Position OverviewThe Graphic Designer (Marketing/Communications- Graphic/visual Design, 8342GD) is a 75% FTE University employee positioned in the Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare (CASCW) at the School of Social Work. CASCW has joined the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) in a joint project to co-create and operate the Minnesota Child Welfare Training Academy (MNCWTA). The Graphic Designer serves as a critical member of the integrated teams of DHS and the University. This position is responsible for creating graphic design for the day-to-day support of promotion and communication materials that will be used within and outside of the Academy. The Graphic Designer will provide support in the establishment and ongoing operations of the new Minnesota Child Welfare Training Academy.
This position will report to the Communications Coordinator and will be located off campus at the Minnesota Child Welfare Training Academy, which is two miles north of the St. Paul Campus. This position is fully grant funded.The University of Minnesota encourages a healthy work life balance for employees. CEHD is committed to an excellent employee experience, offering a flexible work environment that meetsthe needs of students, staff, faculty, and the communities we serve. Flexible work arrangements may include flexibility in schedule and/or work location. Please note that 100% remote workrequires approval. All UMN employees are expected to follow applicable public health and safety procedures.Job ResponsibilitiesGraphic and Multimedia Design (50%)Create the overall design for electronic promotional materials (i.e. motion graphics, banner) and special electronic marketing pieces.Develop and design color, text, and graphic standards/templates for presentations and brochures, and develop promotional elements to be used to enhance the activities of the Academy.Develop the design and layout for all Academy hard copy publications (briefs, training materials, etc).Stay up to date on current design trends and best practices in web and print design.Project and Team Management and Planning (40%)Evaluate the impact of the graphics utilized in department communications; design and create new graphics based on results.Create an editorial and publishing schedule for publications and digital postings, working with technical and content providers to keep all projects fresh, accurate, and up-to-date.Consult with colleagues and Academy leadership on larger-scale graphics and design layouts as methods for achieving communication goals.Facilitate small group and one-on-one meetings with project stakeholders.Negotiate scope, timelines, resources and responsibilities for project releases.Assist Academy staff with identifying cost estimates, staff time commitments, and other relevant factors as they relate to graphic design and publication.Additional Duties (10%)Provide support to the Communications Coordinator.Work within the broader CEHD and University communications teams.Attend relevant meetings and training.Participate in bi-weekly supervision.
Required QualificationsBA/BS degree in Communications, Marketing, Graphic Design, Art, or related field with at least two years of experience; or a combination of related education and work experience to equal at least six yearsIn-depth knowledge and proficiency using Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator), Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Google Analytics, Tableau Data Visualization, and Social Media Tools (Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Vimeo, LinkedIn, and other tools)Ability to build and edit emails with marketing tool, such as Mailchimp or ActiveCampaignExperience managing website edits with content management system (CMS)Established commitment to diversity and cross-cultural communicationPreferred QualificationsExperience coordinating design and communications across multiple University partnershipsProven ability to communicate effectively orally and in writingDemonstrated exceptional organizational skills balancing multiple projects simultaneously, managing versions and approvalsSelf-motivated, independent worker and demonstrated ability to work within a teamPhotography and videography; video editing skillsAbility to assist researchers with infographics to communicate research findings.Experience in program coordination and leadershipFamiliarity with child welfare
About the Department
Department OverviewFounded in 1917, the School of Social Work at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities is the oldest social work program in a public land-grant university. SSW is a unit within the College of Education and Human Development, one of the leading colleges of education and human development in the country with programs and research in areas such as educational psychology, child development, organizational leadership, family social science, and disabilities. The School offers a number of educational programs at the graduate and undergraduate levels. Graduate degree programs include a PhD in social work, a Master of Social Work, and a Master of Education in Youth Development Leadership. At the undergraduate level, the School offers a Bachelor of Science in Youth Studies, and minors in Family Violence Prevention, Youth Studies, and Social Justice. For more information please visit: http://www.socialwork.umn.eduCollege OverviewThe College of Education and Human Development (CEHD), the third largest college at the University, contributes to a just and sustainable future through engagement with the local andglobal communities to enhance human learning and development at all stages of the life span. We know diversity is necessary to do our best work and foster our humanity. That's why theCEHD community is collectively dedicated to cultivating an inclusive and equitable environment, embracing and celebrating all identities of our students, staff, and faculty. These values are alsoa moral imperative requiring continuous proactive measures and a firm stance against prejudice, discrimination, and systemic injustice. https://www.cehd.umn.edu/
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The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (UMTC)The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (UMTC), is among the largest public research universities in the country, offering undergraduate, graduate, and professional students a multitude of opportunities for study and research. Located at the heart of one of the nation's most vibrant, diverse metropolitan communities, students on the campuses in Minneapolis and St. Paul benefit from extensive partnerships with world-renowned health centers, international corporations, government agencies, and arts, nonprofit, and public service organizations.At the University of Minnesota, we are proud to be recognized by the Star Tribune as a Top Workplace for 2021, as well as by Forbes as Best Employers for Women and one of America's Best Employers (2015, 2018, 2019, 2023), Best Employer for Diversity (2019, 2020), Best Employer for New Grads (2018, 2019), and Best Employer by State (2019, 2022).