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Oakland, CA

May 11
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Location: Oakland

Job ID: 35320

Graphic Designer

Job ID: 35320


At the University of California (UC), your contributions make a difference. A world leader producing Nobel and Pulitzer prize recipients with over 150 years of groundbreaking research transforming the world. Choose a career where you can leverage your knowledge, skills and aspirations to inspire and support some of the greatest minds in the world, and those who will follow in their footsteps. Working at the University of California is being part of a unique institution, and a vibrant and diverse community. At the University of California, Office of the President, we propel our mission through impactful work locally, in government centers and systemwide. We are passionate people, serving the greater good.

The University of California, one of the largest and most acclaimed institutions of higher learning in the world, is dedicated to excellence in teaching, research and public service. The University of California Office of the President is the headquarters to the 10 campuses, six academic medical centers and three national laboratories and enrolls premier students from California, the nation and the world. Learn more about the UC Office of the President


Marketing Communications builds public awareness of UC's value and its impact on the lives of people in California and beyond. Working with campus colleagues, University of California Office of the President leaders and our clients, we convey the breadth and depth of UC's leadership in teaching, research and public service, and foster pride and engagement in the UC community. As stewards of the systemwide brand and visual identity we ensure the institution's values and aspirations are brought to life in each and every communication.


The creative team within Marketing Communications has been nationally recognized for its successful projects. This position serves as a Graphic Designer, reports to the Creative Director, and works within a small integrated in-house team of graphic designers, UX designers and developers, and video producers to create pieces that work within the established systemwide brand. These projects inform and influence public perceptions of the university and its programs, with the intent of building support and engagement.

The incumbent will be required to manage projects on tight timelines, creating sophisticated, polished concepts and products from clients' unformed ideas. Additionally, providing feedback and advice to a team of designers and clients will be required.

The organization is currently reviewing options for hybrid and flexible work arrangements.

Required Qualifications

• Advanced knowledge of design and communications concepts and applicable software applications; recent experience and direct responsibilities supporting major design projects and efforts.

• Advanced knowledge of production processes for a variety of media and knowledge of vendor requirements for a variety of products.

• Deep knowledge of graphic-design principles and formats; ability to identify, set and articulate design standards.

• Clear and substantiated understanding of branding principles, particularly as they relate to graphic identity and design standards; ability to interpret brand guidelines.

• Advanced skills to devise broad design ideas, present them to clients, and produce results on time and within budget.

• Advanced interpersonal communications skills, including active listening skills and skills to work effectively within teams and to effectively provide advanced design advice and consultation to clients on all aspects of visual communications.

• Ability to produce visual designs for digital, web properties and comfortable producing assets for web templates.

• Ability to process images for various platforms and distribution channels.

• Working knowledge of the Apple platform and related production and imaging hardware and software, including extensive experience with Adobe Creative Suite and other industry-standard graphic design technologies and software used to complete complex graphic design assignments, solid understanding of MS Office Suite.

• Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects to completion in a quick-paced environment; requires impeccable organization skills, while working closely and collaboratively with creative personnel.

• Skill in working independently and following through on assignments, e.g. press checks, ensuring rights clearances etc. with minimal or no oversight. Ability to problem-solve, make changes and corrections as they occur, and to offer appropriate solutions in situations not covered by brand guidelines. Solid proofreading and editing skills to spot typos, suggest appropriate ways to shorten headlines or add subheads, captions and pull quotes.


The first review date for this job is May 18, 2022. The position will be open until filled.


Background Check Process: Successful completion of a background check is required for this critical position. Background check process at UCOP

Smoke Free Work Environment: The University of California, Office of the President, is smoke & tobacco-free as of January 1, 2014. UC Smoke & Tobacco Free Policy

August 2021 Update: The University of California has issued a policy requiring employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID -19 before physically accessing the University location or programs. Upon hire into a UCOP position, you will be provided detailed instructions on how to comply with this policy including access to the COVID vaccination at no cost. New hires to UCOP who work onsite or will come onsite for any activities at a UCOP or other UC location must comply with this policy within 8 weeks after their start date. The policy allows for employees to request approval for an exception or deferral. UC COVID-19 Vaccine Policy


The University of California, Office of the President, is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. EEO/AA Employer UC Nondiscrimination Policy

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