Northeastern's Marketing department, part of the University's Office of External Affairs, seeks a highly collaborative, and blue-sky thinking, Art Director to join our team. Our Art Director will work with a cross-functional team to evolve the brand and conceptualize how we visually communicate across audiences and channels. The creative work of the Art Director spans across print, digital and experiential platforms to support University initiatives.
The position is based on the Boston campus with the option of one remote day per week.
The ideal candidate is someone who:
Is forever curious and a motivating member on any creative team
Draws creative inspiration from everyday surroundings
Ideates and conceptualizes new ideas as a norm
Possesses a solid visual design background with strong typography, palette, grid system, and layout.
Can rapidly build fluency in brand guidelines and apply that expertise across all platforms
Continuously and thoughtfully works to evolve the brand standards
Embraces communications challenges and solves with visual solutions
Is experienced and able to communicate design and scope timelines and expectations
Communicates clearly with colleagues, articulates perspective with confidence and rationale, and receives feedback willingly
Is an agile thinker and executor with keen foresight who can pivot effortlessly
Is a self-starter who can take the lead when necessary
Has ability to work independently as well as part of a cross-disciplinary team
Has an unwavering spirit of optimism, collegiality, and humility
Formally trained visual designer
5+ years' experience in multiple areas of design, branding or editorial in which proficiency in typography, color theory, and layout are demonstrated
Proficiency in tools of the trade: Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator), Figma, and PPT
Quick study for new design tools and prototyping tools
Strong presentation skills and ability to articulate rationale for concepts and design choices
A comprehensive portfolio that demonstrates intuitive and compelling designs
Self-starter with a track record of delivering quality work under deadlines
Extraordinary attention to details and craftsmanship
Natural collaborator with excellent interpersonal skills
Experience in higher education is not needed, nor it is desired
Nice to haves:
Print process expertise
Photo editing/ retouching/ color correction
Email design & accessibility expertise
KEY RESPONSIBILITIES & ACCOUNTABILITIES
1) Create multiple concepts and ideas required in early phases for most projects:
Digital, environmental, and print design split is equal.
Present designs and creative solutions to team members and team leads, gathers feedback, and iterates.
Prepare assets and work with the team to implement creative work on multiple platforms.
2) Owns full brand design cycle from concept through execution:
On an ongoing basis, create, document and socialize brand standard evolution, templates, tools and guidelines to the organization, outside design resources, and vendors.
Directs and mentors members of design team towards a shared vision.
Provide visual brand design direction to outside agencies and vendors.
3) Provide stylistic direction for photography and videography as needed
Marketing and Communications
Northeastern University considers factors such as candidate work experience, education and skills when extending an offer.
Northeastern has a comprehensive benefits package for benefit eligible employees. This includes medical, vision, dental, paid time off, tuition assistance, wellness & life, retirement- as well as commuting & transportation. Visit https://hr.northeastern.edu/benefits/ for more information.
Northeastern University is an equal opportunity employer, seeking to recruit and support a broadly diverse community of faculty and staff. Northeastern values and celebrates diversity in all its forms and strives to foster an inclusive culture built on respect that affirms inter-group relations and builds cohesion.
All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.
Founded in 1898, Northeastern University is a private research university located in the heart of Boston. Northeastern is a leader in worldwide experiential learning, urban engagement, and interdisciplinary research that meets global and societal needs. Our broad mix of experience-based education programs?our signature cooperative education program, as well as student research, service learning, and global learning?build the connections that enable students to transform their lives. The University offers a comprehensive range of undergraduate and graduate programs leading to degrees through the doctorate in nine colleges and schools.