Senior Graphic Designer & Creative Manager - Arts & Sciences
Washington University in St. Louis
Location: St. Louis, Missouri
Internal Number: JR60956
The Senior Graphic Designer is a key member of the Arts & Sciences Communications team and will be responsible for developing high-caliber, compelling digital and print marketing pieces that advance the Deanâ™s priorities. The Senior Graphic Designer provides strategic and active management of projects to build brand equity, awareness, and prestige that drives recruitment and helps institutional advancement. This position will implement consistent visual identity standards across all media and collaborate with university colleagues and partners in managing a wide variety of projects and brand campaigns. This is primarily a hands-on design and creative direction role, and requires design project management and collaboration skills. The ideal candidate for this role will have a talent for carrying out the vision of a dynamic and entrepreneurial academic leader, have a world-class visual portfolio, a sophisticated creative sensibility, and a flexible attitude.
Primary Duties & Responsibilities
Creative Strategy and Graphic Design:
Directs the design, strategy, creative approach, and overall execution of projects. Generates ideas and visual concepts, and conducts presentations to clients, in accordance with university standards.
Produces effective campaign materials for projects and creative initiatives.Â
Ensures a high standard of visual execution across all media and campaigns. Develops strategies for effective communications of assigned projects.
Creates and implements a visual identity strategy for Arts & Sciences.
Coordinates video and photo shoots for various partners and outlets, including the College, Admissions, digital and print publications, and social media channels.
Oversees visual design for Arts & Sciencesâ™ digital and print mailings and communications.
Reviews the work of the entire creative team and provides direction and feedback on conceptual and visual design.
Analyzes performance across digital channels and identifies areas for growth and improvement.
Works with key partners across the Universityâ”including Public Affairs and Admissionsâ”to develop the Arts & Sciences brand in accordance with university standards.
Works with the undergraduate College, Admissions, A&S Advancement, and the departments, programs, and centers within A&S to express a compelling and coherent brand identity. Helps maintain alignment with the WashU brand standards.
Develops and updates brand guidelines and approved assets for distribution to Arts & Sciences departments and partners.
Oversees ordering and creation of all Arts & Sciences branded gear to ensure consistency.
Innovation and Growth:
Establishes and maintains appropriate network of professional contacts, and leverages these contacts to enhance the work and brand of Arts & Sciences.
Maintains currency of emerging and new media trends through professional organizations and publications. Attends meetings, seminars and conferences; makes formal presentations.
Web Graphic Design:
Works with the A&S Web Team to provide guidance on web design.
Oversees coherent design across A&S websites.
Works on communications plans around key Advancement events.
Creates collateral for events, presentations, donor meetings.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Manages student interns to help with web maintenance and social media.
Cultivates relationships with partners across the university and the Arts & Sciences branches and departments.
Five to seven years of increasing responsibility in visual marketing strategy and execution, with a track record of successful campaigns with measurable results.
Experience developing and delivering effective communications in an educational or research setting.
Experience creating online content using HTML and/or CSS and common web-design standards.
Experience with photography and video production/editing.
Experience in nonprofits or higher education.
Creative, service-oriented, and self-driven, with a no-problem attitude and a keen attention to detail.
A portfolio that showcases thoughtful editorial design with a sophisticated design aesthetic; exceptional conceptual skills and creative vision along with strong executional ability; expertise in typography; and a keen eye for photography/illustration and use of color.
Expertise in Adobe Creative Suite, specifically InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator; along with a working knowledge graphic design for web, mobile, email marketing and video.
Advanced design skills including pagination, typography, photo manipulation, and working knowledge of style sheets.
Strong project management skills and a proven track record of success in a highly collaborative, team-oriented environment.
Experience in developing visual brands and brand standards that work in a variety of media
Experience in developing and integrating creative concepts across all media types, including print, digital, video, photography, and environmental.
Familiarity with printing specifications and working with vendors for offset, digital, and large-format printing.
Ability to problem-solve and find multiple design solutions especially under narrow parameters and budget constraints.
Ability to work quickly and efficiently, juggling multiple projects at the same time, many with aggressive deadlines.
Ability to give and receive constructive feedback in a professional manner.
Ability to effectively communicate their own ideas.
Solid presentation, listening, and communication skills.
Bachelorâ™s degree with at least three years of related experience.
$49,000.00 - $83,800.00 / AnnuallyThe salary range reflects base salaries paid for positions in a given job grade across the University. Individual rates within the range will be determined by factors including one's qualifications and performance, equity with others in the department, market rates for positions within the same grade and department budget.
All external candidates receiving an offer for employment will be required to submit to pre-employment screening for this position. The screenings will include criminal background check and, as applicable for the position, other background checks, drug screen, an employment and education or licensure/certification verification, physical examination, certain vaccinations and/or governmental registry checks. All offers are contingent upon successful completion of required screening.
Washington University in St. Louis is committed to providing a comprehensive and competitive benefits package to our employees. Benefits eligibility is subject to employment status, full-time equivalent (FTE) workload, and weekly standard hours. Please visit our website at https://hr.wustl.edu/benefits/ to view a summary of benefits.
Washington University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to an individualâ™s sex, race, color, religion, age, disability status, protected veteran status, national or ethnic origin, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation. Women, minorities, protected veterans and the disabled are strongly encouraged to apply.
Washington University is dedicated to building a diverse community of individuals who are committed to contributing to an inclusive environment â“ fostering respect for all and welcoming individuals from diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives. Individuals with a commitment to these values are encouraged to apply.
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