Senior Manager, Digital Marketing Manager

MaRS Discovery District

About MaRS

MaRS Discovery District (@MaRSDD) in Toronto is the one of the world’s largest urban innovation hubs. MaRS supports promising young ventures tackling key societal challenges in the Health, Energy & Environment, Work & Learning and Finance & Commerce sectors. In addition to helping startups launch, grow and scale, the MaRS community is dedicated to cross-disciplinary collaboration, commercialization of discoveries and driving ideas to impact.

About the MaRS Communications Team

You’ll be joining a close-knit team of talented, hard-working communications pros. We’ve been developing our growth marketing strategy, and our strong, multi-skilled team is able to produce world-class branded content campaigns with viral social media outreach. Everyone is versatile and ready to pitch in to help during busy times (always). We’re quirky (giphy contests galore), multi-faceted (we do everything from writing and photography to graphic design and videography), well-travelled (true fact: one of us has even travelled in a tornado) and very supportive.

About your role

You are a digital marketer who likes to explore new creative experiences whether on the YouTube platform or working alongside traditional media partners like VICE. In this role, you will report to the Executive Lead, Communications, and will support the team in their efforts to distribute content across MaRS and its partner platforms by experimenting with “funnel” marketing tactics. You love to leverage data and are prepared to roll up your sleeves to curate content and execute digital advertising campaigns with the singular goal of driving engagement and participation in programs and events.

What you’ll be doing

  • Design, plan and implement MaRS digital marketing strategy that aligns with the overall divisional priorities and the strategic marketing and recruitment goals of each department.
  • Optimize fully integrated digital campaigns based on data analysis, best practices and strong understanding of our client base (including stakeholders and clients) by working closely with the Director, Marketing and Communications.
  • Oversee the measurement and performance of digital marketing efforts, including: setting benchmarks, KPIs (key performance indicators), and campaign goals, analyzing data, providing accurate and actionable reporting to the management team, identifying and supporting campaign performance optimization tactics.
  • Oversee digital marketing platforms and initiatives, including: websites and email marketing efforts, while collaborating with the Director, Marketing and Communications on content execution and analysis of content across social media channels.
  • Oversee a variety of marketing tactics such as SEM (Search Engine Marketing), paid social advertising, SEO, retargeting, landing pages, A/B testing, funnel optimization and others to drive traffic and maximize conversions.
  • Remain abreast of changes in the digital marketing environment in order to monitor and recommend new electronic tools for use in marketing strategies.
    Perform ongoing analysis of our online properties – through the lens of keyword research, SEO (search engine optimization), content, link structure, information architecture, usability, accessibility, and regulatory compliance (AODA, CASL, privacy) – to improve website analytics and overall user experience.
  • Manage web development & design for all MaRS business units and set priorities for new projects. Co-ordinate with MaRS IT to ensure digital initiatives are fully integrated and well-planned.
  • Manage budgets for marketing projects and ad campaigns.
  • Work closely with the Director, Marketing and Communications to ensure a holistic communications and brand management plan is achieved.
  • Monitor campaign performance and communicate results to senior leadership, offering recommendations to address variances when required.
  • Manage two staff, as well as several freelancers.
  • Present and sell new digital initiatives to senior-level executive team to garner support and influence the decision to acquire and launch.


The ideal candidate will demonstrate passion for using innovation to drive positive societal and economic outcomes, as well as working with innovative people, government ministries, companies and non-profit partners to scale innovation for impact.

We are seeking:

  • 5-7 years of relevant experience as a digital marketer
  • Experience in identifying target audiences and devising digital campaigns that engage, inform and motivate
  • Experience in optimizing landing pages and user funnels
  • Demonstrable experience in leading and managing SEO/SEM, marketing databases, email marketing initiatives, social media and/or display advertising campaigns Up to date with the latest trends and best practices in online measurement
  • Experience with A/B and multivariate experiments
  • Strong team management and communication skills
  • Familiarity with web design and development, working knowledge of WordPress and HTML/CSS
  • Excellent analytical and project management skills

Other Skills

  • Inspire a positive work environment and help champion quality, innovation, teamwork and service to the business You are a voracious and curious learner who can think outside the box, sharing your knowledge and educating others
  • Flexible and comfortable adapting to change in order to manage shifting priorities and deadlines, and able to seize new opportunities
  • A self-starter with personal accountability and a commitment to exceeding goals and objectives

What it’s like to work at MaRS

MaRS is a vibrant, architecturally inspiring innovation hub with 1.5 million square feet of laboratory, collaboration, and office space connected directly to the Queen’s Park subway stop at College and University. MaRS employees enjoy many perks such as:

Access to a wide array of fascinating conferences and lectures hosted by MaRS A very active social committee that organizes potlucks, “serendipity coffee” dates, the annual MaRS Summer Games, team building outings, summer golf day, and more The MaRS softball team, yoga at noon, and discounted gym memberships Indoor bike parking and showers Our mission-driven organization is filled with passionate, smart people who are finding and turning the levers that will move the economic needle of Canada’s technology-based future.

For more about what it’s like to work at MaRS and why you might want to be a part of something bigger than yourself, check out our profile on B Meaningful.

Internal contacts

• MaRS Discovery District staff at all levels

• MaRS Communications Team

External contacts

• Marketing and web design agencies

• Marketing consultants

Working conditions

General office environment with operating business hours of 8:30am to 5pm Monday to Friday.

Tags: html, css, Marketing, wordpress, SEO, SEM

How to apply:

Applications are due by 6:59 PM Eastern Time on the Close Date indicated at the top of this job posting.

Applicants must be legally eligible to work in Canada.

MaRS Discovery District is committed to diversity and encourages applications from all qualified candidates, including aboriginal persons, francophones, members of sexual minority groups, persons with disabilities, visible minorities and women. We will provide any requested accommodation to candidates with disabilities throughout the recruitment process.

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