Senior Graphic Designer

Remote; part-time to full-time (28 to 35 hours/week); permanent.

Job Description

Who we are

Phil creates strategies and tools for not-for-profits, charities, foundations, and socially-missioned businesses. We offer communications, fundraising, creative and technology services to clients of all sizes.

We’re a small and talented team with one thing in common: our clients are our heroes. It’s why we love working at Phil. Every member of our team was drawn to working with us because of our commitment and shared values that align with our B Corp certification: using business as a force for good.

What we’re looking for

After a year of challenges and transformation initiated by the global pandemic, we’ve begun looking to the future with optimism and are building back stronger than ever. We’re making investments in our team and tools so that we can provide better services — in terms of both quality and variety — to our changemaking clients.

To that end, we’d like to grow our design department by bringing on a Senior Graphic Designer who has a passion for communications and branding. This person will help bridge the gap between our Creative Director and our Graphic Designer. They will work to increase the output quality of the design team, while balancing the pursuit for creativity with the functional needs of our not-for-profit clients. Our Senior Graphic Designer will also help to mentor our Graphic Designer as they improve their skills.

As our Senior Graphic Designer, you’ll have several high-level responsibilities:

  • Understand client challenges by working with our Account team or directly with clients.
  • Own the design portion of our production work, while collaborate with other team members (e.g. strategy, copywriting, web development) to solve client challenges.
  • Ensure that design feedback (both internal and from clients) is understood, integrated, and challenged if required.
  • Implement and oversee quality assurance practices, for example, before design work is delivered to clients, sent for printing, etc.

On a daily/weekly basis, you’ll be:

  • Solving creative challenges through the use of both your experience and through design research and experimentation.
  • Preparing client presentations and decks that help communicate our ideas and proposed solutions, and occasionally, presenting those concepts to clients.
  • Helping mentor our Graphic Designer by reviewing and providing feedback on their work, delegating tasks that improve their skills, and recommending training and growth opportunities on their behalf.
  • At times, helping our Account or Sales teams with project estimation, proposals and pitches.
  • Staying organized and managing your current and upcoming tasks and calendar, with a focus on balancing flexibility and productivity.
  • Supporting our company’s growth by participating in internal sustainability initiatives, training/education workshops, and (if it’s your thing) social and team-building events.

In terms of your creative responsibilities, design work will be roughly categorized as follows:

  • Materials for digital marketing and communications, social media, websites, events, etc. (~50% of design work)
  • Print collateral, e.g. annual reports, documents, brand materials (~25%)
  • High-level design and concept work, e.g. brand identity development, campaign ideation (~15%)
  • Miscellaneous design work, e.g. website graphics, photo manipulation, supporting collateral for Phil communications and blog posts, etc. (~10%)

We expect this mix to change gradually over time, in line with both our client needs and the evolution of your skills and personal goals.

What will help you be successful:

  • A minimum of 5 years of experience in hands-on design or creative roles, preferably in an agency or multi-brand environment.
  • High proficiency with Adobe creative tools (at a minimum: Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign)
  • Attention to detail and a desire to put out the best quality possible given the constraints (time, budget, etc.).
  • A solid understanding of the typical production process, from project brief to post-mortem.
  • A desire to work in a small organization where people and projects move quickly.
  • The ability to deal with sudden “emergency” requests calmly and efficiently. (Though we try to keep these to a minimum!)
  • Bilingualism: you will need the ability to understand written and spoken French and English. You will also need to have excellent spoken and written skills in one of these languages, either English or French. In other words, we don’t require perfect bilingualism, just the ability to understand and accommodate colleagues in the language of their choice (and they will do the same for you).
  • Technological literacy. You don’t have to be a computer hacker, but you will need to play nice with different types of software and technology.
  • Autonomy and accountability; you’re someone who can be depended on.
  • Team spirit with a genuine desire to help others.
  • Ability to work remotely, as this is a fully remote position for the foreseeable future.
  • Most importantly, you will need to share our mission and values as indicated on our website.

A note on diversity and inclusion

At Phil, we realize that the world is not a fair place. That is why we are committed to letting everyone have a fair chance and to achieve equitable participation by eliminating any disadvantage in the employment experience. This means fostering a workplace in which individual differences are not only recognized and respected, but appreciated and responded to in ways that fully develop and utilize each person’s talents and strengths.

We strongly encourage applications from qualified people of all backgrounds, including members of visible minorities, Aboriginal peoples, and persons with disabilities.

Ready to apply?

Send your resume and portfolio by email to [email protected]. Please include a cover letter that describes why you’d like to work at Phil, and examples of past work experiences or projects that you feel are relevant to this role.

We thank all applicants for their interest, however only those candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.