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The Creative Services Manager is responsible for the development and execution of digital and print creative materials that are used across a variety of platforms to communicate and market the value and impact of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences,, including Virginia Agricultural Experiment Station, and Virginia Cooperative Extension.
The Creative Services Manager will focus on developing products that align to a digital-first model where information is put online in a visually engaging way and then repurposed for print materials. Both mediums must be able to stand on their own as engaging and impactful creations.
The Creative Services Manager manages all digital and print creative services projects from conception to completion, and ensures a consistently fresh and distinctive visual identity within brand standards. Responsibilities include developing designs for both mediums that include but not limited to newsletters, magazines, ads, fliers, signage, marketing materials, graphics, infographics.
The manager will report to the Director of Communications and Marketing but will work in a collaborative team environment where they are expected to bring new and creative ideas to the table that help tell the story of the college. The manager must be a strategic and conceptual thinker with the ability to remain current on new technologies, industry trends, and consumer insights to inform and drive creative vision. The manager is expected to exercise top-quality professional judgment in a demanding, high-volume environment, and must be able to think strategically, provide solutions that align with objectives, and deliver projects on time and within budget.
The manager will help launch a new brand and develop a series of designs that adhere to the brand and create templates that others can use that fall within standards. They will also work with other departments and units to ensure they are complying with brand standards.
The manager is expected to oversee creative workflow, tools, and processes and suggest improvements to optimize efficiency and work quality. They must be able to communicate and work well with clients to deliver impactful, quality designs.
Master’s Degree. in design or related field. Combination of BS Degree and extensive, applicable experience will be considered. Experience and expertise in both print and digital design. Expertise with Adobe Creative Suite software including Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and Acrobat. Extensive print and digital design portfolio that demonstrates creativity and innovation. Demonstrated experience of successfully managing an aggressive schedule of print and digital communications. Experience working within a brand. Significant experience in layout for digital and print with proven graphic design skills. Extensive knowledge of printing, prepress, and the graphic arts. Experience creating unique, aesthetic elements that can translate across different media as well as the ability to create icons, logos, and vector art elements. Deep knowledge of design, typography, color theory, composition, user experience, and experience design in all work. Ability to move seamlessly between multiple projects with competing deadlines.
Experience in Adobe After Effects, HTML, CSS is a plus. Experience working with Content Management Systems. Experience in higher education. Familiarity with Virginia Tech brand, Virginia Tech style guide, and Associated Press style.
Employee Category: Administrative and Professional Faculty
Appointment Type: Regular
Tenure Status: Non-Tenure Track
Percent Employment: Full-time
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