Detailed Job Description
Responsible for planning, scheduling, and implementing complex graphic design projects. Under general direction, produce graphic designs and illustrations using both computer and traditional methods, format, and edit text, prepare layouts/mechanicals and specifications for pre-print publications and other promotional media.
Additional Department Summary:
The designers in the Office of Publications work to further the strategic initiatives of the University of Alabama particularly in student recruitment and retention, fundraising, and constituent relations through the creation and execution of audience and mission-appropriate graphic design. All of their graphic design and allied work, including the market research which informs their design, serves to project, strengthen, and sustain a positive image of the Institution. The position requires the ability to think and plan strategically as part of a team and the ability to take responsibility for projects, following through from conception to completion and exercising leadership in the interpretation and implementation of the University's unifying graphic standards. Assists the senior graphic designers, and editors, in areas of print production and presentation needs. The principal challenge of the designer's position is to consistently create pleasing, appropriate, and effective graphics through which The University of Alabama represents itself to its various publics. To produce, day after day, on constant deadline, fresh and interesting graphics that is consonant with the University's self-image calls for a highly creative and disciplined mentality. The designer is required to synthesize new information from a number of sources and to apply it to known circumstances and principles in the production of graphic design in support of the University's various programs. In addition to the challenge to one's own resources, working with the diverse personalities on the staff, in the clients, and in internal and external vendors requires a mature, even-tempered, diplomatic, and flexible person. Finally, the designer is challenged to maintain high quality standards in printing when working with low-bidding vendors (which is to say, always). The designer must have a thorough understanding of printing practice in order to deal knowledgeably with printers who receive the University's contracts.
Required Minimum Qualifications
A minimum of a two-year degree in commercial art, visual communication, or related field and a portfolio that displays competence in all areas of design and publication preparation for print and electronic production is required. Ability to design creatively and efficiently using the Macintosh operating system and appropriate software (including but not limited to Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign, Microsoft Office, and Dreamweaver). Excellent organizational skills to handle the volume (multiple active projects at any one time) and variety of projects at the pace each project requires. Ability to meet deadlines, follow priorities and to schedule work on several projects at once to maintain a constant smooth flow of work.
Additional Required Department Minimum Qualifications:
Those called for an interview will be required to submit a portfolio.
Skills and Knowledge:
Excellent organizational skills to handle the volume (multiple active projects at any one time) and variety of projects at the pace each project requires. Creative skill sets such as that of an illustrator or painter are helpful.
One to two years' experience in an advertising agency or in-house design studio is preferred. Recent graduates of a four-year university are encouraged to apply. 56 Monthly (exempt): - Minimum - $ 29120.04 Midpoint - $ 40767.96
Prior to hiring, the final candidate(s) must successfully pass a pre-employment background investigation. A prior conviction reported as a result of the background investigation DOES NOT automatically disqualify a candidate from consideration for this position. A candidate with a prior conviction will receive an individualized review of the prior conviction before a hiring decision is made. EOE/AA
The University of Alabama is an Equal Employment/Equal Educational Opportunity Institution. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status, and will not be discriminated against because of their protected status.