Senior Visual Designer

University of Colorado Boulder
Colorado, United States
$55,000.00 - $67,000.00
Closing date
Dec 14, 2021

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Position Type
Fundraising, Other Fundraising
Employment Type
Full Time
The University of Colorado Boulder's Advancement Marketing and Communications team encourages applications for a Senior Visual Designer! The position serves a key role on a highly upbeat marketing team that seeks to increase philanthropic support and engagement for the University.    Through partnering with other marketing team colleagues, as well as experts across the university, the Creative Communications team contributes visual expertise to projects that are rooted in strategy. We are looking for someone who has a balance of great visual design coupled with an ability to see big picture strategy. With a keen ability to articulate the reasoning and strategy guiding their work, our ideal candidate will be thoughtful about the potential impact of the work they create and strive to build inclusive and accessible communications. In addition to aligning their creative solutions with the university's mission, they will keep their audience and their interests in mind as a guiding context. They are comfortable designing from scratch as well as responding to established art direction.   Reporting to the Associate Director of Creative Communications, the Senior Visual Designer leads and assists with the design of marketing and communications projects from concept through to final production. The role is responsible for the conceptualization, presentation, adaptation and execution of design solutions that meet marketing and communications strategies and are aligned with the University of Colorado Boulder brand. 
The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities Who We Are The Office of Advancement ignites the power of philanthropy among our constituents to fuel the mission of the University of Colorado Boulder. Donors contribute more than $150 million annually to our world-class students, faculty, and programs.  What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be Produce and supervise creative solutions from concept to implementation, across multiple channels and formats
  • Visually communicate mission, goals and brand identity across digital channels (websites, social media, email, etc.) and in print materials (signage, brochures, event programs, proposals, packaging, merchandising, etc.).
  • Present work and creative rationale to colleagues at all levels of the organization, including senior leadership.
  • Generate creative concepts and collaborate with the Advancement Marketing and Communications team, including editors, writers, photographers, videographers, content developers, to contribute to multi-platform and integrated marketing and communication plans.
  • Build assets for digital channels like email, web, videos and social media.
  • Work to increase team's design maturity through critical thinking, having a systems mentality, collaboration and testing.
Project management and supervision
  • Collaborate with various departments and team members to provide professional recommendations for concept, design, art direction, production, etc.
  • Work with outside contractors to meet production due dates.
  • Supervise and mentor a student designer, helping grow their professional skills and establishing a productive workflow of incoming design demands.
Brand management
  • Manage Advancement team digital asset management system, including building editable templates and uploading new assets as necessary.
  • Coordinate with central and partner teams regarding consistency of the CU Boulder brand.
  • Stay up-to-date with industry trends and tools.
  • Complete other design projects assigned by the Associate Director of Creative Communications and/or Executive Director of Advancement Marketing and Communications. 
What You Should Know This position may be eligible for a hybrid work modality consisting of a combination of in-person and remote work.   All University of Colorado Boulder employees are required to comply with the campus COVID-19 vaccine requirement. New employees must provide proof of vaccination or receive a medical or religious exemption within 30 days of employment.   What We Can Offer The salary range is $55,000 - $67,000 annually.    Relocation assistance is available. Benefits The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.


What We Require
  • Bachelor’s degree in design, marketing, communications or comparable field or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • A minimum of three years of professional visual design experience, for both digital and print media.
  • Experience presenting creative rationale to a range of audiences.
  • Experience collaborating with cross-functional teams, including other marketing fields, like writers, digital strategists, videographers and photographers.
What We Would Like You To Have
  • Experience working in higher education or mission focused organizations.
  • Animation skills.
  • Knowledge of digital accessibility, particularly as it relates to visual design.
  • Experience with custom coding html emails.
  • Experience managing brand design assets and systems.
Special Instructions To apply, please visit:     Please apply by December 1, 2021 for consideration.   Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, please apply through CU Boulder Jobs.

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