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How to Apply

Interested candidates must apply through the UM Jobs website (umjobs.org/). Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single electronic document. 

  1. A cover letter, not to exceed one page, outlining your professional experience is required.
  2. Work samples are also required in order to be considered for this position. Links to relevant samples of work must be included with resume and cover letter (please be sure to provide the full URL). A candidate should submit eight to ten samples representing quality and breadth of work relevant to this position.

Candidates who are not in compliance with these requests will not be considered.

Job Summary

LSA Advancement champions the liberal arts at the University of Michigan by creating access and opportunities for learning, engagement, and giving that will improve the world.  We believe deeply in the transformative power of LSA's research and education, so we work to the highest standards of excellence and with joy, in the conviction that what we do matters to our students, our state, and the world.

Our award-winning marketing team seeks an experienced, motivated, innovative, and highly creative Multimedia Designer. This person will join a team of forward thinking risk-takers and be responsible for designing and developing visually compelling strategic communications for high-end print and multimedia projects and campaigns.

The ideal candidate is a strategic thinker with a high level of design sophistication and who is passionate about both traditional and digital media.

The salary range for this position is $62,000 to $72,000.

Responsibilities*

  • Work both independently and collaboratively to design visually compelling strategic communications for high-end print/multimedia projects and campaigns for both internal and external audiences.
  • Assess and determine the needs of the clients and effectively deliver their message.
  • Design a wide range of print pieces, including but not limited to: invitations, brochures, posters, editorial layouts, event promotion, mementos, etc.
  • Create digital assets that can be used in various channels including display, email, newsletters, social media, website, video, and presentations.
  • Design websites that adhere to web best practices, LSA standards, and accessibility guidelines.
  • Design visual identities and infographics using a strong sense of craft and typographic sensibility.
  • Take initiative and contribute enthusiastically and strategically to the creative process.
  • Give and receive direction, engage others in an authentic, open, and positive manner, and interact productively during brainstorming sessions.
  • Demonstrate an attention to detail with an eye for clean, sophisticated aesthetics, and a clear point of view.
  • Support and promote LSA brand and messaging. Apply style guides creatively while upholding LSA brand identity and standards.
  • Make an ongoing commitment to improving skills, acquiring new technical knowledge, and staying informed of innovative design trends.
  • Adjust and color correct photography and image assets from several different sources for projects ranging from the LSA Magazine to the college website.
  • Hold self and others to LSA Advancement’s core values.

Required Qualifications*

The most competitive candidates for this position will be creative problem solvers, eager researchers, and enthusiastic storytellers with definitive artistic vision, sophisticated aesthetics, unique perspectives, and clear points of view. They will also need to be willing to support and create a culture which values the philosophy and practice of Positive Organizational Scholarship. In addition, candidates should have:

  • A bachelor's degree in related field with a minimum of 5-8+ years professional experience or an equivalent combination of skills and experience as demonstrated in a creative portfolio.
  • A high level of general computer and software proficiency, with extensive experience in design and layout software, including Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, AdobeXD) and Sketch. Experience with Microsoft Office and Google tools.
  • Excellent art direction instincts and high level of design sophistication with the ability to produce conceptual ideas—including sketches, storyboards, moodboards and prototypes—in order to create engaging visual solutions.
  • Website and HTML email design and development experience. A working knowledge of HTML/CSS. Ability to translate design solutions across a variety of digital channels.
  • A solid understanding of web accessibility standards and a demonstrated commitment to designing with those standards in mind.
  • Demonstrable experience in working independently to create high quality printed or digital content, including researching skills. Able to take multiple projects simultaneously from start to finish with minimal supervision, often on tight deadlines.
  • Proven ability to utilize new technologies, standards and trends, and contribute to strategy formulation for the most effective message delivery.
  • Keen eye for selecting and directing photography and illustration, and exceptional typography skills.
  • Some publication/editorial design experience.
  • Some knowledge of environmental graphics, swag items, and 2D/3D package design.
  • Experience working with a project management system.
  • The ability to positively translate feedback—whether received from clients or from performance analysis—into improved work.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to build rapport, work effectively and thrive in a collaborative, team-based, positive work environment.
  • Demonstrated commitment to the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Ability to communicate clearly with project managers, designers, writers and clients.

Desired Qualifications*

  • 3+ years of publication/editorial design experience.
  • Professional experience in advertising or marketing-related environment is preferable.
  • Extensive experience creating environmental graphics, swag items, and 2D/3D package design.
  • Ability to produce original illustrations for use in print materials, packaging design, and digital platforms.
  • Deep understanding of HTML/CSS and web design principles and best practices.
  • Solid UI/UX skills, with the ability to produce storyboards, wireframes and prototypes.
  • Website development and authoring experience and/or knowledge of a content management system a plus.
  • Direct experience using Wrike as a project management solution..
  • Familiarity with University of Michigan structure, resources, and policies.
  • Passion for the University of Michigan and the liberal arts.
  • Experience in a higher education, philanthropic, institutional advancement, or marketing-related setting.
  • Willingness to explore the tenets of positive organizational scholarship.

Additional Information

The College of Literature, Science, and the Arts seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitments to serve the diverse people of Michigan, fulfill the College’s Guiding Principles, and sustain the excellence of LSA.  

Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply.

Background Screening

The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks.  Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Mission Statement

The mission of the University of Michigan is to serve the people of Michigan and the world through preeminence in creating, communicating, preserving and applying knowledge, art, and academic values, and in developing leaders and citizens who will challenge the present and enrich the future.  The University of Michigan is committed to foster learning, creativity and productivity, and to support the vigorous exchange of ideas and information, not only in the classroom but in the workplace by: 

  • Creating a work environment in which people treat each other with respect and dignity, regardless of roles, responsibilities or differences. 
  • Providing support, direction and resources enabling us to accomplish the responsibilities of our jobs and to reach the goals that are set for professional and personal growth.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days.  This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.