Senior Graphic Designer, Office of Marketing Communications, College of ACES
University of Illinois

Urbana, Illinois

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Senior Graphic Designer

Office of Marketing and Communications

College of Agricultural, Consumer & Environmental Sciences

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign


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Job Summary
As part of ACES' Marcom team, the Senior Graphic Designer will help create a robust visual identity for the College of ACES while adhering to the University of Illinois' current brand standards. This person is responsible for imagining and creating visually compelling, distinctive, and on-brand marketing and communications materials conveying ACES' rich history, its academic and research excellence, and its continued influence and impact on our campus and beyond. More specifically this role will lead design needs for the college including producing graphics for digital, print, social media, and other outlets; producing suites of templates, newsletter skins, and other materials for repeat use by college departments and units; and creating college-specific illustrations and iconography. This position will also work with the Assistant Dean for Marketing Communications and the Director of Marketing to design, regularly review, and update the college's brand identity, and will work with the Strategic Communications office on campus when necessary to ensure the college's adherence to campus brand standards.

Duties & Responsibilities

Design and Production (50%)
• Design and implement creative marketing and communications campaigns and strategies for a broad range of audiences, including students, faculty, staff, alumni, donors, and other stakeholders.
• Provide overall leadership on the development and design of marketing collateral at the college level that enhances the ACES brand and reputation.
• Manage production of all design assignments/marketing materials from conception to completion, ensuring work is produced on time, to budget, and to a high standard. Projects could include but are not limited to various print collateral, digital signage, print mailings, annual reports, strategic plans, prospective and admitted student materials, social media templates, environmental designs, promotional materials and more.
• Collaborate with area printers and other vendors regarding format and print processes to ensure materials meet specifications and standards, including obtaining estimates and overseeing installation when necessary.
• Ensure all design work meets College of ACES and University of Illinois branding guidelines, and work with Marcom leadership to design, regularly review, and update the college's brand identity.
• Provide creative concepting for events like Farm Progress Show or Celebrate Food & Ag and lead the development of environmental graphics for those events.
• Become well-versed in areas of digital and print accessibility when it comes to WCAG guidelines and best practices for color contrast, readability, and more.
• Assist with monitoring graphic design expenditures and assist Director of Marketing in developing fiscal year budget requests.
• Help maintain the front-end design and branding of the ACES' website.

Service and Other Duties (35%)
• Represent Marcom in college and campus-level meetings and committees, which includes partnering with StratCom to ensure the college's adherence to campus brand standards and representing ACES on campus brand rollouts and workshops.
• Represent ACES on campus's IT Accessibility Liaison program (ITAL).
• Ensure that graphic design and brand efforts are aligned with college and campus goals to foster diversity, equity, and inclusion.
• Perform other duties as needed to further the goals of the college.

Student and Other Staff Supervision (15%)
• Recruit, hire, onboard, supervise, and evaluate student design interns
• Work with internal partners, including academic departments and other units, to develop and produce marketing and communications pieces, both print and digital, which includes working with the Brand Coordinator and Junior Graphic Designer to produce and roll-out templates that the departments and units can update on their own.

Minimum Qualifications

1. Any one or any combination that equals thirty-six (36) months from the categories below[1]:

A. Credit for progressively more advanced college or art-school coursework that would lead to a major in graphic/visual arts communication and/or design.
-60 semester hours equals 12 months.
-90 semester hours equals 24 months.
-120 semester hours or a bachelor's degree equals 36 months.

B. Work experience and/or on-the-job training that provided knowledge of progressively more advanced, generally accepted principles, theories, practices, and methods used in graphic designs and their applications to visual communications problems that are/is comparable to the training provided in the programs such as graphic/visual arts communication and/or design.


2. Twelve (12) months of progressively more responsible work experience and/or training comparable to that performed at the Graphic Designer Assistant level of this series

[1] Master's Degree in visual design, with emphasis in visual arts communication or a closely related field, meets all minimum acceptable qualifications for the Graphic Designer Associate level of this series.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in graphic design, marketing, business administration, communications, or a closely related field.
  • Five (5) years of professional work experience in marketing, public relations, communications, brand management, or a related professional area.
  • Demonstrated experience in project coordination and creating brand images, experience with ClickUp, Microsoft Teams, and/or other project management/communications tools.
  • Have some supervisory experience. 2 years of relevant work experience in project coordination and creating a brand image for companies, organizations, or departments within a large public university setting.
  • Advanced experience in print with developed typography skills.
  • Photography/videography skills, including portrait photography, event photography, and editing
  • Familiarity with website content management systems.
  • Experience with online project management/communications tools.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
  • Knowledge of graphic design principles and production methods with strong aesthetic judgment.
  • Demonstrably strong written and oral communication skills. • Demonstrable ability to manage multiple projects of varying degrees of difficulty.
  • Strong proficiency with Adobe Creative Cloud Suite.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Suite.
Appointment Information

This is a 100% full-time Civil Service 1006 - Graphic Designer position, appointed on a 12-month basis. The expected start date is as soon as possible. Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience, while also considering internal equity. The salary range for this position starts at $62,000. Out-of-state candidates must establish Illinois residency within 180 calendar days of the start date for this position. Illinois residency requires proof of a valid Illinois Driver's License or state of Illinois ID Card. Failure to produce the required documentation within 180 calendar days will result in immediate termination of employment.

For more information on Civil Service classifications, please visit the SUCSS web site at .

Application Procedures & Deadline Information

Applications must be received by 6:00 pm (CST) on March 1, 2024. Apply for this position using the Apply Now button at the top or bottom of this posting. In order to be considered as a transfer candidate, you must apply for this position. Applications not submitted through will not be considered. If required by the position, transcripts or other documentation of credentials are to be provided no later than the first day of employment. For further information about this specific position, please contact Leslie Ehler For questions regarding the application process, please contact 217-333-2137.

The University of Illinois System is an equal opportunity employer, including but not limited to disability and/or veteran status, and complies with all applicable state and federal employment mandates. Please visit Required Employment Notices and Posters to view our non-discrimination statement and find additional information about required background checks, sexual harassment/misconduct disclosures, and employment eligibility review through E-Verify .

Applicants with disabilities are encouraged to apply and may request a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (2008) to complete the application and/or interview process. Requests may be submitted through the reasonable accommodations portal , or by contacting the Accessibility & Accommodations Division of the Office for Access and Equity at 217-333-0885, or by emailing .

Requisition ID: 1022899
Job Category: Technical
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