Director of Creative Services
Institution: University of Northern Colorado
Location: Greeley, CO
Category: Admin – Public Relations, Marketing and Communications
Application Due: Open Until Filled
Type: Full Time
Job Summary/Basic Functions
The Director of Creative Services advances and integrates the University of Northern Colorado brand and visual identity across the university. The position reports to the Vice President of University Relations and works closely in a team environment with the Associate Vice President for Marketing, Director of Web Communications, Director of News and Public Relations, and unit-specific marketing personnel throughout the university. The Director of Creative Services leads and manages a capable Creative Services department including graphic and web designers, photographer, videographer, and writer/editor.
The Director of Creative Services takes a big picture view of the university and consistently develops and implements new and innovative ideas while assuring that they are integrated throughout the institution and support the achievement of UNC’s marketing and communications objectives. Since fast-paced and large volumes of work are the norm for the creative department, the director must be able to continually innovate and bring imaginative thinking to the university’s brand on a day-to-day basis.
The Director of Creative Services leads the university in the creation of highly visible and successful marketing and communications initiatives that result in:
a) Increased awareness of UNC
b) Increased understanding of UNC
c) Increased engagement with UNC
The university’s Marketing and Communications Plan, based on its strategic planning process, informs the priorities and decisions of this position. On a creative level, the long term evolution and advancement of the university’s brand is an essential objective of this position. The brand includes the visual identity, university messaging and the general tone of all collateral.
A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with emphasis in design, advertising, fine art, marketing or related field preferred.
Six or more years of relevant job experience required including work in an agency setting with emphasis in brand development.
Hands-on graphic design experience in digital and print mediums. In-depth knowledge of Adobe design software and Apple computer systems.
Demonstrated talent for high-caliber creative direction in an agency setting
Ability to judge creative work and clearly communicate direction to others
Ability to build consensus and implement feedback from various sources
Outstanding interpersonal communicator, both written and verbal
Shows curiosity, imagines creative solutions and sparks a creative team culture
Comfortable working with employees at all levels of the organization
Proven leadership and supervisory skills
Ability to deliver inspiring and persuasive presentations
Superior project management skills with ability to manage multiple projects at once
Ability to work within tight deadlines
Thorough understanding of art direction with an extreme eye for detail
Ability to research and understand the university’s diverse target audiences
Ability to clearly articulate problems and develop potential solutions
Takes initiative and gets things done
Expertise in advancing brands through a wide variety of social media
Ability to produce photo, video and multi-media productions
Positive attitude and strong work ethic
Ability to maintain a flexible work schedule
Valid driver’s license
Salary and Benefits
Salary is $75,000-$80,000 depending on qualifications and experience. Benefits available include health, life, and dental insurance, as well as a selection of several defined contribution retirement programs. Dependents and spouses of UNC Employees who are employed as 0.5FTE or above are entitled to and eligible for Dependent Tuition Grants. These tuition grants will cover in-state tuition charges. Further requirements may exist.
Submit application materials online electronically (resume, cover letter, and digital online portfolio). Review of application materials will begin immediately and will continue until position is filled.
Satisfactory completion of a background check, educational check, and authorization to work in the United States is required after a conditional offer of employment has been made. The successful candidate must submit original transcripts within one (1) month of hire.
Contact: University of Northern Colorado
Phone: (970) 351-2718
Online App. Form: https://careers.unco.edu/applicants