Creative Director

Auburn University Communications and Marketing k

Auburn, AL

Mar 26
Job Description

Auburn is a university on the move, and we are taking great strides to raise our brand visibility on the national stage. To achieve this vision, Auburn University is seeking applicants for a Creative Director who will inspire and bring creative energy to a team of graphic designers, copywriters and project managers.

The selected candidate will build and lead the team, and work closely with others on campus, to produce superior content that powerfully tells the Auburn brand story through both digital and print channels.

Essential Functions
-Responsible for developing strategic creative direction, along with a plan for execution and evaluation, for visual projects across platforms including, but not limited to, ads, graphics, photos,
videos, publications, and online. Such projects have university-wide application, including student and faculty recruitment, as well as research, outreach, and reputational campaigns.

-Builds, leads, and develops a creative team of professionals (graphic designers, copywriters, and project managers) by presenting creative vision and a compelling narrative to inspire and guide staff and leadership university-wide. May hire and oversee contracted vendors, as appropriate.

-Oversees and approves specifications for bids and cost estimates. Produces graphic design solutions for a variety of communication and marketing projects.

-Develops ideas for illustrating materials and publications including the selection, integration and manipulation of photos as well as the artist's illustrations.

-Oversees project planning, scheduling and implementation.

-Reviews views design drafts and ensures alignment with university brand specifications.

-Works within budget parameters to create and maintain an excellent standard for all branded creative projects.

-Collaborates with university's digital team to ensure a consistent experience in social media, on the university's website, and with the broadcast team to ensure the same in video.

-Collaborates with the news team to make news pitches more creative and to develop content for other projects.

-Performs other related duties as assigned by the Asst. Vice President, Communications & Marketing.

Minimum Qualifications Entry into the applicant pool requires a Bachelor's degree in Graphic Design, Marketing, or related field. Plus, ten (10) years of creative design or marketing experience with demonstrated talent for creative concept development and execution. Three (3) years experience guiding and directing the work of other creative staff.

Knowledge of graphic design fundamentals, marketing strategies, and visual communication principles. Knowledge of graphic design software.

Ability to work well with a broad range of clients in order to identify and meet specific audience and client requirements. Ability to develop and execute strategic marketing plans. Ability to develop custom campaigns for specific university audiences. Ability to manage budgets and timelines effectively for both scheduled projects and urgent requests. Ability to quickly pivot as strategic direction changes. Willingness to accept feedback and criticism.

Strong interpersonal skills and desire to work effectively with campus clients and other designers. Excellent creative thinking skills; adaptability to new technology or communication avenues.

Applicant must submit a link to an online portfolio.

Please utilize the attachment feature of our online employment system and attach the following: cover letter, resume, and references. Only complete applications will be considered.

A commitment to an inclusive and diverse campus environment is required.

Desired Qualifications Demonstrated experience in leading a creative department or team. An innovative approach to design projects and a problem-solving mentality. Strong interpersonal skills and desire to work effectively with campus clients and other designers. Ability to manage budgets and timelines effectively for both scheduled projects and urgent requests. A willingness to accept feedback and criticism; ability to quickly pivot as strategic direction changes.

Requisition No. 28259

Close Date 04-05-2019

The "Close Date" indicates the date after which applications may no longer be received. Salary will be commensurate with education and experience.

Refer to the above Requisition # and apply on-line at:


on any computer with Internet access. If you need any assistance, contact Auburn University's Department of Human Resources at (334) 844-4145 or your local state employment service distribution system office. Internet Access is also available through your public library.

Auburn University is an EEO/Vet/Disability employer.

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

Auburn University Communications and Marketing

Auburn University is a nationally ranked land grant institution recognized for its commitment to world-class scholarship, interdisciplinary research with an elite, top-tier Carnegie R1 classification and an undergraduate education experience second to none. Auburn is home to more than 30,000 students, and its faculty and research partners collaborate to develop and deliver meaningful scholarship, science and technology-based advancements that meet pressing regional, national and global needs. Auburn's commitment to active student engagement, professional success and public/private partnership drives a growing reputation for outreach and extension that delivers broad economic, health and societal impact. Auburn's mission to educate, discover and collaborate drives its expanding impact on the world.