The Director of Creative Services is the in-house, marketing agency leader guiding and managing the multimedia design, marketing, copywriting/editorial, and photography teams in the production of engaging, creative solutions and inspiring marketing resources and materials for Missouri State University, its colleges, schools, department, and partners.
The Director of Creative Services is responsible for planning, coordinating, and implementing a total publications program for the University, establishing and maintaining a standard of excellence both in the copy and design of all print publications produced by the office, and coordinating in the design and content of select electronic publications. The Director of Creative Services assesses the publications needs of the University, establishes priorities, and coordinates the necessary steps for production. The Director of Creative Services works closely with university clients to ensure the satisfactory completion of publications.
The Director of Creative Services is responsible for the Missouri State University brand including oversight and enforcement of brand standards.
The Director of Creative Services is responsible for visually illustrating campus life, overseeing the production of multi-media presentations for promotional use by the University. The Director of Creative Services manages standard photographic services for the university community including still photography, printing for web, social media, and publication uses while maintaining a library of photographic images for use in promotional publications and displays.
Education: A Bachelor’s degree in Communications, Journalism, Public Relations, Marketing, Art, Graphic Arts, or related area is required. A Master’s degree is preferred.
Experience: At least five years of experience in a progressively responsible editorial, design, or publication capacity is required. At least three years of supervisory experience is required. Experience in a university setting is preferred.
Skills: Proficiency with Adobe Creative Cloud suite, Microsoft Campus, Photoshop, digital asset management systems, and project management systems is required. Strategic marketing skills with a focus on integrated marketing, creative direction, and branding is required. Critical and creative ability in multimedia design as it applies to the production of printed materials and knowledge of the production steps necessary in the development of a publication are required. An understanding of printing techniques and costs is required. Managerial skills and tact needed in dealing with clients are required. Strong verbal and written communication skills are required. Organizational and planning skills are required. Must be highly skilled in the use of the English language. Must be motivated to continually read and gather new information in terms of design trends and software advances. The ability to develop knowledge of, respect for, and skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds is required. Proofreading and editorial skills are preferred.
Effort: This position requires the ability to work at a computer/workstation the majority of the day.
About Missouri State University
Missouri State University is a public university system with students who come from all over Missouri, the nation and the world. We are a close-knit community of passionate and steadfast learners committed to ethical leadership, cultural competence and community engagement. Those are the pillars of the university’s unique public affairs mission, granted to us by the Missouri General Assembly. The system has four physical campuses — three in Missouri and one in Dalian, China — and an outreach program for any time, any place learning.