The Opportunity

Halifax, NS
Full-time - Permanent

Under the supervision of the Associate Vice President, External Affairs, the Creative Services Officer is responsible for Brand Management and Creative Services to support the overall mission of the Office of Advancement. The position is responsible for the implementation, adoption and ongoing adherence of the Brand Standards across the Faculties and Departments of the University. This position acts as the principal graphic designer for the University. The positon will work collaboratively with Senior Administrators, Faculty and Staff across the University and will often take the lead design role for new projects and initiatives. This position is a member of the University's Communications Group.

What you'll do


Duties as the Creative Services Officer include, but are not limited to:

Brand Stewardship

  • Acts as the steward of the University's Brand Standards, coordinating the brand implementation among the University's Faculties and Administrative Departments.
  • Responsible for ensuring overall Brand consistency, clarity and commitment.
  • Participates as a member of the University's Communications Group and is responsible for coaching and training marketers and communications professionals across campus in brand adherence and application.
  • Monitors compliance and reports back to the Associate Vice-President of External Affairs.
  • Working with Departments who produce advertisements, branded collateral and/or sell merchandise to provide overall standards, templates and approvals.

Creative Design

  • Acts as the chief graphic designer for the University and creates engaging concepts and collateral for institutional events, advocacy initiatives, and campaigns including the University's Annual Report and the University's Strategic Plan.
  • Designs for digital and print platforms for social media, graphics, layouts for e-newsletters, e-publications and e-advertisements, advertising, executive reports, banners, posters and large format signs.
  • Works with the Web Content Manager to deliver ongoing solutions/content for websites as well as the University's digital screens.
  • Provides guidance on the expression of the brand through the University's available channels, in both print and digital, including: university website, social media platforms, the bookstore, and other avenues where the brand is promoted, externally and internally.
  • Creates the overall appearance and feel for marketing and communications to reflect the University's Brand and to achieve specific goals such as levels of engagement and investment.
  • Transforms statistics and complex data into compelling infographics for presentations, reports and e-commerce.
  • Creates electronic art and final pre-press files, which involves creating and modifying electronic files, from simple to complex.
  • Proofs content and technical issues, including press proofing documents for quality control.
  • Maintains archives of printed material, digital library of photography and graphic art.
  • Photographs campus events, faculty, staff and students as required.
  • Designing signage and advertisements, working with external signage companies and digital and print publications. 

Project & Design Management

  • Assumes responsibility for materials produced through External Affairs for Departments and Faculties across the University, including coordinating projects for a wide range of variety of departments and needs.
  • Hires freelancers such as designers and photographers, if required.
  • Works with the Office of Advancement and the President's Office to manage projects from conception to distribution.
  • Serves in a consultative role for the University on issues pertaining to communication design ranging from Departmental level to the President's Office.
  • Analyzes jobs to determine the best media available and to determine if the project can be produced in-house or need to be outsourced.
  • Prepares specifications for publication production and delivers it to suppliers for quoting.
  • Reviews quotes and selects suppliers based on a variety of factors, including but not limited to price and ability to do the work. 
  • Manages the production process and sub-contractors; establishing relationships, provides training on brand standards, ensures brand adherence and manages flow of work between contractors and Departments.
  • Contributes to the evolution of the University's visual presence.
  • Other duties as required

What you'll need


To be the successful Creative Services Officer, you will possess a Diploma in either Graphic Design and Print Production or Photography and Digital Imaging or Photography. You will also have a minimum of five (5) to seven (7) years of directly related experience. Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills; excellent organization skills with attention to detail; the ability to research, process, organize and present information interestingly and convincingly; and the ability to multi-task, prioritize and deliver work assignments by appropriate deadlines will ensure your success in this position. Proficiency in Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Cloud including Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign and knowledge of current social media practices are required. Demonstrated ability to handle and maintain confidential material is required for this role. Must be able to work both independently and in a team; ability to work evenings and weekends as needed is required for this position. Knowledge of a university or academic environment will be considered an asset.

A little bit about us

Saint Mary’s University

Founded in 1802, Saint Mary's University is one of Canada's oldest and leading institutions of higher learning and has evolved into a vibrant and engaged community of students, faculty, staff, and alumni from more than 100 countries around the world. Saint Mary's University is home to one of Canada's leading business schools, a Science Faculty widely known for its cutting-edge research, a comprehensive and innovative Arts Faculty and a vibrant Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research.

Saint Mary's University hires on the basis of merit and is committed to the principles of employment equity. Saint Mary's University encourages applications from qualified women, visible minorities, Aboriginal people, and people with disabilities. Preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada. Visit our web site at

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Competition Opens: August 9, 2019 Competition Closes: August 19, 2019

Saint Mary's University hires on the basis of merit and is committed to the principles of employment equity. Saint Mary's University encourages applications from qualified women, visible minorities, Aboriginal people, and people with disabilities. Preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada.

Saint Mary's University thanks all applicants for applying. Only those selected for interviews will be contacted.

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