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Michigan State University
  • Position Number: 4159671
  • Location: East Lansing, MI
  • Position Type: Fine and Applied Arts - Graphic Design

University Advancement Production Artist/Graphic Designer

Level: Level 12
Working Title: University Advancement Production Artist/Graphic Designer

Position Summary: University Advancement is seeking a Production Artist/Graphic Designer to join its Engagement Team. The designer is directly involved in the development and execution of marketing and communication projects across various channels. We are looking for candidates who have a track record of contributing to personalized communication material as well as multichannel marketing campaigns that not only look great but preform efficiently as well. The ideal candidate is a forward-thinker who is aware of current trends and has excellent verbal and written communication skills. The Designer work will support a variety of clients including the Alumni Office, Annual Giving, Principal Gifts and Donor Relations.

Characteristic Duties and Responsibilities:
Candidate must be proficient with the skills and understanding of the following, including but not limited to: Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Creative Suite, Microsoft Office, and All Social Media Platforms. Prior experience working on a wide range of marketing functions including branding, communications, advertising, email marketing, digital marketing, presentations and websites is Required. Digital Photography is a plus.

  • Produce creative designs and visually compelling, on-brand materials for a variety of print and digital products using Adobe Creative Suite
  • Prepare final press-ready files based on supplied specifications for numerous types of printing – offset, web, screen, digital, etc.
  • Make various formats of supplied artwork production-ready and resolve any artwork issues that arise during production – troubleshooting with both the creative team and the relevant vendors
  • Provide image retouching, clipping paths and additional image manipulation
  • Package and preflight files for release to printers
  • Create PDFs for print and client review
  • Create custom PowerPoint presentations and templates
  • Prepare images, web banners, etc. for online and mobile applications
  • Examples of materials to produce include; Brochures and publications, illustrations, logos, charts and graphs
  • Event displays and specialty promotional items
  • Postcards, cards, envelopes
  • Electronic messaging, online banner ads, etc.

Research & Coordination
  • Collaborate closely with directors, art directors, writers, project managers and other staff
  • Assist as needed in photo and video shoots
  • Track and coordinate assignment progress and status using the Engagement Team's project tracking system.
  • Coordinate production with Advancement and college/unit colleagues
  • Maintain knowledge of MSU branding standards and accessibility requirements and understands how it impacts print and online production.

Resource Management
  • Maintains job files
  • Maintains and monitors print and online materials to assure compliance with archival and preservation standards.
  • Help add and tag new assets to UA Digital Asset Management System

Minimum Requirements:
  • Knowledge equivalent to that which normally would be acquired by completing a four-year degree program in Graphic or Advertising Design or Commercial Art
  • Three to five years of related and progressively more responsible or expansive work experience in printing, typography, photography, illustration PowerPoint presentations, electronic prepress, printing processes such as pre-flighting electronic files, computer graphics and webpage design software (a plus).
  • Experiences with word processing, database, spreadsheet, and presentation software.
  • Strong knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite software. (InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, Lightroom in particular, others a plus)
  • Good written and verbal communication skills, organizational skills and intellectual curiosity.
  • Strong production skills
  • Must have a valid driver's license.

Desired Qualifications:
  • BA degree or higher preferred.
  • 3+ years design production skills and a proven track record of working to deadlines in a complex environment.
  • 3+ years of producing digital design files and press-ready print files
  • Collaborative team-oriented style. Ability to work with a variety of personality types and sensitive to various cultures.
  • Knowledgeable of ADA and WCAG standards
  • Knowledge of print production and production of design for online, social media and nontraditional media
  • Ability to meet tight deadlines.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.

Interacts with:
  • Art Director - in order to provide supervision and creative solutions.
  • Director - in order to discuss ideas and marketing strategies.
  • Project manager - in order to discuss deadline, schedules and project budget
  • Department Administrators - in order to discuss marketing strategies.
  • Vendors - in order to develop specifications and discuss products.
  • Printers - in order to discuss projects and resolve problems.

If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact Patricia Karam Director of Recruitment at

How to Apply
All candidates must submit an application, resume and cover letter through the Michigan State University Human Resources web-based system the URL for this website Please indicate the position number 858773 when submitting your application.

To apply, visit

MSU is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer.

MSU is committed to achieving excellence through a diverse workforce and inclusive culture that encourages all people to reach their full potential. The University actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans, and persons with disabilities.

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