Strategic Content Specialist - Prairie Research Institute
University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign
Location: Urbana, Illinois
Internal Number: 4998097
Strategic Content Specialist - Prairie Research Institute-emphasis in Graphic Design
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Illinois is a world leader in research, teaching, and public engagement. We serve the state, the nation, and the world by creating knowledge, preparing students for lives of impact, and addressing critical societal needs through the transfer and application of knowledge. Illinois is the place where we embrace difference. We embrace it because we value it. Illinois is especially interested in candidates who can contribute, through their research, teaching, and/or service, to the diversity and excellence of the Illinois community.
The Prairie Research Institute (PRI), a research and service institute of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign centrally located between Chicago, St. Louis, and Indianapolis, houses five large scientific surveys covering a wide range of expertise including biology, water resources, climate, geology, sustainable technology, and archaeology. PRI's mission is to provide objective, integrated scientific research and service that allow citizens and decision-makers to make choices that ensure sustainable economic development, enduring environmental quality, and cultural resource preservation for the people, businesses, and governments of Illinois. Learn more at go.illinois.edu/PRIjobs.
PRI is seeking a Strategic Content Specialist-Graphic Designer to join the Strategic Communications team.
Job Summary Design visual communications for the Prairie Research Institute (PRI) for key stakeholders through various platforms and vehicles. Maintain and strengthen the PRI and University of Illinois brand through all materials. Duties & Responsibilities
Design and Branding
Implement designs for print, web, and other media that effectively communicate with diverse audiences about PRI's wide range of scientific projects, programs, services, and engagement activities according to established style.
Take direction from the senior designer at PRI, who will be leading overall style decisions.
Assist with creating a PRI-wide style guide.
Collaborate with vendors to obtain quotes, provide print specifications, and deliver project files. Review and approve proofs and attend press checks when necessary.
Custom Graphics and Illustration
Create graphics and vector illustrations as needed for PRI materials, social media, and web.
Image Asset Management
Assist with setting up, curating, and maintaining a database of PRI images.
Stay abreast of print and web design trends and University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign branding standards.
Perform other duties as needed to further the mission and goals of PRI.
Additional Physical Demands The work of this position takes place in an office setting. The work is sedentary and involves remaining in a stationary position for extended periods of time working at a computer, using a keyboard and mouse, and using repetitive hand motions. A hybrid or remote work arrangement may be considered for this position. Minimum Qualifications
Bachelor's degree in marketing, business administration, communications, public relations, or a closely related field. One (1) year (12 months) of professional work experience in marketing, public relations, communications, brand management, or a related professional area. Demonstrated experience in graphic designing, social media, news reporting, and or radio/television broadcasting.
One (1) year (12 months) of professional work experience as a graphic designer in public relations, journalism, social media communications, newspaper reporting, radio/television broadcasting.
Experience in science communication. Experience designing materials for diverse audiences across a broad variety of platforms and vehicles (e.g., print, digital, social media). Experience creating branded templates in Adobe InDesign and Microsoft Office Suite software. Familiarity and experience with image asset management. Experience developing graphics and vector illustrations.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Knowledge of design fundamentals, layout, typography, design equipment, and software, including Adobe Creative Suite/Cloud. Effective communication, personal relations, collaboration, and organizational skills. Demonstrated ability to perform effectively in a diverse and fast-paced work environment consisting of multiple and changing priorities with stringent deadlines, under minimal supervision. Attention to detail, sound judgment, and strong conflict resolution skills.
This is a 100% full-time Civil Service 5004 - Marketing Associate position, appointed on a 12-month basis. The expected start date is as soon as possible after 2/19/2024. The salary minimum salary for this position is $58,000. Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Applications must be received by 6:00 pm (CST) on February 20, 2024. Apply for this position using the Apply Now button at the top or bottom of this posting. In order to be considered as a transfer candidate, you must apply for this position. Applications not submitted through https://jobs.illinois.edu will not be considered. If required by the position, transcripts or other documentation of credentials are to be provided no later than the first day of employment. For further information about this specific position, please contact Megan Weeks, [email protected]. For questions regarding the application process, please contact 217-333-2137.
The University of Illinois System is an equal opportunity employer, including but not limited to disability and/or veteran status, and complies with all applicable state and federal employment mandates. Please visit Required Employment Notices and Posters to view our non-discrimination statement and find additional information about required background checks, sexual harassment/misconduct disclosures, and employment eligibility review through E-Verify.
Applicants with disabilities are encouraged to apply and may request a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (2008) to complete the application and/or interview process. Requests may be submitted through the reasonable accommodations portal, or by contacting the Accessibility & Accommodations Division of the Office for Access and Equity at 217-333-0885, or by emailing [email protected].
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has earned a reputation as a world-class leader in research, teaching, and public engagement. With our land-grant heritage as our foundation, we pioneer innovative research that tackles global problems and expands the human experience. Our transformative learning experiences, in and out of the classroom, are designed to produce innovative alumni who desire to make a significant, societal impact.