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Associate Director, Graphic Design


Position Title:
Associate Director, Graphic Design

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Hiring Range:

$83,500 – $98,200; commensurate with experience.

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Santa Clara University is a private Jesuit, Catholic University in the epicenter of Silicon Valley, infusing ethics and social consciousness into a rigorous cross-disciplinary education for its more than 9,000 undergraduate and graduate students.

This is a defining opportunity for a highly skilled and creative digital and print designer to join the University Marketing and Communications (UMC) team and play a key role in new visual identity and brand foundation projects and the development of differentiated marketing campaigns that drive recognition and support for the University. The successful candidate will be part of a talented team of multi-channel storytellers with expertise in photography, motion and UI/UX design, brand strategy, writing, media relations, and social media.

The timing is ideal. The University welcomed its first woman, lay president, Julie Sullivan in July 2022. In January 2024, President Sullivan will help the University celebrate the completion of a nine-year, $1 billion campaign that has transformed the University through scholarships and new, cutting-edge learning facilities. A bold new five-year strategic plan, Impact 2028, will be completed in February 2024 and help build upon the University’s momentum in key areas:

Affordable access to a Santa Clara education for all talented students

Human-centered solutions to the world’s most pressing issues

Intercultural initiatives to expand learning, research, and service on a global scale

A deep commitment to a culture of belonging and inclusion


UMC is aligning communications with this progress through the development of a new brand foundation and visual identity, which will anchor the introduction of new enrollment and reputation-building campaigns. The individual selected for this position will help UMC define the visual style and brand storytelling for audiences, including current students, prospective students, parents, faculty, alumni, and more. The ideal candidate is someone with deep creative skills and vision, and the ability to work successfully in a team environment and with a wide range of program partners to execute great design.

Job Responsibilities
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Collaborate with campus clients to support website design, print design, and content marketing. Build relationships with unit representatives to position University Marketing and Communications as a strategic partner for their design needs.

Implement design solutions that meet marketing strategies from concept to completion.

Create compelling and stylish visuals, concepts, comps, electronic layouts, and final digital and print art.

Ensure consistency, integrity, and proper treatment of the university brand and its brand guidelines. Develop new designs and templates that fit within the framework of the brand identity.

Design a variety of promotional materials, including web graphics (website, blog, social media, email, and other channels), digital material, brochures, annual reports, invitations, banners, ads, and others, to help promote the university’s core attributes to its audiences.

Source vendors, obtain competitive price quotes, and diligently manage project production budgets in collaboration with the Art Director, Brand and Marketing Strategy team, and campus partners.

Manage several design projects simultaneously, meet regularly with team members to track project goals and deliverables, and communicate plans and requirements to internal clients.

Provide direction and review of projects, and coordinate workflow to keep projects running smoothly and timely.

Serve as backup designer for projects assigned to other designers.

Produce weekly reports of projects’ status.

Assign work to other members of the design team, student workers, and vendors.

Work within and expand the SCU Template System and Style Guidelines, in accordance with the university brand guidelines and the institution’s marketing strategy.

Stay current on industry standards and innovations, and research current trends with our target audiences.

Other duties as assigned.


Provides Work Direction

Assign work to the design team, students, and vendors. Provide direction and review of projects, and coordinate workflow to keep projects running smoothly and timely.

General Guidelines
Recommends initiatives and implements changes to improve quality and services.

Maximizes productivity through the use of appropriate digital tools; planned training, and performance initiatives.

Researches and develops resources that create timely and efficient workflow.

Prepares and submits reports as requested and required.



This position requires the ability to effectively establish and maintain cooperative working relationships within a diverse, multicultural environment.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

In-depth knowledge of design and web software programs like Adobe Creative Suite, especially Adobe Indesign and Illustrator, and functional knowledge of Microsoft Office programs and Google Suite.

Knowledge of graphic design language, and how to apply that across different mediums.

Proven advanced knowledge of web design, CMS, and HTML/CSS is required.

