Graphic Designer – Lewis & Clark College

Deadline March 31, 2024

General Purpose of Position
The Graphic Designer is responsible for overseeing compelling, effective design projects, and for creating and producing digital and print assets, such as motion graphics, social media graphics, GIFs, brochures, email banners, templates, booklets, postcards, ads, environmental branding, signage, and maps for strategic communications projects. They have expertise in graphic design, layout techniques, and marketing execution taking projects from concept to delivery. To be successful in this position, the Graphic Designer must be creative, detail-oriented, collaborative, and open to new challenges, and possess strong communication skills, and a commitment to high-quality work.

Essential Functions
Lead Digital and Print Strategy
Play a key role in maintaining a cohesive visual brand identity across Lewis & Clark’s three schools that aligns with the institution’s mission, vision, values, and strategic framework
Stay updated on industry trends in higher education including the latest design trends, techniques and best practices
Work collaboratively with communications team members and partners throughout the institution to conceptualize creative solutions for strategic projects, develop new ideas, and ensure high-quality outcomes
Conceptualize and design digital and print design assets for strategic communications projects initiated by the Comms team and for partners around the institution, including email campaigns, social media graphics, environmental branding, brochures, and more
Create original designs and identity systems for special projects and marketing campaigns
Create graphic images including illustrations, infographics, motion graphics, GIFs, and icons.
Assure that digital and print materials reflect the institution’s brand, messaging, and tone
Ensure that designs meet digital accessibility standards and comply with print production processes and specifications.
Prepare print material specifications for vendors: obtain bids, prepare and deliver print-ready files, approve proofs, etc.
Utilize project management systems and tools to collaborate with teammates and to deliver projects on time and to specifications.
Coordinate with our partner in Watzek Library to maintain our proprietary digital asset management tool, PubcomDA
Create and maintain database of digital design assets, files, and templates for faculty, staff, and students
Manage and archive project files and other digital assets in our shared Google Drives
Supervise Freelance and Student Support
Coordinate and manage the work of vendors to successfully complete projects
Hire and provide art direction to freelance photographers, illustrators, and print and web designers, as needed
Supervise student workers in charge of processing, tagging, and uploading images to our proprietary digital asset management tool, PubcomDA
Support Departmental Objectives
Suggest strategies for process improvements
Develop and maintain documentation and standards
Support change management processes within the department
Train new and existing employees on systems and processes
Provide support and advice on cross-functional projects
Participate in team meetings; provide knowledge, support, and advice for interdepartmental process improvements, projects, or policy revisions

Required Skills and Qualifications
Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience
3+ years of related experience
Online portfolio that demonstrates high-quality digital and print design work in commercial or graphic art, including experience shaping visual identity and brand identity
Advanced experience in Adobe Creative Suite, Canva, and the Google Suite
Experience in video and motion graphic design using Adobe Premiere and After Effects
Experience managing complex and highly visible print jobs
Working knowledge of content management systems and CRMs
Working knowledge of Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG)
Strong understanding of design principles, color theory, and typography
Proficient writing and documentation experience with demonstrated success in strategic messaging
Proficient understanding of the financial and business acumen to drive profitability
Proficient presentation and public speaking
Proficient interpersonal, negotiation, and conflict resolution skills
Ability to act with integrity, professionalism, and confidentiality
Commitment to promoting equity, diversity, and inclusion in the workplace
Superior time management skills with a proven ability to efficiently manage multiple, concurrent, time-sensitive projects and priorities
Superior problem-solving abilities to meet ambiguous and multicultural needs
Extremely organized with meticulous attention to detail
Preferred Skills and Qualifications
5+ years of relevant experience
Expert knowledge of Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG)
Familiarity with the Slate CRM system for Admissions and Advancement
Photography skills and experience
Experience in higher education marketing
Understanding of the liberal arts education model

Work Schedule
Full Time
37.5 hours/week
Regular office hours
Benefits Eligible: Yes

Physical Requirements
General office environment
Prolonged periods of sitting at a desk, working on a computer
Communicate effectively via phone, email, online meetings, and in person
Must be able to lift up to 15 pounds at times

$60,000 with consideration for experience

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Portland, OR - Lewis & Clark College