The Director of Creative Services is responsible for designing, directing, and producing highly visible communications and marketing collateral in a wide array of applications, including both digital and print. Manages internal and external design, photography and production staff; collaborates with and provide brand and visual design oversight of Institutional Advancement web communications, social media, multimedia and advancement communications products. Serves as University's senior creative designer and brand advocate. Participates in planning for marketing communications and contributes to an integrated marketing effort. Oversees schedules, budgets, deadlines and procedures on communications projects. Works directly with University-wide clients.
Provides strategic direction, counsel and planning for University design initiatives in paid, owned, and earned channels. Guides and develops integrated design, communications, and marketing campaigns that target specific audiences to achieve measurable results. Responsible for creating, maintaining, and executing deliverables that support strategic goals and initiatives. (25%).
Establishes art direction and design development for all assigned publications and brand related projects. Develops original concepts and project specifications, coordinates and creates original photography and illustration assignments, creates presentations for design review. Involvement in all aspects of production and printing. (25%). Provides expertise and design support for omni-channel solutions and implementations. Offers design principles that help create unified branding and messaging while implementing best practices for channels that include web, mobile, print, OOH, etc. Serves as University senior graphic designer, providing brand compliance and oversight for university design standards. Fosters collaborative relationships with internal university clients in a highly matrixed environment. (20%). Directs and supervises all design and photography staff, as well as freelance contract employees, vendors, and suppliers as needed. Coordinates design and photography staff effort and talent for maximum efficiency and quality to achieve the strategic goals of all communications materials. Monitors coordination and development of departmental imagery assets, photography libraries and electronic job archives. (10%). Serves as a senior project manager for various high-priority communications projects as assigned. Meets with clients University-wide, assesses needs and project requirements, helps develops budgets and schedules, and provides solutions and follow-through. Constantly monitors and adheres to deadlines, procedures, and budgets at all stages of project development. Requires minimal daily supervision to monitor adherence of expected project schedules, procedures, and follow through. Reports progress and status of projects at expected times to multiple staff members. (10%). Stays abreast of current trends and developments in electronic publishing and design, including web communications, multimedia and social media. Consults and helps develop appropriate hardware and software solutions, and helps other staff stay current on emerging technology and techniques. (5%). Serves as senior manager in the absence of the Executive Director of Digital Communications. Performs other duties assigned (5%).
Bachelor's degree in graphic design or related creative field with 10 or more years of relevant experience supported by strong portfolio. Extensive design experience in publishing environment, with demonstrated proficiency in all current industry relevant page layout, illustration, and photo manipulation software. Proven experience in developing effective communications and marketing materials.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Working knowledge and experience in project management, graphics, creative design and marketing strategies and tactics. Strong knowledge of developing original photography (assignment and art direction) and the equipment, lighting, and post-production processes required for creating, archiving, and manipulation quality images. Must have full knowledge of printing and related manufacturing processes and procedures, including pre-press, proofing, and paper and other materials. Ability to interact well with faculty and administrators, vendors, and other staff members at all levels.
Supervision: Graphic Designers (2). Production Coordinator (1). Photographers (2).
Leadership and management experience in service-oriented, print, graphics, art design, electronic publishing, multi-media or marketing industry preferred.
Experience with layout, typography, imagery management and Web design preferred.
Applicants must include in their online resume the following information: 1) Employment history: name of company, period employed (from month/year to month/year), job title, summary of job duties and 2) Education: school name, degree type, and major.
UTA is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action institution. Minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Additionally, the University prohibits discrimination in employment on the basis of sexual orientation. A criminal background check will be conducted on finalists. The UTA is a tobacco free campus.
Open Until Filled: No
Internal Number: 7979
About University of Texas at Arlington
The University of Texas at Arlington sets the standard for educational excellence in the thriving Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area and is one of the nation’s fastest-growing public research universities. With an enrollment of 38,000 on-campus students and an additional 15,000 online degree-seeking students, UTA is the second-largest institution in The University of Texas System. The University offers more than 180 bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees through 10 colleges and schools and is rising in stature through its commitment to transforming the lives of students, pushing the boundaries of knowledge, and serving a growing and diverse community.
UTA has developed a strategic plan, “Bold Solutions, Global Impact” (http://www.uta.edu/strategicplan). Taking advantage of our unique location at the center of the fastest growing urban region in the U.S. and adjacency to the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, our vision is to be ‘The Model 21st Century Urban Research University’. To support this vision, our strategic plan focuses on four over-arching themes across the University: Health and the Human Condition, Sustainable Urban Communities, Global Environmental Impa...ct, Data Driven Discovery and Knowledge Management. The College of Engineering is playing a critical role in the advancement of each of these themes.
Our highly ranked academic programs attract the best and brightest scholars from around the world, and our faculty and students consistently receive national and international recognition for their accomplishments. U.S. News & World Report ranks UT Arlington fifth among national universities for undergraduate diversity, we are a designated Hispanic Serving Institution, and the Military Times recently named UTA as the best 4-year College for veterans in the state of Texas. The Chronicle of Higher Education ranks UT Arlington among the 20 fastest-growing public research universities in the United States over the last 10 years.
With a population of 7 million, the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex is the fourth-largest urban area in the United States. It covers an area larger than the states of Rhode Island and Connecticut combined. The Metroplex is the economic and cultural hub of North Texas and has the 10th-largest gross metropolitan product in the world. Not only is it an exciting place to live and work, the Metroplex offers UT Arlington a host of unparalleled scholarly, research, and economic activity.
UTA has been a catalyst for redevelopment and revitalization in the central business district of Arlington, establishing a true college town environment in downtown Arlington. UTA’s 20-acre, mixed-use College Park District provides new special events and student living space, restaurants, and parking as part of its broad-based initiative to generate and support economic activity at the city’s urban center. In addition, the University is expanding its footprint in both Fort Worth and Dallas and has plans to increase its global presence building on active partnerships led by the College of Business and the College of Nursing and Health Innovation in Central and South America, South East Asia and the Middle East.
For more information on University of Texas at Arlington, visit: www.uta.edu
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