Graphic Designer, Intermediate

Northern Arizona University
Marketing Department

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Job Title: Graphic Designer, Intermediate
Location: Marketing Department
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Job ID: 605684
Workplace Culture

NAU is a community devoted to student success and sustained by an unshakable commitment to our shared mission, vision, and values. We—faculty, staff, and administrators—thrive by combining our efforts and working side by side to further NAU’s culture of excellence.

Core Values One NAU side by side Student Centered | Integrity | Diversity | Service | Discovery | Excellence Northern Arizona University

Special Information

Must submit a portfolio with branding and layout samples for consideration.

Two positions are available.

Immigration Suppt/Sponsorship

NAU will not provide any U.S. immigration support or sponsorship for this position.

Job Description
This position reports to University Marketing and helps create visual communication designs that support department and/or university initiatives and objectives. Develops design solutions that can be delivered through a variety of channels, including print and digital media. Maintains visual themes in compliance with university brand standards to ensure all visual communications to all university audiences are consistently on-brand. The level of work performed is complex and requires specialized knowledge of methods, techniques, and software used in graphic design.

Reporting to the Design Manager and working as part of a highly collaborative, interdisciplinary team, the Graphic Designer, Int will play an active role in furthering the university’s mission:

    Creates graphic design solutions to communicate and promote the NAU or department experience to various audiences – prospective students and parents, current students and parents, faculty, staff, alumni, donors, and other community members.Understands the university brand’s visual communication strategies and can apply such to all created materials.Plays a role in ensuring the quality of any design that represents the department or university.Prepares a variety of skilled graphic designs for print and digital media, including postcards, fliers, posters, displays, brochures, annual reports, advertisements, and other university publications and materials.Is skilled and experienced in working with both pre-press (printing) specifications and digital design requirements.Confers with University Marketing team members, Printing Services, other university staff, and vendors regarding project specifications such as paper stock, graphic content, layout, and media requirements.Creates mock-ups and develops concepts depending on needs.Demonstrates intermediate knowledge of concepts, processes, and practices.Follows standard principles and guidelines with some latitude for personal decision making; any personal decision making is expected to utilize existing standards and procedures. Routinely uses WorkFront project management software to track and report project statuses and updates, upload and collaborate on design proofs, manage workload and resolve issues.Proofs typesetting and printing for adherence to specifications; determines if quality standards have been met.Provides photo direction and recommendations as needed for projects.Ensures operation of equipment by completing preventive maintenance requirements; following manufacturer's instructions; troubleshooting malfunctions; calling for repairs.Maintains technical knowledge and stays abreast of emerging technologies, methods, software, and design trends in higher education.Organizes and maintains project files as well as accurate records of work in progress for department records.

Minimum Qualifications
    Associate's or bachelor’s degree in graphic design, visual communications, or related field.Minimum 2-4 years of relevant experience.A combination of related education, experience, and training may be used as an equivalent to the above Minimum Requirements.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
    Experience working within established institutional brands and related brand standards.Experience developing marketing collateral with an emphasis on working with diverse audiences and spanning across a variety of media.Knowledge and skill of methods, techniques, and practices of graphic design and visual communication.Knowledge and skill of various digital marketing and traditional print designs.Knowledge of university policies related to the university’s visual identity.Intermediate graphic design skills including typography and text layout in InDesign, as well as photo editing/retouching in Photoshop.Intermediate skill in Adobe Creative Cloud and Microsoft Office Suite.Knowledge and experience working with Mac computer platform and operating system.Balances competing priorities and ability to complete multiple assignments within set timelines.Pays close attention to detail in work productivity and communications.Delivers non-routine presentations and design pitches.Demonstrates strong organizational and problem-solving skills.Proven success working in a dynamic, highly collaborative and deadline-driven environment.Communicates effectively.Promotes a diverse, inclusive environment.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requiremt

Under the recent executive order issued by President Biden requiring all employees of federal contractors to receive COVID-19 vaccinations, NAU expects all employees, including new hires, to be vaccinated unless they have an approved medical or religious accommodation. Proof of vaccination will be required by January 18, 2022. For questions about vaccines and medical or religious accommodations, please visit FAQs for Employee Vaccination Requirement.

