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Graphic Designer Associate

  • Chicago, IL
  • Full-time

The graphic designer uses design—print and electronic—to tell visual stories, and is able to collaborate with and contribute a creative perspective to colleagues across UIC’s Advancement office. This person conceptualizes and creates print and digital design assets that bring our content to life in magazines, electronic newsletters, direct-mail pieces, on the Web, via social media and more. He or she is enthusiastic, engaged and creative with a can-do attitude, and has a comprehensive understanding of visual communication principles and sufficient knowledge of HTML and web usability. The graphic designer’s work will depict UIC’s stature as a premier public, urban, research institution; amplify UIC’s and the IGNITE Campaign’s identity and brands; while helping inform, engage and inspire alumni, donors, friends, faculty, staff, students and community members. 


Job Responsibilities (Essential Duties)

·        Create final, production-ready print and digital graphic assets

·        Contribute design to projects across mediums, including: Web sites, e-newsletters, magazines, social media channels, video, mailings, event collateral and more. 

·        Develop templates, tools, and other assets to be used across the advancement function

·        Serve internal clients including the UIC Alumni Association, participation team, stewardship, Advancement services.

·        Actively participate in creative conversations and brainstorming sessions with various functional teams

·        Work within and help reinforce the visual identity, brand standards, tone and messaging for UIC and the IGNITE Campaign

·        Stay abreast of marketing and design trends and best practices across all print and digital

·        Work with external vendors as needed

·        Perform other duties as assigned to further the goals of the Advancement office


Job Knowledge & Skills, Education, Experience

1.    Any one or any combination that equals thirty-six (36) months from the categories below1:

o  credit for progressively more advanced college or art-school course work that would lead to a major in graphic/visual arts communication and/or design

§ 60 semester hours equals 12 months

§ 90 semester hours equals 24 months

§ 120 semester hours or a Bachelor's Degree equals 36 months

o  work experience and/or on-the-job training that provided knowledge of progressively more advanced, generally accepted principles, theories, practices, and methods used in graphic designs and their applications to visual communications problems that are/is comparable to the training provided in the programs such as graphic/visual arts communication and/or design


2.    Twelve (12) months of progressively more responsible work experience and/or training comparable to that performed at the Graphic Designer Assistant level of this series

1A Master's Degree in visual design, with emphasis in visual arts communication or a closely related field, meets all minimum acceptable qualifications for the Graphic Designer Associate level of this series.

Preferred Qualifications

·        Demonstrated multi-faceted design experience and ability to use design to impact outcomes

·        Ability to develop multiple creative solutions for a given project, from concept to completion

·        Strong artistic ability

·        Motion graphics, photography and/or illustration skills/experience a plus

·        Solid understanding of creating graphics for a Web environment, including HTML and CSS design

·        Ability to work and problem solve independently and within a team, and to juggle multiple projects and priorities at once

·        Excellent organization, time- and project-management and relationship-building skills necessary to work in a large, complex organization

·        Proficiency with industry standard software, including the Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, After Effects). Experience working with Microsoft Office products

·        Must submit work samples with application to be considered for the position

 Specialty Factor

Demonstrated experience with art direction, for example creating and executing a creative direction.

The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Advancement connects the vision and passion of UIC’s alumni, friends, faculty, staff, and corporations and foundations, with the pieces of our mission most meaningful to them. We help donors create the impact they envision, whether it be scholarship for a promising student seeking a life-changing education, funding for researchers working to discover new knowledge in a particular arena or support for a university-community collaboration that will anchor stronger, healthier societies.

UIC is progressive and ground-breaking. We serve the needs of aspiring students and a devoted top-tier faculty who share a commitment to the promise of public education. Public service is at the core of the ethical values that inform what we do. An acclaimed research institution, UIC is made up of 15 top-ranking colleges and a health sciences system that includes a hospital, clinics and seven health sciences colleges. The student body is recognized as one of the most ethnically rich and culturally diverse among public universities nationwide. It reflects the vibrant and economically robust city we call home, which is as much a part of UIC as UIC is a part of Chicago.

TO APPLY, PLEASE GO DIRECTLY TO THE UIC JOB BOARD: FOR FULLEST CONSIDERATION PLEASE SUBMIT A RESUME AND COVER LETTER BY November 18, 2019. Compensation is competitive and commensurate with experience. 

The University of Illinois at Chicago is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

The University of Illinois may conduct background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

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