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Recruiting Organization: Canadian Pet Cancer Foundation

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Director, Medical Art, Volunteer

About the Pet Cancer Foundation

The Pet Cancer Foundation’s vision is to increase the life expectancy and improve the quality of life of pets diagnosed with cancer. Estimates suggest that 12M dogs and cats are developing cancer every year, roughly 6x the number of humans getting cancer yearly within North America. We need to do more for our furry friends, and we're building a large team of distributed, animal-loving passionate volunteers to help them and their families.

Over the past 24 months, the organization has grown from the Founder's vision to a team of over 200 volunteers working virtually across Canada, the United States, and another half dozen countries worldwide. As we work to become the leading non-profit organization in the field of animal cancer, we plan to more than double in size over the next 12 months. We're searching for a highly qualified Medical Art Director to work with our Website Editorial department. That's where and how you can help us.

The Position:

As our volunteer Medical Art director, you will lead PCF's, biomedical communications efforts as mentor, leading a team of medical illustrators and graphic designers tasked with creating illustrations that will be an important tool in our efforts to spread awareness and to educate pet owners about cancer in cats and dogs.

You must be an experienced medical illustrator to take on this role as you will be leading, evaluating and giving final publication approval for the artwork created by our team of volunteers. In this role you will work closely with and collaborate with our scientific content team leaders who are driving the effort to create our written content.

Your insight in biomedical visualization will play a vital role in our efforts to build a comprehensive and unparalleled resource for the public, which requires that our creative work meet exacting standards and solve demanding communication challenges in a factual, compassionate but not frightening manner.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Collaborate with our Project Leaders and Scientific Editors to create novel ways of visualizing difficult concepts
  • Work with team leads and other designers to plan, layout, and execute the vision
  • Have experience in producing medical illustrations using mostly vector-based programs and occasionally raster programs and photography
  • Have experience creating illustrations according to stylistic guidelines
  • Have experience in ensuring artistic excellence and scientific accuracy of all illustrations
  • Have experience creating original illustrations for a wide range of medical subjects
  • Collaborate with management and team members to define schedules and deliverables to ensure goals are met
  • Communicate effectively with our Project Leaders and Scientific Editors to anticipate and resolve issues
  • Train & manage team, evaluation and critique of work, final approval prior to publication of all artwork
  • Ensure the scientific and anatomical accuracy of project

About You:

A successful candidate will have previous and continued experience in the biomedical communications/visualization industry and outstanding artistic skills and extensive knowledge of medicine and the biological sciences. Being a team player with great communication and people skills is an absolute must.

Education, Experience, Certification Requirements:

  • MA/MS from an accredited medical illustration graduate program preferred; CMI highly desired
  • Strong science background
  • Clear communication skills with a particular ability to communicate effectively with doctors, surgeons, and medical experts and an aptitude for translating scientific concepts into a visual format
  • 3-5 Years of medical illustration experience in lieu of CMI

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Exceptional proficiency with Adobe Creative Suite (ie. Photoshop, Illustrator)
  • Confidently work in an environment with high expectations
  • Comprehend scientific and medical concepts
  • Be receptive to continuous feedback from peers and management
  • Be able to give constructive feedback to team for the improvement of artwork
  • Have excellent attention to detail and organizational skills
  • Have strong drawing skills

What we provide you with

This leadership role is a generational opportunity to build a best-in-class worldwide organization that will make a difference in millions of animals' lives in the decades to come. The challenges of building an umbrella cancer agency from inception will provide learnings across the board while expanding your network of contacts that will be of assistance to your advancing private or non-profit sector career.


  • This position is virtual and must reside within North America.
  • This volunteer position requires a time commitment of approximately 6-8 hours per week and more at times.
  • Please visit our new website in beta-release at for more information on the organization.

Job Type: Part-time

Application Question(s):

  • We are experiencing higher than 70% of applicants who state they missed seeing the volunteer nature of the role in the posting above. Please leave us a short acknowledgement that you are aware of the volunteer nature of the role to allow us to properly consider your application. Thank you!


  • Master's (Preferred)


  • Medical Illustration: 3 years (Preferred)
  • biomedical art direction: 3 years (Preferred)
  • Team management: 3 years (Preferred)


  • Certified Medical Illustrator Certificate (good to have) (Preferred)

Work Location: Remote

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