As a member of the marketing leadership team, the art director leads creative development from ideation to production. The director must work collaboratively with the director of marketing, associate director of digital media and director of web development to ensure the alignment of the University’s brand and creative strategy. Responsibilities include producing a wide variety of compelling and strategic visual communications; directing multi-platform creative processes; managing and supporting the design staff to ensure high-quality work within tight deadlines and alignment of strategic marketing goals; and integrating visual and content resources across print and digital platforms and channels. This individual must be a strategic, innovative, positive, hands-on, collaborative and effective brand and communications champion and a strong visual lead. The director must have the firsthand experience to embrace and mentor staff on integrated communications initiatives in print, web/online, social media, video/multimedia and photography.
Qualifications/Knowledge, Skill, & Ability
Bachelor's degree in graphic design, art, communications or related field.
Minimum 5–7 years of experience as a creative director or senior designer with direct management of a creative team. Previous experience in higher education preferred.
Strong, conceptual portfolio demonstrating big idea thinking across print, digital, social and integrated campaigns.
Experience working in a fast-paced, in-house agency environment.
Communication and other skills:
High proficiency in project management, attention to detail, prioritization of work and organizational skills required. Experienced and comfortable in deadline-driven environment.
Strong verbal and written communication skills and ability to interact with clients.
Ability to effectively work with a diverse range of individuals and as part of a team to achieve a common goal.
Ability to enforce deadlines and process, and problem solve in a professional manner and with a positive attitude. Experience with a project management software system.
Strong work ethic and ability to handle confidential and sensitive materials as required.
Must be flexible and available outside of normal business hours. May be required to respond to urgent matters at all times of the day and/or on scheduled days off.
Internal Number: Req 1090
About The University of Toledo
Situated in the heart of the Midwest, Toledo, Ohio is a convergence of highways, railways and waterways that have long made Toledo a transportation hub. Located at the intersection of I-75 and I-80/90, the two busiest highways in the country, Toledo is where things get built. Smart things like solar panels and biotech. Iconic things like Jeep® brand SUVs and Libbey glass; home to several corporate entities – Owens Corning, Owens Illinois, Dana Corporation, Jeep and First Solar. Strengths in bioscience, agribusiness, transportation and logistics, result in a thriving arts and cultural scene with diverse career opportunities and growth for our region.The University of Toledo, situated on more than 450 acres of land is bordered by thriving quiet residential neighborhoods. It is a dynamic state-supported urban university with first-class science departments and strong professional programs in engineering, law, medicine, and pharmacy. Total enrollment is over 20,000 students. More information about the University is available on the web at http://www.utoledo.edu.The University of Toledo was founded in 1872 as the Toledo University of Arts and Trades, and became a municipal univer...sity in 1884. The University of Toledo is a nationally recognized, state-supported, comprehensive metropolitan university. It is an institution accredited by the Higher Learning Commission that offers 143 undergraduate, 170 masters, 55 doctoral and first professional degree programs, and 11 specialist degree programs. The institution, first and foremost, is a dynamic, scholarly community of teachers, researchers and learners, with undergraduate and graduate education and research being the University’s highest priorities. The University is located in northwest Ohio in the city of Toledo and has a main campus that houses the majority of its undergraduate students and academic colleges, a health science campus that houses the Colleges of Medicine and Life Sciences, Nursing, and Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences; a campus at the Toledo Museum of Art for the College of Communication and the Arts; and others campuses that include the Lake Erie Center where water and fish environment research is conducted, the Arboretum, and the Scott Park campus where Toledo Early College for High School students take college classes.The University is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty and staff committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment and strongly encourages applications from women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, dual-career professionals and covered veterans.