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Creative Team Director

University of Denver
Denver, Colorado, USA

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Throughout its 75-year history, the University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work (GSSW) has administered numerous externally-funded projects serving children and families. The Butler Institute for Families (Butler), established in 1994, is affiliated with GSSW and is nationally recognized for our leadership and collaborative work at the national, state, and local level in evaluation, research, and technical assistance aimed at improving the quality of child-, youth-, and family-serving systems.

We bring together researchers, practitioners, public and private service system experts, and community members to: engage in program evaluation and research; examine outcomes; and provide technical assistance and training to program administrators, direct service providers, and community leaders. Currently, Butler conducts business in four primary content areas: child welfare, early childhood systems, tribal child welfare, and behavioral health. These content areas operate within a Research-to-Practice framework that promotes the use, adoption, adaptation, replication, and scaling of research and/or evaluation knowledge, and the integration of this knowledge in practice. In addition to the benefits offered by the University of Denver (see here for more details:, Butler offers the opportunity to work with a dedicated group of people committed to using research and evaluation to inform practice and practice to inform research and evaluation. We also offer professional development and job growth opportunities, flexible schedules, and the opportunity to work remotely. Butler stands in solidarity against the systemic oppression of persons of color and American Indian/Alaska Native tribes, communities, and individuals. Butler intentionally partners with family and child serving agencies to create healing, positive systemic change and daily inclusive actions that reflect racial equity. This position is primarily grant funded, and Butler cannot guarantee the position beyond the end of the grants, because Butler marketing activities are not allowable for grants.

Position Summary

This new position within Butler, the Director of Creative Team, leads a team of staff who create, develop, produce, and disseminate products for grant projects and for Butler organizationally. The position leads communications and dissemination guidance and implementation for the team, including work on state and federal grant-funded projects, as well as other projects across Butlers content areas. The position leads creative product development, production, and coordination of accessibility and dissemination, and involves the use of knowledge in visualizing complex information, maximizing utility for a variety of stakeholders, and experience around product development for Creative Team products, such as eLearning, microvideo, one-pager, infographic, and podcast products. Responsibilities also include providing oversite and coordination to the marketing team activities, coordination with Butlers content area directors, and communication and planning in collaboration with the Graduate School of Social Work regarding website and marketing. The Director of Creative Team will be part of the Butler Institute organizational team.

Essential Functions

Creative Strategy and Project Management Leadership

  • Provide vision, oversight, and direction of product development including leading strategy meetings, securing and coordinating resources for all phases of the project (staff, contractors, facilities, software, materials, budget, etc.), managing timelines, and effectively communicating throughout the project on progress, deliverables, staffing adjustments and achievements.
  • Act as Principal Investigator (PI) on projects isolated to product development and collaborate with other PIs on project planning, creative strategy, grant writing, scope of work development, and presentations that involve team members.
  • Develop and nurture positive working relationships with sponsors, colleagues, team members, and key stakeholders.
  • Consult with senior creative team staff to scope projects and forecast capacity needs
  • Conduct project management including use of project management software.
  • Contribute to closing activities (reports, expense reconciliation, client invoicing, document lessons learned, etc.).
  • Participate in planning and action steps within Butlers strategic priorities.
  • Integrate anti-racist and multicultural organizational decision-making and inclusivity within product development.

Lead Creative Team

  • Support an effective, engaged creative team.
  • Structure workflows to assure staff time is used for high-value work while minimizing administrative tasks.
  • Lead, initiate, and encourage innovation, new thinking, ideas, and action that contribute to new creative products and multimedia approaches.
  • Assure effective collaboration within the team and with colleagues, sponsors, and partners.
  • Provide direct supervision for some team members, arrange for learning opportunities to support individual growth, and manage related time reporting and other administrative duties of supervision.
  • Review all deliverables for quality assurance including technical accuracy, copy editing, inclusivity, accessibility, and use of best practices.
  • Manage purchases and inventory of graphic design software and digital training resources, including arrangements for product file back up.
  • Assist with monitoring and evaluating processes and procedures to maximize efficient uses of resources and quality products.
  • Provide guidance on culturally responsive and 508-compliant product development.

