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Creative Director (Hybrid: Remote work Mon & Fri, in-office Tue-Thurs)
Location: Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
Type: Full Time
Preferred Education: Masters
Salary: Commensurate with experience
Higher Ed Administrative Careers - Marketing/Public Relations
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The Office of Marketing and Communications at Messiah University currently has an opening for a Creative Director.
Responsibilities: This is a full-time, year-round position is responsible for: overseeing the University’s marketing communications creative strategy, process, staff, freelancers and the quality of deliverables for the external print, web and multimedia communications produced by the Office of Marketing and Communications. Key responsibilities include—production/scheduling, workflow, coordination of resources, and project management and prioritization; acting as a liaison with on-campus clients, meeting with them to determine their needs and tracking/resolving client satisfaction; managing the creative services budget for the department; strengthening the integrity and integration of the University’s brand and visual identity into all communications produced by the department; promoting the University’s brand and programs by devising creative approaches to visual media; providing hands-on graphic design for high-visibility print and graphic design support for the Web; developing and monitoring compliance with graphic design quality standards, best practices, and procedures; plan, coordinate and art direct marketing communications photo and video shoots; oversee/art direct design for The Bridge (the University magazine); facilitating press checks; and identifying resources needed to accomplish department objectives including hardware, software, training; etc. This position serves on the Marketing and Communications Cabinet, Content Team and Video Production Team, Admissions Marketing Team and co-leads the University’s Visual Identity Team.
Qualifications: Bachelor’s Degree in graphic design or visual communications required; Masters of Fine Arts or master’s in related visual design/communication field preferred.
5 or more years of graphic design and web / multimedia visual design experience, 3 years of pre-press experience; Demonstrated proficiency in InDesign, Illustrator and PhotoShop in a MAC environment required.; at least 2-3 years’ experience in supervising graphic design team; some experience with photography and videography creative direction required.
Demonstrated experience with magazine design; previous work experience in an organizational setting; experience in higher education environment preferred.
Skills and Characteristics: Comprehensive working knowledge of marketing communications, graphic design, web design, multimedia principles, and digital and press publishing processes, concepts and techniques; proven ability to manage graphic designers to deliver top-quality communications and customer experiences within established budgets and timeframes; proficient in Macintosh Operating Systems and design programs, including Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, InCopy, Illustrator, Bridge and Acrobat and Photoshop) and Microsoft Office; experience with Flash, Dreamweaver, and Fireworks preferred; working knowledge of HTML. CSS, Dreamweaver, After Effects, Sketch, and with basic Web and Web usability standards; excellent oral and written communication and interpersonal skills; proven organizational and planning skills; excellent time-management skills; ability to meet deadlines; ability to manage multiple priorities concurrently; proven innovator with creativity and problem-solving skills; demonstrated attention to details and accuracy; ability to integrate market research into design strategy; ability to work independently and with diverse groups of people; team player with positive attitude; proven ability to work effectively with external designers, videographers, photographers and printers; experience in prepress procedures, press checks, working with printers; knowledge of printing terminology, photo retouching, variable data and personalization; working knowledge of paper and mailing requirements for print; professional portfolio required.
Applications: Application materials will be reviewed upon receipt and will be accepted until the position is filled. All materials must be submitted electronically using this link: https://jobs.messiah.edu/postings/22395.
Messiah University is a Christian university of the liberal and applied arts and sciences. The University is committed to an embracing evangelical spirit rooted in the Anabaptist, Pietist and Wesleyan traditions of the Christian Church. Our mission is to educate men and women toward maturity of intellect, character and Christian faith in preparation for lives of service, leadership and reconciliation in church and society.
Messiah University’s commitment to diversity and inclusive excellence draws inspiration from its mission “to educate men and women toward maturity of intellect, character and Christian faith in preparation for lives of service, leadership and reconciliation in church and society.” The university has pursued this vision through a strategic planning process that encourages diversity through employee and student composition, campus climate, and an educational program that enables educators and students to embrace diversity. Candidates should clearly articulate why diversity and cultural intelligence matter to them as persons of faith as well as in their profession. Candidates will speak to how as a potential employee, they will contribute to the advancement of this vision through their position.
In accordance with federal and state laws regarding non-discrimination (including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Age Discrimination Act of 1975), Messiah University does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, sex, national or ethnic origin, disability, or veteran’s status in the recruitment and admission of students, the recruitment and employment of faculty and staff, or the operation of any of its programs. Consistent with our nondiscrimination statement, the University does not tolerate abuse or harassment of employees, students or other individuals associated with the University. All employees are to abide by this policy in order to provide a work environment free from discrimination. The University does not tolerate harassment by vendors, contractors or guests.