The department of Athletics at West Virginia University is currently accepting applications for a Graphic Designer.
About the Opportunity
This position assists the Senior Graphic Designer, Athletic Communications and Digital Media staff with major social media, publishing, digital and printing projects for the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, including but not limited to game day and matchup graphics, social media graphics, varsity sport brochures, game programs, advertising and recruiting material, posters, schedule graphics; assist in editorial content, type preparation, graphic design and publishing that comprise the annual external projects that are used to project a positive image of the University, athletic program and the teams/individuals involved; coordinate action photography and photoshoots. Applicant will work with all WVU varsity sports with primary being baseball, women’s basketball, men’s soccer, wrestling and golf.
We strongly believe in work-life balance and keeping time for things we love outside our work. WVU offers generous benefits, including:
13 paid holidays (staff holiday calendar)
24 annual leave (vacation) days per year
18 sick days per year, and the flexibility to use that time to care for immediate family members
WVU offers a range of health insurance and other benefits
401(a) retirement savings with 6% employee contribution match, eligibility to continue health insurance, and other retiree perks. Looking for more retirement benefits information? Check out retirement health insurance benefits, retirement income, and FAQ’s.
What You'll Do
Assist the Senior Graphic Designer, Athletic Communications staff and Digital Media staff in developing conceptual idea/design for various visual materials for promotional and marketing purposes, such as game day and matchup graphics, brochures, posters, flyers, web pages, advertising and social media graphics. Make design decisions relating to color, photography and typeface.
Provide professional services to produce materials integrated across a variety of media including print, photography, video, web and multimedia
Assist the Senior Graphic Designer and Athletic Communications staff in the design of various items for the promotion of the intercollegiate athletic program, including, but not limited to, facility signage, banners, logos, sales presentations, brochures, flyers, social media graphics, banquet promotional materials and forms. Assist in the preparation of marketing/sales presentations and proposals.
Participate in the preparation of graphic materials for television productions and webcasts. Contributes to the design and development of Internet sites, including planning and designing elements of the site. Responsibilities include applying new technology processes and ideas to editorial requests.
Assist the Senior Graphic Designer and Athletic Communications staff in editorial content, assignment, design and publishing of varsity sports brochures.
Assist in the editorial content, design and publishing of various varsity sports game programs.
Assist in the editorial content and publishing of regular publications for the Mountaineer Athletic Club.
Assist in the publishing of promotional material including ticket order forms, schedule cards, posters, calendars, brochures and social media efforts. Select and crop photographs and illustrative materials to conform to space and subject matter requirements.
Prepare written material for publication performing any of the following duties: read copy to detect errors in spelling, punctuation and syntax, verify facts, dates and statistics using standard reference sources. Rewrite or modify copy to conform to publication’s style and editorial policy. Read proofs to detect errors and indicates corrections using standard proofreading symbols.
Provide functional guidance to staff members in the preparation of publications or any graphic content.
Provide interesting and compelling content for the University’s official athletic web site(s) serving fans, students, student-athletes, coaches, sponsors and media. Work with department public relations specialists to most effectively promote teams, athletes and coaches through the world wide web. Develop interactive initiatives to raise awareness of the athletic program and/or its sponsors.
Demonstrate an ability to edit photography, create graphics and implement e-communications services in a timely manner. Act as an internal technical consultant in assisting various units to develop their web presence. Contribute to the conceptualization, design, development, implementation and underlying architecture of University’s official athletic web site(s), utilizing uniform fonts, formatting, icons, images, layout techniques and modularization, including maintenance of HTML template and image archives.
Determine the appropriate compression techniques, resolutions, sizes, color designs and depth to ensure that images, photographs, and graphics are delivered at a sufficiently high speed and quality for intended output media. interacts regularly with third-party vendors and/or partners.
Work closely with photographers, videographers, designers, illustrators and web content developers to produce images from promotional material, web, video and multimedia.
Collaborates with Senior Graphic Designer and Director of Athletic Publications on graphic content.
Ensure that graphic designs comply with University, Conference and Department communications standards reflecting the image and mission of the institution. Train others as to established standards.
Perform other job-related assignments as assigned by the Director of Athletic Publications and/or Senior Graphic Designer and/or Senior Associate Athletic Director for Communications.
Report directly to the Director of Athletic Publications with an indirect report to the Senior Graphic Designer; must also work closely with all others involved with carrying out the philosophy and objectives of the intercollegiate athletic program.
