Graphic/Multimedia Designer Job Code 8450/Civil Service
The Graphic/Multimedia Designer is an integral School of Music communications team lead, responsible for creating original designs, art direction, and branding in advancing, marketing, and promoting the School of Music. The ideal candidate is a self-starter with a keen eye for detail. This 80% (32 hour/week) position reports to the Communications Manager of the School of Music and works closely with the Recruitment Coordinator, as well as ensemble staff.
Graphic Design and Layout (75%) Develop design standards that address color, text and graphic standards. Creates original, specialized promotion designs and reviews designs of others to ensure University and School of Music standards are met. Establish templates for presentations and brochures, and develop promotional elements to be used by the School’s nine divisions. Consult with clients on larger-scale graphics and design layouts as methods for achieving communication goals. Evaluate the impact of graphics utilized in communications, determine designs and creates new graphics based on analysis. Create overall design for electronic promotional materials, web pages, video, and interactive media.
Print: Design and production oversight of original print projects (all design is handled in-house and is inclusive of the U of M School of Music and the U of M Marching Band). Projects include the annual School of Music alumni magazine (48+ pages), more than 100 individual concert programs annually, building and concert hall signage (banners, directories, calendars), events calendar brochures, opera brochures and posters, individual program/camp/workshop postcards (inclusive of 16+ summer and community programs), recruitment viewbook, recruitment banner stands and promotional booth material (e.g., tablecloth, posters) for outreach/recruitment events, and course brochures. Other projects include individual studio information sheets, pencils, pens, shirts, pins, folders, stickers, certificates, oversize school recruitment and individual ensemble poster mailers (for high schools), ads (print and digital), invitation systems for VIP/donor events, and fundraising material such as viewbooks and appeal letters. Works with faculty on research graphics for publications and poster sessions.
Digital: Create an editorial and publishing schedule for website, working with technical and content providers to keep the website fresh, accurate, and current. Design and oversee the creation of digital projects such as the School of Music/Ted Mann Concert Hall monitor system, weekly email newsletter, ensemble newsletters, individual event email, donor appeals, social media campaigns, and promotional/recruitment ads.
Program/Project Coordination (15%) Oversee the School of Music’s complex project/event calendar for more than 500 events each year. Updates faculty biographies and maintain School of Music photo files and archives for all collateral and press material. Work with printing vendors and mail-house for direct mailings, seeing projects to completion. Responsible for simultaneously managing multiple publications through to final distribution.
Editorial (5%) Ownership for the editing process of programs and School collateral for content, clarity of presentation, style, grammar and accuracy in word choice and usage (in conjunction with the Communications Manager).
Other Graphic Design Duties as Assigned (5%) Responsible for maintaining building signage, brochure racks, information kiosks, poster distribution, etc.
Essential Qualifications • BA/BS degree in Communications, Journalism, Marketing, Art, Design or related field plus 2 years of relevant professional experience or acombination of related education and relevant professional experience totaling 6 years. • Demonstrated graphic design experience. • Proficiency in the Adobe Creative Suite, Microsoft Office Suite, and social media platforms.
• Experience working with printers and ad placement in publications. • Website content management (Drupal experience).
• Excellent writing and editing skills. • Ability to communicate effectively and see projects through start to finish. • Keen eye for detail. • Ability to collaborate effectively with faculty, staff, and students to help identify needs.
Preferred Qualifications • Proficiency in photography, videography/editing • Demonstrated project management experience • Experience in graphic design for the arts preferred
Internal Number: 327888
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