Stanford University is one of the world's leading academic and research institutions, devoting intellectual and physical resources toward the betterment of humanity. As a major Bay Area employer, Stanford seeks people committed to excellence and to improving our world. In turn, the university is committed to supporting its employees as they develop their careers and enrich their lives. We believe Stanford's future success will be shaped by the diverse perspectives, unique experiences, and inclusive culture of its community.
University Communications, part of the Office of External Relations, provides support and campus leadership in the planning, coordination and implementation of strategic communications programs that support Stanford University and its mission. University Communications is responsible for brand positioning and strategy; issues and reputation management; crisis communications; oversight of digital content and top-level web and social media platforms; media relations and news services; executive communications with all constituencies; major publications; and a campus video productions studio and video production group. University Communications coordinates with communications professionals across the university and advises on communications policy with senior executive staff.
The University Creative Director reports to the AVP of Brand Management & Communicator Engagement in University Communications. This position is focused on the management and expression of Stanford's visual brand and identity. This position holds responsibility for helping to articulate and steward the university's visual brand, managing Stanford's Identity Guide and website, and other general Brand Management & Community Engagement activities. This role also will create designs for strategic institutional projects and provide brand guidance to internal and external designers.
This position calls for a seasoned designer with significant experience in brand management and digital and print graphic design. Experience working for a major brand is preferred. Excellent design skills and the ability to create powerful designs that convey Stanford's brand across a variety of media are essential requirements.
In this role you will:
Be responsible for creating and managing programs with a focus on visual identity; building collaboration across campus; establishing best practices for effective brand solutions, including brand hierarchy; and helping lead the effort to inspire and align Stanford communicators.
Recommend, develop, and manage integrated communications programs and strategies to meet team objectives.
Create examples and provide guidance on how Stanford's visual brand strategy can be applied across appropriate channels (i.e., web, digital, print).
Build and maintain collaborative relationships with other communicators and teams to align identity across the university by providing guidance, creating tools, and recommending resources.
Highlight case studies of best practices in applying the brand; support the training and development of other visual designers at Stanford.
Provide hands-on graphic design for team, UComm, and strategic institutional projects.
Manage and provide art direction to direct reports and freelance talent and vendors for various projects.
Manage the university's Identity website and brand guide so it is accurate, current, complete, creative and compelling. Responsible for managing ongoing and next-generation improvement and development of the website, in collaboration with others.
Help to manage the university's Shared Resources and Facts websites so they are accurate, current, complete, creative and compelling. Responsible for managing ongoing and next generation improvement and development of the website, in collaboration with others.
Evaluate potential vendors' quality, process, and cost and make recommendations for or select specific designers, printers, and other vendors.
Use metrics and feedback to create analysis pre and post campaign/program/events to inform decisions regarding strategic program direction and successful outcomes.
Build and maintain networks and relationships with peer universities and outside industry to inform our communications about the latest resources, best practices.
Commit to promoting an environment of respect, diversity, and inclusion through the creation and use of guidelines which promote equality.
Collaborate with or within University Communications leadership and school/unit/functional areas to ensure consistent and complementary strategic plans with overall university outreach and communications.
To be successful in this role, you will bring:
Education & Experience:
Bachelor's degree and eight years of relevant experience or combination of education and relevant experience.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Broad and deep understanding of the communications role in institutions. Excellence in communicating at all levels and for all audiences.
Excellent influencing, negotiating, and relationship management skills.
Demonstrated ability to earn credibility and influence opinion leaders.
Demonstrated understanding of strategic communications principles.
Excels at writing, analyzing and synthesizing complex materials and with demonstrated ability to communicate highly technical or nuanced information in a manner easily understood.
Demonstrated ability to mentor, motivate, develop and train staff.
Demonstrated ability to lead cross-functions towards a common goal
Demonstrated ability to discern a strategy to move forward and make or escalate decisions as appropriate.
In addition, preferred requirements include:
Proficient in Adobe Creative Cloud software. Deep understanding of UX/UI principles.
Why Stanford is for you:
Imagine a world without search engines or social platforms. Consider lives saved through first-ever organ transplants and research to cure illnesses. Stanford University has revolutionized the way we live and enrich the world. Supporting this mission is our diverse and dedicated 17,000 staff. We seek talent driven to impact the future of our legacy. Our culture and unique perks empower you with:
Freedom to grow. We offer career development programs, tuition reimbursement, or audit a course. Join a TedTalk, film screening, or listen to a renowned author or global leader speak.
A caring culture. We provide superb retirement plans, generous time-off, and family care resources.
A healthier you. Climb our rock wall, or choose from hundreds of health or fitness classes at our world-class exercise facilities. We also provide excellent health care benefits.
Discovery and fun. Stroll through historic sculptures, trails, and museums.
Enviable resources. Enjoy free commuter programs, ridesharing incentives, discounts and more
*The job duties listed are typical examples of work performed by positions in this job classification and are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, tasks, and responsibilities. Specific duties and responsibilities may vary depending on department or program needs without changing the general nature and scope of the job or level of responsibility. Employees may also perform other duties as assigned.
*Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.
*Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law
Please include a cover letter with your application explaining why you would like this job and how your experience qualifies you.
Stanford is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
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