Quill and Quire

Sales and Marketing Designer

Orca Book Publishers Published: September 23, 2022
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Orca Book Publishers is a successful, growing, independent Canadian children’s book publisher, based in Victoria, BC. With 1200 active titles in print and digital formats and 90 new titles each year, we have a vibrant, well-respected publishing program. We are looking for a professional, motivated person to join our team. The ideal candidate will bring a passion for books, a commitment to innovative design and a willingness to work with an amazing team. We have a preference for a designer who can work in our office in Victoria, BC, although we will consider an applicant from outside of Victoria.

Working with the sales, marketing and production teams, the successful candidate will be responsible for the production of all sales and marketing materials, print and online.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Manage and execute a high volume of diverse design requests from the sales and marketing departments.
  • Coordinate projects from multiple stakeholders and manage the schedule of deadlines for all assets.
  • Meet deadlines and see projects through to the end, which may include sending files to publications or printers, or printing materials in-house.
  • Create original layouts as well as working from existing templates.
  • Attend marketing team meetings and contribute ideas to marketing plans.
  • Design print materials such as:
    • Ads in newspapers and magazines
    • Flyers, sellsheets and catalogues
    • Bookmarks, postcards, posters and other promotional materials
    • Teacher’s Guides and other ancillary content
    • Display material like signage, stands and other packaging
  • Design online assets such as:
    • Newsletters using Constant Contact
    • Banners for website and newsletters
    • Graphics for social media
    • Custom cover thumbnails for special collections and bundles


  • Exceptional understanding of basic design principles with an eye for beautiful, effective and eye-catching print and online design.
  • Formal training and professional design experience, ideally in a creative industry like publishing, advertising, website development, media, etc.
  • Proven ability to manage multiple projects on-time and with high rates of client satisfaction.
  • Up-to-date knowledge of current trends in design and typography.
  • Proficiency with Adobe InDesign CS; Photoshop, Illustrator, Acrobat, MS Office (Excel and Word). Experience designing in html is an asset.
  • Experience with project management software like Asana or email programs like Constant Contact or MailChimp is an asset.
  • Familiarity with Mac platforms and hardware.
  • Creative, highly efficient and organized.
  • Ability to work independently and to contribute as part of a team.
  • Interest in the Canadian children’s book publishing industry.
  • Enjoy working with people and other animals in an office environment.

Orca Book Publishers is an inclusive employer with a passion for books that matter. We are strongly committed to diversity within our community and especially welcome applicants who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

We are also committed to ensuring that young readers see themselves reflected in the books they read. We aim to produce books that illuminate the experiences of people of all ethnicities, people with disabilities and people who identify as LGBTQ+. We have a particular interest in publishing books that celebrate the lives of Indigenous people. Our fiction includes characters from diverse backgrounds and unique family structures, and our global nonfiction celebrates the variety of ways people live and educates readers about important issues. Providing young people with exposure to diversity and the opportunity for social change through reading creates a more compassionate world. We encourage applicants to learn more about us at www.orcabook.com.

We strive to make our recruitment, assessment and selection processes as accessible as possible. If you require any accommodations at any point during the application and hiring process, please contact jobs@orcabook.com. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. We offer a competitive wage and benefits package; salary is based on the successful candidate’s experience.

Please send resume, cover letter and a portfolio of relevant work samples in an email-friendly, PDF format to jobs@orcabook.com by Oct. 7, 2022. We thank all who apply; only those candidates who are short-listed will be contacted.