Senior Graphic Designer Brown School of Social Work at Washington University


Job Type/Schedule

This position is full-time and works approximately 37.5 hours per week.

Department Name/Job Location

This position is in the Department of Communications. The position is located at Hillman Hall. This position is for the Danforth Campus.

Essential Functions


The Brown School at Washington University comprises a top-ranked master of social work, innovative maser of public health and a growing master of social policy program, in additional to two PhD programs and more than 12 faculty-led research centers. The School’s mission and vision are closely aligned with the advancement of social justice and equity. Through leadership in the area of creative strategy, graphic design and production, this individual helps the School’s communications team elevate and promote the School’s programs, research, faculty, alumni, students and events to both internal and external audiences.

The senior designer is responsible for visual concept, design, layout, artwork, production and creative supervision of Brown School print and electronic marketing materials assigned. In addition, this role collaborates closely with the director of communications, communications manager, digital content specialist and outside vendors. This individual will need to understand and find creative, design-oriented solutions to communications challenges and opportunities, including the visual representation of technical or complex information for consumption by lay audiences. This individual will help ensure a consistent quality in terms of look, feel, brand standards, and voice/message throughout the School’s communications.

This individual also makes substantive contributions to discussions about project management, operations and strategy. They will play a key role in advancing the internal capabilities of faculty, staff and students to more effectively present and communicate their work in an on-brand, visual way through training and consultation.


Creative Concepting, Graphic Design, and Art Direction
Works with faculty and staff to identify, plan, design, and produce a variety of visually compelling materials and experiences including: publications and reports; presentations; advertising; marketing; fundraising, and event collateral; invitations and programs; environmental and digital signage; exhibits, displays and backdrops; center branding; websites; promotional and research posters; and maps, charts and graphs.

Develops and executes creative, image-enhancing artwork and layouts
Collaborates with communications team on copy, strategy, timeline and budget, to ensure internal client expectations are met
Manages each project from concept through design and production
Captures, creates, or manipulates graphic images, photos, flow charts, and diagrams for inclusion in publications, reports, fact sheets, policy briefs, brochures, advertisements, presentations, posters, web, etc.
Conceptualize designs for web projects; prepares graphic and photographic files as well as typographic specifications for web design; selects color palettes
Researches, bids, designs, orders, and proofs branded promotional items and apparel
Maintains current information and provides counsel on paper availability, postal regulations, digital technology and standards, and other information; which may affect assigned marketing materials
Designs new website skins as requested; creates layered art files and notes to aid programmer in production; coordinates with programmer on web styles
Optimizes graphics for external website, intranet, and electronic communications
Management of all digital assets

Establishes and meets production schedules and assignments
Coordinates with outside freelance designers and photographers, if needed, to establish and meet production schedules
Gathers estimates from vendors that, depending on the project and client need, may range from the Brown School’s internal production center to full-color press
Prepares files for press, routes and approves proofs, conducts press checks
Specifies paper and ink combinations; prepares electronic files for layout and print, including multi-color artwork; prepares illustrations and drawings
Serves as the department’s liaison to the School’s Service Center, which offers internal production capabilities

Tools and Trainings
Builds the capacity of Brown School faculty, staff, and students by proactively identifying and developing a range of tools and templates to support routine, day-to-day communications activities
Serves as technical graphics expert in consultation with internal clients
Identifies, creates, and holds trainings for faculty, staff and students as needed to support the use of the templates and other best practices as it relates to visual display of information
Creation of templates for use by faculty, staff, and students and research centers
Maintains and revises school style guide
Advises internal clients, students, and vendors on proper branding, template, and style guide usage
Contributes to discussions and content related to broader curricular goals in the area of visual display of information
Manages content and advances the use and functionality of the Communications Tool kit, a communication resource area on the School’s intranet

Photography and Video
Art directs photo and video shoots as needed
Retouches photography for printed and electronic materials; prepares photographic suggestions; scan, crop, and size photographs
Collaborate with video editors to provide direction on branding and look
Perform other duties as assigned

Qualifications / Requirements

Required Qualifications

Bachelor's degree and three years of experience in graphic design or related field
Creative, self-starter
Demonstrated excellence in graphic design skills and a high degree of innovation through the professional portfolio
Proficiency with Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator)
Proficiency in Microsoft Office software suite including Outlook, PowerPoint, Word, and Excel
Knowledge and experience with the print production process (pre-flighting files, etc.)
Ability to work with a range of production facilities from in-house production services to full color presses, as well as programmers and other digital specialists
Ability to quickly learn and integrate new tools and technologies to meet emerging needs
Experience in designing visual experiences (e.g. special events, exhibits, wayfinding, etc.)

Preferred Qualifications

At least five years of experience
Ability to work in both PC and Mac (Note: This is PC environment, but a MAC can be provided)
Experience in visual presentation of data
Proven ability to work within organization brand standards, as well as the ability to develop new standards as needed
Exacting attention to detail
Excellent analytical thinking and creative problem solving skills for visual information design
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, the ability to work with individuals from a wide variety of backgrounds; collaborative
Outstanding project management skills
Strong written and verbal presentation skills
Effective in a demanding professional and academic environment, able to meet multiple deadlines, strong ability to prioritize, able to be extremely flexible when content or design needs change
Proven ability to art direct freelance or other designers as need

Salary Range

The hiring range for this position is $47,151 - $61,289 annually.


-Retirement Savings Plan
-22 vacation days
-8 Paid Holidays
-Sick Time
-Tuition benefits for employee, spouse and dependent children
-Free Metro Link/ Bus pass
-Free Life Insurance
-Health, Dental, Vision
-Health Savings Accounts (HSA)
-Long Term Disability Insurance
-Flex Spending Plan
-Other Benefits

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EOE Statement

Washington University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status.


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