UMKC's division of Strategic Marketing and Communications is looking for a creative, collaborative graphic designer to provide concept, design, production and coordination for wide-ranging materials in both digital and print formats for UMKC academic and administrative units. Because of the number of disciplines within the university, this position has the opportunity to work on projects in a variety of subject areas. Strong organizational skills and self-motivation are musts as designers are responsible for managing their own workload and meeting deadlines.
The job requires someone who can:
Provide concepts, graphic design and artwork production for electronic and printed projects as assigned. Range of materials may include websites, brochures, magazines, invitations, etc.;
Prepare designs, mockups and artwork in accordance with the UMKC branding guidelines and the standards of the graphic arts and pre-press industry;
Research trends, competitors and target audiences to inform visual concepts;
Work as a member of a team (with project managers, web developers and relationship managers), as assigned by department director;
Work with vendors to ensure proper adherence to UMKC printing quality and brand standards;
Communicate about visual concepts with colleagues, present concepts to clients, and absorb and apply constructive criticism from peers and clients;
Deliver great customer service by being responsive, flexible and collaborative;
Maintain proficiency in the use of computer hardware and software used by the industry and adhere to policies and procedures of strategic marketing and communications;
Provide art direction to photographers and videographers;
Estimate and track project costs.
Portfolio required. Provide URL or attach a document with samples.
A Bachelor's degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience and at least 2 years of experience from which comparable knowledge and skills can be acquired is necessary
Four or more years of experience preferred;
Demonstrated design experience in a variety of formats, such as advertisements, promotional and recruitment materials, websites, digital communications, magazines, banners and/or billboards, etc.;
Proficiency in the following software in Mac format: Adobe CS including InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator; and Microsoft Office;
Good people skills, including the ability to interact effectively with varied persons and personalities from all levels of an organization;
A penchant for details and organization, including the ability to prioritize tasks, communicate progress and meet deadlines;
Ability to think strategically about how multiple projects fit together as a whole;
Experience working with vendors to negotiate prices and find creative ways to save money;
An understanding of web design issues (including accessibility, browser usability cross-platform compatibility and email best practices) desired;
Experience with branding, especially implementing brand standards and reviewing artwork for compliance, would be a plus.
Full Time/Part Time
Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications.
Open until filled
Applicants must combine all application materials (cover letter, resume, and list of three references with contact information) into one PDF or Microsoft Word document and upload as a resume attachment.
Limit document name to 50 characters. Maximum size limit is 11MB. Do not include special characters (e.g., /, &, %, etc.).
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