Colgate University: Designer

Posted: Sep 12, 2019

Colgate University




Requisition Number: 2019S110P


Full Time/Part Time: Full Time


Division: Communications Division


Department: Communications


Department Statement:




The Designer assists with digital and print design as well as production for the Colgate University Communications department.


Accountable for creating high quality visual communications and accessible designs that engage relevant audiences, including campus students, faculty and staff, as well as prospective students, alumni and University supporters, and the general public.


Accountable for conceptualization, and the design of various print materials, websites, emails, mobile apps, and other communications and marketing initiatives.


Responsible for design and production of cross-platform creative communications, delivering content on time, within budget, and according to established visual standards.


Provides input on visual work of colleagues and works collaboratively as part of a team.


Technical Competencies


 Content Creation and Production 

Demonstrated ability to design and produce high quality visual communications for all communication platforms. Ability to create data visualization and information graphics. Demonstrated ability to create sitemaps, user flows, wireframes, page layouts, UI specification deliverables, and designs for handoff to development staff.


 Communications Planning and Strategy 

Demonstrated ability to take multiple sources of input, combine them into a cohesive package, and deliver prototypes/mockups in a timely manner. Ability to work within existing brand standards to create best possible digital solutions. Ability to assist with the maintenance of a strong visual brand identity and brand personality and serve as a campus resource for questions about the visual brand. Ability to collaborate with IT services and university communications staff to ensure group’s compliance with policies and standards around identity graphics, web content, and online accessibility. Able to independently assess user requirements and recommend the proper solution for small projects and to work collaboratively for medium-sized projects.


 Communications Technologies 

Demonstrated ability to leverage advanced features of all relevant content creation systems and technologies. Ability to efficiently create, collaborate, and manage files within content creation and content management tools employed within the communications division. Demonstrated ability to use content creation software to create content for deployment across multiple platforms and media. In depth understanding of design and concepts for applications across digital media, including user centered website design, user interface, mobile applications, and responsive design.


Behavioral Competencies


 Personal Accountability for Results 

Takes responsibility for decisions, performance, and outcomes; behaves in a responsible manner with a positive attitude; shows self-awareness and openness to feedback.


 Effective Communication 

Demonstrates effective written and oral communication skills; shares information and seeks input from others; adapts communication to diverse audiences; protects private and confidential information.


 Problem Solving and Decision Making 

Analyzes and prioritizes situations to identify and solve problems; generates solutions to improve efficiency and quality; involves others in solving problems and making decisions; factors organizational goals into decisions; makes clear, transparent, and timely decisions.


 Change Management 

Responds positively to changing university initiatives and readily adapts behavior to maintain effective performance; understands the long-term direction of the university and can relate this to departmental area; adapts to new methodologies; identifies and acts on areas where change is appropriate.


 Leadership and Teamwork 

Applies skills and knowledge to provide a climate to achieve departmental and organizational success; balances individual and department goals; helps others perform at their best; builds productive relationships to enhance individual and organizational effectiveness; treats others with respect; resolves conflicts among team members.


 Creativity and Innovation 

Generates, explores, encourages, and implements innovative ways of creating strategic value for the university, division, department, and individual level; critically assesses the effectiveness of new initiatives.


 Diversity and Inclusion 

Demonstrates respect for people and their differences; understands the benefits of a diverse workforce; earns the trust and respect of others; includes and welcomes others; works to understand the perspective of others; promotes opportunities to experience diversity within our community.



Understands the impact of decision making and personal behavior in achieving the university’s commitment to a sustainable and carbon-neutral campus; supports and advances the university’s sustainability initiatives; influences others to use sustainable practices.


Professional Experience/Qualifications


Minimum 3–5 years of professional work experience as a designer.


Demonstrated ability to collaborate with editors, illustrators, photographers, developers, and campus clients/partners.


Working knowledge of HTML , CSS , JavaScript, Wordpress, Adobe Creative Cloud suite, Google Drive, Microsoft Office.


Understanding and experience in responsive design principles.


Knowledge of design, user interface, and best practices for digital media, including social media, web, mobile apps, and email.


Knowledge of print production and other print processes.


Preferred Qualifications


Bachelor’s degree preferred.


UX/ UI & UX/UA conceptual understanding is preferred.


Knowledge of accessibility practices in web design (WCAG 2.1 Level AA) is preferred.


Knowledge of Drupal a plus.


Knowledge of responsive CSS frameworks (such as Bootstrap), PHP , and HTML5 a plus.


Experience with formal and informal usability testing using design prototypes, and responding to results a plus.


Experience with BaseCamp a plus.


Experience in a college or university communications office a plus.




Associates Degree, and a portfolio that demonstrates executed creative communication design.




Physical Requirements


Other Information


Applicants are required to include a link in their cover letter or resume to their professional

online portfolio.


Work Schedule:




Job Open Date:




Job Close Date:




Open Until Filled




Special Instructions Summary


EEO Statement


It is the policy of Colgate University not to discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of their race, color, creed, religion, age, sex, pregnancy, national origin, marital status, disability, protected Veterans status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, being or having been victims of domestic violence or stalking, familial status, or any other categories covered by law. Colgate is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Candidates from historically underrepresented groups, women, persons with disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.


Clery Act



The Campus Safety Department will provide upon request a copy of Colgate’s Annual Security and Fire Safety Report. This report includes statistics as reported to the United States Department of Education for the previous three years concerning reported: 1. crimes that occurred on-campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by Colgate University; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from, the campus and 2. fires that occurred in student housing facilities. The report also includes institutional policies concerning campus security and fire safety, such as policies concerning sexual assault, life safety systems, and other related matters. To obtain a copy, contact the Campus Safety Compliance Manager via e-mail at [email protected] You may also access the report from the Campus Safety web page at:


To view the full job posting and apply for this position, go to:


Copyright ©2017 Inc. All rights reserved.



More Information

Source: Authentic Jobs

More Opportunities: