USC Auxiliary Services, one of the largest divisions at The University of Southern California, is focused on making a difference for over 65,000 students, athletes, faculty, staff, and guests who visit our campuses each day. Through our innovative services, our six central business units (USC Bookstores, USC Hospitality, USC Housing, USC Transportation, the USC Hotel and the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum) collectively create the best USC experience for future leaders, scientists, filmmakers, engineers, and doctors alike. Auxiliary Services works tirelessly to welcome all visitors into the Trojan family and we are driven to succeed by our commitment to USCâs core values.
We are seeking an Art Director to join our rapidly growing team.
This position is responsible for directing and providing strategic leadership to the Marketing department, and ensuring the highest level of creative development and design. The Art Director will manage the day to day creative development of the graphic designers, and serves as the lead designer on critical and high profile assignments, including special projects as needed.
Directs world-class digital experiences for demanding clients and customers, ensures designs are optimized across all device sizes, brings a strong UX sensibility to all projects; recognizes intended audiences and recommends best strategies for reaching them.
Stays abreast of the latest design trends in retail, digital, social and mobile, and how they impact business performance and user experience Interfaces with marketers to evaluate creative performance against business.
Interfaces with marketers to evaluate creative performance against business metrics; fosters a culture of creative testing and data-driven campaigns.
Directs the design, strategy, art direction and overall execution of projects. Generates ideas and visual concepts, and conducts presentations to clients, in accordance with university editorial standards. Consults with and advises faculty/staff regarding visual media services.
Produces effective campaign for projects and creative initiatives. Ensures a high standard of visual execution across all media and campaigns. Acts as the liaison between creative department and clients or other stakeholders. Develops strategies for effective communications of assigned projects.
Reviews the work of creative teams and provides direction and feedback. Schedules, assigns and prioritizes workloads of staff supervised, including designers, photographers, administrative support, etc. Ensures timely completion of publications and projects.
Determines detailed design specifications and requirements, and provides final approval for execution. Develops, manages and administers department and or project-specific budgets, providing financial status reports. Recommends and/or makes budgetary and resources allocations. Creates financial projections and/or cost estimations, as needed.
Analyzes and evaluates current and potential vendors and freelancers. Reviews, modifies and negotiates contracts and agreements, and makes recommendations and specifications for bids. Selects appropriate vendors for each project, supervises jobs in progress and ensures vendor payments.
Education: Bachelorâs Degree.
Experience: 7 years.
Directly related program management experience.
Expert knowledge of field.
Ability to manage sponsored projects and fundraise.
Demonstrated customer service and communication skills.
Knowledge of applicable federal, state, local, and University laws and policies.
Understanding of budget, marketing, and public relations strategies.
What We Prefer:
10 years of directly related experience.
USC Auxiliary Services experience.
The Trojan Family Rewards:
We pride ourselves in creating the BEST USC EXPERIENCE, and that begins with our employees! We offer a wide variety of benefits and programs that support our staff and their families including:
Benefits:Â dental and vision plans, tuition assistance for our employees and their families, paid time off, flexible spending accounts, 2:1 retirement plan contributions, child care centers and up to $50,000 housing subsidy. And because we are a qualifying public service organization, you may qualify for Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) for educational loans. Donât believe us? Visit benefits.usc.edu.
Perks: discounts toÂ USCÂ sporting events,Â USCÂ Bookstores, wireless plans, travel, accommodations, and local entertainment.Â
Career Growth: We are the largest private employer in Los Angeles offering tremendous development opportunities in multiple fields and industries. The Trojan Network connects current and previous members of the Trojan family to create an endless professional network.
This support advocates work-life balance and employee well-being. As members of the Trojan family, employees are connected by the traditions and history that make us proud to be Trojans!
As an equal opportunity employer, USC values and promotes diversity and inclusion in the workplace. The work culture thrives on mutual respect, trust, and synergy amongst all of its members.
USC has great minds that transform the world with their talents and research. Will you be one? Join us!
Minimum Education: Bachelor's degree, Combined experience/education as substitute for minimum educationMinimum Experience: 7 years, Combined education/experience as substitute for minimum experienceMinimum Field of Expertise: Possesses thorough understanding of digital media and evolving online platforms. Knowledge of user experience, website utilization, responsive and motion design, photography, typography and printing. Ability to communicate effectively to support ideas and concepts. Demonstrated creativity to generate original ideas and visual concepts. Knowledge of social media management, editorial design, desktop publishing systems and latest art and design packages.
Internal Number: REQ20087704
USC is the leading private research university in Los Angeles—a global center for arts, technology and international business. With more than 47,500 students, we are located primarily in Los Angeles but also in various US and global satellite locations. As the largest private employer in Los Angeles, responsible for $8 billion annually in economic activity in the region, we offer the opportunity to work in a dynamic and diverse environment, in careers that span a broad spectrum of talents and skills across a variety of academic and professional schools and administrative units. As a USC employee and member of the Trojan Family—the faculty, staff, students, and alumni who make USC a great place to work—you will enjoy excellent benefits, including a variety of well-being programs designed to help individuals achieve work-life balance.