Oct 13, 2021

Course Content Designer & Educator - Not For Profit Team

  • Canva
  • Sydney NSW, Australia

Job Description

We’re constantly working towards making Canva the best place to work, for everyone. We believe deeply that bringing together diversity of thoughts, perspectives and expression is key for building the best product for our equally diverse community all around the world. We celebrate uniqueness and whatever makes you, you and encourage everyone who wants to help us transform the way the world designs, to join us on this journey. We value all different types of experiences. If you don’t think you quite meet all of the qualifications, we’d still love to hear from you.  

About Us
At Canva, our mission is to democratise design and empower creativity for anyone and everyone, on every platform. Inspired by a team of talented thinkers, an amazing culture and a remarkable growth trajectory – we’re out to change the world, one design at a time. 

Since launch in August 2013, we have grown exponentially, amassing over 60 million monthly active users across 190 different countries who have created more than 6 Billion designs. We are one of the world’s fastest-growing technology companies and we have only achieved about 1% of what we want to do.

Canva Foundation 

The Canva Foundation’s mission is to Be a Force for Good by bringing the best of Canva to help solve global challenges in the most impactful way possible.

They do this through their 2 focus areas: 
- Empowering nonprofits through design
- Giving work to youth in poverty

‘Empowering nonprofits through design’ is brought to life by our:

Nonprofit Product Team (PM + engineers) who aim to create a seamless nonprofit experience in our product and equip nonprofits with the best content and community.
Nonprofit Design Services (designers + copywriters) who partner with nonprofits on campaigns with scaleable impact by providing our design services. This squad sits in our Templates Team.
Nonprofit Design Education (you!). This sits in our Design Education Team. 

Design Education Team 

A crucial ingredient to empowering Nonprofits through design is education. 

We do this through our Design School education that aims to give people who don’t consider themselves ‘designers’ the creative confidence to achieve their goals.

Canva Design School offers free design courses, featuring some of the world’s leading experts in their respective fields. Our vision for Design School is to become the best place in the world to learn design, and to offer the best online learning experience possible. 

With our growing content library and requests from nonprofits for design education, there is a need for a graphic design educator to work closely with the Design School team to create bespoke design education content for nonprofits that empowers them with the skills, knowledge and guidance they need to get the most out of Canva and improve their impact. 

This role will support various design outputs, such as in-app learning activities, playbooks, how-to videos, storyboards and illustrations for our course content. This role would also act as a trainer and facilitator for many different forms of virtual and in person learning for events for nonprofits. 

The successful candidate will be an all-rounder, with the ability to craft creative and engaging learning content, the ability to facilitate and train, as well as having great time management skills and a can-do attitude. Experience working with nonprofits is highly desirable. 

About the Role

  • As NFP Course Content Designer and Educator, you will be someone who can:
  • Communicate complex ideas visually. Design School aims to make the complex simple, taking big broad topics and making them applicable, engaging and accessible to everyone. This person needs to be able to take a complex thing and communicate it simply with visuals. All the while, making sure that it helps our nonprofit users learn. 
  • Manage their own time. As this person will juggle multiple projects and help chart new territory in building out our course structure, they need to be adept at managing their own time and priorities, to get stuff done well and on time. 
  • Be comfortable with change. Design School for nonprofits is in its early stages, and with that comes a lot of trial and error and moving pieces as we figure out what works best. This person should be comfortable with a high level of ambiguity.
  • Communicate with various stakeholders. Communication skills are key. This person will need to be able to communicate clearly and work with internal and external parties to create the best online courses and help teach our content.
  • Learn new skills and adapt to what the role needs. While experience isn’t essential, this person will need to be open to learning new skills, whether that’s basic animation, screenflow tutorials or instructional design (whatever the job requires!)

What we’re looking for

  • Shown changemaker: Experience in the design and execution of education and learning projects for nonprofits or other social impact organisations (i.e. NGOs or other areas of development work). You may have worked in a nonprofit yourself, or worked closely with nonprofits through partnerships or other. You will have a strong understanding about the issues and challenges nonprofits face (especially regarding tech issues and design needs), the tools they use (or lack), their major stakeholders and their strategies and activities to achieve their goals. You are well versed in nonprofit terminology and methodology.   
  • Passionate about social impact issues, especially Canva Foundation focus areas and strong networks: You will come to the role with good knowledge of social impact issues and the nonprofit sector. Ideally you will have existing nonprofit networks (local and global). You will have a track record of work in the following issue areas preferred - education, nonprofit capacity building, advocacy, fundraising, campaigning.
  • Ability to critically engage with social issues and nonprofits of all types: You will be skilled in talking with and listening to those who work in nonprofits, beneficiaries of nonprofits, and social sector leaders
  • Previous experience in facilitation and presenting to an audience: You’ll be the face of education for Canva for Nonprofits, delivering content and empowering our nonprofit community through learning, catering to all their specific needs and levels. You will be confident in facilitating learning workshops, classes and tutorials online and in person.
  • Effective communicator: You will have strong communication skills that let you converse as freely and comfortably with small groups, as with individuals. You will be able to confidently present ideas to your audience and influence them to try new things.
  • Organiser extraordinaire: You will have hands-on experience managing and coordinating events, training, or similar projects, ensuring this occurs seamlessly and no detail is missed. 
  • Observant: You will have great observation skills and use material gathered from your sessions with our nonprofit community to communicate learnings to others at Canva (especially our product teams) 
  • Ability to make complex things simple to allow accessible practical and theory learning for all
  • This is a perfect role for a designer turned teacher (or vice versa) who has a track record with nonprofits or social experience 
  • Design knowledge - experience in Canva a plus!
  • A love for detail and a strong desire to uphold high standards of excellence

What you'll learn

  • You’ll be part of our Design School team and have the opportunity to grow the Canva for Nonprofits Education Team 
  • Educate and empower both Canva’s team and the broader community, especially our nonprofit users 
  • Contribute to our Design School content, helping us to make design accessible to everyone
  • How to set crazy big goals and achieve them

What you will achieve

  • Some early goals will include: 
  • Creating a content strategy for education for nonprofits 
  • Building a nonprofit resource hub with learning sessions and toolkits that are globally relevant
  • Establishing localized learning resources for nonprofits in all key markets, including train-the-trainer model and playbooks
  • Running and facilitating local design education sessions and workshops for nonprofits and creating new ways to work with/leverage existing Canva Community Groups and networks to assist you with delivery of these sessions 
  • Running bespoke ‘for-purpose’ design school projects, such as an Indigenous-led Design School projects etc. 


  • Equity options in one of the fastest growing startups in the world
  • Fitness membership
  • In-house chef
  • Sponsored social clubs and team events
  • Fun and quirky celebrations
One of our core values at Canva, “Being a force for good” means we are actively working towards a world that isn't just good for a small few, but one that’s good for everyone. We believe deeply that bringing together diversity of thoughts, perspectives and expression is key for building the best product for our equally diverse community. To achieve this, we need to constantly work towards making Canva the best place to work, for everyone.

We make hiring decisions based on your experience, skills and passion. If you’re keen to apply and need reasonable adjustments or would like to note which pronouns you use at any point in the application or interview process, please let us know.