Background Information

Northern Arizona University requires satisfactory results for the following: a criminal background investigation, an employment history verification and a degree verification (in some cases) prior to employment. You may also be required to complete a fingerprint background check.

Additionally, as an employer in the state of Arizona, NAU is required to participate in the federal E-Verify program that assists employers with verifying new employees' right to work in the United States.

Finally, each year Northern Arizona University releases an Annual Security Report. The report is a result of a federal law known as the Clery Act. The report includes Clery reportable crime statistics for the three most recent completed calendar years and discloses procedures, practices and programs NAU uses to keep students and employees safe including how to report crimes or other emergencies occurring on campus. In addition, the Fire Safety Report is combined with the Annual Security Report for the NAU Flagstaff Mountain Campus as this campus has on-campus student housing. This report discloses fire safety policies and procedures related to on-campus student housing and statistics for fires that occurred in those facilities.

If you would like a free paper copy of the report, please contact the NAUPD Records Department at (928) 523-8884 or by visiting the department at 525 E. Pine Knoll Drive in Flagstaff.


The budgeted salary amount is $41,421 - $51,776.

**The starting salary will be determined by the qualifications of the selected applicant balanced with departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information.

FLSA Status

This position is exempt from the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and therefore will not earn overtime or compensatory time for additional time worked.


This is a Classified Staff (CLS) position. NAU offers an excellent benefit package including generous health, dental and vision insurance; participation in the Arizona State Retirement System; paid vacation and 10 holidays per year; and tuition reduction for employees and qualified dependents. More information on benefits at NAU is available on the Human Resources benefits website. Classified Staff employees are in a probationary status for their first six months at NAU.

NAU is a tobacco and smoke-free campus.

Employees offered a position will be eligible for state health plans (including NAU's BCBS Plan). New employees are eligible for benefits on the first day of the pay period following their enrollment, after their employment date. Employees will have 31 days from their start date to enroll in benefits. Additionally, new employees will begin participating in the Arizona State Retirement System, and the long-term disability coverage that accompanies it, on the first of the pay period following 6 months after the new employee's start date.

Learning and Development

Your career at Northern Arizona University includes the opportunity for professional development. New employee on-boarding training includes courses to be completed within the first 30 days. If your position includes the supervision of a benefit-eligible employee, we offer the NAU Supervisors Academy for you to complete within your first 2 years.

Application Deadline

Applications received by October 7, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. will be given full consideration. Applications received after that date may be considered until the position is filled.

How to Apply

To apply for this position, please click on the "Apply" button on this page. You must submit your application by clicking on the "Submit" button by midnight of the application deadline. If you need assistance completing your application there are instructions available on the Human Resources website or in person in the Human Resources Department located in Building 91 on the NAU Campus - on the corner of Beaver and DuPont Streets.

If you are an individual with a disability and need reasonable accommodation to participate in the hiring process please contact the Office of Equity and Access at: 928-523-3312/TDD - 928-523-1006 or PO Box 4083, Flagstaff AZ 86011.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Northern Arizona University is a committed Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. NAU is responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

EEO is the Law Poster and Supplements

NAU is an Employer of National Service. AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other National Service alumni are encouraged to apply.


Northern Arizona University (NAU) is a public university offering undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees of high quality and societal value.  Students are at the center of the NAU experience, which is guided by a dedicated and distinguished faculty committed to teaching, individual engagement, and research excellence.

Our educational programs are designed to prepare our students for personal and professional success after graduation.

Whether they earn their degrees at our historic Flagstaff campus, regionally throughout Arizona, or online, we prepare our students to achieve their human potential in ways that serve the state, the region, the nation, and the world.

If you can see yourself as part of a university community dedicated to its students and their success, NAU might be the right fit for you.

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