Graphic Design Specialist - National Center for Supercomputing Applications (A1700570)

Champaign, IL
Sep 16, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

National Center for Supercomputing Applications

Graphic Design Specialist

The National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign provides supercomputing and advanced digital resources for the nation's science enterprise. At NCSA, University of Illinois faculty, staff, students, and collaborators from around the globe use advanced digital resources to address research grand challenges for the benefit of science and society. NCSA has been advancing one third of the Fortune 50 for more than 30 years by bringing industry, researchers and students together to solve grand challenges at rapid speed and scale.

NCSA is currently seeking a Graphic Design Specialist to consistently produce and lead creative visual solutions to build on NCSA's brand and tell stories of how NCSA is impacting innovation, research, and education to diverse audiences such as researchers, campus collaborations, funding agencies, and industry partners.

Key Responsibilities:
  • Maintain and continue to build the center's design standards and overall visual identity.
  • Determine key visual mediums for effective story telling (on-line, video, print or a combination).
  • Implement the design of print and electronic materials to deliver NCSA's key marketing and communications objectives.
  • Creatively and strategically craft visual communications that convey key messages to target audiences.
  • Develop a plan that fits into the design standards of the center to determine scope of needs for the project.
  • Prepare and present concepts to internal clients.
  • Manage the project's production, timeline/deadlines and costs from start to finish.
  • Develop materials for conferences, specialized events, and other projects.
  • Serve as design liaison within NCSA groups to ensure the Center's design standards are implanted across projects.
  • Stay current with latest trends in web site design and makes recommendations new features into the sites.

Required Education and Experience:
  • BA/BS degree required in graphic design or a related field. Alternative degree fields will be considered/accepted if accompanied by equivalent experience.
  • Minimum of two years' experience in graphic design.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Web design experience.
  • Experience working with researchers to communicate science and technology impact.
  • Web development experience.
  • Experience using photography and video equipment.

Knowledge Requirements:
  • Proven ability to handle multiple projects and deadlines simultaneously.
  • Proven ability to effectively and efficiently use design to create compelling work that communicates a strong and clear message.
  • Applicants will have strong artistic ability and proficiency with industry standard software, including Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator) and Microsoft Office products.
  • Client-relation skills, teamwork, and attention to detail are essential.
  • Possess strong organizational skills and a thorough knowledge of all aspects of print and web production.
  • Demonstrated ability to perform in a professional demeanor in a diverse and fast-paced work environment consisting of multiple and changing priorities, under minimal supervision.

This is a regular academic professional position at NCSA and is an annually renewable, 12/12, 100%-time appointment with regular University benefits. Salary is commensurate with experience and start date will be as soon as possible after the close date of the search. Applicants must possess required education and experience by start date of position. Interviews may occur before the closing date; however, all applications received by the closing date will receive full consideration.

To apply, please create your candidate profile at and upload your cover letter and CV/resume by the close date (9/29/17). Contact information for three references must be included on the application (letters may also be uploaded or sent to the contact below). For full consideration, candidates must complete the application process by the above date. The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer. For further information regarding our application procedures, you may visit or email

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit To learn more about the University's commitment to diversity, please visit

College Name or Administrative Unit: Vice Chancellor for Research
Category: Academic Professional
Title: Graphic Design Specialist - National Center for Supercomputing Applications (A1700570)
Open Date: 09/15/2017
Close Date: 09/29/2017
Organization Name: Supercomputing Applications


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