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Application Process

We want to hear from you. Please send your resume and a detailed cover letter, outlining how your skills and experience fit with what we do and need, to debbie.shapansky@bluenorth.ca. Due to the number of applicants, we can respond only to those we wish to interview.


Data Solutions Lead

You know how technology enables the delivery of relevant messages.  You have the know-how and drive to turn this thinking into robust technology solutions that help our clients succeed. And you can define and lead the process to successfully implement them.

We leverage data to provide value to our clients in two impactful ways:

  • Reporting and data mining including the evaluation of campaigns, financial modeling, and health of file analysis;
  • Variable data composition which brings personalization to all of the work we do for our clients.  We replace static fundraising appeals with ones whose “ask” is driven by donors’ past giving habits; we replace pick and pack welcome kits with dynamically-produced kits that only include content relevant to the recipient. We communicate to our clients’ supporters in many ways: print, email, landing pages, SMS, phone and social media – technology drives these relevant conversations.

Responsibilities

  • Lead the planning, design and implementation of the strategy for optimizing Blue North’s access to clients’ databases and other information assets, including data models, ETL processes, data warehouse applications and business intelligence (BI) reports through the use of best practices and tools, including SQL SSIS, SSRS and OLAP cubes
  • Responsible for managing and supporting the delivery of business results from Blue North’s software infrastructure, interfacing with technical resources and end-user clients, managing vendor relationships and serving as a resource for strategic and tactical business planning
  • Focus on improving the quality, integrity, consistency and completeness of Blue North’s data services.  Take big picture responsibility for data quality processes and overall data integrity
  • Manage vendor services – manage vendor relationships and work within established budget parameters to achieve results at reasonable cost. Manage the relationships and processes with vendors for needs that cannot be satisfied internally
  • Player/coach position that will involve both mentoring and direct, hands-on performance
  • Develop automated reports and dashboards using Power BI, SSRS, Excel, and other reporting tools
  • Gather and understand business requirements to set functional specifications
  • Define our best practices during implementation and integration of Power BI platform

Knowledge and Experience

  • Strong knowledge of SQL including:
    • coding in relational database environment; SQL server integration services (SSIS); SQL server analysis services (SSAS); SQL server reporting services (SSRS)
  • Experience developing SharePoint solutions focused on document exchange and data extraction; developing dashboards to generate web interface reports & SSRS
  • Knowledge of full marketing automation solutions and email applications like MailChimp
  • Experience creating and updating OLAP cubes through SSAS to be accessed by Excel for analysis and reporting
  • Track record developing business requirements, researching and recommending data solutions
  • Experience as a technical implementation lead
  • Exposure to business intelligence, data warehousing, statistical modeling and data visualization tools
  • Understanding of cloud computing technologies, business drivers, and emerging computing trends
  • Strong interpersonal skills and commitment to teamwork and partnerships
  • Ability to communicate ideas, processes and designs for client and internal buy-in and alignment
  • Ability to translate business opportunities requirements into technology solutions
  • Organization and energy with a proven track record of meeting deadlines
  • Degree in Computer Science or equivalent
  • The following would be considered assets: using Nintext to automate/script SharePoint, knowledge of VBA and Access, experience working in a variable communication environment

Project Coordinator

The Project Coordinator supports our team of Project Managers. The PC administers and organizes project activities in cooperation with them and under their direction. The PC creates and maintains comprehensive project documentation, plans and reports and completes ad-hoc requests from the Project Management team as required. The PC is an integral member of the project team working to ensure flawless project delivery.  This is an entry level role with potential movement into Project Management.

The kind of person we’re looking for loves to coordinate, work with a variety of people and tasks, learn the ins and outs of new projects and clients, and take initiative so that Project Managers always feel supported.

Responsibilities

  • Coordinate project activities, resources, equipment and information in cooperation with and under the direction of the Project Managers
  • Monitor and track project’s progress and resolve any issues that arise escalating to Project Manager(s) when required
  • Work on assigned activities to produce the products required within constraints such as time, cost and agreed quality standards
  • Anticipate and catch deviations from a plan or schedule early; take corrective action as necessary and keep key participants and stakeholders informed as necessary and as directed by the Project Manager(s)
  • Look for and develop efficiencies wherever possible
  • Without necessarily being an expert, understand the variable composition technology and data processes being used in order to understand and question requests coming from internal team
  • Demonstrate high proficiency in Workamajig (project management tool)
  • Shadow Project Managers throughout all phases of projects
  • Communicate in a tactful manner to get ideas across to the team and client

At the end of the day,

  • The Project Team, including the Project Coordinator will be successful if jobs are delivered on spec, on time, on budget and the client is delighted.

Knowledge and Experience

  • Highly organized with a proven track record of meeting deadlines
  • Results-oriented and energetic
  • Initiative and drive to help out and support the project management team
  • Ability to speak up and resolve issues when projects aren’t running smoothly or on time
  • Effective communicator, eager to ask questions, excited to learn
  • An eye for detail and 100% accuracy
  • Flexible and adaptable for working on multiple projects of varying size at any given time in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment
  • Eager to learn new tasks and demands of a variety of projects and clients
  • Able and willing to take direction from a number of people

Freelance Graphic Designers 

We are always looking for creatives with experience in direct mail. Our work is often deployed in printed materials – marketing collaterals (including direct mail, brochures, posters, signage), and other personalized communications pieces. In addition, we also deliver web concepts, websites, and other electronic marketing pieces. In an effort to better support our clients, Blue North is seeking freelance graphic designers with 7+ years of experience developing concepts through to final art. If you have a keen mind, passionate eye and proven skills developing direct marketing campaigns that span print, online and display we want to meet you. Our environment is fast-paced and demanding, so ideal candidates will thrive on tight deadlines while creating work that is both visually compelling and intelligent.

Knowledge and Experience

  • Brainstorming and developing design concepts and layouts for various projects
  • Exceptional skill in developing design solutions for print and assisting lead designers and production artists through design projects
  • Ensuring quality in each project from a client brand and creative execution perspective
  • Working with others, such as copywriters, production and account teams to complete the final product
  • Reviewing layouts to determine if they maintain the integrity of the client’s brand
  • Marking up layouts with instructions to prepare materials for printing
  • Well versed in the current version of Adobe Creative Suite – Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, Acrobat
  • Experience in web design and social media as it relates to Facebook, Blogs, Twitter, video, content development, etc. is an asset
  • Knowledge of HTML and Flash an asset
  • Demonstrates a professional work ethic and the ability to articulate ideas conceptually to both the creative team and clients when necessary
  • Keeps abreast of current design best practices
  • Availability and flexibility in schedule
  • Able to turn work around quickly

Please send samples of your work, your portfolio or links to your work to cathy.schueler@bluenorth.ca


 

Here are some reasons why people like working with us:

  • we’re nice…and a lot of fun to work with
  • our clients are all do-gooders and we love helping them do that
  • our Guelph office is located downtown along the river with restaurants, coffee shops and shopping close by
  • our annual pool tournament gets really competitive
  • we’ve got several musicians, artists, cooks, foodies and athletes on staff
  • we’re serious about our work…and darn proud of it too!

 

 


Why work @ Blue

1. Pool table and punching bag

2. Tasty Blunches (Blue + Lunch)

3. Cool office spaces. Brick and beam, original art

4. We’re nice

5. Summer barbecues

6. Cafes near the office

7. A great mix of right- and left-brained people that are passionate about what we do

8. Award-winning campaigns

9. Corporate values include innovation, creativity, fun

 


What Drives Us

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