Senior Visual Designer
Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) provides innovative leadership in art and design education and an ongoing commitment to creative experimentation and risk-taking. This progressive, inquisitive attitude permeates RISD’s campus culture, supporting undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, curators, administrators, and support staff who form our community. RISD’s students are diverse, coming from a wide range of geographic, socioeconomic, and cultural backgrounds. The college strives to cultivate a culturally competent campus environment that advances principles of social equity and inclusion, environmental and climate justice, and equal access to resources and opportunities.
RISD’s Media Group is seeking a highly-skilled Senior Visual Designer to join its team of writers, designers, marketers, and software developers as they articulate, steward, and amplify the RISD brand. The Senior Visual Designer is multidisciplinary, using graphic design, animation, software development (preferred but not required), and prototyping skills to tell RISD’s story to engage and inform diverse audiences, including prospective and current students, donors, faculty members, alumni, and the general public.
Working under the guidance of the Design Lead, the Senior Visual Designer will collaborate with campus partners and Media Group team members to produce creative experiences and materials such as brand identity systems, publication design, social media content, video, and digital products to successfully achieve RISD’s marketing objectives. This individual is able to lead projects independently or step into a larger campaign mid-stream, orient themselves quickly, and build on the work of others expanding RISD’s reach and expression.
- Support the Design Lead in the creation of campaigns and
marketing initiatives that best represent RISD’s brand and convey
images, messages, quality, and tone most appropriate for the
College. Actively engage and partner with writers, designers,
marketers, developers, and other teammates to brainstorm new ideas
and design results-generating deliverables across all of the
college’s channels. Execute and/or manage corresponding production
- Leverage visual design skills to create exceptional digital
experiences (microsites, landing pages, social and email campaigns,
online advertising, and more) that engage target audiences and
bring RISD’s brand positioning to life. Follow best practices for
designs for all types of interfaces, such as mobile, tablet, and
- Prototype experiences and concepts to demonstrate how proposed
campaigns can come to life (ex: motion-studies, click-through
prototypes, mockups) and give stakeholders and the internal RISD
Media team the ability to properly evaluate the viability of
- Build positive relationships with institutional stakeholders,
presenting creative work to them, and seeking and successfully
incorporating their ideas and feedback to help achieve RISD’s
- Stay current with recent trends and advancements in graphic
design, digital marketing, and related fields, evaluating and
recommending if and how these trends would be appropriate for RISD.
Identify, evaluate, recommend and implement as approved
new/innovative ways design can help achieve RISD’s goals.
Required Knowledge, Skills, Experience
- Bachelor’s degree in graphic design or equivalent combination
of education and experience.
- 5+ years of increasingly challenging design experience.
- Solid working knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite software and
prototyping tools like Figma, Sketch, and Invision.
- A clear understanding of visual systems, robust typographic
skills, and an enthusiasm for creating visual narratives.
Demonstrated ability to successfully translate complex ideas into
compelling, intuitive visuals for a highly visual community.
- Ability to work across a range of projects including identity
design, print collateral, publication design, and online
- Ability to organize workflow and prioritize projects.
- Strong presentation and collaboration capabilities. Able to
guide stakeholders through the entire creative process and balance
client needs with the goals of the larger institution.
- Strong research capabilities. Ability to glean insights from
user research and other qualitative and quantitative inputs and
- Demonstrated experience working and communicating inclusively
and effectively within a broadly diverse community of faculty,
staff, and students.
- A sense of curiosity about a wide range of media vehicles and a
desire to figure out how they work best together.
35 hours per week
12 months per year
Documents Needed to Apply:
Portfolio (linked within resume)
Incomplete applications will not be considered. Please upload all required documents.
The successful candidate will be required to meet our pre-employment background screening requirements.
RISD recognizes diversity and inclusivity as fundamental to its learning community and integral to an art and design education. We welcome candidates whose experience has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and excellence. RISD is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetics, or any other protected characteristic as established by law.
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Marketing - Media