Job DescriptionJob Summary
Provide high-level design solutions for a variety of integrated communications projects across multiple digital, online, publishing and marketing media platforms, including online magazine/publication sites, online email marketing services and e-newsletters, interactive applications and other online interfaces with strong emphasis on online solutions (i.e., branding, design development, and technical implementation of University publications, online marketing email services, websites as well as other online, print and video projects).
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Designs innovative and comprehensive visual and functional solutions for digital media and online publishing platforms, marketing email platforms, and new and current websites.
Develops functional micro-site environments, online promotions, ad banners, e-newsletters, e-invites, online emails, interactive applications and other online interfaces.
Develops coherent information architecture and navigation systems for complex, multi-level publications, digital applications and sites with multiple sections and cross-linking pages.
Utilizes best-case design and usability practices to enhance the end-user interface experience. Ensures projects incorporate all stakeholder requirements, employs best practices in user interface, navigation, usability, accessibility, search engine optimization, and works in all browser platforms (both PC and Mac for desktop and mobile).
Collaborates closely with other developers on implementing static and interactive designs. Shepherds design and review process from wireframes and storyboards to digital presentation comps to final executed products.
Designs and produces graphics, templates, and icons for use in related communication projects, including digital and online publications, magazine and publications sites, internal newsletters, which integrate links to other websites, graphics, video, etc. Follows defined branding guidelines as required.
Follows project specifications and adheres to production schedules and budgets for all assigned projects.
Creates and updates documentation relating to project status, process, location of media assets and use.
Stays abreast of current trends in digital/online graphic design, usability and information architecture, including current and evolving aesthetics with demonstrated mastery of typography, color theory and use of space.
This position is considered “essential personnel” and thus may be required to be in communication with other University Communications staff and senior administrators, and/or perform key work tasks, in off-hours or off-location conditions as required to execute special projects or critical communications as conditions may demand.
Bachelor’s degree in Communications, Fine Arts, Graphic Design, Web Design or related field including a formal training background in design.
Five years of experience in a professional environment designing websites, digital publications and applications or other related online and digital communications products. Strong online portfolio available for review.
Equivalent combination of relevant education and experience may be substituted as appropriate.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
Strong visual and verbal communications skills.
Knowledge of Adobe InDesign and Illustrator for conversion of print-developed graphics formats for integrated use across web and electronic media.
Basic knowledge of dynamic scripting languages and databases such as PHP and MySQL.
Basic knowledge or experience with .NET framework.
Experience with social media and mobile applications.
Comfortable in a fast-paced, fast-changing creative environment, with matrix management.
Effective experience collaborating with multiple stakeholders, content producers and other digital media platforms and web developers.
Experience with content management systems (CMS), especially Cascade Server and/or Sitecore strongly preferred. Experience with online email marketing services and systems. Experience working at a higher education institution, in-house corporate creative team, or professional advertising or design agency type environment.
Use of standard office equipment, personal computer, and Microsoft Office. General office conditions. Repetitive use of a keyboard at a work station.
May require travel, evening and weekend hours. Use of a personal vehicle for work-related local travel.
Special Conditions for Eligibility
UTA is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action institution. Minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Additionally, the University prohibits discrimination in employment on the basis of sexual orientation. A criminal background check will be conducted on finalists. The UTA is a tobacco free campus.