Job Title: Creative Director, The Community Edition.

Reports To: Editor-in-Chief, The Community Edition.

Term of Office: Nov. 1, 2023 to Apr. 30, 2024, for 15 hrs/week, salaried.

Job Description: 

The Creative Director will contribute to the overall design of the newspaper by collaborating and planning with the Editor-in-Chief. This salaried position requires creativity and innovation, self-motivation and the ability to work with a team. Candidates for this position must convey an understanding of how The Community Edition operates and have experience in creative design, multimedia facets or have the interest in becoming highly proficient in the area in a short period of time. Experience with Adobe Creative Cloud products, including Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign, are . They should also be aware and respectful of deadlines. 

The salary is $20.00/ hr for 15 hrs/wk.


  • Work a minimum of 15 hours per week, in-office or remotely, on Community Edition-related items, including production; 
  • Work with the Editor-in-Chief to plan the design of newspaper layouts before (when applicable), at the beginning of and throughout production; 
  • Work with the Editor-in-Chief to design cover, center spread and/or other specialty layouts, and be able to independently create and utilize their own ideas when needed, using Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign as necessary; 
  • Work with the Editor-in-Chief to develop web-exclusive online content that either complements or is unique to the coverage in the print edition; 
  • Ensure the proper layout of web content;
  • Generate and input online titles for stories;
  • Assist the Editor-in-Chief when necessary to ensure that all print content is uploaded to the website while ensuring the content reflects what is in print unless otherwise noted; 
  • Monitor the visual layout of the website and suggest changes when necessary; 
  • Monitor the visual layout of all pages to ensure consistency and avoid redundancy; 
  • Help develop production materials, such as InDesign library items and paragraph styles regarding Community Edition style, on an as-needed basis; 
  • Ensure that all photos and graphics are edited properly for the website at the end of the production cycle; 
  • Act as a mentor for the photo and graphics volunteers; 
  • Be accessible to, and maintain open communication with, the Editor-in-Chief; 
  • Attend scheduled meetings with the Editor-in-Chief when needed; 
  • Assist in planning and administering training for Community Edition staff and/or volunteers when needed; 
  • As this position does not necessarily give reason for the director to be in the office outside of production and meetings, it is encouraged that the director communicates with the Editor-in-Chief when they will be in and out of the office;
  • When using social media in regards to The Community Edition or WLUSP, the director is expected to conduct themselves in a respectful and professional manner.

About the Role:

This role gives you the opportunity to grow your professional skills, build experience in media, journalism and creative fields, and challenge yourself in an environment focused on growth and development by creating high-quality products that are enjoyed by communities within the Waterloo Regional Municipality.

Application requirements:

If this sounds like the type of position you’d like to apply to, please send an email to editor@communityedition.ca with the following requirements:

  • Subject line “TCE Application: Creative Director”
  • Resume (~1 page, PDF)
  • Cover Letter (~1 page, PDF)

Applications for this position will be due on Monday, October 30, 2023 at 5:00 p.m. We appreciate and will review all applications, but please note that only successful applicants will be contacted for an interview.

If the position is still vacant after the first hiring period concludes, applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis.

Upon applying for the position, if successful, you will be contacted to set up an interview.

WLUSP is committed to preserving an inclusive and barrier-free work environment. As an organization, we respect and uphold the requirements set forth under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (2005). We welcome and encourage applications from people of all abilities. Unfortunately, our offices contain inaccessible infrastructure such as stairs, however, accommodations will be made whenever reasonably possible. Accommodations are available upon request for all applicants. Please email hr@wlusp.com if you require accommodations during the hiring process.