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Assistant Director, Design

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Job no: 500155
Department: Communications, Marketing & Events
Location: Oxford, OH
Work type: Salary Staff
Categories: PR, Media, Graphics, Communications, Fund Raising, Development, Alumni
Status: Full Time
Temporary: No

Job Title: Assistant Director, Design
Salary/Grade: Salary
Hours Per Week:


Job Summary:


The assistant director, design is responsible for designing visual assets that support the strategic communications needs of University Advancement (UA), with an emphasis on designing for digital channels. This position is part of the UA Marketing Communications and Technology team and reports to the associate director, design.

University Advancement is the fundraising and alumni relations division for the university, and our in-house marcom team helps engage Miami's alumni/donors through a variety of in-person events and virtual experiences, digital and social media channels, content creation, publications and promotional marketing materials. It’s a fast-paced, highly collaborative work environment in a quintessential college campus setting in Oxford, Ohio.

Miami University recognizes that technology enables us to find new ways of providing first class service and workplace flexibility. This position is approved for remote work on a hybrid basis, following a successful period of six (6) months of employment. Remote work is a working arrangement that can be modified or revoked by Miami University at any time for any reason.

In alignment with Miami University’s statement on Diversity and Inclusion, University Advancement is committed to and fully embraces the philosophy and belief that a diverse community is among an institution's greatest strengths. The Division of University Advancement is committed to creating an inclusive work environment where all people feel safe, valued, and respected. To view our full statement including our specific commitments, please visit our website:


Duties/Physical Demands:

• Under direction of the associate director, design, assists in design for websites, email, social media, videos, and multimedia graphics.
• Works in collaboration with the director, digital services for implementation and front-end development as needed for email marketing and website updates.
• Collaborates with digital team members to strategize and create engaging visual assets for social media channels, including Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter.
• Designs within the parameters of the Anthology/iModules CMS tool and other digital channels and platforms, including Emma and the WordPress blog platform, among others.
• Also assigned projects for print collateral and video and may also create original artwork, as needed, for University Advancement publications, while working within both the division and university brand frameworks and guidelines.
• Adhere to a fast-paced, multi-client production schedule to ensure timely delivery of creative for client deadlines.
• Art direct photography and video production shoots as needed.


Minimum Qualifications:

• Bachelor’s degree or three years of graphic design experience.


Desired Qualifications:

• Degree in graphic design, visual communications, advertising, interactive media or related fields.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

• Expertise in Adobe Creative Suites (InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator).
• Creativity, organization, deadline-driven, enthusiasm, and an ability to articulate the mission of Miami University in print and online graphic design.
• Ability to work independently as well as part of a team, especially in relation to clients and bringing their ideas to life through design.
• Strong typography, layout design, and production skills.
• Fine art, drawing, photography or other specialized skill expected.
• Excellent written, verbal, interpersonal, problem-solving, and organizational skills. Ability to handle constructive criticism and client preference in a professional manner.
• Provide an online portfolio of samples indicated above.
• Willingness to work on weekends and/or extended hours as necessary.


Working Conditions/Physical Demands:


Special Instructions to Applicants:

In addition to your resume and cover letter, please upload an online portfolio of work samples indicated in the position description.


Diversity Statement:

Miami University is committed to creating an inclusive and effective teaching, learning, research, and working environment for all.

For more information on Miami University’s diversity initiatives, please visit the Office of Institutional Diversity & Inclusion webpage. For more information on Miami University’s mission and core values, please visit the Mission and Core Values webpage.

EO/AA Statement/Clery Act:
Miami University, an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, encourages applications from minorities, women, protected veterans and individuals with disabilities. Miami University prohibits harassment, discrimination and retaliation on the basis of age (40 years or older), color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, military status, national origin (ancestry), pregnancy, race, religion, sex/gender, status as a parent or foster parent, sexual orientation, or protected veteran status in its application and admission processes, educational programs and activities, facilities, programs or employment practices. Requests for reasonable accommodations for disabilities related to employment should be directed to or 513-529-3560.
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A criminal background check is required. All campuses are smoke- and tobacco-free campuses.

For questions regarding reasonable accommodations for disabilities, or to follow-up with a request, please contact or (513) 529-3560.

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