5006 Graphic Designer, Student Affairs


TITLE Graphic Designer, Student Affairs




IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR Director, Residence Life, Housing and Dining Services

MAJOR ADMINISTRATOR Assistant Vice President for Student Life and Director, Plaster Student Union


The Graphic Designer is responsible for producing a wide variety of printed and electronic materials for Student Affairs, which include major projects such as the View Book for Admissions and Residence Life, Housing and Dining Services publications, as well as brochures, banners, ads, other publications, and assists with web graphic design services. Departments served include Residence Life, Housing and Dining Services, the Bookstore, Magers Health and Wellness Center, Foster Recreation Center, Plaster Student Union, Admissions, the Office of the Registrar, Career Services, the Counseling and Testing Center, Student Financial Aid and Student Employment. The Graphic Designer uses invention, imagination, originality, and talent to take projects from concept to delivery, participates in project interviews, develops concepts and designs, assists in directing photo shoots and illustrations, presents design layouts to departmental staff, makes presentations to clients, prepares camera ready art through desktop publishing, and arranges for the printing of publications with both on-campus and off-campus printers. The Graphic Designer may assist other divisional staff by producing projects they have designed.


Education: A Bachelor's degree with a major in Art or a related field is required. A Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with an emphasis in graphic design is preferred.

Experience: Either one year work experience in graphic design or a minimum of three semesters experience as a part-time student designer in a professional setting taking a publication from concept to delivery is required. Experience designing on a Macintosh computer using software packages such as PageMaker, QuarkXpress, Adobe Illustrator, InDesign and Adobe PhotoShop is required. Experience in university setting is preferred.

Skills: Must demonstrate talent as a designer, including the ability to combine function and visual appearance to achieve successful communication. Strong communication and interpersonal skills as well as good organizational and planning skills are required. The ability to develop knowledge of, respect for, and skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds is required.

Effort: The scope of the position occasionally requires working additional hours to meet deadlines. The position requires an extensive amount of time working at a computer work station and a light table. Some lifting of materials and equipment weighing up to 35 pounds may be required.


1. Produces effective publications, from concept to delivery, by participating in project interviews, developing concepts and designs, assisting with or directing photo shoots and illustrations, making presentations to clients, producing proofs and preparing camera ready artwork through desktop publishing.

2. Meets Student Affairs’ communication objectives through a thorough knowledge of type and design in order to develop concepts, sketches, comprehensives or camera ready art and advising them of appropriate options to achieve their communication objectives.

3. Operates within budgets and deadlines established for various publications by following an established production schedule, preparing specifications for print vendors, preparing cost estimates, overseeing the print vendor bidding process, reviewing printers proofs, ordering mailing labels as needed and following USPS regulations, verifying that the assigned project is completed and ready to deliver, and archiving the work electronically and in hard copy.

4. Creates printed and electronic material by utilizing available desktop publishing software and becoming proficient in new software programs and versions.

5. Coordinates and consults with Creative Services to ensure appropriate use of the University logo, colors and identity standards.

6. Assists supervisor or other staff by performing edits for various projects.

7. Contributes to a work environment that encourages knowledge of, respect for, and development of skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds.

8. Remains competent and current through self-directed professional reading, maintaining a current knowledge of desktop publishing, developing professional contacts with colleagues, attending professional development courses and attending training and/or courses as required by the designated supervisor.

9. Contributes to the overall success of the division by assisting with the editing of print and electronic materials and performing other essential duties and responsibilities as assigned.


The Graphic Designer is supervised by the Director of Residence Life, Housing and Dining Services and may supervise student workers, as directed.


JUNE 2014