Art Director - University Marketing & Communications - 17262


The University Marketing and Communications department at the University of Wisconsin - Whitewater seeks an Art Director (Sr. Media Specialist, S76BN).

This will be a 100% fixed term annual appointment and reappointment for subsequent terms is dependent upon needs of the position, university funding and external forces.


The Art Director is responsible for overseeing and producing high quality graphics and artwork for the university through the use of digital and graphic arts techniques. The graphic designer must possess advanced knowledge in the areas of computer graphics, typesetting, typography and design, and specialized graphic arts applications including Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator and Animate. Serves as the artistic director and enhances the UW-Whitewater brand through print and multimedia production.


Minimum Qualifications:
  • 7 years of professional work experience in related position
  • Bachelor's degree in graphic design or related field
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Ability to interact respectfully with people from diverse socioeconomic, cultural and ethnic backgrounds
  • Knowledge of commercial art
  • Knowledge of best practices for graphic design, branding and visual identity
  • Ability to create artwork through use of design tools and imaging
  • Knowledge of postal regulations for printing pieces
  • Experience using graphics software on Apple computers
  • Ability to download software and make hardware upgrades
  • Ability to organize and prepare electronic files for storage and retrieval
  • Proficient with Adobe Creative Suite
  • Ability to crop and resize photos and artwork for use in computer graphics
  • Ability to prepare graphics for web-based applications
  • Ability to package print jobs for production
  • Knowledge of the Pantone Matching System
  • Will be an active participant and comply with applicable safety rules and regulations including necessary training and drills

A. Produce graphics and artwork for University Marketing and Communications:
  1. Provide graphic and design services to faculty, staff and administration
  2. Design and produce university print materials from ideas to completion
  3. Lead the graphic design team, including managing professional staff graphic designers and student designers, to complete a variety of university projects on deadline
  4. Work collaboratively with university clients to meet their graphic design and publication needs
  5. Prepare artwork and text for print by packaging fonts, links and final file and preparing reports
  6. Proof completed work
  7. Retouch and color correct photos electronically
  8. Accept delegated responsibilities as assigned
  9. Project a positive and professional demeanor in the workplace and campus community
  10. Work with Print Services and Administrative Affairs to ensure accuracy and quality in printed materials.
  • Examples of artwork:
    • Enrollment marketing print publications and digital advertisements
    • High profile campus-wide publications
    • Brochures, flyers and newsletters for university offices and departments
    • University letterhead, business cards and envelopes
    • Website graphics and banners
    • Scoreboard concepts for social media animation and slide shows
    • Environmental signage and displays
B. Serve as the artistic director for University Marketing and Communications:
  1. Set expectations and visual quality standards for all print and multimedia production
  2. Work with off-campus contractors for printing and other services
  3. Hire, supervise and mentor student employees
  4. Hire and supervise freelance graphic designers
  5. Maintain and update UW-Whitewater’s visual identity standards as needed

Founded in 1868, UW–Whitewater is one of eleven comprehensive universities in a public higher education system that also includes two doctoral institutions and a statewide Extension. In the fall of 2018, as a result of the University of Wisconsin System’s restructuring of the state’s 13 two-year campuses formerly known as UW Colleges, UW–Rock County began operating as a branch campus of UW–Whitewater under the new name of University of Wisconsin–Whitewater at Rock County. Together, these campuses form a preeminent academic institution driven by the pursuit of knowledge, powered by a spirit of innovation, and focused on transforming lives. The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Main Campus and Rock County Campus are located conveniently near Milwaukee, Madison, and Chicago, and thus offers the advantage of beautiful small-town environments with easy access to the cultural and commercial opportunities of major metropolitan areas.

The Warhawk family — led by caring faculty and staff — is devoted to student success within a broad range of academic programs. UW-Whitewater has a special mission within the UW System to serve students with disabilities and, as such, embraces the principles of universal design and is one of the most accessible campuses in the state. The campuses have more than 200 student organizations and UW-Whitewater is a Division III NCAA university. UW-Whitewater is committed to seeking and sustaining a culturally and ethnically diverse campus environment, building a diverse faculty and staff with expertise and interest in serving students with diverse needs, backgrounds, ethnicities, abilities and other distinct characteristics in respectful, sensitive and understanding ways. The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer, and actively seeks and encourages applications from women, people of color, persons with disabilities, and veterans.


The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is part of the 13-campus University of Wisconsin System ( ).

Wisconsin Statute 19.36(7)(b) provides that applicants may indicate in writing that their identity should be kept confidential. In response to a public records request, the University will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful final candidate will be released. See Wisconsin Statute 19.36(7)(a).

Per Regent Policy Document 20-19, University of Wisconsin System Criminal Background Check Policy and UW System Administrative Policy 1275 Recruitment Policies, UW-Whitewater requires criminal background checks as a contingency to employment. A criminal background check will be conducted prior to an offer of employment. All final candidates must be asked, prior to hire, whether they have been found to have engaged in, are currently under investigation for, or left employment during an active investigation in which they were accused of sexual violence or sexual harassment. When obtaining employment reference checks, these same sexual violence or sexual harassment questions must also be asked.

The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater requires that all employees be active participants in following applicable safety rules and regulations including necessary training and drills.

For UW-Whitewater Campus safety information and crime statistics/annual Security Report, see . If you would like a paper copy of the report please contact the UW-Whitewater Police at 262-472-4660.

To learn more about UW-Whitewater's competitive benefits packages go to our: ALEX webpage, which is our interactive benefits decision support tool.


UW-Whitewater embraces AAC&U’s LEAP principles ( ) and emphasizes student, staff and faculty participation in High-Impact Practices ( ). The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs ( ) provides support for faculty scholarly and creative activities as well as other opportunities to apply for reassigned time and/or other resources to support research activities. UW-Whitewater faculty and staff also have access to technology transfer and research resources provided by WiSys ( ).

Conditions of Appointment:

University of Wisconsin-Whitewater does not offer H-1B or other work authorization visa sponsorship for this position. Candidates must be legally authorized to work in the United States at the time of hire and maintain work authorization throughout the employment term. If you have questions regarding this, please contact Human Resources.

The University of Wisconsin System is engaged in a Title and Total Compensation (TTC) project to redesign job titles and compensation structures. As a result of the TTC project, official job titles on current job postings is targeted to be implemented mid-2021. Job duties and responsibilities will remain the same. For more information please visit:

The University of Wisconsin - Whitewater has the authority to implement temporary workforce reduction and cost saving measures to address financial challenges resulting from the COVID-19 Crisis, consistent with Wisconsin law and Board of Regents, UW System, and UW-Whitewater policy and procedure.


Applications received by July 5, 2021 are ensured full consideration. Applications received after that date may be given consideration at the discretion of the search committee. Application materials will be evaluated and the most qualified applicants will be invited to participate in the next step of the selection process.

If you have questions regarding this recruitment, or if you are not able to complete the application online due to a disability or system problem, please contact us at 262-472-1024 or .

For questions regarding the position, please contact:

Nadia Bidwell
(262) 472- 1200


Only complete application packages will be considered. A complete application includes online submission of the following documents:
  • Resume/CV
  • Cover Letter/Letter of Interest
  • Three Professional/Supervisory References with contact information
  • Link to portfolio with examples of graphic design work
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