Graphic Designer

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Work type: Staff
Location: Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Categories: Staff

Position Title: Graphic Designer  
Location: Grand Rapids (Kendall)  
Advertised Salary: $40,000 - $44, 000 Salary commensurate with education, experiences and other requirements. Comprehensive benefit package (health care, vacation, etc.)  
FLSA: Non-Exempt  
Temporary/Continuing:  Continuing  
Part-Time/Full-Time: Full-Time  
At Will/Just Cause: At Will  
Summary of Position: Reporting to the Content Coordinator and the Marketing and Public Relations Coordinator, the Graphic Designer will be a member of the Communications team at Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University (KCAD). The highly organized, articulate and detail-oriented graphic designer will have a fundamental understanding of design and design processes, and be knowledgeable in the principles and techniques of design, typography, illustration, image assessment, production, marketing, branding, writing and editing. Responsibilities include but are not limited to: concept, layout, design and production of original marketing and advertising materials, both print and digital, to create and enhance KCAD and the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (UICA)’s visual identity. Work on student recruitment projects is prioritized, but work may also include other projects for KCAD and the UICA.  
Position Type: Staff  
Required Education: Bachelor’s degree in graphic design or related field.  
Required Work Experience: At least one year of graphic design experience in a professional environment  
Required Licenses and Certifications:    
Additional Education/Experiences to be Considered: Higher education work experience
Familiarity with mobile devices and digital publishing processes
Familiarity with social media platforms
Familiarity with basic web publishing and coding
Familiarity with Adobe Creative Cloud
Understanding of user interface/UX design
Photo, video, illustration, creative writing or other related skills
Duties/Responsibilities: Create work of high visual and conceptual quality that is appropriate to the intended audience and exists within the framework of the college’s overall visual identity
Ensure that all projects are accurate, on time, within budget and meet KCAD and UICA brand standards
Facilitate clear, timely communication with clients, staff and vendors
Maintain organized files and workflow
Research and learn new technology/software as needed to maintain a current skill set including but not limited to: Adobe Design software (InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, Acrobat) and Microsoft Office
Coordinate projects with Communications team members
Assist with implementation and oversight of College’s graphic and copy standards
Research, brainstorm and implement strong concepts
Manage project schedules and maintain timelines
Create compelling print and digital visual design
Select appropriate project elements (photography, video, illustration, font, etc.)
Incorporate feedback and changes into projects
Ensure materials meet accessibility standards
Review and finalize files for print or digital production
Proof designs for accuracy of content
Review pre-press materials
Create specifications for cost-effective bids
Maintain excellent relationships with clients and vendors
Manage production and purchasing with clients and vendors
Participate in team meetings
Maintain Communications Office archives (digital and print)
Perform other duties as assigned and perform all duties in compliance with college and University policies and procedures
Maintain the confidentiality of designated information
Skills and Abilities: Expertise in Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator and Acrobat
Competency with Microsoft 365
Competency with print and digital production processes and methods
Excellent grammar, writing and proofing skills
Proven time-management skills
Required Documents:
  • Resume 
  • Cover Letter
  • Unofficial Transcript 1 
  • Portfolio 1
Optional Documents:    
Special Instructions to Applicants: Unofficial Transcript 1(Required): Applicants must attach a copy of unofficial transcripts of degree as described in the Required Education section. Transcripts must include: Institution name, applicant name, date degree attained, and degree awarded. Finalist will be required to submit an official transcript.

Portfolio 1 (Required): Portfolio of recent, most relevant work
Initial Application Review Date:
May 10, 2021  
Posting Close Date:
EEO Statement: Ferris State University, an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, is committed to enhancing equity, inclusion, and diversity within its community. Ferris offers employment opportunities to qualified candidates seeking careers in a student-focused environment that values opportunity, collaboration, diversity and educational excellence.  Learn more about the Ferris Mission and community at The University actively seeks applications from women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and other underrepresented groups. For more information on the University’s Policy on Non-Discrimination, visit: Ferris Non-Discrimination Statement.  

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