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How to Apply

To apply for this position, please upload your resume and cover letter as one document in .pdf format. The cover letter should address your fit for the position and your professional commitment to diversity, inclusion, justice, and equity. In addition, three to five supporting graphic design samples must be submitted with your application to be considered for this position. To submit your samples, upload them to a secure file sharing platform such as Dropbox, Google Drive, or Box. Ensure the sharing setting to view and download your samples is set to public. Embed the shareable link to view and download each sample, along with a short 1-5 sentence description of each sample, in a Word document. Export the Word document as a pdf, and include it as the final page of the .pdf document along with your resume and cover letter.

Job Summary

We are looking for an enthusiastic applicant with exceptional graphic design and web administration skills to support our communications initiatives and storytelling campaigns that will reach a range of audiences, including teachers, teacher educators, policymakers, donors, journalists, researchers, and the general public. We are particularly seeking candidates who bring experience and expertise in promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Mission Statement

We respect and value individuals from all races, ethnic backgrounds, ages, genders, religions, sexual orientations, disabilities, economic or veteran status, and other diverse perspectives and individual differences. Further, we are committed to tolerance, sensitivity, understanding, and mutual respect everywhere within our community and we affirm our promise to make the School of Education a welcoming place for all.  In seeking new staff members, we are committed to hiring those who share in our reverence and expectation for diversity.

Who We Are

TeachingWorks is founded on a deep conviction about the power of teaching to create a just society and strong and capable children.  Our work strives to ensure that teachers use the power of teaching for good so that children, Black, Indigenous, of color, and white, consistently receive teaching that disrupts patterns of anti-Blackness and white supremacy, and other forms of racism and oppression. This requires teaching complex content and practices in culturally responsive ways and building equitable classroom communities. But teaching that does this has to be learned. At TeachingWorks, we develop teacher education focused on practice that actively disrupts and dismantles patterns of injustice and promotes justice, through specialized approaches to content understanding and teaching of content, learning opportunities, resources, and communities for teacher educators, teachers, and education leaders.

Responsibilities*

Job responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Graphic & Multimedia Design - 75%

  • Design and produce a portfolio of print and digital graphic designs, brochures, social media promotions, posters, digital displays, flyers, PowerPoint presentations, videos, and other projects.
  • Design visual identities, infographics, and data visualization elements using a strong design and typography sensibility.
  • Work with the TeachingWorks communications manager and other TeachingWorks team members to produce unique, innovative, and compelling designs that represent our work and commitments. 
  • Respond to all design requests with well-developed products completed by the deadline and properly aligned with TeachingWorks branding and communications standards.

Website Administration - 25%

  • Maintain and enhance TeachingWorks websites by adding and improving resources, information, designs, and interactive features

Required Qualifications*

The graphic designer must:

  • Possess at least three years of professional, technical, or educational experience in print and digital design.
  • Possess strong knowledge of and experience with computer design tools using Adobe Creative Suite programs such as InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator.
  • Understand core design elements such as type, contrast, alignment, proximity, and layout. Demonstrate written and verbal communications skills with a strong eye for detail and aesthetics.
  • Be able to work both collaboratively and autonomously, manage multiple projects simultaneously, follow directions, and be reliable.
  • Possess a demonstrated commitment to advancing a just and equitable society and evidence of experience with respect to diversity and equity.
  • Demonstrate ability to develop and use graphic designs to communicate key messages focused on and attuned to equity and diversity to a wide range of audiences. Evidence of sensitivity and care in representation of identities and contexts, messages, and nuance in choice of images, settings, and awareness of explicit and implicit stereotyping.

Desired Qualifications*

  • Associate or bachelor’s degree in graphic design or related field
  • Experience with animation and special effects software, those of which may be used to animate our video projects, is a plus.
  • Experience working with higher education institutions and/or non-profit organizations
  • Possess practical exposure and/or experience with some or all of the following: HTML/CSS/PHP/Javascript/MySQL
  • Knowledge of Word Press CMS

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.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. The review and selection process may begin as early as the eighth day after posting. This opening 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.

 

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