Assistant Art Director or Art Director

University of Virginia k

Charlottesville, VA

Apr 19
Job Description

The Office of University Communications at the University of Virginia seeks an Assistant Art Director or Art Director to help support its core mission of elevating the reputation of the University while promoting and strengthening its brand regionally, nationally and internationally.

Reporting to the Creative Director, the Assistant Art Director or Art Director will provide design services in support of broad University priorities. He or she will translate strategy into clear, effective and on-brand design approaches in both digital and print mediums. Core responsibilities will include:

- Apply design as a tool to support strategic goals.

- Work as a member of the University Communications creative team and broader University design community to ensure that all design content elevates the University of Virginia brand.

- Create design content for digital, multimedia and print applications for marketing purposes across a range of platforms.

- Collaborate with creative professionals to provide art direction and assist in the creation of projects, campaigns and initiatives.

- Utilize design techniques, tools and principles, and advanced layout and typography to articulate the University's brand in fresh, effective and accessible ways.

- Employ the University's graphic standards, techniques, methods and style guides and developing standards for the institution, where relevant.

- Produce design enhancements that bring content to life in digital and traditional spaces.

- Work productively as part of a creative and visual team including videographers, photographers, web developers, designers and writing professionals.

- Work with the Creative Director, Account Executives and others to participate in creative briefings, project meetings, design review, and staff planning.

- Work with the Production Manager to ensure production tracking of day to day work, estimating and delivery of creative work.

The successful candidate will be conversant with current design and digital trends, with experience executing advertising and marketing concepts across various print and digital platforms. He/she will have demonstrated understanding of page layout, typography, color theory and application of assets such as photography, illustration and other digital graphics. He/she will also have experience in the creation of marketing materials that are in keeping with an established brand identity, articulate creative strategies and maintain high visual standards.

In addition to the above, the Assistant Art Director or Art Director will manage small and large projects, coordinating different aspects of media content for deliverables. She/he will be responsible for translating organizational goals into strategic media deliverables, achieving the overall vision for a project.
Recommend and develop new branding concepts for the organization, oversee the execution of projects, and may oversee work completed by external agencies, in order to complete multimedia deliverables in alignment with objectives.

Application Details

All candidates must apply through the jobs.virginia.edu website (posting ID: 0623040). To be considered, candidates must provide all of the following: CV / resume, cover letter, contact information for 3 references (name, email, phone), and a portfolio/creative work. Please submit a selection of your portfolio in PDF format, or a link to a website where your work can be seen with your application.

NOTE: International candidates must hold a valid US working permit.

University of Virginia

In 1819 Thomas Jefferson fulfilled his lifelong ambition to create a better institution of higher learning, one that would prepare America's citizens to lead and govern the new nation. His University would be the first to engineer cross-disciplinary exchange between the sciences and humanities, history and chemistry, and students and professors. It would encourage the academic enterprise to advance knowledge, train leaders and break through traditional boundaries. Nearly 200 years after its founding, the University is at the forefront of important cross-disciplinary work being done by faculty and students across its 12 notable schools. That work draws on the considerable resources and innovative thinking of this tier-one research institution, which is also the nation’s #2 public university.