are easily referenced and available to all relevant stakeholders
  • Maintain the United Way image bank, creating file taxonomy, making selects from photo shoots, and ensuring relevant photo release forms are properly stored
  • Input changes and corrections for assigned materials, maintaining a consistently low error-rate
  • Responsible for maintaining a broad and deep understanding of the organizational brand and ensuring the visual identity of that brand is accurately and consistently maintained in all assigned materials
  • Responsible for understanding scope of projects and consistently meeting production deadlines determined by the Coordinator, Budget and Production.
  • Other duties as assigned


  • More than 1 year and up to and including 3 years of experience working as a graphic designer
  • Proficient knowledge and demonstrated experience working with Adobe Creative Suite 4 is required
  • Certificate/diploma/degree or equivalent in graphic design
  • A commitment to understanding diverse audiences and experience in accessible design standards an asset
  • Solution-oriented and an ability to make sound and timely decisions within the scope of the position
  • Committed to excellence in work quality and a keen attention to detail
  • Proven organizational abilities and the ability to manage competing priorities and meet deadlines under pressure
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Excellent teamwork, interpersonal and constituent service skills including the ability to work respectfully and inclusively with a diverse set of constituents
  • Focused on meeting or exceeding challenging goals in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to respond positively to change or setbacks around clients shifting priorities and timelines
  • Excellent teamwork, interpersonal and constituent service skills including the ability to work respectfully and inclusively with a diverse set of constituents

Direct Reports: No

Location: Downtown Toronto

Diversity & Inclusion: At United Way Toronto, we’re committed to developing an inclusive workplace with deep roots in the communities we serve. We encourage candidates from diverse backgrounds, including those who may need accommodation, to apply to join our team. Our commitment to excellence in diversity goes further than promoting equity. By incorporating a variety of backgrounds, perspectives and ideas we create opportunities for innovative solutions — and better results that maximize the impact of our work.

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