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University of Kansas
  • Position Number: 3036349
  • Location: Lawrence, KS
  • Position Type: Fine and Applied Arts - Graphic Design

Graphic Designer

Position Overview

At KU Marketing, we tell the world how the University of Kansas inspires Jayhawks to their full potential, fuels discovery and ambition, revels in the tradition-rich Jayhawk spirit, and cares for our students, our state, and the greater good. Our strategic, creative team focuses its expertise on meeting recruitment and brand-development objectives. We find stories of curiosity, resolve, and triumph from the KU community, and we share those with prospective students of many ages and interests. We help define every day what it means to be a Jayhawk—and we know that crimson and blue will look good on you.

The graphic designer is an integral part of creating and maintaining the visual language of the University of Kansas—and doing so in a way that resonates with a variety of audiences. This person contributes to the development of marketing collateral for the institution and its units, our partners (clients). This includes working in a variety of media, both print and digital, to produce advertisements, elements for social media, postcards and other direct mail pieces, brochures large and small, event collateral, websites and website components, as well as visual identity components, such as signatures, logos, and other graphic elements. The designer provides design layout and production, photo selection and editing, and contributes to brainstorming and ideation for campaigns throughout the year. Our entire creative team, of which the graphic designer is part, works to present KU to target audiences with innovative, effective, best-in-class creative work. The graphic designer works with art directors, user experience designers, photographers, videographers, copywriters, editors, marketing strategists, project managers, and other team mates on a daily basis. The ideal graphic designer is full of ideas, creates well within design systems, enjoys collaborative work and problem-solving, and can kern a perfect headline in their sleep.

Job Description

80% Design

Create materials to meet the department's strategic goals using a range of media (print and digital), various methods, techniques, and equipment.
Participate in brainstorming sessions and conduct independent research on best practices and new techniques that best fit project briefs.
Create and refine designs for use in digital display ads (HTML5), brochures, event collateral, websites, marketing emails, brand templates, visual identity assets, and other communications tools from conception to finished product.
Gather all necessary information to produce thorough and complete artwork and to maintain files for this artwork.
Consult with project team members to review projects for strategic and creative fit; finalize projects on-time and within budget.

10% Creative Management

Assist with showing work to partners and indicate how the solutions and ideas meet the project objectives.
Contribute to an atmosphere that nurtures creativity and innovative design.
Maintain the quality of work to an agreed time and budget as provided by project managers.

10% Other duties as assigned

Attend or lead staff and partner meetings.
Plan, strategize, ideate, trouble-shoot, and seek solutions for a wide range of partners and issues.
Work collegially with staff and partners in a team environment.
As needed, attend press checks for print publications, prepare and present proposals, job-status reports, and other research or project evaluations.

Position Requirements

This position will have a hybrid work arrangement. Incumbent will work remotely and on campus based on a set departmental schedule.

Required Qualifications

Bachelor's degree in graphic design, fine arts or a closely related field involving the visual arts plus 1 year of experience as a graphic designer or graphic design intern in an agency setting or an in-house design unit.
Strong written and verbal communications skills, as evidenced by application materials and interview process.

Preferred Qualifications

Experience in prepress preparation of art files for commercial offset and digital printing.
High level of proficiency in the using the Adobe Creative Suite including InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator and Acrobat on the Macintosh operating platform.
Experience with motion graphics using After Effects and Adobe Animate.
Experience with web design, including a working understanding of HTML/CSS and web accessibility standards.
Prior work experience managing multiple projects in a deadline driven environment with strong attention to detail.
Experience with typography.

Additional Candidate Instructions
A complete application includes:

Cover letter addressing how you meet the required and preferred qualifications.
Contact information for three professional references (including at least one previous or current supervisor).
Completion of the online application.
A link to your online portfolio with graphic design samples such as brochures, post cards, ads, fliers, etc.

Only complete applications will be considered.

Application review begins Monday, May 9, 2022 and continues until a pool of qualified applicants is identified.

If interested, please apply:

Contact Information to Applicants
Dave Gnojek,

Advertised Salary Range: $42,000 - $47,000
Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 8 am to 5 pm
Application Review Begins: Monday, May 9, 2022
Anticipated Start Date: Monday, June 6, 2022

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