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University of Washington ASSOCIATE CREATIVE DIRECTOR in Seattle, Washington

Req #: 204036

Department: COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES

Posting Date: 03/11/2022

Closing Info: Open Until Filled

Salary: Salary and benefits are competitive. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Shift: First Shift

Notes: As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For a complete description of our benefits for this position, please visit our website, click here. (https://hr.uw.edu/benefits/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2018/02/benefits-professional-staff-librarians-academi-staff-20210208.pdf) Although open until filled, the priority application date is April 01, 2022.

As a UW employee, you have a unique opportunity to change lives on our campuses, in our state and around the world. UW employees offer their boundless energy, creative problem solving skills and dedication to build stronger minds and a healthier world. UW faculty and staff also enjoy outstanding benefits, professional growth opportunities and unique resources in an environment noted for diversity, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits and natural beauty. The Associate Creative Director for the College of Arts and Sciences is responsible for and manages design staff and the creative concepting, design, layout, and final art production of visual communications projects in print and digital formats. This includes, but is not limited to, newsletters, print advertising, event collateral and support materials, large format signage/banners, presentation materials, videos, photography, advertising, web layouts, and other projects as developed/assigned. This position plans, develops, and strategizes the design of publications, multimedia, and collateral materials that to align with the University of Washington brand and support the College of Arts & Sciences Dean’s Office and Advancement priorities. This position works collaboratively with the College’s Marketing Communications and Advancement teams, executes design projects and advises on overall concepts, images and branding. DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES Support Communications Strategy and Implementation Maintain the College of Arts & Sciences brand and support overall communications and marketing strategy for the College. Provide creative and artistic direction for the College’s marketing projects in close collaboration with members of the Marketing and Communications team. Advise on creative direction that best aligns with the College’s marketing objectives.

  • Possess excellent visual design skills to create original graphic design work on web, video, social media and print projects, from concept to layout for marketing communications projects.

  • Exhibit stylistic breadth, consistency, attention to detail balanced with innovation; demonstrate a strong proficiency with type, layout and image composition.

  • Be able to effectively communicate and present design solutions to key stakeholders and partners across the College.

  • Collaborate on the creative direction for the College’s student-facing communications and initiatives.

  • Execute the production and layout of artwork for selected publications within approved style/standards and templates, such as newsletters, print ads, event invitations and support materials, large format signage/banners, and presentation materials.

  • Specify typography, paper stock, ink color, research and select photographs, facilitate other items and techniques for use in the development of publications.

  • Manage the print production process with pre-press file preparations, bluelines and color separation proofs as required. Attend press checks.

  • Manage photo and video shoot needs. This work includes scouting locations, scheduling subjects, shooting the photos or video or scheduling and working with external photographers or videographers, and selecting photography options for inclusion in creative projects, as well as post-production editing.

  • Support the creation of photo and video projects, including editing and other post-production design work.

  • Manage the project budgets adhering to the University purchasing process. Work will include overseeing and approving specification for bids and cost estimates as provided by vendors.

  • Provide consultation and support to all members of the Advancement and Dean’s Office teams in the creation of marketing and communications. Make recommendations on creative strategies and/or consult with other leaders on the Marketing and communications team and/or the Senior Director to make decisions to move projects forward.

  • Identify and develop brand assets and tools as needed to support consistency.

  • Provide outstanding customer service to clients within the College of Arts & Sciences. Must professionally represent the College of Arts & Sciences Dean’s Office and the University in all business interactions.

  • Maintain strong relationships with all levels of the organization while moving projects forward, identifying roadblocks by addressing them with the Senior Director and together taking action to ensure project success. Provide Leadership and Management to the Creative Team Serve as a leader on the College’s Marketing and Communications team. Provide management and supervision for design projects and oversee two full time employees. Manage student employees and freelancers as needed.

  • Supervise the web visual designer, marketing production specialist, student designers, and freelance/contract designers, photographers and videographers on all design projects.

  • Oversee, mentor and provide art direction on design projects executed by designers. Consult with and work closely with other members of the Marketing and Communications team. Provide guidance to Advancement and Dean’s Office team members as needed.

  • Work on projects that involve multiple stakeholders and include cross-functional members of the Marketing and communications team.

  • Develop image assets, templates and design systems that have lasting impact on the improvement of product quality and team productivity. Oversee Digital Asset Management system and organization of creative resources.

  • Advise clients and partners to the practical applications of design and production techniques as tools of visual communication. As requested, participate on committees and other forums that address the role of visual communications, publications, brand and design within the University of Washington. Other projects as assigned by the Senior Director of Marketing and Communications and/or prioritized by the Marketing and Communications team. Supervision Received Direction is received from the Senior Director of Marketing Communications. Supervision Exercised This position manages the visual communications team, with two direct reports: the Web Visual Designer and Marketing Production Specialist. The position also oversees design students, and freelance designers, photographers and videographers as needed. MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS: Bachelor's degree in graphic design, fine art, or related field and 3 years related work experience. Additional Requirements:

  • Diverse experience in design for the web, publications development, graphic design, video production, advertising, or marketing.

  • Demonstrated experience of working in an environment that is collaborative and customer service-minded in the planning and development of projects for clients.

  • Demonstrated artistic vision with the ability to take projects from conception to implementation/completion and meet schedules and deadlines; experience with organizational competence, including the ability to prioritize work and pace, collaborate with colleagues clients, and help direct design content and style.

  • Must be proficient with Adobe Creative Cloud (InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, Acrobat), Invision, Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint), and After Effects, Adobe Premiere, Final Cut Pro or similar video editing software, and have the ability to use peripheral hardware such as scanners, external drives, and back-up systems. Basic skills using DOS/Windows-based platform.

  • Experience designing responsive websites for content management systems (Drupal or WordPress). Basic HTML and CSS coding skills.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to present work and be able to professionally represent the University of Washington and College of Arts and Sciences with a variety of constituencies (staff, faculty, alumni, donors, friends, vendors, etc.). Must also be familiar with standard proof reader’s marks.

  • Experience with photography process including film type, digital image manipulation, scanning, negatives, color, and resolutions. Also, understanding of image file types and uses including tif, jpg, eps, bmp, etc.

  • 3 years work experience designing within branding guidelines and working with clients on brand strategy and implementation. Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience in video production and photography. Experience managing other professional designers, photographers and videographers as well as student workers.

  • Experience designing emails in digital automation software such as Marketo.

  • Experience collaborating with event planners on the look and feel for event and ability to provide day of support during events.

  • Experience with file and asset management, organization and storage.

  • Knowledge of accessibility issues for users with disabilities; familiarity with accessibility standards and best practices; and demonstrated ability to design layouts/interfaces/applications with accessibility considerations.

  • Ability to occasionally lift 20-30 pound cartons Application Process: The application process for UW positions may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process. These assessments may include Work Authorization, Cover Letter and/or others. Any assessments that you need to complete will appear on your screen as soon as you select “Apply to this position”. Once you begin an assessment, it must be completed at that time; if you do not complete the assessment you will be prompted to do so the next time you access your “My Jobs” page. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed.

University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to, among other things, race, religion, color, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, sex, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.

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