Art Director – Division of Communications & Marketing
University of Denver
February 15, 2018
Full-time - Experienced
The Division of Communications & Marketing serves as a strategic advisor to partners and units across campus, purposefully fulfilling partners’ goals and objectives, helping to increase knowledge, support enrollment and engage students, alumni, faculty and staff. The division proactively shapes the University’s brand and optimizes the University’s reputation internally and externally in a transparent manner. In words, in pictures, online and in the news media, the Division of Marketing and Communications shares the many stories of how DU and its people are improving the human condition, for the purpose of advancing the University’s strategies. The team specializes in brand management, strategic communication, community engagement, media relations, digital and social media strategy, website development, content training and strategy, print and online publications and videography and photography.
This position reports to the Director of Creative Services and will lend his/her considerable experience and energy towards creative art direction and design for all creative services work. This work encompasses all types of traditional and digital media as well as related workflows and processes. The Art Director reflects and actively supports the University of Denver’s vision, values, mission and goals, as well as the strategic goals of University Marketing and Communications. The Art Director is strategic in helping lead Creative Services’ design and is responsible for working alongside the Creative Director to set the tone for marketing and communications campaigns, to oversee visual development and bring stakeholder’s creative vision to life. Concepts are strategic, thoughtful and push the boundaries while maintaining the University of Denver’s brand standards.
Leadership – This position has responsibilities in mentoring and directing the graphic designer(s) and other creative staff that they work with to add efficiency and design depth to the department, remain knowledgeable and hands-on in their assigned projects, and communicate to leadership about emerging trends that can help raise the bar on design output and grow/maintain the group's reputation for quality.
Client Management - In collaboration with Project Managers and the Director of Creative Services, the Art Director is a contact for clients. They must have excellent communication skills and be able to present work, ideas, information, and suggestions in a way that influences others to listen and consider alternative forms of accomplishing goals and objectives. The Art Director must be confident and comfortable in their own design decisions to present and discuss work with the Creative Director and internal teams.
Provide art direction, design and oversight of all design projects for the University; Act as brand steward with campus stakeholders and leadership; uphold and enforce University brand guidelines across body of creative work; Work with internal clients, copywriters and graphic designers on various branded projects—manage these from beginning to end; Supervise the University’s visual identity use, reviewing all campus marketing and merchandise materials to ensure consistent use of the brand; Lead designer for all traditional and digital design needs; Lead art direction and production of the University’s flagship print magazine (4x/yr).
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Demonstrated ability to collaborate with peers, direct reports, and senior leaders in achieving objectives; Expert knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite - Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign. Working knowledge of Premier, After Effects, Dreamweaver, HTML/CSS and UX/UI best practices; Working knowledge of Video/Photography production (pre- and post-) and best practices; Solid competency with Microsoft Office products, including Excel, PowerPoint and Word; Proficiency with social media and digital channel best practices; Strong understanding of grid, layout, typography and color; Track record of success working with multiple stakeholders; ability to integrate thinking across divergent points of view; Ability to generate creative ideas and lead execution of these ideas; Superb design skills and a meticulous attention to detail; Positive outlook and professional demeanor; Ability to work in a fast-paced, team environment; Commitment to organizational priorities; Ability to be flexible with assignments and multiple priorities.
Bachelor’s degree or a combination of relevant education and work experience, or equivalent training and certification in military setting; Demonstrated career success, with supporting design portfolio; 7 years minimum experience in graphic design with at least 4 years client relations experience managing art, creative and working with multiple clients with different needs simultaneously; Ability to communicate clearly in oral and written form.
Production management (or experience working with outside vendors); Previous supervisory experience.
Typically, Monday through Friday, 8:00-4:30. Some evenings and weekends may be required as needed.
For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00pm on Monday, March 12, 2018.
Candidates must apply online through www.du.edu/jobs to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted. Once within the job description online, please scroll to the bottom of the page to apply. If you have questions regarding the application process, please contact Jessica Lovan at email@example.com.
The Division of Communications & Marketing is committed to building a diverse and inclusive educational and working environment. Applicants are requested to include in their cover letter information about how they will advance this commitment through creativity and design work for the University.
For full consideration, the following documents must included with your application:
Resume A Cover Letter including how you will advance the commitment to building a diverse and inclusive educational environment in this position. A portfolio of your design work
The University of Denver is committed to enhancing the diversity of its faculty and staff and encourages applications from women, minorities, members of the LGBTQ community, people with disabilities and veterans. The University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.
All offers of employment are based upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.
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About University of Denver
The University of Denver has a proud athletic tradition that compliments the schools academic endeavors. In its history, DU has won 32 national championships and enables student-athletes to compete on 17 Division I teams. The Pioneers pursue championships, excel academically, and represent both the University and their respective conferences to the best of their abilities.