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Job CategoryProfessional/AdministrativePosition TitleDesignerFull Time/Part TimeFull TimeDivisionCommunications DivisionDepartmentCommunicationsDepartment StatementAccountabilities

The Designer assists with digital and print design as well as production for the Colgate University Communications department.

Accountable for creating high quality visual communications and accessible designs that engage relevant audiences, including campus students, faculty and staff, as well as prospective students, alumni and University supporters, and the general public.

Accountable for conceptualization, and the design of various print materials, websites, emails, mobile apps, and other communications and marketing initiatives.

Responsible for design and production of cross-platform creative communications, delivering content on time, within budget, and according to established visual standards.

Provides input on visual work of colleagues and works collaboratively as part of a team.

Technical Competencies

NameContent Creation and ProductionDescription

Demonstrated ability to design and produce high quality visual communications for all communication platforms.

Ability to create data visualization and information graphics.

Demonstrated ability to create sitemaps, user flows, wireframes, page layouts, UI specification deliverables, and designs for handoff to development staff.

Technical Competencies

NameCommunications Planning and StrategyDescription

Demonstrated ability to take multiple sources of input, combine them into a cohesive package, and deliver prototypes/mockups in a timely manner.

Ability to work within existing brand standards to create best possible digital solutions.

Ability to assist with the maintenance of a strong visual brand identity and brand personality and serve as a campus resource for questions about the visual brand.

Ability to collaborate with IT services and university communications staff to ensure group’s compliance with policies and standards around identity graphics, web content, and online accessibility.

Able to independently assess user requirements and recommend the proper solution for small projects and to work collaboratively for medium-sized projects.

Technical Competencies

NameCommunications TechnologiesDescription

Demonstrated ability to leverage advanced features of all relevant content creation systems and technologies.

Ability to efficiently create, collaborate, and manage files within content creation and content management tools employed within the communications division.

Demonstrated ability to use content creation software to create content for deployment across multiple platforms and media.

In depth understanding of design and concepts for applications across digital media, including user centered website design, user interface, mobile applications, and responsive design.

Behavioral Competencies

NamePersonal Accountability for ResultsDescription

Takes responsibility for decisions, performance, and outcomes; behaves in a responsible manner with a positive attitude; shows self-awareness and openness to feedback.

Behavioral Competencies

NameEffective CommunicationDescription

Demonstrates effective written and oral communication skills; shares information and seeks input from others; adapts communication to diverse audiences; protects private and confidential information.

Behavioral Competencies

NameProblem Solving and Decision MakingDescription

Analyzes and prioritizes situations to identify and solve problems; generates solutions to improve efficiency and quality; involves others in solving problems and making decisions; factors organizational goals into decisions; makes clear, transparent, and timely decisions.

Behavioral Competencies

NameChange ManagementDescription

Responds positively to changing university initiatives and readily adapts behavior to maintain effective performance; understands the long-term direction of the university and can relate this to departmental area; adapts to new methodologies; identifies and acts on areas where change is appropriate.

Behavioral Competencies

NameLeadership and TeamworkDescription

Applies skills and knowledge to provide a climate to achieve departmental and organizational success; balances individual and department goals; helps others perform at their best; builds productive relationships to enhance individual and organizational effectiveness; treats others with respect; resolves conflicts among team members.

Behavioral Competencies

NameCreativity and InnovationDescription

Generates, explores, encourages, and implements innovative ways of creating strategic value for the university, division, department, and individual level; critically assesses the effectiveness of new initiatives.

Behavioral Competencies

NameDiversity and InclusionDescription

Demonstrates respect for people and their differences; understands the benefits of a diverse workforce; earns the trust and respect of others; includes and welcomes others; works to understand the perspective of others; promotes opportunities to experience diversity within our community.

Behavioral Competencies


Understands the impact of decision making and personal behavior in achieving the university’s commitment to a sustainable and carbon-neutral campus; supports and advances the university’s sustainability initiatives; influences others to use sustainable practices.


Professional Experience/ Qualifications

Minimum 3–5 years of professional work experience as a designer.

Demonstrated ability to collaborate with editors, illustrators, photographers, developers, and campus clients/partners.

Working knowledge of HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Wordpress, Adobe Creative Cloud suite, Google Drive, Microsoft Office.

Understanding and experience in responsive design principles.

Knowledge of design, user interface, and best practices for digital media, including social media, web, mobile apps, and email.

Knowledge of print production and other print processes.

Preferred Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree preferred.

UX/ UI & UX/UA conceptual understanding is preferred.

Knowledge of accessibility practices in web design (WCAG 2.1 Level AA) is preferred.

Knowledge of Drupal a plus.

Knowledge of responsive CSS frameworks (such as Bootstrap), PHP, and HTML5 a plus.

Experience with formal and informal usability testing using design prototypes, and responding to results a plus.

Experience with BaseCamp a plus.

Experience in a college or university communications office a plus.


Associates Degree, and a portfolio that demonstrates executed creative communication design.

CertificationsPhysical RequirementsOther Information

Applicants are required to include a link in their cover letter or resume to their professional online portfolio.

Posting Detail Information

Requisition Number2019S110PTemporaryYesWork Schedule


Job Open Date09/09/2019Job Close DateOpen Until FilledYesSpecial Instructions SummaryEEO Statement

It is the policy of Colgate University not to discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of their race, color, creed, religion, age, sex, pregnancy, national origin, marital status, disability, protected Veterans status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, being or having been victims of domestic violence or stalking, familial status, or any other categories covered by law. Colgate is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Candidates from historically underrepresented groups, women, persons with disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.

Clery Act

The Campus Safety Department will provide upon request a copy of Colgate’s Annual Security and Fire Safety Report. This report includes statistics as reported to the United States Department of Education for the previous three years concerning reported: 1. crimes that occurred on-campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by Colgate University; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from, the campus and 2. fires that occurred in student housing facilities. The report also includes institutional policies concerning campus security and fire safety, such as policies concerning sexual assault, life safety systems, and other related matters. To obtain a copy, contact the Campus Safety Compliance Manager via e-mail at [email protected]. You may also access the report from the Campus Safety web page at:

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Are you currently a Colgate employee?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * Have you ever been a Colgate employee?
    • Yes
    • No
  3. * Are you at least 18 years of age?
    • Yes
    • No
  4. * Please let us know how you heard about this position.
    • Albany Times Union
    • Binghamton Press & Sun
    • BlackCoachesinSports
    • Cazenovia Republican
    • Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Chronicle of Philanthropy
    • Colgate Employee
    • Colgate Website
    • CoSIDA
    • Diverse Issues of Higher Education
    • HERC (Upstate New York HERC)
    • LinkedIn
    • Mid-York Weekly
    • NACWA
    • naviGATE
    • NCAA News
    • Norwich Evening Sun
    • Oneida Daily Dispatch
    • Sherburne News
    • Syracuse Post Standard
    • Utica Observer Dispatch
    • Waterville Times
    • Other
  5. If you selected "Colgate Employee" or "Other" for how you heard about this position, please provide the employee's name or where you heard about/saw the position.

    (Open Ended Question)

Applicant DocumentsRequired Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
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    Posted: 9/11/2019
    Application Due: 11/14/2019
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