Requisition Number: 201300292S
Full Time Part Time: Full Time
Educational Experience Requirement: Bachelor's degree in Fine Arts or related field. Minimum of four years experience working with print and online design or related experience. Prior experience working in a higher education environment would be helpful. Must possess an understanding of interactive communications, delivery systems, processes, and user interface design as well as industry best practices. A strong working knowledge of design, brand development, interactive commerce and creative process desirable. Experience with software such as Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign. Must have print and web design capabilities and know how to work in both media for integrated campaigns. A combination of education, experience, and training that would produce the required knowledge and abilities could be considered.
Nature and Purpose of Position: Responsible for translating marketing objectives into creative strategies, designs, and plans. The Assistant Director of Creative Services is charged with determining the best ways to visually represent the university in various mediums including print and online.
Primary Responsibilities: Lead creative sessions for project kick-offs. Manage multiple projects from conception through completion. Develop creative programs and design concepts that meet the objectives of the university and advance the department's branding strategy. Establish creative direction for the university brand and associated programs. Supervise and inspire a creative team of vendor partners; generate multiple concepts for a campaign or project. Work with account and strategy teams as well as copywriters to develop concepts and present them to management. Work with internal and external clients/teams to generate ideas for proposals. Provide quality control over concepts and projects. Formulate basic layout design or presentation approach and specify material details, such as style and size of print, photographs, graphics, animation, video and sound. Review and approve proofs of printed copy, art, and copy materials developed by staff members. Manage own accounts and projects, working within budget and scheduling requirements. Confer with clients to determine objectives, budget, background information, presentation approaches, styles, and techniques. Present final layouts to clients for approval. Review illustrative material to determine that it conforms to standards and specifications. Attend photo shoots and printing sessions to ensure products that are needed are obtained. Create custom illustrations or other graphic elements. Negotiate with printers and estimators to determine what services will be performed. Interface with print vendors and oversee production process. Develop visual designs when necessary and also responsible for recruiting and managing third party design firms and/or other internal design resources. Perform other related duties as assigned.
Other Specifications: Able to work effectively within a complex organizational structure that encourages professional colleagues to take ownership and support the development and implementation of integrated marketing programs that support the mission and priorities of the University. Must have strong interpersonal skills, together with exceptional verbal and written communication abilities. Forge effective relationships - both internally and externally. The incumbent must demonstrate confidence, professional ability, a keen understanding of protocol, and an appropriate awareness of and sensitivity to the opinions and concerns of others and client needs. Possess an exceptional aesthetic sense and intuitive understanding of design principles. Excellent working knowledge of print production and processes. Ability to make evaluative judgments. Capable of supervising and training employees to include organizing, prioritizing, and scheduling work assignments. The position is a people-oriented job, involving development of high-level concepts for design projects.