Graphic Arts Manager

Location
Chicago
Posted
Feb 22, 2017
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
About The Unit:

Unit Job Summary: Oversees the development and execution of a wide range of design projects. Develops design standards and concepts for company advertising and communications materials. Provides consultations with clients, recommending design concepts and providing job estimates. Confers with creative and/or production staff to discuss client requirements, presentation concepts, budget, and to coordinate creative activities. Directs staff in artwork, layout, and design for various publications and/or advertising materials. Investigates new technologies in graphic design. Supervises the graphic arts staff. Develops and manages the departmental budget. Utilizing broad knowledge of graphic art equipment, tools, and techniques, designs or creates complex graphic artwork for various publications and/or advertising materials. Uses own original and creative thinking to develop concepts and finished materials from rough ideas or customer's needs. Draws and prints charts, graphs, illustrations, and other artwork, by hand or using a computer. Prepares final layouts for print and/or web production. Coordinates production with outside vendors. Assists in coordination of all graphic production scheduling. Coordinates production support with outside vendors, as needed. Ensures that graphic projects are completed on time, within budget, and to the user's satisfaction. Assists with planning, development and execution of graphic design for transmedia projects and visual communications design. Assists in conceptualizing the scope of each project communications strategy/needs assessment) and develops solutions, including research, writing, and copy-editing to meet identified client needs. May mentor students in graphic design. The Graphic Arts Manager supports Ci3's Transmedia Story Lab and ensures that their audiovisual activities serve a pedagogical and research support function. Collaborates with other staff in Ci3 in the design, development and implementation of narrative that addresses health disparities for low-income youth and foster youth development. Tests strategies and expands general knowledge of visual narrative as tools to engage youth and address health and wellbeing of adolescents as they emerge into adulthood. Works collaboratively with the team to support youth-serving organizations locally, nationally and globally to engage youth in narrative-based work. Conducts periodic training for fellow Ci3 staff to ensure that all staff understands how graphic art fits in with the lab's current and potential project(s). Training might include sessions on such color theory, design software, layout/conversion optimization, multimedia design software, print design, typography, visual ideation/creativity, web design/basic HTML and CSS. Contributes to the writing of methods papers, reports and final summaries.

Unit Education: Bachelor's degree in graphic design, art or a related field required.

Unit Experience: A minimum of five years of graphic design or other related experience (print, web, and or animation) required. Supervisory experience required. Demonstrated passion for learning about the world, human behavior, and the motivations beneath the surface to create solutions that fit into the lives of people and organizations. Demonstrated experience in concept ideation, design strategy, and digital prototyping. Working in a highly collaborative environment, drawing motivation from interdisciplinary teamwork. Demonstrated ability to work in dynamic, often-ambiguous conditions requiring rapid transitions between collaborative and individual work.

Unit Job Function Competencies: Command of composition, color, typography, information and interaction design. Great attention to detail and a passion for experimenting with new ways to improve one's tradecraft. Compelling written and spoken communication. Technical proficiency with Adobe Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop, After Effects or equivalent. Production experience (final production for print, web and mobile). Ability to work independently and as part of a team. Interpersonal skills. Creativity. Attention to detail. Organizational skills. Problem-solving skills. Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously, set priorities, and meet deadlines. Ability to maintain confidentiality. Proficiency with computers. Knowledge of graphic design software. Ability to coordinate the work of others. Ability to train others. Preferred Knowledge of Web authoring/design, motion graphics and animation; Interest in the relationship between theory and practice