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Motion Designer

Virginia Tech
Virginia, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted date
Jun 21, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Arts, Design & Graphic Arts, Communications, Digital Media, Other Communications, Administrative, Business & Administrative Affairs, Public Relations & Marketing (Campus), Editing & Publications Management
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Employment Type
Full Time
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Job Description

The Motion Designer is an agile problem solver that uses animation and design to tell a story on a variety of design surfaces that align with university goals and the strategic priorities within Advancement at Virginia Tech. The Motion Designer reports to the Assistant Director of Design in the University Relations Creative Studio. The Creative Studio, charged with creative output and consultation across the enterprise, generates video and still content; graphic design, and digital design and development, to support several platforms. The studio’s goal is to support the creative needs of Advancement, by bringing concepts to fruition in the form of magazines, videos, photos and many other products. The Motion Designer works alongside Advancement colleagues, including (but not limited to) web, marketing, editorial, and visual teams, to support the marketing and communication efforts of the university on a variety of content platforms.

The Motion Designer has a strong understanding of varying needs of different content platforms including email, news and publications websites, social media posts and stories, print and other static media, and can adjust accordingly. They will conceptualize, organize and create motion graphics that turn functional goals into finalized project deliverables such as, but not limited to, gifs/memes, videos, digital promotions/ads, written scripts, illustrations, storyboards, animatics of long-form video, presentations/slide decks, environmental graphics and moving digital displays, and short-form, quick-turn breaking news content (kinetic type, infographics, explainer videos, etc). They may also edit raw video footage alongside content creators to incorporate title and post-production work and add effects/elements.

Required Qualifications

Bachelor's degree in fine arts, visual communications or related field and experience and or training experience in motion graphics design

Demonstrated experience planning, implementing, and evaluating the creative process and adhering to schedules

Collaborative in nature

Ability to handle many projects simultaneously

Ability to work under pressure and to organize and meet deadlines

Demonstrated experience visualizing creative concepts

Ability to work with project management software

Strong interpersonal communications skills

Ability to communicate and work cooperatively with colleagues and clientele

Demonstrated knowledge of best practices in the fields of web development, motion and graphic design, photography, video production, writing and editing, and digital storytelling

Ability to function efficiently and meet deadlines with minimal supervision

Proficient in the use of a computer for writing, editing, email and standard office programs

Proficient in the use of Adobe products (After Effects, Photoshop, Illustrator)

Portfolio of work

Preferred Qualifications

An advanced degree in fine arts or communications

Knowledge of Virginia Tech or higher education

Knowledge of the advancement model as it applies to higher education marketing and communications

Proficient in the use of a Mac computer

Experience managing complex projects

Pay Band


Appointment Type


Salary Information

Commensurate with Experience

Review Date

July 30, 2021

Additional Information

The successful Candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check

About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges , a school of medicine , a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School , and Honors College . The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers . A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.

If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, please contact Brandi Barnett at during regular business hours at least 10 business days prior to the event.

Advertised: June 21, 2021
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