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Senior Art Director

Clemson University
Clemson, South Carolina

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Clemson University

Job ID: 105973

Location: Clemson University

Full/Part Time: Full-Time



The Marketing and Creative Science Department at Clemson University is looking for a Senior Art Director to fulfill the following duties:
  • Directs, plans, develops, and implements the overall look and style of assigned projects.
  • Ensures projects meet budget requirements and comply with marketing & brand guidelines.
  • Execute creation of assets for print, digital, web & social.
  • Directs and/or advises other designers, programmers, photographers, videographers on visual execution of concept.
  • Other duties as assigned.

As a key member of the University Relations Design Services team, this individual will work closely with the Director of Design Services
and other University Relations designers on core university branding and marketing projects requiring art direction and graphic design.
Candidates should be creative problem-solvers and able to think outside the box for solutions to visual communication needs, but also
the ability to work within the defined brand standard of Clemson University.

This position will be a part of a full-service, in-house creative operation supporting the University's overall brand and will work on
projects requiring graphic design and art direction including but not limited to: print design, infographic design, marketing collateral, and
branding identity design, digital media design, social media design and email marketing. Candidates should have a great visual design
sense, an in-house creative perspective, and an eagerness to be fearlessly creative with design solutions. They should also have a firm
grasp on designing for digital contexts and the considerations that come with designing for those mediums. Candidates will be
expected to have expert understanding of digital and print production processes, limitations and specifications, and an understanding of
accessibility standards in the digital space.

The Senior Art Director will collaborate with other members of the design team, editorial team, video team and photography team to
support the overall Clemson Brand. This position will report to University Relations Director of Design Services.


55% - Essential - Design / Art Direction: Designs and directs projects using a variety of software applications for print and digital projects to create a strong visual presentation that communicates the needs of the client and audience, supports the Clemson brand and promotes the institution. Coordinates and art directs alongside photo and video teams on shoots as needed. Advises other designers, programmers, photographers, videographers on visual execution of concepts.

30% - Essential - Production: Executes production tasks using a variety of hardware and software from conception to completion of an assigned project. Writes specifications for project production as needed. Prepares files for production and checks vendors pre-production proofs. Assembles motion graphic animations, digital assets and short form video for social media as needed. Prepares and tests digital assets for social/web/email use as needed to ensure files display properly and meet accessibility compliance and compatibility standards.

10% - Essential - Project Management: Monitors assigned project through all phases of development and production and suggests changes or improvements as needed in order to adhere to time and budget constraints before final production. Documents progress of assigned tasks in UR project management tracking systems, launches and manages proof approval workflows to traffic designs internally.

5% - Essential - Pitching/Presenting/Professional Development: Interfaces with the client or colleagues to present work, offer background and explanation of the concept and advise on possible executions. Takes client/colleague feedback. Engages in development opportunities leading to personal development, professional growth and innovation in related technologies.


Education – Bachelor's Degree in graphic arts or art

Work Experience – Experience in graphic arts for print media publications


Work Experience - 5+ years in design, creative, or marketing. Extensive experience in Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop is required for this role. Experience with animated graphics, illustration, email marketing, social content and 3D graphics is preferred but not required


Comprehensive Job Knowledge - Comprehensive knowledge of theories and practices and ability to use in complex, difficult and/or unprecedented situations

Acts as Lead - Acts as a Lead by guiding the work of others who perform essentially the same work.

No Budget Responsibilities - No fiscal responsibility for the department's budget.


Communicate, converse, give direction, express oneself
Recognize or inspect visually
Perceive, observe, clarity of vision


No Work Conditions


Standard Hrs: 37.5; Compensation is commensurate with education and experience and includes benefits.


Clemson, SC


September 17, 2021


Clemson University is an AA/EEO employer and does not discriminate against any person or group on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, pregnancy, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status or genetic information. Clemson University is building a culturally diverse faculty and staff committed to working in a multicultural environment and encourages applications from minorities and women.



Working at Clemson University

Clemson is a dynamic research university located in Upstate South Carolina at the center of the booming I-85 corridor between Charlotte, N.C., and Atlanta, Ga. One of the nation’s most selective public research universities according to U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review, Clemson University is the school of choice among top students in South Carolina and is increasingly competitive for the best students in the region and the nation. More than 17,100 students select from 70 undergraduate and 100 graduate degree programs through five academic colleges: Agriculture, Forestry and Life SciencesArchitecture, Arts and HumanitiesBusiness and Behavioral ScienceEngineering and Science; and Health, Education and Human Development.

Clemson’s transformation into a leading research institution — currently attracting in excess of $140 million in externally funded research and sponsored program awards per year — is based upon an academic plan that identifies eight emphasis areas in which the University has opportunities to increase education and research, to align with South Carolina’s economic development needs and to draw upon faculty strengths. Emphasis areas include automotive and transportation technology, advanced materials, biotechnology and biomedical sciences, leadership and entrepreneurship, sustainable environment, information and communication technology, family and community living, and general education.

Major economic development initiatives that have emerged from the academic plan include the Clemson International Center for Automotive Research — a 250-acre campus in Greenville, which has generated more than $225 million in public and private commitments in just four years; an advanced materials initiative at the Clemson Research Park, which includes a new LEED Silver-certified facility; and the South Carolina Health Sciences Collaborative — an initiative of the state’s three research universities and major health-care systems.

As the state’s land-grant university, Clemson reaches out to citizens, communities and businesses all over South Carolina. The Public Service Activities division includes the county-based Cooperative Extension Service, five off-campus research and education centers through the Clemson University Experiment Station and critical regulatory responsibilities for plant and animal health.

The University boasts a 1,400-acre campus on the shores of Lake Hartwell within view of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Surrounding the campus are 18,000 acres of University farms and woodlands devoted to research. A warm campus environment, great weather and recreational activities offered by proximity to both the natural surroundings and large cities are part of the Clemson Experience.


Points of interest at Clemson include the following:

The Clemson Conference Center and Inn is a state-of-the-art facility for symposia, meetings, seminars and special events. The complex includes the Madren Continuing Education and Conference Center, the Walker Golf Course and the Martin Inn.

The South Carolina Botanical Garden, a 295-acre public garden, features several thousand varieties of ornamental plants and a unique collection of nature-based sculptures.

The Robert Howell Brooks Center for the Performing Arts brings an exciting array of concert, theater, dance, comedy and other live performances to the community.

The Robert Campbell Geology Museum at the Botanical Garden displays meteorites, minerals, dinosaur fossils and the largest faceted-stone collection in the Southeast.

The T. Ed Garrison Livestock Arena is a showplace for livestock activities in the state and has hosted horse and livestock shows, rodeos, sales, 4-H activities, educational programs, and industrial and agricultural exhibitions.

Fort Hill, the home of John C. Calhoun and later of his son-in-law, University founder Thomas Green Clemson, is a registered National Historic Landmark located in the center of campus.

The Class of 1944 Visitors Center is the front door to Clemson — a friendly place to get tours, information, assistance and an introduction to this beautiful, historic university and community.

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