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Creative Director

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Position Information

Position Title Creative Director
Department University Marketing & Communications
Location Main Campus (Houghton, MI)
Position Type Staff
Full-time/ Part-time Full-time
Full-Time Equivalent (1.0=100%) 1.0
Appointment Term 12 Month
Pay Type Salary Basis
Salary or Hourly Rate No less than $60,000
Shift 1st
Position Duration Dependent on External Funding? No
Title of Position Supervisor Director

Position Summary Information

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Job Description Summary

We are seeking a talented Creative Director to join our team. The perfect candidate will have at least six years’ experience as a creative lead working in an agency or university environment. Must have experience with high-level design aesthetic and detail. Must possess strategic and innovative thinking skills, and the ability to develop and maintain schedules. Experience in broadcast, print, digital, online advertising, mobile, online video, social media concepting, and graphic production are a must. This person will be a creative storyteller and brand champion—through all forms of media (print, web, video, photography).

Essential Duties & Responsibilities (other duties may be assigned)

1.Manage concept, design, and execution of the brand creative

2.Maintain and establish high creative standards

3.Work collaboratively with UMC Director to ensure consistency of design

4.Generate ideas that bring the brand to life

5.Oversee the art direction to ensure concepts and brand vision are consistently compelling

6.Inspire, motivate, and manage creative professionals to take their work to the next level

7.Supervise designers

8.Supervise all pre- and post-production design work; manage tight deadlines

9.Inspire visual team, including photographers and videographers

10.Concept and execute all content for all social channels

11.Work with PR team to create compelling news and research ideas and execution

12.Work with brand manager to ensure visuals for the brand align with message

13.Manage time effectively and with little direction to help projects stay on budget and on time

14.Create and present design concepts

15.Proficient in Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign, and familiar with the other programs in the Adobe Creative Suite

16.Familiarity with designing for web

17.Stays current with the latest emerging design and technology trends to find ways to help move work for clients and brands forward

18.Effectively sell ideas both internally and with clients.

19.Apply safety-related knowledge, skills, and practices to everyday work.

20. Commit to learning about continuous improvement strategies and applying them to everyday work.

Required Education (minimum requirements)

•Bachelor’s degree in graphic design, marketing, communications, business, or a
related field, or an equivalent combination of education and experience from which comparable knowledge and abilities can be acquired.

Required Experience (minimum requirements)

•At least 6 years of experience as a creative lead in higher education or agency
•Experience with graphic design, writing, video production, and project management.
•Experience managing a creative team.
•Proven track record of leading creative projects from idea to implementation.
•Demonstrated experience in the development and implementation of a wide range of marketing strategies.
•Experience using computers and basic software packages.

Desirable Education and/or Experience
Required Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities (minimum requirements)

•Excellent written/oral communication and interpersonal skills.
•Demonstrated project management, time management, and organizational skills.
•Proven competence in managing multiple tasks and competing priorities.
•Demonstrated ability to provide attention to detail.

Desirable Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities
Language, Mathematical, and/or Reasoning Skills
Work Environment and/or Physical Demands
Required Training and Other Conditions of Employment

Every employee at Michigan Technological University will receive the following 3 required training; additional training may be required by the department.

Required University Training:
• Employee Safety Overview
• Anti-Harassment, Discrimination, Retaliation Training
• Annual Data Security Training

Required Departmental training:
• Cultural Competency Training
• Safe Place Training

Background Check:
Offers of employment are contingent upon and not considered finalized until the required background check has been performed and the results received and assessed.

Posting Detail Information

Posting Number 17363
Posting Type Internal & External Posting
Internal Posting Date
External Posting Date 01/08/2018
Open Until Filled Yes
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Applicant Documents

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  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Reference List
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