Western Washington University, with over 16,000 students in seven colleges and the graduate school, is nationally recognized for its educational programs, students and faculty. The campus is located in Bellingham, Washington, a coastal community of 83,000 overlooking Bellingham Bay, the San Juan Islands and the North Cascades Mountain range. The city lies 90 miles north of Seattle and 60 miles south of Vancouver, British Columbia. Western is the highest-ranking public, master's-granting university in the Pacific Northwest, according to the 2019 U.S. News & World Report rankings.
About the Department
The Office Admissions supports Western's mission, which states that together with our students, staff, and faculty, we are committed to making a positive impact in the state and the world with a shared focus on academic excellence and inclusive achievement. We encourage applications from women, people of color, people with disabilities, veterans, and other candidates from underrepresented backgrounds and with diverse experiences interested in this opportunity.
About the Position
The Admissions Graphic Designer will design, develop and coordinate the production of a wide variety of print and digital graphic projects working under general direction. This position leads design efforts for the Marketing and Communications Team in the Office of Admissions. Their projects have a broad impact on multiple audiences including prospective students, applicants, admitted students, counselors, families, and others involved in the college search and selection process. They also contribute to the design direction of the university as a whole by sharing design best practices for prospective students, particularly 16-22 year old audience, and providing guidance and information on industry trends for this market. This position works with multiple stakeholders around the university and collaborates with and works in conjunction with University Communications in implementing and ensuring compliance with Western’s brand and design standards.
Conceptualizes, designs and oversees production of digital and print products for high visibility and wide distribution—examples include publications, digital and print advertisements, signage, illustrations, animations, infographics and other materials as needed.
Consults with managers and staff on graphic design needs for projects, programs and events taking into account budget factors, design efficacy, audience, and scope.
Develops original ideas, concepts, and designs that align with design standards and maintain brand consistency while also adhering to the target audience's needs.
Develops and explains to department staff the effective use of graphic designs; offers ideas, suggestions and information on techniques, content, and format.
Uses typographic best practices, edits photographs and creates illustrations, using a variety of techniques, computer software, and materials.
Provides detailed written instructions to printers for a variety of complex reproduction elements including type specifications, paper stocks, ink, and finishing techniques.
Stays up-to-date with industry developments and tools as well as maintains an awareness of design trends and changing preferences of the 16-22 year old audience in order to help evolve existing materials or brand assets.
Ensures adherence to production schedules, quality standards, and project specifications.
Works with internal and external vendors to resolve production issues, and reviews and approves final press proofs.
Develops and ensures compliance with organization design standards, logo usage and Americans with Disabilities Act requirements.
Participates in the university’s graphic design group meetings, ensuring consistency and coordination of design, development and production of media in line with Western’s brand and brand initiatives.
At least four years of professional graphic design experience, or a bachelor’s degree in design or related field from a regionally-accredited institution
Demonstrated experience designing professional print publications and digital assets
Proven ability to establish and promote design guidelines, best practices and standards
Proficiency with Adobe Creative Suite or equivalent design tools
Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills
Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and effectively with diverse groups at multiple organizational levels
Demonstrated ability to coordinate multiple projects simultaneously, requiring significant planning and organization skills
Demonstrated ability to meet goals while remaining flexible in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment
Strong attention to detail and accuracy
At least six years of professional graphic design experience, or a bachelor’s degree in design or related field from a regionally-accredited institution with two years of professional graphic design experience
Professional graphic design experience in a higher education environment
Demonstrated experience with illustration and animation
Demonstrated experience working within an established brand or design system
Knowledge of printing and prepress processes.
Experience with universal design concepts
Demonstrated experience writing and editing professionally in a marketing, public relations or journalism capacity
New hires typically start at $3,332 per month ($39,984 annually) including an excellent benefits package.
This position is part of bargaining unit PT and is covered by the collective bargaining agreement with Public School Employees of WWU.
A complete application includes the following:
Cover letter that clearly addresses how you meet each of the required and preferred requirements
Resume that includes all relevant design experience
One letter of recommendation
Contact information for two additional references
At least three samples of related work (at least one print and one digital); link to portfolio, if applicable
Closing Date Notes
Position closes 05/30/2019
Western Washington University (WWU) is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, WWU does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy and parenting status), disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status or genetic information in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. See WWU’s Policy on Ensuring Equal Opportunity and Prohibiting Discrimination and Retaliation. Inquiries may be directed to the Vice Provost for Equal Opportunity and Employment Diversity, Title IX and ADA Coordinator, Equal Opportunity Office, Western Washington University, Old Main 345 (MS 9021), 516 High Street, Bellingham, WA 98225; 360.650.3307 (voice) or 711 (Washington Relay); email@example.com
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With 15,000 students, 160 academic programs, and an energized campus community, Western offers the focus on students and the faculty access of a smaller college and the academic choice, resources, multicultural diversity, and room to grow of a large university. Western is located in beautiful Bellingham, a scenic coastal city of approximately 80,000 situated between Seattle, Washington and Vancouver, British Columbia. With easy access to both the Cascade mountain range and the Pacific coast, the region is rich in cultural events and attractions as well as many recreational activities. Western is known nationally for its successes, including being named the top public master’s granting university in the Pacific Northwest by U. S. News and World Report and one of the best colleges in the nation to work for by the Chronicle of Higher Education.