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Job Description

While reporting to the Managing Director of Creative Services, The Director of Design and Brand Management oversees a wide range of initiatives that achieve marketing and communications goals for the University. This position manages a team of three senior designers; designs high-quality communications across print and electronic media for the University and its academic and administrative units, ensuring materials are within budget and in compliance with design/branding guidelines; and fosters and maintains relationships/communications with external print and prepress vendors.

The Director of Design and Brand Management is also charged with establishing and enforcing the University-wide brand guidelines for publications, electronic media, advertising (print and digital), and campus signage. This position is responsible for developing new ideas and products that assist the University in achieving its communications goals and for fostering high commitment and creative thinking by reporting staff.

Minimum Qualifications:
University Core Competencies
All University Core Competencies are required. A high level of proficiency is required in teamwork, customer focus, decision-making/problem-solving, communication, applying technology, valuing diversity, big-picture perspective, openness to change, and productivity in particular.

Full-Time Equivalent Hiring Range: $96,100 to $120,100; salary commensurate with relevant experience.


Bachelor’s degree in visual design or fine arts.

5+ years of experience in art direction

3+ years of supervisory experience of a design team, with a strong preference for a background in higher education.

Sophisticated sense of design, photography, typography, and brand management. Hands-on knowledge of a range of industry-standard software, including InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, Acrobat, Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Keynote on a Mac platform.

Understanding the Web’s significance for higher education communications and experience using Web content management systems.

Understanding of marketing principles and use of market research.

Understanding of higher education communications issues and appreciation of academic culture. Ability to develop strong collaborative partnerships and to earn trust within an organization.

Ability to integrate and present complex information.

Ability to manage many projects, develop appropriate priorities, and meet deadlines. Ability to lead individuals and teams and a high degree of creativity and ambition