Art Director, Student Affairs Marketing & Communications - Student Affairs
Washington University in St. Louis
Location: St. Louis, Missouri
Internal Number: JR74018
The Art Director reports to the Director of Strategic Initiatives and is responsible for the visual concept, design, layout, artwork, and creative creation and supervision of the Division of Student Affairs brand identity - including publications, websites, print and social media collateral, and additional creative assets. The Art Director works closely with the senior leadership of the Division for Student Affairs in developing and maintaining visual and brand identities for the 19 Departments within Student Affairs in alignment with University marketing & communications.
Primary Duties & Responsibilities
Develop, design, and oversee, in concert with appropriate SA MarComm and University MarComm leadership, the visual concept of assigned publications, digital assets, and websites, including newsletters, posters, flyers, brochures, annual reports, banners, digital displays, and other specialized materials for the Division of Student Affairs marketing, branding and communications efforts. Work on a range of high-level and complex brand-identity projects as assigned.Â
Execute the visual concepts with the understanding that publications, digital collateral â” including websites, and creative campaigns â” are imperative pieces of the Divisionsâ™ brand identity. Prepare rough sketches of design possibilities; prepare sophisticated comprehensive dummies of publications; propose designs; prepare layouts of publications; specify typography; develop website collateral for SA MarComm tools; specify paper and ink combination; prepare electronic files for printing or digital distribution, crops and size photographs; review and correct proofs. Regularly pitch new campaigns and serve as director of all video productions from the Division.Â
Manage and oversee production schedules, work with appropriate SA MarComm & university marketing & communications staff to implement production schedule and secure necessary assets for each assigned publication/project. Work with web manager to create graphics and design elements for the studentâ™s website and other external-facing sites and publications focused on the student experience at WashU.Â Â Â
Supervise the graphic arts staff and review their work prior to client/department review. Recruit and hire three to six student staff creatives annually in conjunction with the Associate Director for SA MarComm.
Work with appropriate records (reach of digital campaigns, engagement numbers, etc.) of each department in conjunction with Student Affairs Assessment & Analytics to regularly update the Director of Strategic Initiatives on reach and engagement.
Perform any other priority tasks assigned by the Director of Strategic Initiatives and Chief of Staff to the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs.
Work environment generally is a typical office setting with multiple meetings and events throughout the day.
Two days of remote work per week are allowed during the academic year pending approval of the Director.
Additional remote days are possible when students are not on campus - winter and summer break periods - also pending approval of the Director.
Masterâ™s degree in higher education or related field.
Seven yearsâ™ experience in marketing and communications; agency or brand.
Strong background in working with students.Â
Experience in, and appreciation for, Student Affairs.
Proficiency in the Adobe Creative Suite.
Proficiency in graphic and digital design; including publication layout.
Experience in project management software and tools.
Experience in website and video editing.
Experience with ad agencies.
Proficiency in the Adobe Creative Suite.
Demonstrated graphic design experience.
Experience or a demonstrated aptitude in supervising other creative personnel, including student graphic designers.
Professional competence in electronic communications, website organization and design, and the use of common website development software.
Professional competence in brand guidelines, including printing methods, production techniques, camera and video-ready art preparation, and printing.
Attention to detail and accuracy in all phases of a project life cycle.
Proficiency in the Adobe Creative Suite - multiple programs.
Strong leadership skills.
Excellence oral and written communication skills.
Strong judgment and risk management skills.
Demonstrated competency in setting creative vision and timelines for projects.
An ability to communicate with and interact positively with students, faculty, staff, and the broader university community.
A Bachelor's degree, preferably in graphic design, commercial art, journalism, or related fields; five years of professional experience in conceptualizing, designing, and producing printed materials.
$55,600.00 - $94,900.00 / AnnuallyThe salary range reflects base salaries paid for positions in a given job grade across the University. Individual rates within the range will be determined by factors including one's qualifications and performance, equity with others in the department, market rates for positions within the same grade and department budget.
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All external candidates receiving an offer for employment will be required to submit to pre-employment screening for this position. The screenings will include criminal background check and, as applicable for the position, other background checks, drug screen, an employment and education or licensure/certification verification, physical examination, certain vaccinations and/or governmental registry checks. All offers are contingent upon successful completion of required screening.
Washington University in St. Louis is committed to providing a comprehensive and competitive benefits package to our employees. Benefits eligibility is subject to employment status, full-time equivalent (FTE) workload, and weekly standard hours. Please visit our website at https://hr.wustl.edu/benefits/ to view a summary of benefits.
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