Web Designer - National Settlement Sector Community of Practice (CoP)

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Job region: 
Greater Toronto Area
Application Deadline: 
Friday, September 21, 2018 - 5:00pm
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The Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants (OCASI) acts as a collective voice for immigrant and refugee-serving organizations and coordinates response to shared needs and concerns. OCASI is a registered charity governed by a volunteer board of directors. OCASI’s membership is comprised of over 230 community-based organizations in Ontario. 


The bilingual National Settlement Sector Community of Practice (CoP) will be an online community where sector staff and leaders can engage to learn, share, connect and collaborate.

The sector’s vision is that the CoP will be a common space that:

  • Connects settlement practitioners who may never come into contact otherwise
  • Provides a shared context for practitioners to communicate and share information
  • Enables dialogue between people who have an interest in solving the same or similar problems
  • Stimulates learning
  • Captures and diffuses existing knowledge
  • Introduces collaborative processes and encourages the free flow of ideas and information
  • Helps people organize around issues
  • Generates new knowledge

The project’s objectives are to:

  • Build a Community of Practice where settlement practitioners, leaders and professionals in can connect, share, collaborate and learn; thereby building their knowledge and skills capacity with a focus on improving settlement services
  • Facilitate the provision of consistent, innovative and coordinated services
  • Create a unique “Settlement Hub” for the sector where members collect, disseminate, and find the support and tools they need to do their job effectively


  • The Web Designer – National Settlement Sector Community of Practice (CoP) is responsible for collaborating with the project team, the consultants engaged for the development of the CoP platform, and other key stakeholders  during all phases during all phases of the project.  

  • OCASI uses a combination of custom-built ASP/.Net applications and open source CMS such as Drupal. The Web Designer – National Settlement Sector Community of Practice (CoP) will lead the development of the UX and visual components of the site, working closely with staff, sector experts, and consultants. Drupal 8 will be the foundation of the CoP.

  • The Web Designer – National Settlement Sector Community of Practice (CoP) will ensure that current design standards are met and optimize the web architectures for navigability and accessibility.

  • The Web Designer – National Settlement Sector Community of Practice (CoP) may also be responsible for assisting with other OCASI projects as the need arises. 

    The Web Designer – National Settlement Sector Community of Practice (CoP)  will have a commitment to and awareness of equity, access to services, anti-racism and anti-oppression, gender-justice and anti-poverty as it relates to immigrants and refugees.


  • Responsible for conceptualizing and delivering an engaging user experience for the CoP working with the developers, staff, and sector experts
  • Design an appealing visual experience for the CoP
  • Ensure adherence to best practice responsive and accessible design cross browser/devices
  • Work closely with content teams to suggest and carry out design improvements and enhancements as required
  • Participation, in conjunction with the team, in the strategic planning and promotion of the sites
  • Other duties as assigned


The  Web Designer - National Settlement Sector Community of Practice (CoP) should have the following qualifications:

  • 3-5 years of experience working in a similar position
  • Familiarity with design methods: Briefing, wireframing, prototyping, mocking-up, and testing
  • Strong skills in visual design knowledge (grid, typography, colour theory, digital graphics editing)
  • Experience developing with UX/UI principles
  • Knowledge of important SEO principles and ability to implement
  • Experience with Web design development using CSS & HTML in a CMS theme framework like Drupal or WordPress.
  • Skilled at HTML email creation
  • Able to continuously monitor industry trends, technologies, and standards and be able to research, recommend, and apply new technologies as they emerge
  • Ability to work independently, multi-task, adhere to deadlines, and deliver with exceptional quality
  • Excellent oral and written English communications skills (written and oral French skills are desirable)
  •  Demonstrated ability to integrate in-depth knowledge of equity, access, and anti-racism into all aspects of the work
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to collaborate with a broad range of stakeholders (partners, users, and internal teams)
  • Excellent attention to detail, solid judgment, proven analytical and problem-solving skills, and strong organizational skills

Our commitment:

This is a full-time position
We offer a very competitive salary and benefits package.

How to apply:

Please apply by sending your resume and cover letter by September 21, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. to:

Hiring Committee, OCASI

E-mail: gethired@ocasi.org

OCASI is committed to Employment Equity.

Thank you to all applicants for applying. However, we regret that only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. No telephone inquiries please.