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Graphic Design Coordinator (16069)

American University
District of Columbia, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Jun 28, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Arts, Design & Graphic Arts, Communications, Other Communications, Administrative, Academic Affairs, Other Academic Affairs, Business & Administrative Affairs, Public Relations & Marketing (Campus), Editing & Publications Management
Employment Type
Full Time
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Get to Know American University

At American University we value open and honest inquiry, servant leadership, and the affirmation of the human dignity of all. We envision a thriving AU community where individuals of all identities and experiences are understood, appreciated, and fully included, and where equitable treatment, opportunities, and outcomes prevail.

Our diverse community of students, faculty, and staff represent every state and more than 150 countries. Our internationally recognized faculty are today's thought leaders in the areas of public policy, law, the arts, communications, international development, and more. Our staff are innovative, service-oriented, and dedicated to moving the university towards achieving its strategic goals. We are committed to an excellent experience for all of our students, faculty and staff and share a passion for creating change through our knowledge and our work.

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About the Department/Unit

The School of Public Affairs (SPA) at American University has been a hub for policy-related research and teaching for 85 years. Created during the depths of the Great Depression to train federal employees to implement President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s “New Deal,” SPA builds a culture of excellence and transforms the student experience through personalized teaching and experiential education; empowerment to conduct and produce research for those who seek knowledge; and ongoing engagement and collaboration between the academic and policy-planning spheres.


The Graphic Design Coordinator delivers graphic design services and creative services that help in the promotion and marketing of the School of Public Affairs. Under the direction of the Director of Strategic Communications & PR, this position will create design elements for use in internal and external marketing campaigns, academic and fundraising initiatives, events, and programs of the School of Public Affairs (SPA) at American University. The scope of the work entails concept development and design of digital, website and print collateral to support SPA goals and objectives. The position works collaboratively with members of SPA’s communications staff including the director, assistant director of marketing & communications, digital media manager and web manager, to produce a wide range of collateral to support SPA’s and American University’s brand strategy.

Essential Functions
  1. Design Coordination:Design and produce creative solutions and final art for a variety of print materials. Materials include brochures, postcards, posters and other program mailers for SPA academic programs, events and campaign/fundraising efforts. Work closely with Director and Assistant Director for creative direction and concept assessment and critique. This entails participation in weekly team meetings, planning and research, brainstorming and preparing design ideas for presentations. Create new ideas for SPA graphic design rooted in best practices. With communications colleagues, contribute to the creation and production of department multimedia projects. Archive completed projects.
  2. Communications Outreach Services and Events Support:Work with Web Manager to compile content and create digital materials for the website, social media and email communications. Assist with labels, training/program materials and announcements for events as needed. Participate in professional development opportunities. Monitor use of new technology, tools, and creative talent that extend our internal staff capacity.
  3. Other Duties As Needed:Other duties and administrative tasks as assigned by the Director and/or Assistant Director of Communications which may include managing student workers, scheduling rooms, and organizing internal meetings.

Position Type/Expected Hours of Work
  • Full Time, 35 hours/week.
  • Coordinator/Analyst A.
  • Non-Exempt.
Required Education and Experience
  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent in visual communication/graphic design or related field.
  • 1-3 years of relevant experience.
Preferred Education and Experience
  • 2-4 years of relevant experience.
  • Experience in a University environment preferred.
Additional Eligibility Qualifications
  • Demonstrated ability to design and produce projects from start to finish. Demonstrated experience implementing identity and brand guidelines, campaigns, print production, design for web, and working within tight deadlines. Must have strong communication skills, be detail oriented, and manage time efficiently. Must have a solid working knowledge of production, MacOS, and experience with Adobe CC (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Acrobat, and MS Office).
  • Actively engagement in expanding skills, and awareness of industry trends and emerging technologies.
  • Hiring offers for this position are contingent on successful completion of a background check.
  • To ensure the health and safety of our community AU requires COVID-19 vaccinations for faculty and staff. Click here to learn more about our health and safety directive .

AU offers a competitive benefits package including a 200% matching retirement plan, tuition benefits for full-time staff and their families, several leadership development certificates, and has been recognized by the American Heart Association as a fit-friendly worksite.Click here to learn about American University's unique benefit options .

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American University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution that operates in compliance with applicable laws and regulations. The university does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex (including pregnancy), age, sexual orientation, disability, marital status, personal appearance, gender identity and expression, family responsibilities, political affiliation, source of income, veteran status, an individual’s genetic information or any other bases under federal or local laws (collectively "Protected Bases") in its programs and activities.

Nearest Major Market: Washington DC

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