Grant Writing, Marketing and Business Development

  • Participate in screening, planning, and preparation of grant proposals in collaboration with Butler colleagues.
  • Contribute to Butler organizational communications and coordinate the Butler Monthly Update for staff.
  • Develop and implement a marketing, communications, and brand strategy for Butler and implement external marketing communications.
  • Lead the development, dissemination, and updating of a Butler Style Guide including learning opportunities for staff.
  • Provide consultation for Butlers ongoing social media strategies, website maintenance, and continuous improvement using data-informed decision-making.
  • Seek funding opportunities and bring in new or expanded work specific to the creative team.
  • Develop relationships with potential partners and leverage relationships for current projects.
  • Develop and present to key stakeholders, funders, and other identified audiences, including conference presentations.

Other Duties

  • Attend and participate in DU and Butler-related meetings, training, and activities, including organizational workgroups and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion activities.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Advanced knowledge of technical solutions for product development and production
  • Actively seeks and acts on feedback for continual process improvement
  • Ability to provide guidance to team members on culturally responsive product development
  • Ability to guide the efficient development of a variety of products (one-page summaries, infographics, eLearning, micro-videos, and other products
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to manage projects and coordinate with multiple stakeholders
  • Ability to prioritize competing timelines and project deliverables
  • Knowledge of child-, youth-, and family-serving systems
  • Ability to facilitate constructive interpersonal interaction and teamwork
  • Strong critical thinking and solution-building skills
  • Ability to work with members of diverse cultures and communities with respect and cultural humility
  • Ability to use independent discretion and judgment beyond daily routine decisions
  • Ability to tactfully hold project members and leadership colleagues accountable to deadlines
  • Advanced skills in Microsoft suite applications, virtual meeting platforms (Zoom), and project management software (Teamwork)
  • Solid knowledge of Adobe Creative Cloud tool
  • Working understanding of video production process, equipment, and editing software (Adobe Premiere Pro)
  • Working understanding of the eLearning development process and software (Articulate 360)
  • Adaptable to changing priorities while demonstrating the highest level of customer service
  • Must be detail-oriented

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelors degree in graphic design, graphic art, marketing, or related field
  • 6 or more years of experience in graphic design, publication design, learning product development or related experience
  • 3 or more years of experience leading teams or supervising staff responsible for marketing, communication or product development
  • Experience working with members of diverse cultures and backgrounds different than their own
  • Experience using culturally responsive product development approaches

Preferred Qualifications

  • Masters degree in graphic design, graphic art, marketing, or related field
  • 1 or more year of experience serving as a Creative or Associate Creative Director
  • 7 or more years of experience in graphic design, publication design, learning product development or related experience
  • 4 or more years of experience leading teams or supervising staff responsible for marketing, communication or product development
  • Experience working with or in grant funded non-profit or university settings
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish
  • PgMP or PMP certification

Work Schedule
Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Primarily remote work, option to work outside of the Denver area. Occasional travel for projects and twice yearly all-staff meeting is required.

Application Deadline
For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00 p.m. (MST) July 15, 2022. Applications will continue to be reviewed until the position is filled.

Special Instructions
Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted.

Salary Grade Number:
The salary grade for the position is 13.

Salary Range:
The salary range for this position is $85,000-$100,000

The University of Denver has provided a compensation range that represents its good faith estimate of what the University may pay for the position at the time of posting. The University may ultimately pay more or less than the posted compensation range. The salary offered to the selected candidate will be determined based on factors such as the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information, but not based on a candidates sex or any other protected status.

The University of Denver offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO pass. The University of Denver is a private institution that empowers students who want to make a difference. Learn more about the University of Denver.

Please include the following documents with your application:
1. Resume
2. Cover Letter

The University of Denver is an equal opportunity employer. The University of Denver prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, age (40 years and over in the employment context), religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, marital status, veterans status, and any other class of individuals protected from discrimination under federal, state, or local law, regulation, or ordinance in any of the university's educational programs and activities, and in the employment (including application for employment) and admissions (including application for admission) context, as required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended in 2008; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; the Age Discrimination Act of 1975; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967; and any other federal, state, and local laws, regulations, or ordinances that prohibit discrimination, harassment, and/or retaliation. For the university's complete Non-Discrimination Statement, please see non‑discrimination‑statement.

All offers of employment are contingent upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.


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