Marketing and Design Specialist

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Marketing and Design Specialist

The Students’ Union (SU) is one of the leading undergraduate student associations in Canada. We work to ensure that University of Calgary undergraduate students have the best possible university experience through advocacy, representation, and providing valuable on-campus services and programs. We also manage several businesses within the MacEwan Building including a restaurant and bar, two concert venues, a convenience store, a used bookstore and copy centre, and the MacEwan Conference & Event Centre.

Students lead our organization, and so SU staff are all teachers in some capacity. We coach, mentor and work alongside the elected members of our student government to help them develop skills and make good decisions for the organization. Because of this, we trust and invest in our staff as they are pivotal in supporting and fostering positive and productive student leadership. The SU is a nimble organization that can pivot quickly to address emerging issues and trends. This role is ideal for a professional who is looking for the freedom to innovate and is willing to take the initiative to expand their range of experience.

About the Role

Reporting to the marketing manager, the marketing and design specialist is a member of the marketing and communications team. They collaborate with the Students’ Union’s internal clients to create strategic marketing plans and campaigns that maximize visibility for all areas of the organization, including student advocacy initiatives, volunteer programming, student events and activities, student services and commercial business units. This position is part of a team that prepares, proofs and produces written, visual and digital communications while maintaining the overall brand of the organization and its departments.

Salary range: $48,000 – $54,000


  • Develop strong understanding of all SU services and businesses, building relationships with key internal and external stakeholders.
  • Work proactively with marketing team and internal clients to develop creative concepts and advertising strategies to support upcoming marketing campaigns.
  • Assist with project management on a day-to-day and week-to-week basis: coordinate with other members of the marketing team to ensure that interdependent project elements are produced and published in sync across relevant channels.
  • Design and produce a wide range of visual materials for print, digital and social media using Adobe Creative Suite, including Photoshop (CS versions), Illustrator and InDesign.
  • Design and publish digital content to various screen networks, on-campus publications and websites.
  • Design and print creative materials including (but not limited to) posters, flyers, restaurant and catering menus, and large-format printed materials.
  • Assist with creative content and design for social media campaigns (organic and paid).
  • Provide creative, collaborative and consultative support to all SU departments.
  • Contribute to general office and administration duties and materials.
  • Support in maintaining budget including support in budget administration duties such as compiling cost-comparison quotes and arranging purchase orders for external design projects.
  • Organize and maintain multiple files and design archives.
  • Update, revise, proof and review clients’ materials for accuracy.
  • Write, edit and publish website copy, landing pages on SU website.


  • A diploma or degree in graphic design, visual communications, information design or related field with 2 – 5 years of related experience.
  • Proven project management, design, technical, written and verbal communication skills with the ability to collaborate in a team environment as well as take direction.
  • Experience designing and producing a wide range of visual materials for print, digital and social media using Adobe Creative Suite, including Photoshop (CS versions), Illustrator and InDesign.
  • Ability to handle multiple projects from multiple departments, have strong attention to detail and possess the ability to address communication problems with proactive, creative solutions.

Interested candidates should apply with a resume, cover letter and portfolio to

Please include a design portfolio when applying.

Statement on Employment Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

The Students’ Union is committed to ensuring that members of equity-deserving groups, from a broad range of communities, feel empowered to apply for positions within the organization. We strongly encourage qualified candidates from Black, Indigenous and/or other racialized communities to apply. Qualified candidates who identify as 2Spirit and/or LGBTQIA+ or are otherwise marginalized on the grounds of gender expression, gender identity and/or sexual orientation are also strongly encouraged to apply.

The Students’ Union welcomes applications from people with disabilities and believes strongly in accessibility in the work we do. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process — please advise us at any point and we will work with you to meet your needs while respecting your privacy as much as possible.

The Students’ Union is grateful to work on the traditional territories of the people of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta, which includes the Blackfoot Confederacy (comprising the Siksika, Pikanii, and Kainai First Nations), the Tsuut’ina First Nation, and the Stoney Nakoda (including the Chiniki, Bearspaw and Wesley First Nations). The City of Calgary is also home to Métis Nation of Alberta, Region III. The University of Calgary is situated on land adjacent to where the Bow River meets the Elbow River, and the traditional Blackfoot name of this place is Mohkínsstsisis, which we now call the City of Calgary. The Students’ Union also recognizes that land acknowledgments are not enough. We need to pursue truth, reconciliation, decolonization and allyship in an ongoing effort to make right with all our relations.

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