Interested candidates should send a cover letter and CV, along with any relevant portfolio material, to Brett Byers, communications and digital media manager: brett.byers@macdonaldlaurier.ca.

Applications will be accepted until January 14, 2022.

The Macdonald-Laurier Institute (MLI) is the leading federal public policy think tank in Ottawa. It exists to help ensure Canada is the best governed country in the world. To do this we must not only produce public policy research and commentary of the highest quality and greatest relevance to Canadians, we need to ensure our work reaches the broadest possible audience of policy-makers, opinion leaders, and the public. This requires the development of a wide array of digital and creative products which are thought provoking, communicative, and engaging.

To that end, MLI is seeking a full-time, permanent employee focusing on helping our various audiences understand our work through pictorial or graphic representations of complex policy stories and underlying data. This job will be based at MLI’s Ottawa office with regular in-office attendance. For a sufficiently qualified candidate, remote work arrangements can be considered.

The ideal candidate will have experience and expertise in multimedia and graphic design, particularly with respect to infographic development. Other valuable skills include web design, audio and visual technology, and strong writing skills. Additional consideration will be given to candidates with strong background knowledge related to public policy. Furthermore, the ideal candidate will operate with a high degree of consistency and independence.

The Communications Officer: Picturing Complexity will report to the Communications and Digital Media Manager. He or she will be responsible for developing a wide range of creative products in support of various projects spanning the Institute’s work. He or she will help to conceive and create the kinds of digital, interactive, and creative products that would support various projects or inform project proposals.

The ideal candidate will work well with tight deadlines and enjoy the cut and thrust of vigorous debate over national public policy in Canada. The Institute is strictly non-partisan; working for MLI is incompatible with active membership in any political party.

Main duties and responsibilities:

  • Produce infographics and interactive media that help a broad public understand and engage with MLI projects;
  • Develop web pages that maximize creative visual content;
  • Prepare multimedia, infographic, and interactive content to report to MLI’s board members, donors, and key private-audience stakeholders;
  • Advise on how best to use our website, social media and other means of communication effectively to reach MLI’s key audiences and stakeholders;
  • Contribute to developing project proposals to highlight the importance of visual storytelling;
  • Manage MLI’s visual branding to ensure consistency and coherence in all contexts;
  • Working with the Communications Manager, liaise with policy experts to develop content in a timely and predictable fashion;
  • Take on other projects as required by the Communications Manager.

Desired technical skills, qualifications, and experience:

  • Proficiency in creating dynamic and engaging infographics to serve a variety of needs;
  • Understanding of politics and public policy in Canada.;
  • Expertise with Adobe programs, as well as collaborative web-based programs such as Infogram and Canva;
  • Experience managing content on websites, most especially WordPress sites using JNews and Elementaor;
  • Experience in placing digital advertisements, including audience segmentations;
  • Strong oral and written communication ability in English; French or other language capabilities are valuable but not considered necessary for this position;
  • Speed and consistency in a high-paced, team-oriented work environment;
  • 3-5 years relevant experience in an office setting is strongly preferred. Candidates without this experience but who have worked in a freelance or volunteer capacity, or can otherwise demonstrate their acumen, will also be considered;
  • A first degree or diploma in a relevant discipline, with some education or training specifically pertaining to graphic or infographic design.

Providing a portfolio of content is strongly recommended.

The Macdonald-Laurier Institute offers a pay and benefits package that is competitive with equivalent positions in Ottawa. This job is considered a full-time position.

Interested candidates should send a cover letter and CV, along with any relevant portfolio material, to Brett Byers, communications and digital media manager: brett.byers@macdonaldlaurier.ca

Application deadline: January 14, 2022

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