Visual Communications Designer - Office of Vice Chancellor for Research ( A1800290 )

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Visual Communications Designer

Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has a unique breadth of research expertise, with world-renowned strengths in the arts, agriculture, business, the humanities, and the social sciences, as well as top-ranked programs in the natural sciences and engineering. Many of the technologies that enabled the modern electronic era were developed at the U of I, and year in and year out, we are among the top universities in NSF-funded research and development expenditures. Today, we're building on that tradition, working to address society's most pressing problems by doing what we do best-interdisciplinary research that drives positive change in our communities, our state, our nation, and the world.

The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research is seeking a candidate who can work as part of a creative team to develop meaningful communications that tell the complex and exciting story of research at Illinois. Create high-profile visual communications for campus-level initiatives and activities that support the Illinois research community. Think holistically about institutional goals, recommend solutions to design challenges (within the University's visual identity system), and translate ideas into high-impact print and electronic materials.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

Develop visual communications that will include printed marketing materials, websites, infographics, figures, digital displays, social media graphics, promotional items, and more. Work with the OVCR communications team to ensure a high standard of creative materials. Use the latest Adobe creative suite software to take projects from concept to execution. Conceive and help implement creative communications solutions for OVCR audiences, including campus leadership, faculty, donors, external partners, media, community organizations, and others. Provide visual design expertise and advice to units that report to and work with the OVCR. Collaborate with printers regarding format, processes, and best practices to achieve superior printed materials. Research emerging trends in visual communication, graphic design, typography, and web and social media design and their potential effect on OVCR communications. Provide informal mentoring to OVCR graphic design interns.

Position Requirements and Qualifications:

Education: Bachelor's degree in design, communications, or related field. Alternate degree fields will be considered/accepted depending upon bredth and depth of experience as it relates to this position.

Experience: Required: Two years of graphic design experience. Preferred: Three to five years of graphic design experience. Experience working as part of a team to develop research-related marketing or communications, especially for a scholarly audience. Experience with HTML and CSS.

Knowledge: Required: Ability to translate complex ideas into creative visual solutions. Strong interpersonal communication skills. Adept layout composition and mechanical skills to produce files for print and web channels. Strong understanding of printing processes, color-matching systems, and typography. Strong organizational skills and a thorough knowledge of all aspects of print and digital production. Curiosity, flexibility, and commitment to creative thinking. Advanced skills in current design software including Adobe Creative Cloud. Preferred: An understanding of web interface and user experience design. Familiarity with University of Illinois WebTools, higher education marketing, and the Urbana campus. Video, photography, and/or animation skills.

This is an academic professional, full-time, 12-month position renewed annually pending continued funding and progress within the position. The estimated starting date is as soon as possible after closing date. Salary is commensurate with experience and skills.

For full consideration, applications must be received by Wednesday, May 23, 2018. To apply, all candidates must submit an online profile through by the close of the posting period. Qualified candidates must upload a letter detailing qualifications noted above, resume', three to five examples of design work (actual documents or links are both acceptable) and the names and contact information for three professional references.

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.

For further information please contact Susan Key, Human Resources, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research, 217-244-4592, [email protected]

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: Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research
Category: Academic Professional
Title: Visual Communications Designer - Office of Vice Chancellor for Research ( A1800290 )
Open Date: 05/10/2018
Close Date: 05/23/2018
Organization Name: OVCR Administration





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Posted: 5/11/2018
Application Due: 5/24/2018
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