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Director of Brand and Creative Services
Date Posted 10/04/2019
Hiring Status No Longer Accepting Applications
Location Twin Cities Campus
Position Responsibilities
The Director of Brand and Creative Services serves Saint Mary's University of Minnesota—a university that spans multiple locations and offers numerous programs. This strategic leadership position is integral to building, unifying, and conveying the institution’s brand visually to various internal and external audiences to positively impact the university’s goals, including those for enrollment, fundraising, and regional awareness. This role combines creative direction, design, and production of print and digital materials university-wide, working closely with the director of external relations and director of strategic marketing to ensure goals for the division’s plan are met.  This position can be based out of the Twin Cities or Winona campus location.
Brand Management (20%)
  • Serve as brand champion to evolve the expression of the university’s brand and relevancy to multiple stakeholder groups.
  • Evolve and adapt the brand and its elements to foster greater affinity with students, faculty, staff, alumni, and prospective students. 
  • Interpret the Saint Mary’s brand and adhere to and communicate brand standards and identity guidelines to ensure high quality and consistent visuals across various media.
Creative Direction (25%)
  • Lead in the creation of materials that appeal to a variety of audiences to build recognition and favorable perception of Saint Mary’s University.
  • Develop and adapt graphic identity standards to position the university as innovative in the marketplace.
  • Manage vendors and other designers (internal or external).
  • Serve as art director for photography, videography, signage, events, and more for a variety of projects university-wide.
  • Assist in providing leadership for more efficient and effective processes for the department, spread across multiple locations.
Design (40%)
  • Design and create print and digital materials, and coordinate production of such materials for a variety of internal clients for external audiences, including advertisements (print and digital), magazines, brochures, invitations, websites, and application designs.
  • Fulfill project requests from idea generation to completion; including concept, design and layout, production, and coordination and fulfillment.
Budgeting, Planning, and Personnel management (15%)
  • Manage a team of three, including two graphic designers and a videographer/photographer.
  • Manage the project design budgets, including external vendors and project consultants.
  • Work with project manager to review, monitor, and complete projects and corresponding staff workloads.
  • Lead an effective production process of project deliverables to on-time completion and within approved budget parameters.
  • Conduct ongoing research and concept testing so design concepts and materials foster increased engagement.
Essential Skills and Abilities
The successful candidate will have the following skills and abilities:
  • Experience in brand development and management, including establishing brand hierarchies for discrete audiences.
  • Experience as a graphic designer in digital and print media, including possessing excellent graphical and typographical design skills and superlative production design skills with an awareness of graphic and advertising trends.
  • Experience with print vendor management and knowledge of printing processes and a desire to continuously stay abreast of technology innovations in the field. 
  • Aptitude in creative art direction, including working knowledge of photography/videography.
  • Project management skills and the ability to think strategically, manage multiple priorities, and meet deadlines.
  • Able to work in a team environment to deliver results and advance division goals.
  • Customer service orientation with client relationship management skills.
  • Ability to travel between university locations in the Twin Cities, Rochester and Winona, as needed.
  The successful candidate must support, respect, and advance the mission of Saint Mary's University as a Lasallian Catholic institution.
Education and Experience
  • Bachelor’s degree in graphic design or a related field required; MFA or similar advanced degree preferred.
  • Seven plus years of experience in graphic design and production of print and digital materials.
  • Experience building and managing teams.
  • Strong understanding of marketing and branding with the ability to achieve creative results that produce return on investment in enrollment and fundraising.
  • Working knowledge of Mac computer hardware and software programs for design, including Adobe Creative Cloud Suite (Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, Acrobat), Font Management Systems, Microsoft Office, and Google applications.

All offers of employment are contingent upon the successful completion of a criminal background check.

Additional Required Materials Cover letter, resume, and online portfolio
Application Review Date 10/18/2019
Starting Date
Contact Lisa Guyott
Contact Email
Position Full-time
Contract Length 12 Month
Other Details / Information
Benefits Full
Work Sponsorship This position is not eligible for work sponsorship
  We encourage members of the protected classes as defined by the federal, state, and municipal law and those persons attracted to a university with a Lasallian Catholic identity to apply.