Senior Visual Designer

Providence, Rhode Island
Feb 22, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Senior Visual Designer

Office of University Communications

Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island

Be a part of Brown University’s growing visual storytelling team. Help transform how the University engages with our community and shares Brown’s excellent reputation with the world.

Brown’s Office of University Communications (OUC) has created a new position for a senior visual designer who will work in consultation with University staff to create attractive, user-centric, innovative designs for integrated, multi-platform use across Brown’s Web, digital and print media. The Senior Visual Designer will collaborate with communications and content strategists, product managers and the creative team to meet the needs of campus clients in developing communications that are aligned with the overall visual identity and strategic goals of the University.

Reporting to the art director, the Senior Visual Designer will advise on all components of projects, including photography, graphic elements, colors, type treatment, print finishing techniques and stock, and UX/UI for Web and digital. The Senior Visual Designer will acquire a comprehensive knowledge of Brown and communicate in a professional manner with University stakeholders, audiences and partners at all levels and across disciplines. The Senior Visual Designer will provide excellent creative service, representing the OUC as a leader and resource in advanced design and communications for the University.

The ideal candidate will bring extensive expertise in design fundamentals to conceive the overall concept, design, look, and feel of each project across all related material in print and digital media, consistent with overall messaging and visual identity. The candidate will also have strong interpersonal and organizational skills, demonstrate initiative, flexibility, a collaborative nature and accepting of constructive feedback, as well as the ability to manage multiple projects and deadlines while maintaining high quality product and services.  

A print and digital portfolio demonstrating professional experience is a prerequisite for the position. A completed application through the Brown University website is required. No phone calls or drop-ins, please.

Job Qualifications    

  • Bachelor’s degree in visual design, digital arts or a related field (equivalent professional experience will be considered).
  • A minimum of seven years of design experience, including a minimum of three years of visual design for complex, dynamic projects spanning print and digital platforms, with multiple stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated expertise in design fundamentals and ability to create strong visual graphic design and concepts executed across multiple digital and print platforms.
  • Extensive knowledge of printing and publication, including technical expertise in prepress and print production processes.
  • High proficiency and experience with Apple OS, Adobe Creative Suite (especially InDesign and Photoshop), and Microsoft Office Suite.  
  • Demonstrated expertise with visual identity and branding.
  • An understanding of Web and digital strategies to improve communications.
  • Knowledge of usability and user experience (UX/UI) principles and standards.
  • Ability to contribute ideas and execute the ideas of others competently; ability to work autonomously and as a team.
  • Desire and willingness to acquire a comprehensive knowledge of an institution, its key stakeholders, audiences and partners, and to communicate in a professional manner to all levels of leadership across disciplines.
  • Strong interpersonal and organizational skills, showing initiative and flexibility, strong creative service, collaborative instincts, and receptive of constructive feedback.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects with competing deadlines while maintaining high quality.
  • Demonstrate proven aesthetic judgment, with excellent visual design and strong conceptual abilities.
  • Knowledge of Web standards, technologies and languages and accessibility/508 compliance.
  • Knowledge of related technologies, such as digital asset and content management tools, workflow systems, portals, and databases.
  • Knowledge of applicable intellectual property, image permissions, copyright and trademark requirements.
  • Demonstrated professional experience through a digital and print portfolio that must be available for review.

To View More Details and To Apply, please use this link to the position on Brown’s Career Site:

Applicants are required to use the Brown Career Site to apply for the position and to submit their resume, cover letter and any related documents.  Please check the status of your application through the account you create when you apply.

Brown University is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive academic global community; as an EEO/AA employer, Brown considers applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of, gender, race, protected veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected status.

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Brown is an Ivy League University located in Providence, Rhode Island, comprised of undergraduate and graduate programs, plus the Alpert Medical School, School of Public Health, School of Engineering, Executive Master of Healthcare Leadership and the IE Brown Executive MBA.  With its talented and motivated student body and accomplished faculty, Brown is a leading research university that maintains a particular commitment to exceptional graduate and undergraduate instruction.  We have a dynamic campus community with many exciting events, such as visits from world leaders, sporting events, theatre, music, and dance. Brown offers competitive benefits such as a generous retirement plan and education programs; details are available at:

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