CDHI is Hiring: Communications Assistant (Work Study, Summer 2022)

Mar 18, 2022

Do you have an eye for design? Do you know your way around social media platforms? Are you a clear communicator who loves working with a fun team?

The Critical Digital Humanities Initiative (CDHI) is seeking a student with graphic design skills and social media acumen to join our team as a Communications Assistant for Summer 2022, through the University of Toronto Work Study Program.

The Communications Assistant will be a core member of the communications team for the Critical Digital Humanities Initiative (CDHI), directed by Prof. Elspeth Brown. The Communications Assistant will work directly with the CDHI Communications Officer and will have the opportunity to work collaboratively with other members of the CDHI team. Preference will be given to candidates with strong graphic design skills and experience.
The CDHI Managing Director and Communications Officer will work with the successful candidate to develop a work schedule. The work schedule will include three two-hour shifts per week, plus up to four flexible hours. The Communications Assistant will receive training and mentoring from the Communications Officer. This position will be hybrid, with in-person work at UTM or at St. George, depending on the student. 


  • Maintaining record of analytics for CDHI website and social media accounts 
  • Creating images and posters for CDHI events and programming 
  • Writing content for CDHI publicity 
  • Creating graphic design, adhering to CDHI and University of Toronto branding guidelines 
  • Using scheduling, design, and digital organization tools, such as Hootsuite, Asana, Canva, etc. 
  • Organization and filing to maintain an archive of CDHI communications materials 
  • Conducting research related to new communications tools and practices, such as new apps, etc. 
  • Creating content that is accessible and inclusive, informed by AODA guidelines 
  • Collaborating with other CDHI team members 
  • Transcribing interviews and presentations for articles and other promotional materials 


  • Enrolment in a post-secondary degree at the University of Toronto in Information Technology, English, Marketing, Journalism or Communications, Design or Interactive Design, or similar experience. 
  • Experience creating digital content, such as posters, invitations, newsletters, and reports. 
  • Knowledge of content management systems, such as WordPress, and ability to update webpages. 
  • Demonstrated capability of independent, self-directed work 
  • Excellent written communication skills 
  • Graphic design experience 
  • Familiarity with social media platforms, particularly Twitter and Instagram 
  • Highly motivated and able to take initiative 
  • Exceptional attention to detail 
  • Strong time-management and prioritization skills 

We encourage applications from marginalized communities including those who identify as Indigenous, lesbian/queer women, trans, non-binary, gender non-conforming, Black, people of colour, and persons with disabilities. 


Undergraduate degree students must be enrolled in at least 0.5 FCE (full course equivalent) during summer session. Graduate degree students must be registered for the summer session. International students should also meet the minimum course load of at least 0.5 FCE (please see the Government of Canada website for rules and regulations or contact the UTM International Education Centre). 


Salary will depend on whether undergrad (range: $17-$20/hr) or grad ($20-$25/hr), based on experience.  

How to Apply

Apply through the Career Learning portal, following the steps listed below. Required components of the application: resume, cover letter, transcript, a portfolio of relevant work if available (links to). Cover letters can be address to Prof. Elspeth Brown.  

  1. Log into CLNx
  2. Then, access the Work Study Job Board (please ensure you are logged into CLNx first)
  3. Enter Job ID 198070 in the “Search Posting” box (located under the “Enter the job ID you are searching for”)
  4. Click Search
  5. Read the job description
  6. Upload your application package

For more information on the work study program, please email

For technical support with CLNx, please email

Application Period

Applications will open Monday, April 18, 2022 via the Career Learning portal. The deadline for this position is Friday, April 22, 2022 at 5:00pm EST.

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