Maintain knowledge of and comply with all rules, regulations, policies and guidelines of West Virginia University, the Big 12 Conference and the NCAA; must adhere to NCAA Bylaw 11.1 Conduct of Athletic Personnel. Failure to adhere to these policies will result in appropriate disciplinary action including possible suspension and termination. Represent the University on the highest professional level with dignity, integrity, and strength of character and will exhibit ethical behavior; must respect the rights and dignity of individuals with sensitivity to problems that may arise from racial, ethnical and sexual orientation differences.
Demonstrate a cooperative attitude toward all sports within the intercollegiate athletic program.
Possess the ability to adapt to any situation, make decisions and work independently; position must have the ability to build and maintain relationships with student-athletes, coaches, staff members and contractors; required to use creative abilities to develop new techniques and approaches in dealing with many issues controlled by this position; responsibilities of the position are ever-changing and require constant research and education; requires the ability to adapt to any situation and make decisions.
Manage sensitive and confidential information related to student-athletes, coaches and staff utilizing discretion and correct decisions. Failure to use proper discretion at required level could result in major and significant embarrassment to the University and/or have a significant impact on image, revenues and eligibility of student-athletes.
Manage professional and personal time to handle time sensitive-issues, tight deadlines, extended hours beyond the normal workday, weekend work and on-call availability.
Faithfully and diligently execute related duties of the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, as requested or assigned by the Director of Athletic Publications and/or Senior Graphic Designer and/or Senior Athletic Director for Communications. Qualifications Bachelor’s Degree, preferably in graphic design or related field such as journalism, communications, advertising or similar field.
A minimum of one (1) year of experience in Graphic Design.
Experience as a graduate assistant is acceptable.
Demonstrated ability and knowledge of computer hardware and software, such as Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, AfterEffects, Acrobat, etc.
Demonstrated knowledge of making and using design concepts for digital, print, web, multimedia, photographs, video illustrations, plans, charts and models (scale, color, typography, etc.)
Demonstrated knowledge of design, editing, marketing practices and public relations skills.
Exhibit strong creative, organizational and interpersonal skills.
Demonstrated knowledge of making and using design concepts for guides, web, multimedia, video and photography.
Ability to manage multiple tasks for extended period of time.
Ability to independently plan, organize and prioritize work.
Ability to function professionally under high stress and confrontational circumstances.
Proactive attitude towards work and assignments.
Maintain high standard of ethics and integrity related to intercollegiate athletics.
Knowledge of NCAA Division I intercollegiate athletics.
Strong working knowledge of NCAA and conference rules, regulations, policies and guidelines and the ability to apply those rules.
Demonstrated knowledge of intercollegiate athletics.
Demonstrated skills in writing and editing copy.
Demonstrated knowledge of correct English, grammar, spelling, punctuation and sentence structure.
Demonstrated ability to communicate in English complex information or instructions.
Demonstrated interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.
Ability to stay abreast of information impacting the affected area.
Ability to maintain proper unit attendance and punctuality standards, work extended hours including nights and weekends (often with extensive walking and standing).
Demonstrated ability to operate a personal computer and possess advanced skills in word processing, desktop publishing and web writing software.
Demonstrated knowledge of professional photography such as composition, lighting, photo editing, retouching, black and white and color.
Demonstrated knowledge of HTML and CSS development.
At West Virginia University, we leverage our talents and resources to create a better future for our state and the world. As West Virginia's land-grant university, WVU has three campuses that touch each corner of the state. The WVU System includes 518 buildings on 15,880 acres, Extension Service offices in all 55 counties, ten experimental farms and four forests.
From the groundbreaking R1 research of our flagship campus in Morgantown to the career-oriented programs of WVU Potomac State in Keyser to the technology-intensive programs at WVU Tech in Beckley — the contributions of WVU employees directly impact the 1.8 million people of West Virginia every day, no matter their role or position.
Service, curiosity, respect, accountability, and appreciation are the core values that unite Mountaineers, inspiring one another to work tirelessly and support others as they seek to reach new heights. After all, when you're a Mountaineer, impossible is just another mountain to climb.
To learn more about West Virginia University, visit go.wvu.edu. View current career opportunities at careers.wvu.edu.
West Virginia University is proud to be an Equal Opportunity employer and is the... recipient of an NSF ADVANCE award for gender equity. The University values diversity among its faculty, staff, and students, and invites applications from all qualified applicants regardless of race, ethnicity, color, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, nationality, genetics, disability, or Veteran status.