Ability to create assets for our web team that are mobile-, tablet-, and desktop-friendly to provide a user experience that fits all formats.

Knowledge of the print publication process, from initial concepts to printed products.

Knowledge of a variety of print techniques and methods is required.

Familiarity with the Asana project management tool is a plus.


Experience creating sketches, user flows, wireframes, and final visual design deliverables.

Good organizational skills and the ability to manage projects in a timely manner.

Sound interpersonal communication skills: both oral and written; in one-on-one situations and small groups; with faculty, staff, students, alumni, and outside vendors.

Ability to pitch ideas, concepts, and proposals to marketing partners and colleagues.

Effectively establish and maintain positive working relationships within a diverse, multicultural environment.

A good team player, willing to work with colleagues on demanding jobs and tight deadlines.

A dynamic, creative individual with proven experience, showing a passion and appreciation for great visual communication.

Work experience in a client service environment.

Illustration skills are a plus.

Motion design Skills are a plus.

Experience in creating high-fidelity mock-ups and UX/UI design direction across mobile, tablet, and web is a plus.


Ability to work well in a team setting as well as independently, with a proactive attitude in a collaborative work environment.

Ability to work on multiple projects concurrently.

Ability to maintain positive client relationships.

Proven ability to manage external creative resources and student interns.

Budgeting and contracting experience preferable.

Ability to create print materials that parallel web design.


Education and/or Experience
A minimum of a bachelor’s degree (emphasis in business/marketing/design) is required.

Minimum of six to eight years of graphic design experience with print, interactive digital design, publications, project management, and/or an in-house or agency creative position.

BFA, Masters, or other degrees are a plus.


Physical Demands

The physical demands described below are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, as amended, the California Fair Employment & Housing Act, and all other applicable laws, SCU provides reasonable accommodations for qualified persons with disabilities. A qualified individual is a person who meets the skill, experience, education, or other requirements of the position, and who can perform the essential functions of the position with or without reasonable accommodation.
Considerable time is spent at a desk using a computer terminal.

May be required to travel to other buildings on the campus.

May be required to attend conference and training sessions within the Bay Area or out-of-state locations.

May be required to travel to outside customers, vendors, or suppliers within Bay Area or out-of-state locations.


Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described below are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.
Typical office environment. Share spaces with teammates.

Mostly indoor office environment. Some offices are equipped with fixed windows which do not open to the outside with possible windows (they don’t open to the outside).

Offices with equipment noise (office printers).

Offices with frequent interruptions.

COVID-19 Statement

The health and safety of the university community is a top priority. All Santa Clara University students, and employees are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or request a medical or religious exemption. Please visit our COVID-19 webpage for additional information.

EEO Statement

​Equal Opportunity/Notice of Nondiscrimination

Santa Clara University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and California State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. Applications from members of historically underrepresented groups are especially encouraged. For a complete copy of Santa Clara University’s equal opportunity and nondiscrimination policies, see

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972

Santa Clara University does not discriminate in its employment practices or in its educational programs or activities on the basis of sex/gender, and prohibits retaliation against any person opposing discrimination or participating in any discrimination investigation or complaint process internally or externally. Information about Title IX can be found at Information about Section 504 and the ADA Coordinator can be found at, (408) 554-4109, Inquiries can also be made to the Assistant Secretary of Education within the Office for Civil Rights (OCR).

Clery Notice of Availability

Santa Clara University annually collects information about campus crimes and other reportable incidents in accordance with the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act. To view the Santa Clara University report, please go to the Campus Safety Services website. To request a paper copy please call Campus Safety at (408) 554-4441. The report includes the type of crime, venue, and number of occurrences.

Americans with Disabilities Act

Santa Clara University affirms its commitment to employ qualified individuals with disabilities within the workplace and to comply with the Americans with Disability Act. All applicants desiring an accommodation should contact the Department of Human Resources, and 408-554-5750 and request to speak to Indu Ahluwalia by phone at 408-554-5750 or by email at

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