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Graphic Design & Data Visualization Position With KMDI

The Knowledge Media Design Institute (KMDI) at the Faculty of Information, University of Toronto, is seeking to fill a Graphic Design & Data Visualization position reporting to the Institute’s Director. The successful candidate will contribute to our in-house knowledge media design and mobilization through the creation of illustrations, data visualizations, graphics, presentations and other image-based content aimed at communicating and promoting research produced by members of the KMDI to diverse communities, which include cross-sector partners, children and youth, people from marginalized groups, and the public at large.  

Qualifications:

  • Experience in Graphic Design, Intermediate to Advanced Skills in Adobe Creative Suite (Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop), and/or other comparable graphic design software (e.g. Inkscape, Corel)
    Specialized skills in data visualization practices and software 
  • Familiarity with research methods used in the social sciences and science and technology studies (STS), including qualitative and quantitative approaches  
  • Ability to convey complex information, including findings and theoretical advances, through polished and engaging visuals 
  • Demonstrated ability and experience in clearly communicating research findings through data visualizations, interactive charts, graphs and other tools to diverse audiences.  
  • Experience teleworking or working remotely, including collaborating with co-workers and team members through teleconferencing/virtual collaboration programs (e.g. Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Slack, Miro, Notion) 
  • Excellent reading comprehension and communication skills 
  • Solid understanding of marketing and branding 
  • Excellent organizational skills  
  • Exceptional analytical and problem-solving skills 
  • Self-motivated; takes initiative; pro-active 
  • Committed, reliable, ability to work both independently and as part of a team 

Desired Skills:

  • Familiarity with norms/formats of popular social media platforms (e.g. TikTok, Facebook, Discord, and Twitter) 
  • Familiarity with current web standards-based HTML, CSS  

Responsibilities:

  • Creating original graphics, infographics, illustrations and/or data visualizations of select KMDI research project findings and activities, to support effective knowledge translation and knowledge mobilization to audiences from diverse sectors and communities;  
  • Creating original graphics and infographics for use in KMDI communications materials (e.g. reports, conference presentations) for regular public outreach, marketing and branding purposes;  
  • Assisting in the development and delivery of innovative knowledge mobilization plans for faculty and student-led research projects.  

The KMDI is strongly committed to diversity within its community and welcomes applications from racialized persons/persons of colour, women, Indigenous/Aboriginal people of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas. Qualified applicants must have the resources and availability to complete most (potentially all) of the work remotely and must be legally entitled to work in Canada for the duration of the contract. 

The successful applicant will be offered an initial contract of 150 hours, to be completed between October 1, 2021 – March 30, 2022 (with possibility of renewal). Hours are flexible but should average a minimum of 5 hours a week for the duration of the contract. Salary will be commensurate with experience, projected between $35-$40/hour

Please note that only successful candidates will be contacted for an interview. 

To apply, email a CV, cover letter, and portfolio to KMDI Director Dr. Sara M. Grimes (sara.grimes@utoronto.ca) by end of day on September 26, 2021.