Visual Communications Designer

Closing Date: Monday 24 January 2022

Are you creative and enthusiastic? Do you want to use your graphic design skills to connect and transform lives in the Pacific and beyond? Help New Zealands largest and most experienced volunteer agency working in international development tell its stories visually by joining our Marketing, Communications and Fundraising Team.

This is a full-time, permanent position.

Ko wai mātou – Who we are

Te Tūao Tāwāhi - Volunteer Service Abroad (VSA) is New Zealand’s largest and most experienced volunteer agency working in international development, we connect people across the moana between Aotearoa and other countries in the Pacific Region. 

Our volunteers live abroad or connect remotely from their homes in Aotearoa to share experiences, knowledge, and cultures. We work with partner businesses, governments and organisations located abroad. Collectively, and with VSA’s experience in volunteer development, we transform the lives of many to create a fair future for all. 

Te āhua o Te Tūrunga – The nature of the position 

As our Visual Communications Designer, you will be engaging with volunteers, partners and staff to continuously manage visual assets to help tell our audiences about the impact VSA and its people are making. You will also be the guardian of our brand, encouraging consistency across the organisation and supporting staff where needed. You comfortably can work across the full spectrum of visual communication, from helping to create our printed publications to ensuring visually impactful digital images for our digital channels. VSA is celebrating 60 years of development in 2022 and you will play a key part in developing the visual story for this project.

As our Visual Communications Designer, you will be well organised and exhibit excellent attention to detail. Your great interpersonal relationship skills will enable you to manage a busy schedule, juggle multiple projects alongside regular business as usual requirements, and be able to plan ahead to ensure requests can be managed effectively and diplomatically.

Our team runs marketing campaigns throughout the year and we rely on your creativity to engage people visually in our messages, and to help ensure our messages are inclusive, culturally appropriate and tell a story. This will be through both above and below the line marketing. You will work as part of an amazing team of marketing people to make this happen, as well as having access to and management of our visual library; which is full of a wide range of media, all of which tell a little bit of VSA’s story over the last 60 years of international development.

Ngā tino Pūkenga/Wheako – Essential skills/experiences for the role 

You are an experienced graphic designer, who can work both independently and collaboratively. You can easily and clearly provide design advice and can work with colleagues to facilitate and develop ideas and concepts. You will ideally have experience:

  • Working on the Adobe Creative Cloud platforms
  • Creativity to add to campaign delivery
  • Working appropriately with design styles from the Pacific region and Te Ao Māori.
  • Managing the process of short video production.
  • Experience in video editing would be an advantage.

Te tono – How to apply: 

At VSA we understand the importance of cross-cultural understanding can only be achieved through the respectful mixing of cultures and identities. That understanding starts here in Aotearoa with a commitment to Te Tiriti O Waitangi. Our vision for a world with thriving communities, both locally and across the wider Pacific, starts internally with a thriving workplace. At VSA your contribution will be valued as we work, learn, and understand together.

To join us, we encourage you to apply via Please submit your application with a cover letter and CV, by Monday 24 January 2022. 

You can view the job description for this role here.

If you would like to know more about this role or VSA, or have any questions about applying, please feel free to reach out to us at

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