Production Designer

United States, North America
Jun 26, 2014
About The Unit: Please note: This role is located in Harper Court at 5235 S Harper Court - the corner of 53rd Street and Lake Park. For more information:

Unit Job Summary: Production Designer: Apply professional design production methodology to create communications that support higher education through alumni stewardship and cultivation for a world class University. Ensure the technical integrity and quality assurance of printed and digital design files from existing templates. Adhere to established brand standards including fonts, logos and colors. Work with design and editorial teams to apply or adjust artistic direction. Implement changes and revisions to meet schedule deadlines. Print and prepare files for production or for use by individual end users - both manual and electronic. Produce and adapt multiple versions of existing ads, brochures, newsletters, direct response, forms and other outreach communications. Importing data. Crop, reposition and edit images. Create PDFs. Set-up electronic files for publishing including packaging artwork, adhering to naming conventions, saving and uploading files to FTP sites and archiving as needed. Coordinate production support with outside vendors. Ensure that projects are completed on time, within budget and to the stakeholders' satisfaction. Manage projects and track time using defined project management software. Cultivate and manage relationships with clients across the University as well as with outside vendors. Manage archive of all projects, graphic files, photographs and printed samples. Demonstrate a high regard for teamwork and the collective achievement of departmental goals. Contribute to a positive work environment. Exhibit personal integrity, honesty and fairness. Demonstrate an active interest in people. Listen carefully and intelligently. Use experience and knowledge to respond to colleagues appropriately. Resolve conflict and build consensus with stakeholders. May evaluate overall success of team efforts. Perform other duties as assigned. Seek opportunities for professional development that will enhance job performance. Note: Portfolio of multimedia graphic examples and case studies demonstrating skill in digital and print production required.

Unit Education: Bachelor's degree or higher required. Major in graphic design, art or a related field preferred.

Unit Experience: A minimum of two (2) years of experience in Graphic Design, Production Design or similar professional work experience required. Experience producing InDesign long documents required. Three (3) plus years of experience preferred. Experience in production for digital spaces, digital design and multimedia preferred.

Unit Job Function Competencies: Proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite (i.e. Photoshop, Acrobat, Bridge, Illustrator and InDesign) required. Solid understanding of print, pre-production and production processes and software required. Knowledge of digital printing, offset printing, and website publishing and maintenance required. Aptitude for design fundamentals required. Ability to work under pressure to deliver high volumes of accurate work with a strict adherence to brand standards and timeliness required. Strong production skills and experience in preparing files for conventional print vendors of various kinds is required. Familiarity with designing with variable data and customization required. Solid understanding of typography for production purposes required. Ability to thrive in a deadline driven, fast-paced environment required. Ability to work closely with internal and external creative staff to achieve desired goals required. Ability to work well independently with minimal direction required. Ability to solve problems required. Ability to respond with a can-do attitude consistently required. Proven facility for managing a complex workload and planning tasks efficiently required. Strong verbal and writing skills, high attention to detail and follow-up, and excellent organizational skills required. Ability to manage confidential information with discretion and tact required. Demonstrated skill and knowledge of, or ability to learn quickly, the internal workings of the University as well as the technology tools available to the Office of Alumni Relations and Development, including Griffin (the University's Donor Relationship Management System), Microsoft Windows computer environment, Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Access required. Strong leadership qualities, including the ability both to delegate and to execute, thereby leading by word and by example required. Ability to work collegially and collaboratively in a team setting required. An exceptional work ethic and track record of personal initiative required. Outstanding interpersonal and communications skills characterized by the ability to listen, to speak and to write well required. Flexibility and adaptability to new programs in an emerging and changing environment required. Willingness and ability to travel to campus and/or non-campus locations for University business required. Willingness and ability to work evenings and weekends required. Current authorization to work permanently in the United States required. Dress code of business or business casual attire required. Multimedia skills with Dreamweaver preferred. Understanding of the University of Chicago, its history, organization and modus operandi preferred.